Dayton Audio DCS255-4 10" Classic Subwoofer 4 Ohm

Brand:| Model: DCS255-4
The Dayton Audio Classic Series subwoofers offer solid value at lower price points. No compromises were made in the design, materials, or construction of these rugged 4-ohm powerhouses.
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  • Sturdy stamped steel frame
  • Vented pole piece and bumped back plate
  • Inductance-reducing copper pole piece cap
  • Treated non-pressed paper/Kevlar cone with rubber surround
  • 4-layer VC with polyimide former
  • Great for home and automotive applications
  • Five year warranty
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Weight: 10.45 lbs.  
List Price$93.99
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Dayton Audio DCS255-4 10" Classic Subwoofer 4 Ohm

The Dayton Audio Classic Series subwoofers offer solid value at lower price points. No compromises were made in the design, materials, or construction of these rugged 4-ohm powerhouses. The drivers feature a vented pole piece with copper cap, bumped back plate for improved excursion capability, Kevlar reinforced cone with rubber half-roll surround, and a high-temperature 4-layer copper voice coil wound on a polyimide former.


Product Specifications
  • Nominal Diameter10"
  • Power Handling (RMS)200 Watts
  • Power Handling (max)400 Watts
  • Impedance4 ohms
  • Frequency Response31 to 200 Hz
  • Sensitivity89 dB 1W/1m
  • Voice Coil Diameter2"
Thiele-Small Parameters
  • Resonant Frequency (Fs)30.9 Hz
  • DC Resistance (Re)3 ohms
  • Voice Coil Inductance (Le)1.6 mH
  • Mechanical Q (Qms)4.89
  • Electromagnetic Q (Qes)0.37
  • Total Q (Qts)0.34
  • Compliance Equivalent Volume (Vas)1.69 ft.³
  • Mechanical Compliance of Suspension (Cms)0.28 mm/N
  • BL Product (BL)12.13 Tm
  • Diaphragm Mass Inc. Airload (Mms)93.4g
  • Maximum Linear Excursion (Xmax)8.3 mm
  • Surface Area of Cone (Sd)346.4 cm²
Materials of Construction
  • Cone MaterialPaper / Kevlar
  • Surround MaterialRubber
  • Voice Coil Wire MaterialCopper
  • Voice Coil FormerKapton® / Polyimide
  • Basket / Frame MaterialSteel
  • Magnet MaterialFerrite
Mounting Information
  • Overall Outside Diameter10.16"
  • Baffle Cutout Diameter9.13"
  • Depth5.54"
  • # Mounting Holes8
Optimum Cabinet Size (determined using BassBox 6 Pro High Fidelity suggestion)
  • Sealed Volume0.3 ft.³
  • Sealed F378 Hz
  • Vented Volume0.75 ft.³
  • Vented F347 Hz
Dayton Audio DCS255-4 10" Classic Subwoofer 4 Ohm
  • BrandDayton Audio
  • ModelDCS255-4
  • Part Number295-202
  • UPC844632080661
  • Product CategorySubwoofer Drivers
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (15 Reviews)
  • Weight10.45 lbs.
  • Case Qty2
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Dayton Audio DCS255-4 10" Classic Subwoofer 4 Ohm
Dayton Audio DCS255-4 10" Classic Subwoofer 4 Ohm is rated 4.7333 out of 5 by 15.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great qualityThe quality, heft and performance of this subwoofer is very good. Impressed by Dayton.
Date published: 2014-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well made driverJust loaded these drivers in Bill Fitzmaurice Table Tuba's without breaking in the drivers they sound incredible can only imagine how they will sound with some time on them
Date published: 2014-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A perfect replacememtnI blew up my Paradigm PDR-10 100 w sub speaker, well actually the surround disintegrated, too much Star Wars I presume! The Parts Express techies recommended this a a replacement. Now that we have had a few days to get it adjusted, we are very happy with the speaker. I think it sounds better, crisper base, cleaner sound, than the original and has a bit more volume as well. Parts Express is definately on my list of 'go to' companies.
Date published: 2014-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Hi Fi driverI have 4 of these in a tower set up, two per side crossed at 350Hz doing 117db a channel with an f3 of about 30 hertz, I am extremely pleased with these.They are really a steal for the performance.
Date published: 2014-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from dB per dollar = awesomeIn an attempt to save trunk space, I decided to try two of these in a horn loaded bandpass and bank on the sensitivity of the speakers. Supposedly you also gain +3dB sensitivity from doubling the number of drivers for the same wattage coming form your amp. I was a bit disappointed with my box. It only got to about 90dB 1watt/meter at 45hz, with max dB @500 watts of about 112dB with no blow-through. (About 118 dB if it wasn't going through a seat) A ported box could do almost as good of a job. I had another bass horn I built before this one that was maybe 25% larger with an average sub that had about 85dB 1w/m, it was 5-10db louder than this thing depending on the frequency. The pic of the box almost fitting in my truck is the larger horn. When building a horn, the size of the box helps out a lot.The speakers themselves, the pics on here don't do them justice. They are actually reasonably beefy looking once you are holding one. The amp I'm using puts out about 550 watts on a good day, I measured to be sure. (amp rated at 900 but I got bad grounds and 4g wire. Also I'm using two of these speakers, so 275 watts per speaker.) The amp gives up way before these speakers do. I was more worried about the voice coils dieing than anything but they seem to be fine with handling heat while playing music. Can't comment on excursion since I built my box to keep excursion to a minimum. I couldn't build the sealed chambers any smaller unless I filled them with foam or something. These things have excellent motor force. Test tones show 35hz is still decently strong. 30hz has noticeably less output but its still enough to blur my vision in my mirror. Pretty good for 0.15 cubic foot in the sealed chamber and stuffed.Oh yeah. I like how Dayton is honest about their products. Every spec was pretty much spot on, except for power handling, they underrated this speaker a bit I think.
Date published: 2014-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent replacement for a blown "generic" speakeGood tight, musical bass in a small room with high quality older satellites (M&K 1-B, still superb after 30 years-amazing)
Date published: 2014-01-27
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Dayton Audio DCS255-4 10" Classic Subwoofer 4 Ohm

