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Dayton Audio PA310-8 12" Pro Woofer

Brand:|Model: PA310-8|Part # 295-032
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.
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Part # 295-032
  • 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 80 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

Product Details

Dayton Audio PA310-8 12" 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 Diameter12"
  • Power Handling (RMS)450 Watts
  • Power Handling (max)900 Watts
  • Impedance8 ohms
  • Frequency Response44 to 4,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity96.1 dB 2.83V/1m
  • Voice Coil Diameter3"
  • Magnet Weight80 oz.
Thiele-Small Parameters
  • Resonant Frequency (Fs)39 Hz
  • DC Resistance (Re)5.5 ohms
  • Voice Coil Inductance (Le)1.68 mH
  • Mechanical Q (Qms)8.85
  • Electromagnetic Q (Qes)0.30
  • Total Q (Qts)0.29
  • Compliance Equivalent Volume (Vas)3.24 ft.³
  • Mechanical Compliance of Suspension (Cms).23 mm/N
  • BL Product (BL)18 Tm
  • Diaphragm Mass Inc. Airload (Mms)72.8g
  • Maximum Linear Excursion (Xmax)5 mm
  • Surface Area of Cone (Sd)530.9 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 Diameter12.2"
  • Baffle Cutout Diameter11.14"
  • Depth5.63"
  • # Mounting Holes8
Optimum Cabinet Size (determined using BassBox 6 Pro High Fidelity suggestion)
  • Sealed Volume0.44 ft.³
  • Sealed F3119 Hz
  • Vented Volume1.04 ft.³
  • Vented F373 Hz
Dayton Audio PA310-8 12" Pro Woofer
  • BrandDayton Audio
  • ModelPA310-8
  • Part Number295-032
  • UPC844632084232
  • Product CategoryPro Woofers, Subwoofers & Midrange Speakers
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (20 Reviews)
  • Weight16.4 lbs.
  • California Prop 65

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

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Dayton Audio PA310-8 12" Pro Woofer
Dayton Audio PA310-8 12" Pro Woofer is rated 4.45 out of 5 by 20.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Bit of an upgradeI purchased one of these to replace the driver in a JBL SF15. Perfect fit! Much better low end than the stock driver. They also will take a little more power. I decided to purchase another one and replace the driver in the other SF 15 I had so they would be a perfect match. I made no modifications to the cabinet and the speaker clarity is noticeably improved. These two drivers were about half the price of the JBL original replacement drivers. I think they are worth more!I can't yet speak to the longevity as this was all done in the past two weeks but we've gigged them 4 times and they are an outstanding replacement.
Date published: 2015-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding small band subs.Got a pair of these for some empty 1 cubic ft sub boxes I had sitting around. Using them for my small PA and they absolutely kick it. (pun intended)Powering them from a bridged amp pushing 1400 watts and they fill the bottom end nicely under a pair of 12" tops. The band was hitting 110 dB at 40 ft. Cant' complain when they only weigh 25lbs each.
Date published: 2015-09-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Seems to be built wellI bought these to build some econowaves out of some Klipsch Heresy cabinets I got off CL. The mids/highs are handled by a Peavey 1" driver on a H6512 waveguide horn. Initially I used a pair of 12" Dayton Classic Woofers, but they couldn't keep up with the horns. I had to mod the baffle to accommodate the horn. That part was not very hard as the horn is almost the same width as the baffle. I made a 1KHz 12db/octave high pass filter for horn driver and initially ran the woofer wide open. The woofer being ran w/o a crossover had too much midrange, so I added some Eminence 800Hz two way crossovers that I had sitting around. They now sound better. Given the size of the cabinet, there is not a lot of bass. I wasn't sure what to expect having never heard the Heresy's before, but it's definitely lacking in the low end. I can run them with my sub and they sound good, If I was to do this again I would use a bigger cabinet with these woofers. I think the Heresy's are like 1.93 cu ft. and obviously too small. The woofers do seem to be well built, I have no complaints about the quality, or looks. I would recommend these as long as the cabinet is the right size.
Date published: 2015-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Daton PA310-8 12" Dominator!I asked the tech guys here if this speaker would work well in a tone ring cabinet for electric bass. The answer was yes and I thought so too, so I bought one. I have not yet gigged with it but my two hour rehearsal with no holds barred tells me it will rock this town all night long. This is replacing an Eminence Omega Pro 15 because the Eminence just couldn't stand the constant attack of my bass, inexplicably so. However this Dayton 12 is taught and solid. I was driving it with my Lab Series L-11, 200 watts of solid state mayhem. This is a great speaker for electric bass IMHO.
Date published: 2015-02-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I strongly Dislike these woofersI have been running these for a couple years and constantly have to tweak my xover and EQ due to colored sound. I don't think these are good for home hifi. Power handling and efficiency are excellent. I can measure and get everything flat with test tones, however the mids just dont ever sound right. Perhaps it is my large vented low tuned (for these woofers) with front facing ports.
Date published: 2015-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good PA woofer...I've used this driver in a TH design where it works pretty well once you don't get silly with the power levels. See for more information.
Date published: 2014-12-10
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Dayton Audio PA310-8 12" Pro Woofer

I wonder if this could be used in a high tuned bandpass box to fill the range between a pair of PA130s, sealed, and the subs (maybe 100Hz).

Asked by: monoiz15
This will work relatively well for that application. With a sealed chamber of 0.66 cubic feet and a vented chamber of 0.54 cubic feet with two 4" diameter, 6" long ports you will have a pass band from 70 Hz to 202 Hz.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2016-01-05

I purchased two of these woofers almost 2 years ago but the spec's have changed from 2 years ago. Has there been tests on the speaker to update to the new spec sheet or is this a slightly different design?

Asked by: Treetoad
The design has not changed, Dayton performed a spec update a few months ago on all their models.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2016-01-14

I want to use these in a custom made 2 way box @ 1 cubic ft. I need suggestions concerning crossovers, compression drivers and port size.  They will be used primarily with 18" subs but on occasion these will need to "stand alone" for smaller venues? 

Asked by: PartyofTwo
Please contact our tech support for more help with this question, or 800-338-0531 x1.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-12-15

If I were to build a lightweight bass cab for 4 string standard tuning using two of the PA310-8s, what would the ideal volume of the box be and if I put a round port in each corner (4 total) what length would they need to be if I used 3 or 4 inch ports.

Asked by: Mr Business
I would recommend external dimensions of 30"H x 16"W x 14"D with four 3" diameter, 10" long ports for a tuning frequency of 46 Hz.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-08-31

What is the best cubic feet and rectangular port tuning sizes ( 2 tuning ports) for the loudest bass to mid-bass,   I'm planning on using two drivers per box. 

Asked by: nEo1
I would recommend a volume of 2.4 cubic feet with a single port that measures 12.5"H x 3"W x 10"D for a tuning frequency of 60 Hz.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-08-03

I would like to purchase these for use in wedge stage monitors, currently sealed, approx 1.8 cubic ft. It recommends a smaller volume but what would this cabinet do to the freq response? Would porting it help?

Asked by: Shdl69
These woofers will work fine in that cabinet but I would recommend porting to help with the bottom end. A 4" diameter, 4" long port will tune the enclosure to 50 Hz.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-07-13
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