Dayton Audio DVC385-88 15" DVC Series Subwoofer

Brand:|Model: DVC385-88
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.
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Part # 295-190
  • 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

Product Details

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 (at regular price) together in this package only.

Product Specifications
  • Nominal Diameter15"
  • Power Handling (RMS)350 Watts
  • Power Handling (max)700 Watts
  • Impedance8 ohms
  • Frequency Response20 to 450 Hz
  • Sensitivity93.7 dB 2.83V/1m
  • Voice Coil Diameter2"
  • Magnet Weight112 oz.
Thiele-Small Parameters
  • Resonant Frequency (Fs)20.9 Hz
  • DC Resistance (Re)2.4 ohms
  • Voice Coil Inductance (Le)2.31 mH
  • Mechanical Q (Qms)8.65
  • Electromagnetic Q (Qes)0.47
  • Total Q (Qts)0.45
  • Compliance Equivalent Volume (Vas)8.36 ft.³
  • Mechanical Compliance of Suspension (Cms)0.25 mm/N
  • BL Product (BL)12.6 Tm
  • Diaphragm Mass Inc. Airload (Mms)234g
  • 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 (determined using BassBox 6 Pro High Fidelity suggestion)
  • Sealed Volume2.05 ft.³
  • Sealed F342 Hz
  • Vented Volume4.74 ft.³
  • Vented F324 Hz
Dayton Audio DVC385-88 15" DVC Series Subwoofer
  • BrandDayton Audio
  • ModelDVC385-88
  • Part Number295-190
  • UPC844632000072
  • Product CategorySubwoofer Drivers
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (37 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 4.7297 out of 5 by 37.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible in Decware's Housewrecker!I was asked by my brother to build a subwoofer to reproduce the bottom octave of cathedral organ sample sets with great realism. I decided to build another of Steve Deckert's subwoofers-the Decware Housewrecker 7th order bandpass using only one of these monsters. My first choice was to face the driver upwards and wire it to give 4ohms. I then tested it using the Dayton Audio SPA500 plate amp. The result was simply astonishing. It played collosally loud and audiably flat to 20Hz using a test tone CD. I haven't felt the need to put the driver in a different position in the box as it is so good as it is. I have added a photo of the box prior to being veneered etc so it looks a bit rough. It will also get new ports to smarten it up now that I know it's worth it. The box is 49 inches tall with a footprint of 20" square. If you have a large room, you really should build one with a Dayton Audio DVC385-88. You won't regret it!
Date published: 2015-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 12 years old and I would still buy it again...This sub has been employed since 2003 as my music and HT low frequency driver and all these years later it's still an absolute best buy in bass... The PE amp it's coupled to is equally old and only pushing 240-250 watts RMS but that's just fine for my 14x24' living room. These subs are extremely musical (sealed), very sensitive considering their moving mass (loud on low power), and are made to last decades (mine is still good-as-new after 12 years). I have it in a very solid well stuffed 2.4 cubic foot enclosure and I've customized the amplifier to provide an f3 of about 30hz (with the boost turned on) and very nice response down to 24hz (f10). With the boost up all the way to level the slope down low, it is possible to clip the amp but I never truly need it pounding that hard as it will shake the whole house quite easily. Stamped basked, paper cone, rubber surround, just how good could this be? IT'S GREAT. One thing to watch is that the resistance of the dual coins in parallel is quite low considering the two coils are supposed to be 8ohm; I recommend a digital amp as a/b amps will get hot driving it hard; my coils measured 2.7ohms in parallel. Finally, this thing is made completely in the USA which is awesome (at least I hope they still are).
Date published: 2015-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best value in component subwoofers !!!I'd been wanting to build my own powered subwoofer for a long time. I knew that with the budget I had I could either buy a descent sub, or with a little bit of time and elbow grease build an amazing sub myself. With updating my home theater to 7.1 as well as bluray my old 10" Cerwin Vega sub just couldn't hit the lowest octives or produce the amount of energy you get at a movie theater. The Vega was only a 10" @ 100w. After spending time researching, plotting and reading reviews I bought this sub. I couldn't be happier. I've got a nice flat redponce all the way down to 19hz, only loosing -2db. I'm using a Crown XLS1000 amp to power it and if sucks up the power without breaking a sweat. I've only put about 4 hours on this thing and its much better than I imagined. The bass is tight and low, while listening to a SACD with some string bass I could pick up the bassest finger tips plucking the strings, where as before the little bit of detail could not be heard. On movies I had no clue I was missing so much LFE information, watched cloudy with a chance of meat balls with the family and even at a moderate volume this sub was able to re-energize the sound track. After owning half a dozen different powered sub's over the last 20 years from the likes of; jbl, infinity, Vega and MTX this set up by far surpasses anything I've bought. So if your setting there reading this thinking you'd like to give building your own powered sub a try, roll up your sleves and dig in the investment and time and $$$ is way better that anything you'll buy at a big box store. P.S. I decided to build using a Crown PA amp instead of a plate amplifier, it has no problem driving this beast in a 3 cubic foot sealed box, sounds great and allows me to place the sub anywhere because I only have to use speaker wire. Not having to place your sub close to an outlet is nice for finding the best placement.
Date published: 2014-09-29
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: 2014-03-06
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: 2013-07-03
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
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Dayton Audio DVC385-88 15" DVC Series Subwoofer

I see that this driver is no longer on the Dayton website.  Does that mean that it is not being manufactured anymore?  Do you have many on hand?

Asked by: rossdc1
These are being discontinued but we do have a few left on hand.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-11-12

I'm working on a 4 way ope baffle project, would be realistic to spect to reach low 30s in OB configuration?

Asked by: l_bird
These will probably require a little EQ to reach low 30's if used OB.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-10-01

is there a recone kit for this speaker? I have two of these with burnt voice coils and hate to just throw them out

Asked by: spoogin
We do not have a recone kit available for this woofer.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-07-06

Why are the Thiele/Small parameters different from the manufactures website?

Asked by: Elessar
Dayton is in the process of updating all product details and parameters. The specs on the Dayton site will be the most up to date.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-06-03

For an old Velodyne sealed cabinet with cutout for 15" driver. Inside volume = 3.15ft, Looking to add very low end punch for movies only. 14X14X12 room. I have active crossovers and up to 400w @ 8ohm rms mono to play with. What would you suggest?

Asked by: martya
Please contact our tech support for more help with this question, or 800-338-0531 x1.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-05-27

Could i use this for small PA and house parties?

Asked by: DJVibes
This woofer will provide a good amount of output, but you will want to be looking at a pro audio type driver to get the most from your available power. Something like the Dayton PA380-8 in about 3 cubic feet tuned around 45 Hz will provide more output with less power.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-02-24
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