Dayton Audio DVC385-88 15" DVC Series Subwoofer

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The versatile Dayton Audio DVC385-88 15" DVC subwoofer is suitable for 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 15" subwoofer driver
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Weight: 19.4 lbs.  
List Price$207.99
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Dayton Audio DVC385-88 15" 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, and heavy duty braided tinsel leads. Made in the U.S.A. 5 Year Limited Warranty.

A knock-down 3.0 cubic foot subwoofer cabinet built specifically for the Dayton Audio DVC385-88 15" subwoofer is available here. Save 50% off the price of the cabinet when you buy the cabinet and DVC subwoofer together in this package.

Product Specifications
  • Nominal Diameter15"
  • Power Handling (RMS)350 Watts
  • Power Handling (max)700 Watts
  • Impedance8+8 ohms
  • Frequency Response20 to 450 Hz
  • Sensitivity90 dB 1W/1m
  • Voice Coil Diameter2"
  • Magnet Weight112 oz.
Thiele-Small Parameters
  • Resonant Frequency (Fs)19 Hz
  • DC Resistance (Re)2.8 ohms
  • Voice Coil Inductance (Le)1.82 mH
  • Mechanical Q (Qms)8.66
  • Electromagnetic Q (Qes)0.38
  • Total Q (Qts)0.36
  • Compliance Equivalent Volume (Vas)8.2 ft.³
  • Mechanical Compliance of Suspension (Cms)0.24 mm/N
  • BL Product (BL)16 Tm
  • Diaphragm Mass Inc. Airload (Mms)297.1g
  • Maximum Linear Excursion (Xmax)15.1 mm
  • Surface Area of Cone (Sd)829.6 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 Diameter15.16"
  • Baffle Cutout Diameter13.77"
  • Depth6.57"
  • # Mounting Holes8
Optimum Cabinet Size *
  • Sealed Volume2.05 ft.³
  • Sealed F342 Hz
  • Vented Volume4.74 ft.³
  • Vented F324 Hz
  • * Enclosure volume/F3s based on BassBox "optimum" calculations-
Dayton Audio DVC385-88 15" DVC Series Subwoofer
  • BrandDayton Audio
  • ModelDVC385-88
  • Part Number295-190
  • UPC844632000072
  • Product CategorySubwoofer Drivers
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (34 Reviews)
  • Weight19.4 lbs.
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Dayton Audio DVC385-88 15" DVC Series Subwoofer
Dayton Audio DVC385-88 15" DVC Series Subwoofer is rated 4.7059 out of 5 by 34.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from questionim wanting to put this sub in a sealed box with the bash 300w amp. what would be my optimum box size for movies? i see some people using 3 cubes and some doing closer to 4 cubes. can somebody please plug this into winsid or bassbox for me? somebody with a brain :) building the box this weekend thanks.
Date published: 2014-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome home theater sub!I was on a really tight budget when I built my home theater sub, but really wanted a 15" or 18" sub for better low end. I ended up choosing the 15" due to the box size limitations I was constrained too. I ended up making a down firing dual 3" pvc port coffee table box. I puchased the Yung 200w non boost amp and can't be happier with the purchase. I have $300 wrapped up into the sub, amp, and materials for the enclosure/coffee table and can say that nothing that you would buy in the store would even come remotely close to this performamce.People kept saying that the coffee table will vibrate and you won't be able to have drinks on it, so i made the box as one unit out of 3/4"mdf, then made the top out of a seperate piece of 3/4" mdf and put a layer of 24" slate tiles on it, groutet them in, then added some nice would trim around the edges. All in all the top weighs about 75#'s I put some custom wood planks on the box part, and you can't even tell that a sub exists in it at all. The key is to add some rubber damper/vibration isolators from mcmastercarr or simular between the base box and the top. I only have the amp turned up to maybe 1/4 power at best when listening normally and nothing even shows signs of wanting to vibrate. I can turn it up to the point of shaking the basement walls, and the drinks don't even vibrate then. Isolators and weight for the top are key!Enough with the enclosure it's in. I tested this sub in the 5ft^3 enclosure that I made and it is crazy loud with the 200w amp. I ran some test tone sweeps with the box turned on it's side with the ports facing the side as well and I would get some decent port noise at 10hz, but when I turned it to down firing into the carpet like it will be permently, it pretty much completely went away. I would recommend a rectagular port or a 4" port if you plan on listening to it this loud all the time. If you are just going for normal realistic volumes, then the dual 3" ports will be fine. I tuned it to 20hz and had to put a bend in the ~20" long ports that I made.When I was doing the test sweeps at 200watts power, it was very loud and shaking the floor of the upstairs of the house and also shook all the walls upstairs and moved all my hanging pictures. This was in my 12'x25' basement room where this thing lives.When I built this sub, we wanted quality bass, not quantity. I have 4 bass shakers strapped to my sectional so we can feel the bass and still be able to hear the movie at the same time. I wanted nothing to do with the "boomy" bass that you get from all smaller enclosure purchased subs, and also didn't want to look at it any