Dayton Audio PA255-8 10" Pro Woofer

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Dayton Audio PA Series Pro Woofers are a great upgrade for musical instrument or sound reinforcement cabinets, and also excel in custom-built speaker systems.
  • Strong, low-mass carbon fiber impregnated paper cone
  • I-beam rolled edge 1.2 mm steel frame
  • Low distortion motor system w/copper cap
  • Powerful 50 oz. ceramic ferrite magnet
  • Vented pole piece/vented voice coil gap improve thermal management
  • Black motor parts and black polyimide voice coil former dissipate heat
  • Bumped back plate for unrestricted excursion
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Weight: 11.8 lbs.  
List Price$56.99
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Part # 295-030
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Dayton Audio PA255-8 10" Pro Woofer

Dayton Audio PA Series Pro Woofers are a great upgrade for musical instrument or sound reinforcement cabinets, and also excel in custom-built speaker systems. High power handling, smooth response, low distortion, deep punchy bass, and rugged reliability are the features that set PA Series woofers apart from other drivers – premium performance, but value priced.

Product Specifications
  • Nominal Diameter10"
  • Power Handling (RMS)300 Watts
  • Power Handling (max)600 Watts
  • Impedance8 ohms
  • Frequency Response46 to 3,500 Hz
  • Sensitivity94.7 dB 1W/1m
  • Voice Coil Diameter2"
  • Magnet Weight50 oz.
Thiele-Small Parameters
  • Resonant Frequency (Fs)46.4 Hz
  • DC Resistance (Re)5 ohms
  • Voice Coil Inductance (Le)1.33 mH
  • Mechanical Q (Qms)9.56
  • Electromagnetic Q (Qes)0.51
  • Total Q (Qts)0.48
  • Compliance Equivalent Volume (Vas)2.08 ft.³
  • Mechanical Compliance of Suspension (Cms)0.35 mm/N
  • BL Product (BL)9.8 Tm
  • Diaphragm Mass Inc. Airload (Mms)33.6g
  • Maximum Linear Excursion (Xmax)5 mm
  • Surface Area of Cone (Sd)346.4 cm²
Materials of Construction
  • Cone MaterialPaper / Carbon Fiber
  • Surround MaterialCloth
  • Voice Coil Wire MaterialCopper
  • Voice Coil FormerKapton® / Polyimide
  • Basket / Frame MaterialSteel
  • Magnet MaterialFerrite
Mounting Information
  • Overall Outside Diameter10"
  • Baffle Cutout Diameter9.13"
  • Depth4.92"
  • # Mounting Holes8
Optimum Cabinet Size (determined using BassBox 6 Pro High Fidelity suggestion)
  • Sealed Volume0.89 ft.³
  • Sealed F383 Hz
  • Vented Volume2.94 ft.³
  • Vented F342 Hz
Dayton Audio PA255-8 10" Pro Woofer
  • BrandDayton Audio
  • ModelPA255-8
  • Part Number295-030
  • UPC844632084225
  • Product CategoryWoofers, Subwoofers & Midrange Speakers
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (18 Reviews)
  • Weight11.8 lbs.
  • Case Qty2
  • California Prop 65

    Warning: California residents only. Please note per Proposition 65 that this product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

