Dayton Audio DS135-8 5" Designer Series Woofer Speaker

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The Designer Series DS135-8 from Dayton Audio brings great audio fidelity and superior cosmetics to the 5" woofer category.
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Part # 295-426
  • Cosmetic frame with low profile lip, designed for front mounting—no countersinking required!
  • Coated paper cone, half roll rubber surround for durability and accurate reproduction
  • Optimized to yield a low 3 dB down point and high potential output in a reasonably sized cabinet
  • Smooth frequency response and linear roll-off simplify filter design, guaranteeing good results with off-the-shelf crossovers
  • Vented pole piece for minimized power compression and maximized reliability
  • Generous Xmax capability encourages use of moderate bass boost to tailor the response
  • Retains the same "family look" as the popular Dayton Audio DVC Series subwoofers and passive radiators

Product Details

Dayton Audio DS135-8 5" Designer Series Woofer Speaker

The Designer Series by Dayton Audio was developed specifically with the speaker designer in mind. It is an affordable, attractive line of drivers that puts performance first. Careful engineering ensures that each speaker in the series is capable of handling full rated power at the lowest possible frequencies—without exceeding Xmax.

These speakers combine useful performance parameters with elegant style. Carefully optimized to provide superb audio reproduction when incorporated into a wide variety of enclosures and alignments, the Designer Series transducers put a beautiful face on audiophile excellence.

• Suggested enclosures:

Sealed cabinet: Type: Acoustic suspension (alpha 3.0), Qtc 0.60; Size (internal) including volume displaced by driver: 0.1 ft³; Internal cabinet dimensions (golden ratio): 9-1/8"H x 5-5/8"W x 3-1/2"DTypical results: 3 dB down-point (f3): 118 Hz; Low frequency limit at rated power without exceeding conventional Xmax (i.e. (voice coil length – gap height) / 2)): 50 Hz.

Vented cabinet: Type: Bass reflex; Size (internal) including volume displaced by driver and port: 0.17 ft³; Internal cabinet dimensions (golden ratio): 10-3/4"H x 6-5/8"W x 4-1/8"D; Port dimensions (with flared exit): 1" dia. x 4"L. Typical results: 3 dB down-point (f3): 66 Hz; Tuning frequency (fb): 62 Hz; Low frequency limit at rated power without exceeding conventional Xmax (i.e. (voice coil length – gap height) / 2)): 48 Hz.

Frequency response (FRD) and Impedance (ZMA) data files available to assist in crossover and enclosure modeling. 

