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
    (8 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 4.625 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sub!I built 10 dual 18s with this sub... each pair of cones gets 1 channel from a xti4000 giving off 1200 at 4ohm, with a 32hz high pass 90hz low pass box tuned to 40hz. Insane amounts of bass.... 40 to 90 hz is powerful. havent blown one yet. i let the xti4ks run hot with little headroom and no problems.
Date published: 2014-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful subwooferI ordered 3 of these to replace blown 18"s in a custom cabinet. The Dayton's performed way better and produced lower bass tones than what came with the cabinets. I will be ordering more!!!!!
Date published: 2014-07-31
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

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Dayton Audio PA460-8 18" Pro Woofer

I'm looking to put two of these drivers in a ported cabinet tuned to 30 hertz and I'm having trouble choosing the right compression driver and matching it to the correct horn. Thank you.

Asked by: Trobz
Please contact our tech support for more help with this question, tech@parts-express.com or 800-338-0531 x1.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-08-18

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


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