more (thus the coffee table sub). This is my first home sub build (use to do car audio all the time with DD subs and such) and I honostly can't finsd a complaint. It sounds like the bass that you get when you go to the theater. Even though the 15" is in a pretty small box, it give very clean good sounding bass that fills up my really large room. It still hits hard when asked to, and is not muddy at all. I have never had the oppertunity to hear a home theater sub that sounds this well and am truley amazed that it was even possible to achieve this type of bass sound. You get great sounding bass that you can feel and hear that blends really well with the other 7 channels of my audio and doesn't overpower the system (unless you turn up the amp).I highly recommend this sub for a home theater build, especially for the people that want good sound at an affordable price, or just don't want to spend a ton of money in general. Unless you are one of those people that either want to go deaf watching your movies, or want the cops to show up all the time if you live in an apartment, then a 200w Yung amp will be more than enough power to handle this.
Date published: 2013-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Movie and game SubI built a 3.2cft box with a 6 inch precision port with a total length of 15 inches giving it a tuning frequency of 35hz. On initial testing I was very impressed. I was not looking for extreamly musical bass, but rather violently deep bass that booms with some accuracy and punch. That is exactly what this sub does best. For movies and games, every explosion is powerful and felt. I had a pyle pro 15 in the box before this, and i had not ported the box yet. The pyle did not have near the depth of this and it would bottom out on deep loud bass passes. This sub has no problem hitting all the way down there. Were it falls short is on the fast punchy bass of metal and techno music. But i think that has alot to do with the box being ported instead of sealed. In my situation it doesnt matter anyways because i built a smaller sealed sub for the higher bass. I had to power it with the dayton 500 amp because the 240b that i had before was constently overheating. Now it has no problems. If deep powerful bass for a movie or games is what you want, this is the sub for you.
Date published: 2013-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bass CannonAgainst the advice i was given in the forums, i decided to put this in a ported enclosure approximately 6 cuf, with dual 3 inch precision ports. The issue i heard was "you'll get a lot of port noise, even at 240W." I'm running the dayton sa240 and modded the bass boost away. There is no port noise whatsoever. I keep the gain dial at about half way, and this is already enough bass to shake everything in my apartment, as well as the upstairs neighbors'. The sub doesnt even look like it's moving and it is crazy loud. Making it actually MOVE is just silly amounts of bass. This sub sounds good for just about everything, be it music, movies, or games. The only thing it is not the best for is death metal. And even then it's not too bad. It can punch and wub with ease.Summary:It's pretty fast. It's very loud. You won't be disappointed, especially at this price. Also spring terminals are nice.
Date published: 2013-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent value for the priceI used this as a replacement speaker for a BSR SW-15 subwoofer. The original DVC 4 ohm speaker was pretty cheap and protested when run up to near it rated power. This speaker along with a new crossover and insulation is like night and day. By playing with the dampning, the resonance is minimal and bass is tight. It can handle the 200 watts of power from my subwoofer amp with no problems. I highly reccomend this speaker as a replacement or if you are building a new box.
Date published: 2013-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT sub for the price! If you're reading this, yes, BUY ITI bought this sub to try in a 4.4cf ported cabinet, based on the reviews I read here, and the help I received in the Q&A section below.I wasn't sure what to expect, since WinISD recommended (as I recall) about a 6.2 c/f cabinet and I wasn't sure how much I would be losing by using the smaller cab.Well, it's been a few days now, and I have to say I'm REALLY surprised and impressed by just how good it actually does sound for an inexpensive sub, and it's not nearly broken in yet.I stuffed the cabinet to tighten up the response, and in the end, in my 15x25 room, it easily absorbs all the power I can throw at it before my ears start hurting -about 800 RMS on one channel of my amp- and it sounds effortless. I did set my eq's low-cut filter to about 20hz as I was advised, and it really did control the cone movement a LOT better without the subsonics.Overall, I'd say if you're looking for the most bass for your buck you definitely can't go wrong here. I'll probably buy another one eventually just for balance, but this one 15", and also a 12", supply all the bass that I need in this room, and I LIKE bass.Thanks to PE for a great deal!
Date published: 2013-02-04

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Dayton Audio DVC385-88 15" DVC Series Subwoofer

How small of a cabinet can I put these in without damaging them ?

