Dayton Audio DS215-8 8" Designer Series Woofer Speaker

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Dayton Audio's Designer Series DS215-8 8" woofer combines smooth response, excellent bass performance, and a stylish visual presentation.
  • 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: 7.05 lbs.  
List Price$56.99
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Dayton Audio DS215-8 8" 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 Diameter8"
  • Power Handling (RMS)80 Watts
  • Power Handling (max)160 Watts
  • Impedance8 ohms
  • Frequency Response35 to 4,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity90.1 dB 2.83V/1m
  • Voice Coil Diameter1.52"
  • Magnet Weight49 oz.
Thiele-Small Parameters
  • Resonant Frequency (Fs)36.7 Hz
  • DC Resistance (Re)5.8 ohms
  • Voice Coil Inductance (Le)1.26 mH
  • Mechanical Q (Qms)1.84
  • Electromagnetic Q (Qes)0.41
  • Total Q (Qts)0.34
  • Compliance Equivalent Volume (Vas)1.38 ft.³
  • Mechanical Compliance of Suspension (Cms)0.62 mm/N
  • BL Product (BL)10 Tm
  • Diaphragm Mass Inc. Airload (Mms)30.4g
  • Maximum Linear Excursion (Xmax)5.5 mm
  • Surface Area of Cone (Sd)211.2 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 Diameter8.5"
  • Baffle Cutout Diameter7.09"
  • Depth3.76"
  • Bolt Circle Diameter8.11"
  • # Mounting Holes5
Optimum Cabinet Size (determined using BassBox 6 Pro High Fidelity suggestion)
  • Sealed Volume0.28 ft.³
  • Sealed F387 Hz
  • Vented Volume0.6 ft.³
  • Vented F352 Hz
  • * Enclosure volume/F3s based on BassBox "optimum" calculations-
Optimum Cabinet Size *
  • Sealed Volume0.28 ft.³
  • Sealed F387 Hz
  • Vented Volume0.6 ft.³
  • Vented F352 Hz
  • * Enclosure volume/F3s based on BassBox "optimum" calculations-
Dayton Audio DS215-8 8" Designer Series Woofer Speaker
  • BrandDayton Audio
  • ModelDS215-8
  • Part Number295-430
  • UPC844632095412
  • Product CategoryWoofers
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (7 Reviews)
  • Weight7.05 lbs.
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    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 DS215-8 8" Designer Series Woofer Speaker is rated 4.7143 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Klispch CF-2 speakers 4 perfect replacements!!!!!I had an old pair of klispch CF-2 Version 1 that 3 of the 4 woofers hadfell apart and upgraded with these Dayton Audio - Dayton Audio DS215-8 8" Designer Series Woofer Speaker and is an amazing combination. Theseseamlessly blend with the Klispch CF-2 horn and the soundstage is stunning.The Daytons are faster and more transparent than the factor woofers that looked like cheap plastic junk.I would also like to give a big shoutout to the PartsExpress team that took myphone call Job well done!!! Service is A-plus and thanks for taking the time tomake sure the speakers would not only work but also fit.
Date published: 2014-02-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good WooferThis is a very good /value woofers... You can use it in small enclosures with good bass and good efficiency . But i don't like the glossy paper cone , and the basket is very thin. I use twin of them in a 3 way center loudspeaker and I will paint the cone with a mat warnish !!Thank you Parts Express for the delivery and for the replacement of the damage speakers ! Very good job
Date published: 2013-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Far exceded expectationsAll I can say is that these woofers have rocked my low budget world! I wanted some speakers to fill some old Cambridge Soundworks boxes I had lying around and I tell you I could not have made a better decision. I have my computer connected to a Fiio E9 acting as a pre-out which is then connected to a Lepai 2020A+ and these woofers pound! I was honestly thinking of upgrading to an actual amp so I could connect a subwoofer and now that I have these things I honestly don't need a subwoofer. When these are properly placed in a room at a decent volume the bass will blow you away. The mids are crystal clear as well. Would recommend 100 times over!
Date published: 2013-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't be fooled by pricey driversThis driver was paired with a tang band 28-847SD almost perfect match, made two boxes with simple box calculator software (free online) and bam great sounding speakers. I have been a mackiefan for years (monitors). who would have thought I can do bettermyself for less than half the cost of one speakerNote to creative types get a crown XLS - 1000 and bi-amp mono
Date published: 2013-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet SpeakersI bought a pair of Realistic Optimus T-110 speakers at a pawn shop because of their great looking cabs and completely gutted them of the previous drivers, crossovers, and l-pads. I looked around for woofers and these caught my eye. They look awesome, sound awesome, and have appearance matching passive radiators as well. Paired with the Vifa silk tweeter and a custom crossover, built with help from the members of the forum, these speakers sing. Highly recommended toward anyone looking for a well built, great sounding woofer.-Julian
Date published: 2013-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Sounding WooferThis is a very well built, good looking, reasonably priced and excellent performing woofer!I have this woofer paired with a Dayton Audio DC28F-8 1-1/8" Silk Dome Tweeter, and crossed over at 2k Hz using a Dayton Audio XO2W-2K 2-Way Crossover in a .80 cu. ft. sealed enclosure. This combination works very well for all types of music, and sounds very accurate in the mid bass and vocal frequencies. You may wish to add an L-Pad in line with the tweeter due to it being just bit more efficient than the woofer.
Date published: 2013-09-14

