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
  • * Enclosure volume/F3s based on BassBox "optimum" calculations-
Optimum Cabinet Size *
  • Sealed Volume1.71 ft.³
  • Sealed F383 Hz
  • Vented Volume3.9 ft.³
  • Vented F354 Hz
  • * Enclosure volume/F3s based on BassBox "optimum" calculations-
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
    (5 Reviews)
  • Weight24.5 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 PA460-8 18" Pro Woofer
Dayton Audio PA460-8 18" Pro Woofer is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 5.
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: 2014-02-28
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: 2013-05-05
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: 2013-04-16
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: 2013-11-12
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: 2013-04-16

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Dayton Audio PA460-8 18" Pro Woofer

Will this woofer get down to 30Hz or so for the low B string on my bass guitar?

Asked by: Steve in 44444
This speaker will get down to 30hz with about a 10db drop in volume. I would highly recomend this speaker for your purposes.
Answered by: Zobadar
Date published: 2013-02-21

Would these be a good replacement for the drivers in my pv118 cabs?

Asked by: jdub
While we do not have any kind of cross-reference by brand, model, or anything of the sort, the specifications on this Dayton Audio woofer appear to be right on par or even a bit better than the original Peavey driver for the cabinet you mention. I would encourage you to try it, the reviews we've gotten on this driver are very positive. If it doesn't work out for whatever reason, we offer a 45-day satisfaction guarantee.
Answered by: RussR
Date published: 2013-02-06

Would this be over-kill for my home? Please critique my idea.

After decades of poor audio, I'm finally serious about putting an end to two problems: 1.) Never enough volume, and 2.) Never enough bass. Please critique my idea and let me know if I'm over-reacting. I'm thinking about building a satellite system with the following: This PA460-8 18" Pro Woofer with a 500w Yung plate amp., and two 5" full-range speakers rated at 56w (each will have it's own high-pass crossover) for the mid's and highs. Please let me know what you think and if you have any other ideas. I'd like to keep the price down to about what these parts cost without going into orbit. Thanks a lot for your advice. Also, what kind of enclosure would be good for the Woofer and Plate amp.
Asked by: Steve in Omaha
What you were planing on doing is using the woofer for Mids and lows, an the 5''s for the mids an highs, but I doubt you will get the desired effect like that. The 5''s claim to be full range, but in reality, they are mere wide range, and they will lack in music reproduction like symbols and the higher guitar range. You would be better off with a sealed back 6.5" pro mid and a horn loaded tweeter of some type in a three way design. Also, the Yung plate is a SUBWOOFER amp. It will only reproduce low sub frequencies. You'd be better off with a PA-grade power amp like a crown xti or xls model amp. And seeing as the woofer is so large an you would be using a mid-woofer and a horn, I doubt you would need that much wattage, as you would easily break 110+ db with ~100 watts a channel. Either way, I am linking some parts to look at instead of what you have so far that will give you a much better idea of what to build. You said loud, so I'll give you a list of speakers and parts that will give you LOUD. What I have listed would make you something of a PA-grade speaker with great sound levels, so do be careful, but remember, there is no such thing as a speaker being too loud. That's what a volume nob is for. So just to be clear, I am suggesting a 6.5x12" horn tweeter, and a 6.5" sealed mid woofer to be used with each 18" woofer using the crossover I suggested. And if you get the Xls amp, which will be more than enough at ~225 watts per speaker, and a mere $299 instead of the $550+ for the two plate amps, then you are in your previous projected cost range. I dug deep to find you the right stuff here, so I really hope this all helped you! Best of luck and exercise safety with your ears when you turn these up! Ear plugs recommended at first.
Answered by: Richard Rubner
Date published: 2014-01-06

would this woofer work well in a infinite baffle configuration?

Asked by: emalixi
No. There are specific drivers designed for open air or infinite baffle designs. There are many different elements in their designs that allow for that kind of application. You need to plug the drivers specs into a "box calculator" which you can find free online. It will tell you box sizes for ported and sealed - and in some cases, drivers only work well one way over the other. For sealed a total Qts of .707 provides the most accurate flat bass. This driver appears to have the parameters for a ported enclosure. Enjoy the exploration.
Answered by: MarkAJH
Date published: 2014-01-06

What would be the recommended enclosure/port size be?

Im going to be building a box using either 2 or 4 triangle ports tuned at 30 Hz. I calced this already, but Im curious to see what other people got.
Asked by: Lewis C
I dont know the size of enclosure you are using but 30hz is to low for this driver.I think that it looks best between a 4 to 6 cuft enclosure with three 4" diameter ports 12" long or a 2"H x 18W x 8"L slot port.
Answered by: mtg90
Date published: 2013-04-09

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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