Dayton Audio PA460-8 18" 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 1.5 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: 24.5 lbs.  
List Price$126.99
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Part # 295-036
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Dayton Audio PA460-8 18" 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 Diameter18"
  • Power Handling (RMS)500 Watts
  • Power Handling (max)1000 Watts
  • Impedance8 ohms
  • Frequency Response26 to 2,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity98.5 dB 1W/1m
  • Voice Coil Diameter3"
  • Magnet Weight80 oz.
Thiele-Small Parameters
  • Resonant Frequency (Fs)26.2 Hz
  • DC Resistance (Re)5.3 ohms
  • Voice Coil Inductance (Le)3.31 mH
  • Mechanical Q (Qms)6.9
  • Electromagnetic Q (Qes)0.28
  • Total Q (Qts)0.27
  • Compliance Equivalent Volume (Vas)16.72 ft.³
  • Mechanical Compliance of Suspension (Cms)0.22 mm/N
  • BL Product (BL)23.1 Tm
  • Diaphragm Mass Inc. Airload (Mms)168.9g
  • Maximum Linear Excursion (Xmax)6 mm
  • Surface Area of Cone (Sd)1241.1 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 Diameter18.11"
  • Baffle Cutout Diameter16.73"
  • Depth7.8"
  • # Mounting Holes8
Optimum Cabinet Size (determined using BassBox 6 Pro High Fidelity suggestion)
  • Sealed Volume1.71 ft.³
  • Sealed F383 Hz
  • Vented Volume3.9 ft.³
  • Vented F354 Hz
Dayton Audio PA460-8 18" Pro Woofer
  • BrandDayton Audio
  • ModelPA460-8
  • Part Number295-036
  • UPC844632084256
  • Product CategoryWoofers, Subwoofers & Midrange Speakers
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (6 Reviews)
  • Weight24.5 lbs.
  • 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 PA460-8 18" Pro Woofer
Dayton Audio PA460-8 18" Pro Woofer is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is a good playing subwooferI bought 4 of these subs, i am looking to buy 2 more good subwoofers for the money.
Date published: 2014-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great valueBought this to replace a blown black widow. Overall I am impressed with the build and quality for the price. The sound is at least as good as the black widow, but it is 1/2 the price. It plays well in the 40hz-100hz range, haven't tried to go lower than that. Overall just a good speaker.
Date published: 2014-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprising performance!!I put two of these into the USB cabinet (freespeakerplans.com). VERY good response, puts the punch into drums and allot of the low bass in eletro/dubstep/D&B music! I am extremely pleased with their performance. I will be building more of these cabinets with these drivers in them!
Date published: 2012-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ValueGreat speaker, I have the 15" and the 18" both sound great and are an amazing price!
Date published: 2012-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from In service 9 hours a week for 7 monthsI built two cabinets around 6 cuft with 4 of the flared tubes (part number 260-480) and used Dayton's 18" grill (part number 262-868.) This has been a great combo. I have been building custom hi-fi and PA speakers for around 10 years and I have yet to be disappointed with a Dayton product. This is my 2nd pro 18" design with the Selenium 800 watt with 4x 4"precision ports as my first. The Selenium is a phenomenal performer in it's price range producing DEEP, articulate bass with enough output to power a huge 4 hour EDM basement party solo (300 hundred people in a basement under construction/ no ceiling, picture an outdoor pit.)With that as my basis for comparison I fired up the homebrew setup I have pieced together at my weekly dj job at a small late night spot. Budget is tight and I run a separate mobile setup that needs to be pristine so the fixed install stuff at work usually gets a little shortchanged. The whole system with the 2 Daytons as the lows and dual 15" Selenium customs for the highs (rated 500 rms each/4 ohms) is powered by an xls1500. One channel runs the highs at 2 ohms and the lows at 4 ohms. This feeds 525 watts between 2 18's. Even underpowered, I have never heard any complaints on the sound playing 2 nights a week (minimum, plus private events.) I was very surprised at how well these bargain 18's perform. I play mostly hip-hop with quite a bit of EDM tossed in and I always feel like I have enough oomph. Would I like more, absolutely. Am I pushing the amp, a little. I monitor it very closely and rarely ever get the clip to blink. Bottom line is if you power 2 of these properly they will beat the output of 1 woofer that is 2-3 times this driver's price. The price difference is even better when you compare buying a commercial PA subs to 2 of these homemade heros!
Date published: 2011-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good actuallyThis woofer puts out about as much thump as the lower-end Peavey stuff. For what I paid, I'm very impressed. It handles 70hz and up much better than subsonics.If it wasn't on sale however, I would have gone with an Eminence. Just my preference.
Date published: 2010-12-22

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Dayton Audio PA460-8 18" Pro Woofer

I'm replacing 2 Tapco 6918s woofers. I have a Mackie M2000 amp, which puts 800 continuous watts to each woofer. Most manufacturers recommend exceeding the RMS rating, not going lower. Is that true here, or would the Eminence Sigma Pro-18A-2 be better?

Asked by: jdecker
Having more power available than the woofers can handle is never a bad thing. Either woofer option will work well with the power that is available, you want to use whichever will work best in the cabinet you have.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-07-08

I want to use this woofer from 30hz to 250hz for an audiophile setup. A 12inch midbass and 1in.comp driver from 250hz up.  Whats the best enclosure size and tuning for this 18? Also what would power handling be in it?

Asked by: theone
I would recommend 5.5 cubic feet total with a single 6" diameter, 11" long port for a tuning frequency of 30 Hz. This will be able to handle 400 watts of power before excursion becomes a problem and the cone unloads at about 26 Hz.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-06-19

Making pa subs 30x36x36. How big should the slot port be to maximize bass?

Asked by: Dgravelin
How many subs per enclosure?
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-04-23

port size in 4.6cu.ft.box

port will be a slot
Asked by: bobbo
I would recommend a slot port that is 18"W x 2"H x 15"D for a tuning frequency of 35 Hz.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2013-11-12

Enclosure size/type for a pair

I have 4, looking to build 2 twin enclosures for Bass Cabinets to go underneath our High cabinets. Volume, ports size and design recomendations?
Asked by: cjegrillin
I would recommend 8.3 cubic feet total for both which is 22"H x 44"Wx18"D external with a single 20.5" high, 3" wide slot port that is 10" deep. This will tune the box to 38 Hz.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2013-10-25

Will this driver work with open baffle

Asked by: emalixi
This woofer has a very low Qts which usually means it will only work well in small vented enclosures. If used in an open baffle I would not expect much below 50-60 Hz unless a lot of EQ is applied although you will still be limited by excursion.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-01-06


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