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Dayton Audio DS215-8 8" Designer Series Woofer Speaker

powered sub?

how would this driver perform as a powered subwoofer?
Asked by: munki114
Not that well, it would be hard to get this driver to play under 40hz. The best enclosure for this driver I could come up with would be a 1.2 cuft ported enclosure tuned to 38hz, it should get you into the mid 30's. It might do ok for a music system but not for home theater.
Answered by: mtg90
Date published: 2013-07-18

How would this sound in a .91 cu ft enclosure?

Given that I think it wants a .7 cu ft enclosure, would the physical dimensions of the woofer, and the tweeters I have sticking out a bit compensate for these to sound good? I really like the 90db efficiency of these woofers.
Asked by: CoreyL
You don't say whether you intend to use them in a sealed or vented enclosure. This woofer will sound good in either type of enclosure at .91 cu ft, if you follow the manufacturer's instructions as to dimensions and (if vented) porting. The size enclosure you specify is not outside the manufacturer's recommended size for either type of enclosure.
Answered by: Bushman
Date published: 2013-02-03

whats the optimum enclosure for 2?

whats the optimum ported enclosure for 2 of these drivers?
Asked by: munki114
.78 cu ft per driver
Answered by: tmarlowski
Date published: 2013-06-20

I have a pair of bose 301 speakers that need the woofers replaced will these fit the bill?

Asked by: jtee1947
Do the woofers need replaced because the voice coils are damaged - or is it the speaker surrounds that have rotted? You can get a surround replacement kit from PE. Changing the woofers is more complicated than matching the diameter... You need to make sure the woofer matches the cubic volume of the cabinet and port, as I believe is the case in the 301. If you are adventurous - search the "woofer selection guide" on PE and look at the volumes for ported speakers - this is a good start. Otherwise, repair the surrounds or call technical support during normal business hours.
Answered by: MarkAJH
Date published: 2012-11-25

im looking to rebuild some AR tsw-410 is this acceptable enclosure to put them in,? also any rec on new x-over?

replacing AR tsw 410 original 8 inch driver as well as the mid range woofers and the x-overs are fried as well any recomendations greatly appreciated
Asked by: metalmaster
It sounds like all you have left are some cabinets. Normally, with a classic speaker - you can refoam the edges and they are good as new. Ini this case you have a choice - try to find drivers that match the interior cubic volume of the cabinets you have or start from scratch. You need to determine the cubic volume of the woofer enclosure and mid enclosure, and if the bass is ported or sealed. Then search on PE "WOOFER SELECTION GUIDE". You can search through all the woofers and find those matching the volume you have - and see if the performance matches your goals. From there - you can buy a pre-built 3-way crossover.... Unless the cabinets are perfect in furniture quality - I would suggest that you put them aside and build a good 2 or 3 way system from scratch. There are kits, cabinets of many sizes and all the drivers you will need. That way you have a great new project without the boundaries inflicted by an existing old cabinet. Mind you - if more of the old speaker was intact - an upgrade/ / fix would be worthwhile.
Answered by: MarkAJH
Date published: 2013-01-24

I need to replace the woofer in my JBL HLS810

Would this be a good replacement?
Asked by: vsdi
Yes this will work well in the enclosure type, you will have to verify the physical dimensions to make sure you will not have to modify the cutout or not.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2013-06-05


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