Product Specifications
  • Nominal Diameter5"
  • Power Handling (RMS)50 Watts
  • Power Handling (max)100 Watts
  • Impedance8 ohms
  • Frequency Response50 to 7,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity86.6 dB 2.83V/1m
  • Voice Coil Diameter1"
  • Magnet Weight21 oz.
Thiele-Small Parameters
  • Resonant Frequency (Fs)52.5 Hz
  • DC Resistance (Re)5.9 ohms
  • Voice Coil Inductance (Le)0.84 mH
  • Mechanical Q (Qms)2.02
  • Electromagnetic Q (Qes)0.48
  • Total Q (Qts)0.39
  • Compliance Equivalent Volume (Vas)7.27 ft.³
  • Mechanical Compliance of Suspension (Cms)0.95 mm/N
  • BL Product (BL)6.23 Tm
  • Diaphragm Mass Inc. Airload (Mms)9.7g
  • Maximum Linear Excursion (Xmax)4.85 mm
  • Surface Area of Cone (Sd)75.4 cm²
Materials of Construction
  • Cone MaterialCoated Paper
  • Surround MaterialRubber
  • Voice Coil Wire MaterialCopper
  • Voice Coil FormerAluminum
  • Basket / Frame MaterialSteel
  • Magnet MaterialFerrite
Mounting Information
  • Overall Outside Diameter5.31"
  • Baffle Cutout Diameter4.39"
  • Depth2.7"
  • Bolt Circle Diameter4.96"
  • # Mounting Holes4
Optimum Cabinet Size (determined using BassBox 6 Pro High Fidelity suggestion)
  • Sealed Volume0.07 ft.³
  • Sealed F3113 Hz
  • Vented Volume0.15 ft.³
  • Vented F366 Hz
Dayton Audio DS135-8 5" Designer Series Woofer Speaker
  • BrandDayton Audio
  • ModelDS135-8
  • Part Number295-426
  • UPC844632095399
  • Product CategoryWoofers
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (11 Reviews)
  • Weight3 lbs.
  • 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 DS135-8 5" Designer Series Woofer Speaker
Dayton Audio DS135-8 5" Designer Series Woofer Speaker is rated 4.7273 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from quality purchaseNow the floor version of this drivers kit. Powered by a 4-channel with active crossover 4th order. Wery good work!
Date published: 2015-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great 5"!Bought these for another experiment in the venerable PVC enclosure. Crossed at 2500 Hz with a scrap Paradigm tweeter. .17 square foot enclosure with a 1" port 4" long. Designed to hang and vent port upward. Sound amazing and will use these again!
Date published: 2015-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good replacement speaker.Bought a pair of these in early December and just now getting around to reviewing due to the holiday season. I used these to replace some 4 inch drivers in a pair of mini monitor type speakers that I made back in the '80s. Originally a sub woofer was employed and the system worked fine. Over time I'd always wanted to update the speakers to use as full-range bookshelf speakers for my personal listening system. These speakers fit the cabinet with only a slight amount of modification and mounted very cleanly. The resulting sound is even over the sound spectrum to my ear. Very pleased with these drivers and would highly recommend them to other folks.
Date published: 2015-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Fit, Price and SeviceBought these Dayton DS135-8 5" to revive my JBL 2050 speakers - great fit, great price - fast service !! Bookmark this site!!
Date published: 2014-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a good buyuse in biampinge, excellent dynamic range - it is impossible to overload. Thanks partexpress for assistance and advice on the project. Amplifier is built on a 4-tda7293, active crossover frequency - 2kHz. I want to do the next project on discrete elements and speakers based on DS175-8 6-1/2 "and Vifa NE25VTS-04 1."
Date published: 2014-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little speaker!These were purchased to replace the woofers in a set of JBL bookshelf speakers in which the foam surround had dried up and gone away. These are actually a better speaker than what the JBL boxes had in them to begin with. Installation was fairly easy. The cutouts for the original speakers was about 1/4" too small for the frame to drop into, so a bit of work with the Dremel tool was necessary. I was actually surprised at how good they sounded once everything was back together! Much better than I expected, all around.
Date published: 2014-03-10
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Dayton Audio DS135-8 5" Designer Series Woofer Speaker

I'd like to use 2 of the Designer 5" in a boombox, with a Dayton 8" passive. If i give the Dayton woofers half RMS at 25w, can i get away with using 8" passive and still achieve a low F3, ~60hz? I can step up to 10" but would like to save the baffle space

Asked by: asdfghjkl
A pair of these will work well with a single 8" PR. I would recommend 0.32 cubic feet with 50 grams added to the passive, which will result in a tuning frequency of about 52 Hz and response into the upper 40's.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-08-17

The Vas of this driver is given as 7.27 cu. ft. Is this correct? I note that Vas values for many similar drivers are all considerably less than 1 cu. ft.

Asked by: icon66
This is a typo. This should be 7.27 liters and I will have this fixed.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-07-28

I am thinking of making a 7.2 surround with these and am trying to figure out the frequency of a sealed box at .0729cu.ft(6"x7"x3"); will that leave me at about 90-100hz? or could i add a small round port to drop it to the 80's?

Asked by: Bcboyz86
I would not recommend porting that volume. Sealed you will have an F3 of 120 Hz, but with room gain you can expect extension into the 60's with that driver.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-07-27

How well would this work as a midrange in a 3-way with a Morel mw164 and a Morel MDT29? If ok, suggestions for xover points, enclosure size,other advice, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Asked by: icon66
Please contact our tech support for more help with this question, or 800-338-0531
Answered by: MattW
Date published: 2015-07-23

planned retrofit of old radio with a pair of these, pair of AMT Mini-8 tweeters and a single SD215A-88 8" DVC woofer (or maybe SD270A-88 10") connected to a pair of 3-way crossovers. can these open to the woofer's enclosure or must seal? viable mix?

Asked by: Tom17
These will need to be sealed in their own chamber in order to not be affected by the woofer.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-07-17

I plan on putting two of these in each 3 way tower that I'm building. I'm assuming due to the power handling of these drivers coupled to a 100+ watt amp that having the pair in series in a .34cubic ft cabinet with a 1"x4" port would serve well? 

Asked by: MikeyMike
The port area is on the small side but the volume works well. I would recommend a 2" diameter, 8" long port instead for a tuning frequency of 55 Hz.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-06-16
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