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
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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
    (36 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 4.7222 out of 5 by 36.
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
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
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Dayton Audio DVC385-88 15" DVC Series Subwoofer

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

I am looking for replacement subwoofers for a set of acoustic research p315 ho speakers i was wondering if the dvc385-88 would be suitable, if not please recommend a driver.

Asked by: Erik Carlisle
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: 2015-02-23

....I'm thinking of putting 3 or these in a single box in the rear or my SUV, using two amps...1 coil from each spkr per amp...series or parallel?  and what box size do you recommend? Port size?  I have over 30 cu.ft to play with

Asked by: Alpo723
Please contact our tech support for more help with this question, or 800-338-0531 x1.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-02-17

a TLine port at 19hz would be over 176" and 12.68ft3 box. a ported box is only 4.74ft3 box at 19Hz would need a slotted vent at 2"x20"x48" or 3"x20"x78". wich would be better? or would a round port(pair of round ports) be better sounding? size(s)?

Asked by: bcboyz86
A TL and a ported box will have two different sounds, so better is subjective. The most practical enclosure would be a vented design which is very common for this woofer. Either slot port would provide the same tuning frequency but the 78" length might be very difficult to fit in the enclosure. The smaller of the two still has enough area to minimize port noise. You could also get a similar tuning frequency with two flared 3" ports at 17" long. All of these options will sound the same.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-02-13

It says the cone area is 829cm2, that puts the radius at 10". I'm building a TLine for this sub so I need the real cone area. Should I use 7.5" for the area(448cm2) or use 829cm2 for the area? Or would a TLine not be the best box for this sub? 

Asked by: bcboyz86
The Sd of this driver is accurate. This area is calculated measuring the diameter of the cone from the middle of the surround on one side to the middle of the surround on the other, which in this case is 32.5cm. 32.5/2 = 16.75, 16.75*16.75*3.14 = 829.15625
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-02-12

Since this is a DVC, could I take a 2 channel amp and run a channel to each coil? Or would this be a bad idea, and better to run the entire speaker from one channel? Like the 200w Lepia amp...

Asked by: bcboyz86
You can run this woofer either way for the same results. Generally the coils are wired in parallel for a 4 ohm load to a subwoofer amplifier, but you can also run left and right channels into each coil separately if you want to use this as a passive subwoofer.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-02-13
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