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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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
    (17 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 is rated 4.9412 out of 5 by 17.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from VERY solid, GREAT performance!, Can NOT beat the deal...I ordered two to restore a bass 2x10 cab. The construction of these are so superior to the mid 90's "top of the line". I can see NOTHING about these that would make them "budget drivers"... the ad says the surround is foam, mine were not, rather the industry standard. The foam on mine is the "face rim" for a grill baffle and it's substantial! Dust cap (in the cone) is as illustrated.I'm not thrilled with the spring loaded terminals -yet, though they work just fine. I'd like to see conventional spades...The power and sound is like the other reviews say! Fantastic!Time will tell about the durability... but for the price, I'll buy MORE!
Date published: 2013-04-24

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Dayton Audio PA255-8 10" Pro Woofer

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

I own cabs which measure 14"wide x 12"deep x 28"height-outside diameter. The cabinet vents are 2 1/4in diameter by 4 1/2in. These should be 2.7cu.ft(0.75 in. wood & not including volume taken up by this driver). Will these work 4 clean bass n low mids?

Asked by: dANGERbOY
I'm getting 2.0 cubic feet tuned to 29 Hz assuming there is only one port. How many drivers and ports in each cabinet?
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-02-04

Power rating in 2.55 cubic feet ported box tuned to 39 hz

I am needing a driver that will go down to 40hz at -3db in a rather small lightweight box and this seems to best fit the bill. I based my selection on the pro-audio driver guide which shows it with a F3 of 42 in 2.94 cubic feet. With a little tweaking in WinISD I am getting a box size of 2.55 tuned to 39hz with an F3 of 41. I am thinking of configuring the box almost as a cube 18x18x16 using 12mm baltic birch with a slot port the width of the box (17") with a 1.5 inch height which shows in WinISD to need a port length of 10.7 inches. My concern is after reading the other Q & A responses what reduction in maximum wattage I may get. I don't necessarily need the full 300/600 watt rating but would like to know what the wattage limitation would be as well as the max spl in this configuration.The only other driver that seemed to fit my needs in the chart was the Eminence Basslite S2012 which would get similar response in a 4.4 cu ft box tuned to 39hz. Though it is a larger driver with a 2.3db increase in sensitivity it is only rated at 150 watts to start with which somewhat negates the increased sensitivity so it seemed to me the savings in cost as well as the significantly smaller cabinet size made the Dayton the better choice even thought it's a little heavier.
Asked by: D Boyd
With the alignment above, you will reach excursion limits with as little as 80 watts at 40 Hz.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2013-02-19

sub box question

will the dayton audio pa255-8 10" woffer work as a bass sub in a custom stereo system in my home???
Asked by: spydr
The short answer is no. The long answer is that it won't have a very low frequency cutoff (F3) in any box that will also allow it to handle it's full power rating of 300W. That's due to a several design characteristics of the driver itself. It's meant to be used in PA systems as a Low Frequency/Midbass driver, not a Subwoofer, and those are very different applications with very different sets of needs, driver power handling and excursion capabilities.There are plenty of drivers that Dayton Audio makes specifically to be used as subwoofers in the home. The Dayton Classic Series are a great set of economical drivers. I suggest you take a look at them.Hope this helps.
Answered by: Dr. Zhivago
Date published: 2013-01-04

2x10 shelf ported bass cabinet dimensions?

I'd like to make some cabinets for these drivers similar to some of the 2x10 designs of the "boutique" bass cabinet manufacturers.They will be used mostly as midbass in a 4-way active system (80-500 Hz), but also as as the upper end of a bi-amped bass system (250-4000 Hz).I'd like the cabs to be 24" wide and 18" deep to match the rest of the stack they'll live in.I've done some basic calculations, and I think this will work.3/4" plywood, glued and screwedExterior dimensions 24"W, 18"D, 16"H inside volume 3 CF1" x 22" slot port with 8" shelfThe speakers will be wired parallel for 4 ohms, and they'll be powered by an Ashley FET-1500M 300w rms amp.Does this design look like it will work for my application, of did I forget something...Any suggestions or comments?Thanks,RobertC
Asked by: southpawstrat
I have a suggestion: Double the shelf ports, keeping your desired dimensions. Add one to both the top and bottom of the front baffle. This will change the box tuning to 64Hz and provide full power handling of 600W all the way down to 60Hz. Your design tunes the box to 46Hz, which is unnecessarily low for your intended uses and reduces the power handling to less than 215W @80Hz.Since that Ashley Fet-1500M puts out 550W into 4Ohms bridged, your design lacks the needed power handling for your intended use. With your design, you'd be exceeding Xmax by over 50% @80Hz with that much input power. Not good.I've included some some graphs from BassBox 6 Pro to illustrate this. The red trace in the pictures is your design, the white trace is my suggested design.
Answered by: Dr. Zhivago
Date published: 2012-09-11

How can I wire these?

I want to by these for a 210 cab, but want the cab to run 8 ohms total. How can I wire these to do that?
Asked by: DrumThumper
One woofer = 8 ohms. Two wired to their own amp channels still gives 8 ohms per driver. If you do 2, you have to wire in series or parallel and you get 4 or 16. To solve that - use 4 drivers and you can achieve 8 ohms. Search and read the speaker building section on wiring in series and parallel for determining impedance of multiple drivers.
Answered by: MarkAJH
Date published: 2012-08-17


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