Dayton Audio DVC385-88 15" DVC Series Subwoofer
Dayton Audio DVC385-88 15" DVC Series Subwoofer

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
Regular Price$139.85
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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 (at regular price) together in this package only.

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 (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
    (35 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 4.7143 out of 5 by 35.
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
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: 2013-04-04
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: 2013-01-27
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Dayton Audio DVC385-88 15" DVC Series Subwoofer

I'm considering using two in a 6th order BR 150ltrs tuned to 24hz with 6db boost at 24hz. What parameters can be expected with VCs in series? What 2.83V sens. can be expected with two woofers in series\parallel for 8 ohms total? Thanks!!

Asked by: Scholl
The only parameter that will change with the coils in series as opposed to parallel will be the impedance and sensitivity. Each driver sensitivity with coils in series will be 86.6 dB at 2.83 v, add 6 dB to this with both drivers wired together in parallel. We will need more details about the box before we can really help with what a model might look like. Please contact our tech support for more help with this question, or 800-338-0531 x1.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-01-05

What is the main difference between the DVC385-88 15 and the RSS390HO-4 15 other than power limitations and box size? Modeled, they are exactly the same for phase, impedance, SPL, and max SPL. The DVC doesn't bottom out around 30 Hz though.

Asked by: Cartoman
Box models will only tell you so much about how a driver will perform. Other than the size, these woofers are completely different. Different frames, different cone and surround materials, motor assemblies, etc. Choosing the right woofer will be application specific.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-12-17

hello i want to use this for a peavey cabinet FH1. will it fit?

Asked by: davestag
I would recommend using the 295-034 Dayton Audio PA380-8 15" woofer instead. The DVC385-88 is better suited to use in a direct-radiating vented cabinet as a subwoofer.
Answered by: DaytonAudio_Rory
Date published: 2014-12-05

Does anyone recommend a break-in period for this sub ?

Asked by: f250phil
All speakers require a break in period, some more than others. A subwoofer like this will settle after 10-20 hours of normal play time.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-10-29

When you recommend 6.5 c.f. enclosure with 2, 4" x 17" ports are you accounting for the volume used by the subwoofer itself? If not what is the volume occupied by this woofer? 

Asked by: minder3
This 6.5 cubic foot cabinet does not take the driver or port displacement displacement into consideration. The port and driver displacement combined would be almost a half a cubic foot. (0.481). On a box this size it has almost no effect at all though. the tuning changes by .5 Hz and the graphs lay directly over each other.
Answered by: Chrisf
Date published: 2014-10-03

Which amplifier would you recommend to drive 4 of these with? Enclosing 2 or 4 of them into one or two boxes (6 or 12 cf), or using 4 of your cabinet packages. Would I be able to hook 4 of these up to one inuke3000? Two in parallel per channel?

Asked by: Newnumber6
The NU3000 will power 4 of these with two wired in parallel on each channel.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-10-10

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