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.
  • 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
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Weight: 3 lbs.  
List Price$31.99
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Part # 295-426
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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
  • Sensitivity86.9 dB 2.83V/1m
  • Voice Coil Diameter1"
  • Magnet Weight21 oz.
Thiele-Small Parameters
  • Resonant Frequency (Fs)50.9 Hz
  • DC Resistance (Re)5.9 ohms
  • Voice Coil Inductance (Le)0.88 mH
  • Mechanical Q (Qms)1.94
  • Electromagnetic Q (Qes)0.44
  • Total Q (Qts)0.36
  • Compliance Equivalent Volume (Vas)0.27 ft.³
  • Mechanical Compliance of Suspension (Cms)0.94 mm/N
  • BL Product (BL)6.7 Tm
  • Diaphragm Mass Inc. Airload (Mms)10.4g
  • 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
    (10 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 is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dayton Audio DS135-8 5" WooferI was gifted a set of "Trilogy" Loudspeakers, a sub/sat system from the early 70's. The satellites featured a 5-1/8" butyl-surround woofer in each, and each of the two had skimmed voice-coils. As the Trilogy manufacturer has been gone for almost 40 years, I thought it might be impossible to replace them. These replacements are nearly identical in all respects; freq. response, impedance, low-end rolloff, appearance, and high-end roll-off. They make an oldie but goodie speaker system sing with a new voice.
Date published: 2013-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect replacement.Purchased these as replacements for some old JBL bookself speakers. Were a perfect fit and they sounded great after the project was finished. Very satisfied.
Date published: 2013-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good deal.I ordered 2 of these to replace ones from a pair of old Realistic cast aluminum bookshelf cabinets that I purchased 25 or so years ago. The cones on the old ones were dried out. I had to modify the boxes to fit properly. I could not wait to hear how they performed and I can say I was very pleased with the sound. Very detailed low's . I have not used these for 20 years and cant say I remembered what they sound like,so I cant compare. If they performed like they do now,I think I would have remembered. Very happy overall.
Date published: 2012-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice little woofer for original design builds.I am using 4 of these in an original design mtm bookshelf build.They are in a .5 cubic foot vented enclosure crossed over at 2000hz 2nd order to the Dayton dc28 "silkie" tweets. The large ported box lets these guys dig deep enough to cross my sub at 45hz. I chose to use the healthy xmax for bass extension rather than bass-boost and haven't had any over-excursion issues. The provided frd and zma files made crossover design a breeze when plugged into the Jeff Bagby software. Sound is very smooth with nice punchy bass, maybe not as articulate as some of the small aluminum woofers i've used in other builds but very satisfying and easy to implement. Highly recommended to the novice builder who wants to design from scratch. How about a "Designer Series Tweeter" PE? Maybe a new "silkie" with frd and zma files, just a thought.
Date published: 2012-09-26
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Dayton Audio DS135-8 5" Designer Series Woofer Speaker

When trying to match efficiency ratings to avoid the use of L pads, what is the difference between the 2.83V/1 Meter and 1 Watt/1 Meter ratings?

Asked by: 007shark
2.83v into an 8 ohm load is the same as 1 watt. 2.83v into a 4 ohm load is the same as two watts.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-09-11

What volume is needed to work effectively with the port # 260-407?

Asked by: Grey
I would recommend a volume of 0.4 cubic feet with that port, for a tuning frequency of 50 Hz.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-08-25

I need to replace the 5inch woofers in my old Optimus Pro X88AV speakers will the Goldwood 5-1/4 woofers fit?

Asked by: gvalle
Unfortunately 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: 2014-07-28

I am trying to find replacement speakers for my Paradigm bookshelf surround speakers from about 1996.  I don't know what style speaker the original was (i.e. full range, mid woofer etc.) I would like to use same inclosure, 1 tweet 1 driver. Advice?

Asked by: wafflewagoneddie
I would recommend calling or emailing our tech support for help with this. 800-338-0531 x1 or tech@parts-express.com
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-03-18

Is it possible to achieve 50-55Hz for volume  0.21 cubic foot? What sizes of port are needed for this? Thank's

Asked by: ksv200861
A 1.5" diameter, 6.5" long port will tune the enclosure to 54 Hz.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-03-12

I cleared the boxes 0.21 cubic foot of red oak - Tang Band W4-1337SDF decided to use in another project. Which drivers are a better buy for this volume: 295-426 or 294-1141? Which port to use?

Asked by: ksv200861
The FaitalPRO woofer will be better suited for that volume.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-03-10

Which steel grill can be used with this speaker?

Asked by: TicoLizard
The closest grill we have would be the 2-Piece mesh steel grill but it is slightly larger and may require different holes drilled for the mounting screws.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2013-04-23

As a midrange driver in a 3 way?

just looking for advice if this driver could be used as a midrange and what good frequencies to crossover at?
Asked by: Rsanchez
This Dayton woofer would br awesome in the lower midrange, but I suspect more mellow in the 3,000 to 6000 Hz range. I might try squeezing in another cap coupled mid as well.
Answered by: Nitnub
Date published: 2013-08-02

optimum mtm enclosure

what would the optimum ported mtm enclosure be for 2 of these drivers?
Asked by: munki114
When putting two drivers in the same enclosure - calculate the volume for each driver individually. So in the case of this driver - it requires .17 cu ft for one driver (don't forget about port, cabinet bracing and driver displacement when choosing the enclosure) with a 1" x 4" flared port... So, a .34 cu ft enclosure with two 1" x 4" flared ports would be ideal and symmetrical for a pair. Make sure to design your crossover correctly for the MTM design - especially if the cabinet is to be horizontal. Also - consider your amps capabilities and low end cut-off in determining whether to wire in series or parallel for the overall speaker impedance. Have fun!
Answered by: MarkAJH
Date published: 2013-12-21
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