Get your questions answered from other customers
who own this product or have experience with it.
If your question requires design or troubleshooting information,
please email firstname.lastname@example.org
for a prompt reply.
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
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
Date published: 2013-01-13
I read the reviews from other customers and saw that this sub was being used in several different enclosures. What enclosure does PE recommend?
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.
Date published: 2011-12-08
How do you hook this up to your subwoofer amp? I see two sets of terminals there. Thanks :)
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.
Date published: 2012-11-26