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Dayton Audio PA255-8 10" Pro Woofer
Dayton Audio PA255-8 10" Pro Woofer is rated 4.8889 out of 5 by 18.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid driver for bass guitarOriginally built a pair of 2x10 cabs for bass guitar on a budget with the Goldwood GW-210 speakers. Later upgraded the amp head from a 150W Trace Elliott to a 500W Aguilar, and occasionally would overheat one of the drivers and deform the coil during long practices. So these Daytons went into the upper cab only (which was the site of the most recent dying Goldwood), and the rig is noticeably louder and punchier. They also meet specs of the old ones as far as the resonant frequency and ideal box volume were concerned, while improving on the sensitivity. Their upper-frequency range doesn't go as high, so technically I now have a "hole" between where the Daytons stop and my tweeter's HPF begins, but I haven't been disappointed by the tone so far. Remember, I'm not using this for PA or HiFi, but for instrument amplification / coloration. So if you have existing woofers like the Goldwoods, you may want to look at these as an upgrade. They're about twice the price, but you get more than twice the performance (sensitivity, power handling, excursion, etc.)
Date published: 2014-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good midbass driverI purchased a couple of these 10" drivers to use as a midbass crossed over at 80Hz (24 db/octave) on the low end and 700Hz nominal (12 db/octave)on the upper end. They do a nice job in that range - they are smooth and can put out some decent SPL in that range. Modelling suggested that excursion becomes a limiting factor below about 65-70Hz (sealed) but for my application, that's not a factor. I have used a couple of 12 inchers from this same line in some PA cabinets and have found that those have held up long term to a lot of abuse, I expect these will do the same. At their price point these are hard to beat if you are looking for a higher efficiency 10" driver.
Date published: 2014-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from excellent speakerI purchased a pair of these for a recent speaker project. They are my primary woofer and they sound great in a sealed cabinet configuration.
Date published: 2013-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from UpgradeI recently purchased a Carvin brand Micro-Bass guitar amp. While the factory woofer did it's job, I couldn't get past the sound. After considering the price of the amp, and where I'd use it. I searched for a decent priced replacement woofer which would better handle Bass guitar frequencies. I found it in the Dayton Audio PA225-8 10" speaker. Before, with the Carvin woofer, (PS10-8,) I'd hear the bass guitar. With the Dayton Audio PA225, I feel the bass. A vast improvement. The Dayton speaker has a full sound, a good frequency range, and it can take the power. The extended Xmax rating serves to enhancea smoother bass sound.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from solid driverPurchased this driver to replace a Chinese made equivalent that suffered an unglued voice coil, despite it being 2-1/2" and modestly driven. The Dayton is far superior in every way--extends lower in frequency, is tight, and holds together well at high volume. Not quite as loud as the pricier Eminence equivalents, but they are a respectable second and go for a fraction of the price!
Date published: 2013-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Used in Hestia-SL Open Back ProjectIn designing the Hestia-SL, driver integration and the ability to integrate well with low magnitude slopes were first and foremost in priority for this active/passive high resolution project. Coupled with a Celestion 5" neo driver used for upper mids and a Vifa 3/4" dual concentric ring radiator for the highs, the Dayton 10" pro sound driver fit the bill nicely for the lower mids. Very efficient, which was key for proper dipole integration on the passive side. An active Usher 8" woofer rounds out the driver selection for the H-Frame mounted low bass section. All in all, the Dayton 10" Pro Sound represents an exceptional buy for such a highly resolved yet x/o forgiving driver.
Date published: 2013-06-21

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Dayton Audio PA255-8 10" Pro Woofer

Hello! I am interested in using two of these wired in parallel in a vented enclosure. What is the optimum enclosure volume/porting that allows for full program power handling without over-excursion? I have a DSP and employ a high-pass filter. Thanks!

Asked by: GWally
In order for these to handle full program power without excursion problems they will need to be high passed at about 150 Hz, regardless of box volume and tuning. You would actually be farther ahead keeping them sealed in about 2 cubic feet for the pair, which will allow a slightly lower high pass frequency of 120 Hz before excursion becomes a problem.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-10-14

I would like to use 2 of these speakers as replacements in a 4 ohm Hartke Professional 2100 2X10 bass guitar cabinet. I am not certain of the tuning specs. My concern is will they handle 400 watts r.m.s. @ 4 ohms from my Hartke 4000 bass amp LLJ

Asked by: Lammy
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Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-09-23

cabinet size for the pa255 8  and port what can they go down to frequency the speaker book i have says 3 cu ft with 1 3in port 2 in long down to 35hz is that about rightwith 2000 crossover point 2mh coil 10 uf cap on low 5.1 uf cap and .64 mh coil for h  

Asked by: barbaque
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Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-08-29

Will this work in a GK 410RBH ?

Asked by: steven122
The enclosure is a little on the small side for this woofer. The best replacement would actually be the Eminence Legend BP102 below.http://www.parts-express.com/eminence-legend-bp102-10-bass-guitar-driver-200w-8-ohm--290-471
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-08-26

Was considering of using these in some JBL lancer 99 cabinets as 2 ways with horns mounted on top. Internal volume is 1.49 cubic ft. Would the existing port (4"round x7" long) work? Thanks

Asked by: Akoni59
Yes these will work fine in that enclosure, the tuning frequency will be 48 Hz.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-08-04

I know what the RMS/continuous means but the max, is that peak or program?

Asked by: jack88
The max power in this case is peak, not program.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-03-25


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