Dayton Audio PA310-8 12" 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 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
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Weight: 16.4 lbs.  
List Price$86.99
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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)3.30
  • 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
    (18 Reviews)
  • Weight16.4 lbs.
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Dayton Audio PA310-8 12" Pro Woofer
Dayton Audio PA310-8 12" Pro Woofer is rated 4.3889 out of 5 by 18.
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 http://www.diysubwoofers.org/projects/other/PA310-TH2/ for more information.
Date published: 2014-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard to beat at this price!I use 4 of these drivers in Cubo 12 bass cabinets for my small/med size rig and their output in these boxes is nothing short of amazing. I power them 2 per side of a Crown XTi2000 running 40-90hz. They provide tight, powerful, clean bass..all in a 20" cube package. The entire system is very compact and provides incredible sound with minimal space requirements. All Dayton powered! I couldn't be happier!!The whole system consists of:4x Cubo 12 - Loaded with PA310-82-4x BFM Jack 10 - Loaded with PA225-8 and Peavey RX22 on Selenium HC23-25 (Part # 264-318)Crown Xti2000 on Cubo2x QSC PLX1602 bi-amp on Jack 10sBehringer DCX2496Behringer x32 Compact
Date published: 2014-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from handles the POWERBought 2 of these for a bass cab, amp puts out 800 watts at 4 ohm, 2x12 cab, these speakers handle the power at full, amp breaks up before speakers, just an awesome deal for price, better than any emience 12's for bass guitar, I really didnt expect these to be so good, quality
Date published: 2014-06-06
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Dayton Audio PA310-8 12" Pro Woofer

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

Need these for midbass punch whats the best cubic feet and port tuning, will use subwoofer for lowend , just need strong midbass from these

Asked by: tobby
I would recommend a 1.3 cubic foot enclosure with a 4" diameter, 8" long port for a tuning frequency of 52 Hz.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-04-29

Is there a good CAD drawing available for these? 

Asked by: hhays
Only the available Specifications sheet on the product page under manuals and resources.
Answered by: TomI
Date published: 2015-04-07

Are there any similar models in either 16 ohms or 4 ohms?

Asked by: patquigley
No, sorry there is not.
Answered by: MattW
Date published: 2015-03-31

i have ev horn tweeters and ev horn mids from 1979 with l pad xovers.can i seal the woofers off in the same cabinets to get down to desired sealed volume. is it better to leave cab open and vent.im looking for tight bass not punchy thanks dave 

Asked by: davewes
This depends on how low you want/need these to play. In sealed cabinets these won't do much below about 80 Hz in room, but if you plan on having subs this won't matter much. If you aren't going to have subs, or simply want these to play as low as possible I would go vented.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-01-20

Have a pair of peavey mb2 cabinets and would like to replace the peavey speakers. Will these fit and work .? Keep in mind I'll be using them with a Dayton crossover running these at 50-500hz thanks

Asked by: davestag
These will work, but you will have to verify the fit since we do not have a direct cross reference available. You should be able to match up dimensions with the measurements on our spec sheet for this.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-12-11
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