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 *
  • Sealed Volume0.14 ft.³
  • Sealed F389 Hz
  • Vented Volume0.34 ft.³
  • Vented F354 Hz
  • * Enclosure volume/F3s based on BassBox "optimum" calculations-
Dayton Audio DC160-8 6-1/2" Classic Woofer
  • BrandDayton Audio
  • ModelDC160-8
  • Part Number295-305
  • UPC844632000232
  • Product CategoryWoofers
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (80 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 4.6 out of 5 by 80.
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: 2014-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Replacement SubReplaced a blown subwoofer in my Klipsh 2.1 powered speaker system. Great sounding sub, original sub might have had more output but this Dayton speaker is cleaner. I am happy with my purchase.
Date published: 2014-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent little wooferI bought this woofer to make a couple of three way speakers for my listening room. The handle the low end with authority. I currently have them in a .47 tuned to 49 hz and they sound excellent. I think I'm going to a smaller box, as suggested by PE; >34 tuned to 54hz.
Date published: 2014-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dayton Audio DC160-8, 6 1/2" Wooferi paired this woofer with the RT002-A beston ribbon using the Dayton Audio XO2W-2.5K 2-Way speaker crossover to convert the B-652's into my studio monitors.  i would have to say this speaker sounds  spectacular!  the only thing is its power handling and efficiency are not as high as i'd like.  obviously a combination of the components.  but at the same time, this speaker sounds better than ANY other speaker of i've owned.  these speakers flank my tv screen and i SWEAR when i'm right in front of my tv, the sound appears to be coming from straight out of my tv.  it's an effect that i have never experienced before.also, whereas the original components in the B-652 sounded flat / dull, this model has full, airy sound.  the DC160 really fills out the cabinet and produces a nice, deep bass sound (but not boomy).this is a pretty good woofer for being inexpensive.  for people who want a good 6 1/6" on a budget, i'd recommend this unit.
Date published: 2014-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect replacement woofers for Baby AdventPurchased 2 of these woofers to replace the original woofers that had disintegrated foam surrounds in the Baby Advents. They had been stored for many years and were ready to be sent to recycling. Since a friend can use a pair of extra speakers, I checked Parts Express website and found these woofers that had good reviews and the same dimensions as the originals. They arrived within a week and fit the cutout and screw holes perfectly. Sound is mellow and musical. These new ones have rubber surrounds so they should last many years. Overall very happy with the product and service.
Date published: 2014-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Replacement woofers for a pair of Advent Baby IIThe original Advent woofer foam surrounds were toast. The Dayton DC160s fit in the cabinets perfect and the speakers sound great.
Date published: 2014-04-04

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

I am looking to use these woofers in an automobile application, as midwoofers for front doors.

I have an amplifier that allows a bandpass crossover from 60hz to 250hz, and RMS power rating of 65w per woofer. The door pods are fiberglass and volume ~.3 cubic ft per woofer. I am tuning for sound quality and I want more bass "up front". I already have 6.5" mids in the doors that can't go as low as I want them to, so these look like a good match for what I am after. Sub duties are handled by a sealed 12" in the trunk well. Opinions?
Asked by: therapture
Yes, I took that into account, my amplifier can deliver 65w x 2 @8ohms. I don't plan on driving them real hard but I want to supplement my midbass. I am staying sealed on my enclosure because I like the tight crisp response. I don't really have the space to get more than 1.5 cubes into the current enclosure and getting enough port volume in only a 1.5ft box is not really feasible. I have more than I need in overall sub output for most music.I am not looking for more bass per se, but more bass up front, my sub is crossed over at 75hz because I want to keep the image up front. I listen to alot of psytrance and ambient, albeit as high quality source as I can get.
Answered by: therapture
Date published: 2012-05-01

Dayton B652 replacement woofer?

Would this woofer be a good replacement for the stock woofer in the Dayton B652's? I believe so, as they are both 8 ohm, 6 1/2 inch woofers, but I'm not sure whether it would work well with the boxes in the 652's. Thanks in advance.
Asked by: the.forgotten1
My suggestion would be use these woofers in a larger (.85 cu ft min.) ported enclosure made of 3/4" MDF with the Dayton 1 1/8" 8 ohm fabric doam tweeter and a 12dB per octave (see the crossover component selection Wizard ) crossover using 18 gauge Dayton air core inductors and the 5% polyproplylene capacitors, and you would have an extreamly smooth 35-20,000Hz speaker for $60-65 each. Double the money of the B652, but triple or quadruple the speaker. Don't forget the Acoustic-stuf. Or you could buy the BR-1 kits.
Answered by: Whitneyville
Date published: 2011-07-11

Port dimensions?

I putting this woofer in a 0.34 cu. ft. enclosure, as per the Parts Express woofer guide. Can I get a recommendation for port diameter and length?
Asked by: Johnny Reno
I would recommend a 0.40 cabinet with a 1.5" dia. x 6" length port. this will get you around the 40HZ range, which is low enough for good sub performance.
Answered by: db dave
Date published: 2013-04-08

How is this for Nearfield PC listening

planning to make this as near field PC listening....will power with a Class D 50 W...how will this sound??? can be used for scenario?
Asked by: Vicknyc
My guess is that this driver is too large and would require too large a cabinet for effective nearfield listening. Also (in my personal experience) my ears get pretty sensitive to driver spacing nearfield and I can pretty much always tell if a large cone driver is used. The more space there is between the woofer and tweeter, the less they sound like a single source. If I am 3 feet from my computer and the center of my woofer is even a modest 4 inches from the tweeter, it is a 1:9 ratio (driver distance:listening distance). They sound much less like a single source than if I am 9 feet away 1:27 or 15 feet away 1:45.An experiment you could try would be to borrow some bookshelves with 6.5" drivers from a friend and hook them up to your computer--see how they sound to your ears.In nearfield audio, my suggestion would be to use smaller mid-woofers and keep driver distances close. That seems to be the unifying factor that the most successful PC two-way designs have employed. (See Audioengine P2 or P5--or even the Overnight Sensations on this site).
Answered by: Honest Rob
Date published: 2013-05-15

LF roll off.

In the spec sheet it says, "Due to testing limitations, response below 200Hz is not an actual representation"Considering how popular this driver is, does someone know what the actual FR curve looks like?
Asked by: Ray K
The reason nothing is accurate below 200 Hz in any of our frequency response graphs is due to testing room limitations and the fact that the speaker is being tested with an infinite baffle. The enclosure, enclosure alignment and room placement are the main factors that determine what any response looks like below 200 Hz.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2012-12-10

Will the 25 watt plate amp push this properly?

I considering pairing this speaker with the Dayton SA 25 plate amp for a small woofer build. Small room application as a 2.1 system. The other speakers are 3" full range in their own cab powered by the LP2020. Small and portable system for travel. Pros/Cons?
Asked by: Carr
I would recommend the 4 ohm version of this same woofer but yes, the SA25 will be perfect for it.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2013-02-18

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