Dayton Audio DVC310-88 12" DVC Series Subwoofer
Dayton Audio DVC310-88 12" DVC Series Subwoofer

Dayton Audio DVC310-88 12" DVC Series Subwoofer

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Dayton Audio's DVC310-88 DVC Series 12" subwoofer produces clean, deep bass when loaded in sealed, vented, bandpass, or even transmission line designs. The dual 8 ohm voice coils allow for use in a variety of home or auto applications.
  • Designed for sealed, vented, bandpass, and transmission line speaker systems
  • Dual 8 ohm voice coils offer plenty of connection flexibility
  • Kevlar-impregnated paper cone terminated with a durable, thick foam surround
  • US-engineered and manufactured 12" subwoofer driver
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Weight: 17.4 lbs.  
List Price$194.99
Regular Price$124.85
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Dayton Audio DVC310-88 12" DVC Series Subwoofer

These DVC subwoofers are the most versatile drivers in the Dayton Audio line up. They were engineered to provide very good performance in sealed, vented, bandpass or even transmission line designs. The dual 8 ohm voice coils allow for use in a variety of applications and wiring configurations. Each driver features a heavy gauge stamped steel frame, super stiff Kevlar impregnated paper cone, thick foam surround, flat progressive spider, vented pole piece, dual high power Kapton voice coils, heavy duty braided tinsel leads, and high-quality pushbutton terminals. Made in the U.S.A. 5 Year Limited Warranty.


Product Specifications
  • Nominal Diameter12"
  • Power Handling (RMS)350 Watts
  • Power Handling (max)700 Watts
  • Impedance8+8 ohms
  • Frequency Response20 to 450 Hz
  • Sensitivity87.4 dB 1W/1m
  • Voice Coil Diameter2"
  • Magnet Weight112 oz.
Thiele-Small Parameters
  • Resonant Frequency (Fs)22.2 Hz
  • DC Resistance (Re)2.8 ohms
  • Voice Coil Inductance (Le)1.76 mH
  • Mechanical Q (Qms)8.69
  • Electromagnetic Q (Qes)0.4
  • Total Q (Qts)0.38
  • Compliance Equivalent Volume (Vas)4.25 ft.³
  • Mechanical Compliance of Suspension (Cms)0.2 mm/N
  • BL Product (BL)15.85 Tm
  • Diaphragm Mass Inc. Airload (Mms)259.3g
  • Maximum Linear Excursion (Xmax)15.1 mm
  • Surface Area of Cone (Sd)502.7 cm²
Materials of Construction
  • Cone MaterialPaper / Kevlar
  • Surround MaterialFoam
  • Voice Coil Wire MaterialCopper
  • Voice Coil FormerKapton® / Polyimide
  • Basket / Frame MaterialSteel
  • Magnet MaterialFerrite
Mounting Information
  • Overall Outside Diameter12.25"
  • Baffle Cutout Diameter11.05"
  • Depth5.61"
  • # Mounting Holes8
Optimum Cabinet Size (determined using BassBox 6 Pro High Fidelity suggestion)
  • Sealed Volume0.91 ft.³
  • Sealed F351 Hz
  • Vented Volume2.5 ft.³
  • Vented F329 Hz
Dayton Audio DVC310-88 12" DVC Series Subwoofer
  • BrandDayton Audio
  • ModelDVC310-88
  • Part Number295-185
  • UPC844632000065
  • Product CategorySubwoofer Drivers
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (23 Reviews)
  • Weight17.4 lbs.
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Dayton Audio DVC310-88 12" DVC Series Subwoofer
Dayton Audio DVC310-88 12" DVC Series Subwoofer is rated 4.3043 out of 5 by 23.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quality Dayton ProductI built a 3 cubic foot enclosure tuned to 26 hz or so, dampened with the acoustic foam sold here at parts express and ported with two 3" flared Precision Ports (great product as well) for this driver. The only problem i had during the entire build was when wiring this up (voice coils in parallel for 4 ohm load) i found that the spring terminals were very easy to use but they didn't even come close to fitting the 8 gauge cable i had hoped to use. I ended up cutting off about half of the strands to make it fit because i had no other wire on hand. Very minor complaint considering the fact that it was mostly user error trying to use such a large gauge of cable inside an enclosure. When i put it in the box and hooked it up to my iNuke 1000 dsp, I immediately was amazed at how low it played. It plays 20 hz with authority in my setup, which is impressive. Another small complaint is that when you push it hard, the tinsel leads start to slap against the back of the cone and make an audible clacking noise. I thought i was bottoming out the woofer when i first heard this noise, but i couldnt be sure because it seemed that even when i started to hear the noise i could push the driver even further without much more complaint. I removed it from the box and tested it to find out that it was the tinsel leads. I cant even bottom out this woofer by pushing it down with as much force as i feel comfortable applying to the cone. This thing will really move, 15mm of xmax almost seems like an understatement. I have yet decided on what to do to solve the problem with the leads. I have been told to either put a soft foam on the back of the cone where its slapping or bend the terminals back some, both of which im tentative to do.With the larger box and the very low tuning frequency, i suspect i have lowered the power handling slighty as i reach excursion limits fairly quickly. But it still handles the power im feeding it (maybe around 400 watts) and sounds good even as it reaches its limits. Its loud enough to make the neighbors mad if they are outside their house, and it can rattle things inside my house. The thing i like most about this sub is that it can play the lowest lows without sounding muddy at all, it has impressed all my friends. All around another great Dayton product at a good price, especially now that it is on sale for $20 less than what i payed for it!
Date published: 2015-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I neededI bought this a month ago and it works just fine. ( Better than the one it replaced )
Date published: 2014-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great deal!I bought this a month ago to replace my 12" Shiva that had seen better days. The T/S parameters are near identical. It fit the bill perfectly. I paid 115 bucks for the Shiva 15 years ago. This one was 125! Can't complain about that!This thing will give you all the lowend and volume you want. It just doesn't care!I am running it with a Parasound amp (630 watts) in a 4 cubic ft. box tuned to 20 Hz. Better rattle proof the house and nail down every thing or it will end up on the floor! I have also used it in a 2.5 cubic ft. box tuned to 25 Hz and it works great in this size box also. Built that one for my father since he didn't want a big box.Overall you can't beat the price for the amount of bass and volume you can get out of this sub. It will take the abuse also. 15mm Xmax!
Date published: 2014-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great SubI have two of it's 15 inch cousins installed in a compact 8 cubic ft box coupled with one 15 inch earthquake slaps passive radiator. The sound is very tight, just the way I like my subs.This 12 inch is equally as dynamic. The sound from this subwoofer is incredible.I have it installed in a 1.7 cubic ft box coupled with two 12 inch passive radiators, onefrom earthquake and the other from Boston acoustics, and powered by aDayton 500 W amp. I am pretty sure it can play down to 15 Hz or lower...still have tomeasure.Don't watch a scary movie with this configuration, you may be holding your heart in your hands literally with the impact of this subwoofer. This subwoofer sounds really rich with passive radiators. I am sure it will sound equally as nice with other configurations.
Date published: 2014-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice little SubI bought this like another reviewer to replace a sub with a failed surround in an old Radio Shack passive sub. Like he said I had to slightly trim the cutout in the box. This box is small for this sub at around 1.5 cuft. So after the install I worked my way up in wattage. First an Alesis RA100 @75 watts per channel. This sounded good and nice solid low end. Next was my Carvin HD1500 @210 watts per channel. Now we are getting into making this sub work. The low end and punch really opened up, but I felt it could be more. So off we go into bridged mono 8 ohm coils in parallel for 1400 watts. Now this is where this sub likes to live, I kept the sensitivity at 80% so we are talking a constant 1120 watts or so with an occasional clip. Very nice low end and punch not one bit of bottoming out. I don't know what that other reviewer was talking about, must not have sealed his enclosures or something. This sub can handle serious power no problem. At this point in the tryout I was running this sub mono bridged @1400 watts and 100hz crossover on the amp set. It is paired with 2 QSC K10's with their crossovers set at 100 hz also and it is keeping up with them no problem. Now it don't compare to my 18 powered PA sub but it does a descent job.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from reproduces low bass wellThis is the second set of subwoofers I have tried with the Dayton Audio SWDC12 Dual 12" Subwoofer Cabinet kit. Originally I used another brand of subwoofer (about 2/3 price) that, comparatively, did not reproduce as many of the low notes. They have become much more apparent in terms of sound and "air movement vibrations", and would otherwise would be left unnoticed. I started with a Bash 500 amp, but this plate did not allow for enough control which was solved by installing a Dayton Audio SPA500 500W Subwoofer Plate Amplifier that has a built in low-band parametric equalizer that allows for you to choose a frequency (say 32 hz) that you can emphasize. You could have a sub-subwoofer. These speakers (with enclosure/amplifier combination) are part of a system that noticeably extends my lower frequencies uncommonly experienced in the home. These speakers reproduce bass so well you discover sounds that you did't even know existed. I might try a dual 4 ohms rather than dual 8 if I were to do it again.
Date published: 2013-07-28
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Dayton Audio DVC310-88 12" DVC Series Subwoofer

