Dayton Audio DS175-8 6-1/2" Designer Series Woofer Speaker

Brand:|Model: DS175-8
Although it's true that the Dayton Audio Designer Series DS175-8 is a nice looking and well thought-out 6-1/2" woofer, its ability to handle full rated power down to 40 Hz* without exceeding Xmax is very impressive!
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  • 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 DS175-8 6-1/2" 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.

Product Specifications
  • Nominal Diameter6-1/2"
  • Power Handling (RMS)70 Watts
  • Power Handling (max)140 Watts
  • Impedance8 ohms
  • Frequency Response40 to 4,500 Hz
  • Sensitivity87.7 dB 2.83V/1m
  • Voice Coil Diameter1.39"
  • Magnet Weight33 oz.
Thiele-Small Parameters
  • Resonant Frequency (Fs)37 Hz
  • DC Resistance (Re)5.7 ohms
  • Voice Coil Inductance (Le)1.06 mH
  • Mechanical Q (Qms)1.63
  • Electromagnetic Q (Qes)0.32
  • Total Q (Qts)0.27
  • Compliance Equivalent Volume (Vas)0.60 ft.³
  • Mechanical Compliance of Suspension (Cms)0.71 mm/N
  • BL Product (BL)10.4 Tm
  • Diaphragm Mass Inc. Airload (Mms)26g
  • Maximum Linear Excursion (Xmax)5.25 mm
  • Surface Area of Cone (Sd)128.7 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 Diameter6.91"
  • Baffle Cutout Diameter5.67"
  • Depth3.17"
  • Bolt Circle Diameter6.54"
  • # Mounting Holes5
Optimum Cabinet Size (determined using BassBox 6 Pro High Fidelity suggestion)
  • Sealed Volume0.1 ft.³
  • Sealed F3106 Hz
  • Vented Volume0.2 ft.³
  • Vented F367 Hz
Dayton Audio DS175-8 6-1/2" Designer Series Woofer Speaker
  • BrandDayton Audio
  • ModelDS175-8
  • Part Number295-428
  • UPC844632095405
  • Product CategoryWoofers
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (8 Reviews)
  • Weight4.95 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 DS175-8 6-1/2" Designer Series Woofer Speaker
Dayton Audio DS175-8 6-1/2" Designer Series Woofer Speaker is rated 4.875 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from expected ResultI made speakers in combination with an amplifier. Here's what happened. Four-wheel drive - 4x4. Tweeters - Tang Band 25-1933S. Sounds very energetic and just great. The body is made of 20 mm plywood front panel - 40mm
Date published: 2015-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Infinity replacement, Sort of correct.i contacted parts express for a possible replacement for an Infinity Rs325, they suggested this speaker and another one, i am overjoyed by the sound reproduce, there there is no bad remarks. But the Shipping was carelessly packed and with the size of the magnets on these they bent the front of both speakers ordered. So i had to wait for another replacement once i sent the others back.Then These things don't fit in the original opening so You need to do some rework for them to fit. So much for the tech support with there replacement. so that's the bad part. again The woofers are great no cons here.
Date published: 2015-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from awesome sounding speakerI built a portable job site radio because nothing on the market is loud enough to hear where I work lots of background noise it has a dta120 amp and Dayton crossovers paired with the Dayton speakers and selenium st350 tweeter the enclosure is 22x12x10 with a 1/2 x 10 tall x 6 deep slot port it also has a Motorola Bluetooth module that has a 300ft range everyone is extremely surprised how loud it can get and it still sounds amazing
Date published: 2015-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great speakers! Lexus SC430Great speakers! I used them to replace the 6x9 door woofers in my 04 Lexus SC430. The only issue I ran into is that they are deep and the magnets are huge but that equals great sound so it was worth it. I had to use ½ in spacers when mounting them so they wouldn’t be in the way of the window. Car sounds much better now!
Date published: 2015-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dayton Audio DS175-8, 6.5" wooferI have to give credit where credit is do, and the Dayton Audio DS175-8 is an exceptional mid priced, small 6.5" woofer, with a lot of BIG output. Before its final mounting destination, I simply cutout a hole in the box it came in, apply extra tape to the box to seal it well and stiffin it up, then add a little insulating poly foam and mount the speaker to the box for initial testing purposes. I ran the woofer on 3 separate amplifiers/receivers for clarity comparison. The excursion was beyond exceptional, without overpowering it. No popping or rattling, plus the mid freq. upper range (4000hz +) of this woofer was crystal clear through the excursion. I knew the actual bass response freqs, would be inaccurate through this initial testing, but still, I was impressed with how it sounded and performed so far. Ultimately it was finally mounted in a fair size enclosure, coupled with a midrange/tweeter and through the specifications P.E. provided, it was the perfect driver that I was looking for. Fair power handling, perfect freq. range for lows + mids, poly coated cone and center cap and rubber surrounds (a plus for deflecting moisture and humidity), 1.4" voice coil, 30 oz. magnet, 2 mounting gaskets cover the rear of the mounting flange, and a venting hole through the rear of the magnet are some of the positive features that held my interest toward buying 2 of these drivers.Overall this is a quality product that performs excellent for my application. I would recommend this woofer, and backed up by P.E.s staff and great policies, you just cant go wrong.
Date published: 2015-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Changed an infinity woofer to matchThis is the second woofer that I bought in order to change the infinity woofer to match a blown speaker that I fixed with this same designer woofer from Dayton Audio. I mentioned in the previous review that the response matched a pioneer center channel speaker at 40hz. Now the whole front hits at the same level, quite impressive for a 6 1/2" woofer! This set is connected to a Sony STR-DH740 AV receiver in a small media room with a JBL powered subwoofer and Sony center channel surrounds in the rear for a 5.1 set. Just know in advance that this is a 5 hole mount and in my case required tapering the whole to fit the frame, but it is well worth the work!
Date published: 2014-07-22
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Dayton Audio DS175-8 6-1/2" Designer Series Woofer Speaker

