Dayton Audio DC160-8 6-1/2" Classic Woofer

Brand:| Model: DC160-8
Choose the Dayton Audio DC160-8 Classic Series 6-1/2" woofer for use as a great replacement bookshelf speaker, midbass in 3-way designs, or even as a small subwoofer.
  • Great bang-for-the-buck driver can be used as a woofer, midbass, or even as a small subwoofer!
  • Smooth frequency response up to 2 kHz and great bass response
  • Rubber surround, aluminum voice coil, and extended bump plate
  • Low 34 Hz free-air resonance
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Weight: 3.3 lbs.  
List Price$27.99
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Part # 295-305
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Dayton Audio DC160-8 6-1/2" Classic Woofer

Dayton Audio Classic Series woofers are excellent for use as replacement speakers or for new loudspeaker system design and construction. The DC160-8 6-1/2" woofer has developed quite a reputation for having the best bang-for-the-buck performance and value available anywhere. You can even be use the DC160-8 as a small subwoofer! The excellent low frequency performance will amaze you.

A non-pressed treated paper cone allows for smooth frequency response, while the high temperature aluminum voice coil and vented pole piece combine to increase power handling without compression. Longevity is ensured with the use of a rubber surround, treated cloth dust cap, and an extended bump plate.

Product Specifications
  • Nominal Diameter6-1/2"
  • Power Handling (RMS)50 Watts
  • Power Handling (max)100 Watts
  • Impedance8 ohms
  • Frequency Response30 to 4,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity88 dB 1W/1m
  • Voice Coil Diameter1.375"
  • Magnet Weight15 oz.
Thiele-Small Parameters
  • Resonant Frequency (Fs)34.3 Hz
  • DC Resistance (Re)6.7 ohms
  • Voice Coil Inductance (Le)2.34 mH
  • Mechanical Q (Qms)3.47
  • Electromagnetic Q (Qes)0.36
  • Total Q (Qts)0.33
  • Compliance Equivalent Volume (Vas)0.87 ft.³
  • Mechanical Compliance of Suspension (Cms)0.96 mm/N
  • BL Product (BL)9.47 Tm
  • Diaphragm Mass Inc. Airload (Mms)22.42g
  • Maximum Linear Excursion (Xmax)3.15 mm
  • Surface Area of Cone (Sd)134.8 cm²
Materials of Construction
  • Cone MaterialTreated Paper
  • Surround MaterialRubber
  • Voice Coil Wire MaterialCopper
  • Voice Coil FormerAluminum
  • Basket / Frame MaterialSteel
  • Magnet MaterialFerrite
Mounting Information
  • Overall Outside Diameter6.5"
  • Baffle Cutout Diameter5.69"
  • Depth3.24"
  • Bolt Circle Diameter6.16"
  • # Mounting Holes4
Optimum Cabinet Size (determined using BassBox 6 Pro High Fidelity suggestion)
  • Sealed Volume0.14 ft.³
  • Sealed F389 Hz
  • Vented Volume0.34 ft.³
  • Vented F354 Hz
Dayton Audio DC160-8 6-1/2" Classic Woofer
  • BrandDayton Audio
  • ModelDC160-8
  • Part Number295-305
  • UPC844632000232
  • Product CategoryWoofers
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (85 Reviews)
  • Weight3.3 lbs.
  • Case Qty8
  • California Prop 65

    Warning: California residents only. Please note per Proposition 65 that this product may contain chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

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Dayton Audio DC160-8 6-1/2" Classic Woofer
Dayton Audio DC160-8 6-1/2" Classic Woofer is rated 4.6235 out of 5 by 85.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice WoofersUsed to replace woofers in old cabinets - they're so nice, I will replace tweeters and build crossovers too. The shiny cone is fine, I don't have a problem with it. I think the cone and dustcap are cool. The treated paper cone sounds good. It would be nice if Dayton would stop making them with the cheap cardboard rings (over the surround edges) and use foam rings. So they would look as nice as they sound. Still really nice old school woofer for the price.
Date published: 2014-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressive speakers for the price.Installed these woofers as replacements in my wall speaker enclosures. They are much better than the originals.
Date published: 2014-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great.I bought these speakers to replace old Sony speakers that finally went bad due to old age. I couldn't repair the old speakers for the price of these Dayton speakers that work perfectly and sound great. I'm in the process of ordering some more for my truck!
Date published: 2014-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good punch, great value.Having built numerous known designs to spec and just as many subs of my own creation I decided to take Mr Carmody's Classix II (A very fun, full, pleasing sound) and in order to hit a design goal squish them just a tad and swap the port with the Dayton 8" PR.. knowing I was potentially sacrificing the last few Hz on the bottom end. They still deliver plenty of punch, volume and smooth sound for camping trips, picnics, tailgating etc. Bolt them together with a handle on the top and its a pretty awesome modular boombox. Can't go wrong for the price.
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ProductThese drivers were an excellent deal. Great value for the money. Low end response has measurably improved. Mids feel/sound very similar to the previous drivers which were a significantly more expensive brand. They were replaced due to "beer damage". The only "issue", was that the baskets are of a different profile. This is no fault of Dayton or Parts Express. I just needed to remill the baffle to maintain a flush/front mounted fit. But I am VERY satisfied with this transducer and will use Dayton and Parts Express again.
Date published: 2014-06-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Cheap Looking Shiny Finish. Too Heavy to Ship BackInitially, I was really excited about getting these. Based on the specs and charts, they looked like good speakers.When I opened the package I was less than thrilled. They have a really shiny surface that makes them look cheap. I don't like the super gloss finish. If they had a matte or textured finish they would look much better. The magnets are good and heavy and the speakers appear to be built well, so the cheap looking cone finish is a shame.I then hooked them up for testing. They are...just ok. Considering the low FS I really expected more bass from them. I hooked 2 of them up in parallel for a 4 ohm load in a .7 cu.ft. ported test enclosure. They had a decent sound, but didn't have near the punch that I was expecting."No problem, I will just return them and order something else," I thought. Well, it turns out that UPS wants $35 to ship the four of these speakers back. 4 of these speakers costs $83.12 ($20.78 X 4 = $83.12), so it costs me almost half my order value to ship them back. Basically, I'm stuck with them.In fairness to Parts Express, this is not their fault. They do not make the shipping costs, UPS (Fedex, whoever) does. However, I'm still stuck with these speakers and it also makes me rethink their "45-day No Hassle Guarantee." Can you return them? Yes. Is it feasible or cost effective? No.If you order expensive speakers (B&C, Morel, etc.) then returning them if you are unhappy with the product makes sense, but for some of the less expensive brands like the Daytons, you're really just stuck with them unless they are a small item like a tweeter.
Date published: 2014-04-06