I have the Dayton SA100 plate amp will that amp work with this speaker? Thanks

Asked by: llan
The SA100 will power the woofer but it will have limited output capability. The SPA250 or Bash 300 would be a better match to get the most out of the woofer.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-02-24

Planning to have dual 12" in Sealed Enclosure. To be flat from 40-120 Hz. 500W plate amplifier. Which is more suitable? DVC310 or DVC305? What is the recommended volume? Thanks.

Asked by: Mike Sim
The DVC310 will play lower in a sealed enclosure. I would recommend a sealed volume of 2.1 cubic feet for both, which will provide an F3 of 49 Hz and in room response flat into the low 30's.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-02-11

The wires that are coming from the terminals on the basket and into the voice coil (sorry, i dont know the proper name for them-'leads' maybe?) are slapping against the back of the cone when it starts to move a lot. Is there any way to combat this?

Asked by: Dave _B
Generally an easy fix is to CAREFULLY bend the terminals back a bit to let some slack out of the tinsel leads which will usually solve the problem. You will want to make sure you still leave enough slack for the cone travel and you don't want stress on the tinsel lead/cone connection. You might also get some soft one sided stick on foam pads and stick to the back side of the cone.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-01-09

Is this driver suitable for a down-firing ported enclosure?

Asked by: Dave4321543263452
Yes this will work fine in that application.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-11-26

Could I use this subwoofer for a replacement for a Paradigm PS1200 subwoofer

Asked by: Audio1988
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: 2014-10-09

If i were to wire the dvc subwoofer down to 4ohm, how much power would I need in a ported enclosure tuned to 22hz?

Asked by: relic1
Anything from 300-500 watts RMS will work well with this woofer.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-08-11
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