Is this driver suitable for upward and or downward firing installations? 

Asked by: Bluzcaster
I would not recommend this woofer for up or downward firing.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-09-14

I'm looking at using this in a 10.8 L box. Does a 2 inch x 7.25 inch vent for a tuning frequency of 50Hz seem reasonable? Also, will these cross ok at 2500Hz with the ND28F-6 tweeter?

Asked by: Mbd87
Yes that volume and port size and crossover point will work well with this woofer.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-08-31

Using a crossover with a cutoff frequency of 2.6 kHz 24 dB / oct, I will engrave peak at 3 - 5 kHz?

Asked by: Grey
This requires a bit more information in order to proceed. Please contact our tech support for more help with this question, or 800-338-0531 x1.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-06-15

I have a .87 cu ft enclosure, ported to 30Hz. Will one of these function well in this cabinet?

Asked by: Myco
The volume is a bit on the large side and the tuning is low. It would work with a higher tuning frequency closer to 40 Hz, but you would be better off using two of these in that volume.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-03-10

Two questions: 1) I was going to match this up with the Morel MDT 29 tweeter and was wondering which X-over would work better. The DA XO2W-2.5K or EM PXB2:2K5CX 2) My enclosure is .25 cubic ft. What porting do you recommend? Thanks!!

Asked by: New to DIY
The Dayton crossover will probably work best here, the Eminence is designed for their coaxial speakers. In a cabinet with that volume, I would recommend a 1.5" diameter, 6" long port for a tuning frequency of about 50 Hz.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-03-04

What happens if these three drivers to load 30 liters with a resonator # 260-478? Or for that volume optimal another port?

Asked by: ksv2061
Three of these will work in that volume, but I would recommend cutting the port to 4" in length for a tuning frequency of 44 Hz.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-02-25
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