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Dayton Audio DC160-8 6-1/2" Classic Woofer

I'm replacing the woofers in a pair of DCM CX-17's. Would these be a good replacement? Would you recommend another Dayton product more suitable for this application? Thanks in advance for your response.

Asked by: FOHGuru
We do not have a cross reference available for this type of thing. Please contact our tech support for more help with this question, tech@parts-express.com or 800-338-0531 x1.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-11-24

Good Candidate with a PR? I have a 0.43 ft^3 enclosure for this speaker and the Dayton SD215-PR 8" passive radiator. Some free PR calculators indicate I need to remove mass to tune to 48Hz, what should effective PR Mms be? (75g stock) Bad idea?

Asked by: gthukill
This will be a good combination in that volume, but the tuning frequency will be slightly lower at about 42-43 Hz. This will not negatively affect anything however. Using the stock Mms of the PR (75g) will achieve this tune.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-08-11

I flush-mounted this speaker, and want to peel off the paper/fiber/whatever ring around the outside of the speaker. Can I do this without hurting anything? The stuff surrounding my Dayton Audio 12" DVC subwoofer is already peeling off by itself.

Asked by: Rick64D
As long as you do not detach the surround from the frame there is no problem removing the gasket.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-07-08

What is the speaker displacement?

Asked by: Cowboyinthejungle
This displaces 0.0208 cubic feet, or 0.59 liters of volume.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-02-10

in-wall use?

would this be a good choice for a DIY in-wall 2.2 system (2 main spks., 2 subs.)
Asked by: speaker freack
Yes, they will be fine. You will need a tweet and crossover, but lots of choices available there. Make sure your system includes a high-pass for the mains just to prevent excursion problems if you push it. Hope this helps.
Answered by: dipstick
Date published: 2013-09-18

88 SPL for 8 ohm, but only 86 Db for 4 ohm?

I'm planning to use this woofer with a Lepai 2020, and small bookshelf speakers mounted on the side of the sub enclosure. Debating between 8 and 4 ohm (4 ohm usually plays louder, right?) I see a 2 Db difference between them, with the 8 ohm at 88, and the 4 at 86. How can this be? I'd rather turn the bass volume down on the Lepai with an efficient woofer, that to use L-pads on the bookshelf speakers.
Asked by: Bobby B
Not necessarily. A 4 ohm speaker presents a lower impedance to the amplifier (less resistance to current) allowing it to pass more power to the speaker. The primary advantage is in the use of multiple speakers. The addition of an extra speaker results in a +3db increase an sound preasure level. I don't know for sure, but the difference in vc winding between 4 & 8 ohm could account for the spl rating difference.Is it important? Yes and no. 3db is imperceptable. The typical human can't tell. Now, this is where it gets important: When choosing a speaker you have to balance your needs with the capability of the amp. The Lepai 2020 is a SMALL amp, and doesn't appear to be rated at 4 ohms. Trying to run a 4 ohm speaker on a small amp can lead to failure. The amp sees the low impedance as a black hole and tries to fill it. Not good.If you are planning to use the dc 160-8 in PARALLEL with the bookshelf speakers, you're allready in trouble. The only way that will work is with a subwoofer crossover like the260-220. The good news is you need only one. You can CAREFULLY cut the pcb in half--between the two 125mf 100v capacitors in the middle. Use one half in each sub with the sat. out feeding the bookshelf for that side. That way, you'll maintain an 8-0hm load and keep the amp happy while properly dividing freqs. and keeping your ears happy.With the 2020, if you want to push hard, consider springing for an upgraded power supply; 5 amps would really help.Hope this helps.
Answered by: dipstick
Date published: 2013-09-17

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