Dayton Audio DS215-8 8" Designer Series Woofer Speaker

Brand:|Model: DS215-8
Dayton Audio's Designer Series DS215-8 8" woofer combines smooth response, excellent bass performance, and a stylish visual presentation.
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Part # 295-430
  • 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 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
  • Sensitivity89.9 dB 2.83V/1m
  • Voice Coil Diameter1.52"
  • Magnet Weight49 oz.
Thiele-Small Parameters
  • Resonant Frequency (Fs)34.3 Hz
  • DC Resistance (Re)5.8 ohms
  • Voice Coil Inductance (Le)1.25 mH
  • Mechanical Q (Qms)1.75
  • Electromagnetic Q (Qes)0.38
  • Total Q (Qts)0.31
  • Compliance Equivalent Volume (Vas)1.52 ft.³
  • Mechanical Compliance of Suspension (Cms)0.72 mm/N
  • BL Product (BL)9.89 Tm
  • Diaphragm Mass Inc. Airload (Mms)29.7g
  • 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
Dayton Audio DS215-8 8" Designer Series Woofer Speaker
  • BrandDayton Audio
  • ModelDS215-8
  • Part Number295-430
  • UPC844632095412
  • Product CategoryWoofers
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (14 Reviews)
  • Weight7.05 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 DS215-8 8" Designer Series Woofer Speaker
Dayton Audio DS215-8 8" Designer Series Woofer Speaker is rated 4.7857 out of 5 by 14.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent speaker at a good priceThe DS215-8 replaced woofers in a two way 1980's era Speakerlab kit cabinet. With two woofers in each box, and passive radiator, the bass blows away my 12 inch home theater sub. The mids are very natural and clean. The tweeters are temporary and will eventually be replaced with soft domes The rehab project is achieving much more than I expected, all due to these woofers. Thanks to Matt for the assist.
Date published: 2015-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good SpeakerLarge Magnet and rubber surround huge plus for the rotting foam of yesteryear. I still own a pair of KEF C 80 for over 30 years and surround is rubber and still fantastic shape not like many Cerwin Vega's you see on Ebay. Only complaint I have about these Dayton Audio's are that there is no screen in back of manget covering the internal wiring and speaker. This means that items like insulation ect from inside speaker could be sucked in and come in contact with coil and cone. Hopefully this doesn't happen. I purchased a pair of 6.5" 10" and 15" inch Dayton Audio and they all had the protective screens on the magnet/hole assembly. sound is fine for an 8" woofer casual listening speaker. However a pair of 15" subs would be recommended.
Date published: 2015-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW!I am very satisfied with Dayton speakers DS215-8, it as an 8,5" overall diameter replaced some Dannemark Speakers, the sound is from far Superior!
Date published: 2015-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding!!!Used these in TDL RTL4 enclosures and was very pleased. I never heard the original drivers, so I can't compare, but these sound great. Maybe a bit punchy/bass heavy for some, but I like a bit of that anyway, if I'm being honest. I would love to make a project around some of these.
Date published: 2015-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Impressive!1st time ordering from PE, i ordered the Dayton DS215 to replace my rotten infinity woofer, im very picky and hands down these things by far exceed the performance of the OEM i crank them and they are happy, the infinitys would never do what these do and PE service and support makes me comfortable with whatever i buy from there
Date published: 2015-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect replacement for epicure model 4Better than the factory,the speaker is still breaking in, sounding better everytime I play them
Date published: 2014-11-28
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Dayton Audio DS215-8 8" Designer Series Woofer Speaker

this will be good than the original wharfedale diamond 9.3 woofers? 

Asked by: giyorgy
We do not have a cross reference available for this type of thing. Please contact our tech support for more help with this question, or 800-338-0531 x1.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-05-05

I want to replace damaged 8" woofers in Infinity SM 85 speakers driven by Onkyo HT-RC460.  How well will this work?

Asked by: 5stroke
We do not have a cross reference available for this type of thing. Please contact our tech support for more help with this question, or 800-338-0531 x1.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-12-31

Is the Vd (cm^3) measurement in the specifications pdf correct? Seems to be large by a factor of 10.

Asked by: Cartoman
Yes it is incorrect, I will have this updated.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-10-28

Got this sub installed in a pair of Mission 737r cabinets with original crossover and tweeter and the sub is lacking lower end bass. I did use 2 smaller gauge wires (12g+12g) and connected them together to get bigger gauge, could that cause it?

Asked by: luckyluke
Please contact our tech support for more help with this question, or 800-338-0531 x1.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-07-21

I have an aiwa subwoofer model # TS-W50 U, 60 hz 90 120hz, max 150 watt 8" 8omz. i need to replace this, is this compatible with your DS 215-8 8" ?

Asked by: patyek
As long as this will physically fit in the same opening, or you can modify it for this application this woofer will work well in that enclosure and with that amplifier.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-05-12

I have Bose 601 series II. Will this fit?

Asked by: MikeyV
This will work in terms of box volume although you will have to double check the physical dimensions of the original and compare to the dimensions for this woofer on the site. This has a frame that measures 8-1/2" but it will fit a fairly common 7-1/16" diameter opening.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-02-25
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