Would this driver be more suitable/musical for upper bass (150-200hz) compared to a UM10-22?  The Ultimax 10 shows a much higher freq response, but that sub seems designed to play the lows better than this Classic 10". Would the lighter cone win up there?

Asked by: jonlaw
Beyond a basic enclosure model we cannot tell you which would be specifically better that high, but either of these woofers will play up to 200 Hz without a problem.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-03-16

What should the port diameter and length be for this subwoofer?

Asked by: twin383
I would recommend a diameter of 3" and a length of 15" for the recommended volume on our site.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-03-12

What would the f3 on this be in 1cuft with a 3" x 10" long port?

Asked by: johnnie5
This volume and port will have an F3 of 38 Hz using this woofer.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-03-12

What amp would you recommend for this driver in a 1.2ft3 ported enclosure, the DA250 or Bash300 amplifier?

Asked by: Relic1golf
Either of those will be plenty for this woofer. I usually recommend Dayton amplifiers simply because we can repair them if something should happen once the warranty is up.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-12-09

Want to use this in ported alignment, ideally a 1 cubic foot box to keep it small - I have a Yung SD200-6 with 6 db bass boost at 35hz - would this work for music only system?  If yes, what length / diameter port should I use?  

Asked by: kcburnes24
If you have the boosted Yung amp a ported box would not be a good idea. You could easily do sealed however which will work well and be smaller. You could get away with 0.6-0.7 cubic feet stuffed and reach into the 30's with the bass boost.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-12-08

Planning on running two 10"'s magnet to magnet or 1 10 facing down, with a sure 4 x 100 W amp. Trying to keep the box sizes small as possible.sealed  or ported? What is the smallest size box for each? Will be going on a bike.

Asked by: Bike party
Sealed will provide the smallest box, but limit the low end from the woofers in an application like that. I would recommend 0.8 cubic feet per woofer, with a 3" diameter, 10" long port for a tuning frequency of about 44 Hz.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-11-24
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