I'm interested in using these for car audio, and wonder if they could be used in small cabinet sizes around 1-1.5 cu.ft. without damaging the surround or cone. Planning on using them with about 450WRMS.What is the smallest cabinet volume you would recommend ?Thanks for your help......................Blake
Asked by: Nihilist
I would recommend no smaller than 1.5 cubic feet. The cone and surround will be fine regardless of box size but you will get great results in 1.5-2 cubic feet sealed.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2013-01-22

which box do you recommend ?

I will be making a down firing coffee table sub and would like to use this sub in it. I will have up to 5 cuft to work with. would you recommend a sealed or vented enclosure? this will only be used for movies and games and never music. I would like to achieve the lowest bass possible that sounds good. The wife and I don't like loud bass, but we do want good sounding low bass. I can adjust the volume of the box to whatever is needed up to 5cu ft. also would a 200watt amp power this sub enough, or should I wait for the 300wAtt amp to come back in stock? this will be in my basement which is about 12'w x 35'L x 7'H . any help or advice would be Greatly appreciated!!!
Asked by: skilowyo
This sub is pretty much exactly what u are looking for if u want to use it for movies and games. I built a 3.2cft ported enclosure for it and it hits exteamly low. Down to 20hz. I would not recommend this for a sealed enclosure because you will loose some bottom end extension. I cant speak for a larger box, but if you use the same size enclosure that i did along with a 6 inch precision port with an overall length of 15 inches, you will be very impressed with the results. Also I would recommend using more than 300 watts. I was using the dayton 240 and the amp kept over heating. I now use the dayton 500 and its fine. The 350 watt rating that you see only applies to one of the two voice coils. Together both voice coils will handle a 700 watt amp so there is no chance of the sub blowing if u use 500. But, the 300 should have no problems provided it doesnt over heat.
Answered by: Speaker Kid
Date published: 2013-07-28

What is expected life of foam surrounds?

I am considering this driver for subwoofer(s) for a virtual pipe organ. It looks very good with a transmission line tuned to 16Hz I should get max output of over 115dB for a single driver. My concern is longevity in such heavy use esp. with foam surround. Don't expect UV exposure but can get warm in organ chamber.
Asked by: TubbyTheTubie
These are a very popular choice for that application. Unfortunately there is no shelf life figure I can provide, the life span changes with different conditions. No UV exposure is huge, that should add quite a few years to the foam. I am aware of at least one driver that has been around multiple environments for 13+ years and the surround is still as solid as it was new.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2013-07-28

Has anybody used this with a feed through crossover

I have a old Cerwin Vega sub box that can feed through a set of satalite speakers to play the mids and highs . The original CV DVC speaker was rated a 4 ohms. The satalites had to be rated at 8 ohms. Can I use this 8 ohm DVC speaker as a replacement for the 4 ohm unit and will it affect the rating of the satalites?
Asked by: axeccn
Yes, you cam use this 8 ohm instead of you old 4 ohms speakers. If you use it in mono then you can parallel the dual voice coils for4 ohms. If only usiing one speaker in stereo mode, the 8 ohms will only slightly raise your through crossover point to you satallited. I have not used this exact speaker but I have used dual 8 coils on 15" speakers. Some crossovers, because of design, will not change in any way with various impedence loads.I have a musician friend in Toledo, Ohio that used 2 of this speaker in a Cerwin-Vega pro audio stage sub speaker and really likes it
Answered by: Nitnub
Date published: 2013-01-13

recommended enclosure?

I read the reviews from other customers and saw that this sub was being used in several different enclosures. What enclosure does PE recommend?
Asked by: Houston
Dayton doesn't list a recommended enclosure, but states the driver is versatile. I have used it in 3 cu ft boxes with no problems and sims show a max flat enclosure to be about 3.9 cu ft sealed.The best way to determine the enclosure that will work would be to start with the application. If it is going in a car you will need to know how it will be set up. If in a room, placement and room size might determine if you want to tune it a certain way. For a good all around box that will be forgiving to moving around and placement in various applications, I recommend about 3.5 cu ft sealed.
Answered by: Musgofasa
Date published: 2011-12-08

How do you hook this up to your subwoofer amp? I see two sets of terminals there. Thanks :)

Asked by: Fastskiguy
That would depend on the amplifier in question. The best option would be a single channel amp that is stable at 4ohms. This way you would wire the leads from both positives to the + lead on the amp and the same with the negatives. If your amp is two channels and not bridgeable you would wire each side of the sub to each channel of the amp.There are many other ways to configure the wiring depending on the number of subs, number of amp channels to be used, and stability of the amp being used. For the best results, I would call PE and tell them the amp you are using. They will be able to tell you exactly the best way to configure it for your needs.
Answered by: Musgofasa
Date published: 2012-11-26

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