Dayton Audio PS180-8 6-1/2" Point Source Full-Range Neo Driver

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The Dayton Audio PS Series drivers do it all: true bass, articulate midrange, and balanced, extended highs.
  • High sensitivity/minimal distortion—an ideal match for lower powered amplifiers
  • Parasitic HF cone and carefully engineered phase plug extend on- and off-axis response
  • Solid bass performance, thanks to usefully high excursion capability (4.6 mm Xmax)
  • Optimized neodymium magnet provides high motor strength
  • Low-mass copper clad aluminum voice coil
  • Copper cap and copper ring on pole piece reduce inductance and distortion
  • Kevlar reinforced paper cone is lightweight yet rigid and well controlled
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Weight: 2.9 lbs.  
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Dayton Audio PS180-8 6-1/2" Point Source Full-Range Neo Driver

The Dayton Audio PS Series drivers do it all: true bass, articulate midrange, and balanced, extended highs. An intensive program of design and testing has yielded full-range speakers that feature high sensitivity and smooth response, both on- and off-axis. Although an ideal match for lower powered Class A and Class T designs, the PS180-8 6-1/2" driver's superb resolution and natural sound quality make it a viable option for an even wider variety of applications. The PS Series' audio performance is complemented by the speaker's striking appearance—they look great in dipole and other open back designs, too!

Product Specifications
  • Nominal Diameter6-1/2"
  • Power Handling (RMS)30 Watts
  • Power Handling (max)60 Watts
  • Impedance8 ohms
  • Frequency Response48 to 25,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity94.7 dB 1W/1m
  • Voice Coil Diameter1"
Thiele-Small Parameters
  • Resonant Frequency (Fs)48.2 Hz
  • DC Resistance (Re)6.32 ohms
  • Voice Coil Inductance (Le)0.69 mH
  • Mechanical Q (Qms)3.86
  • Electromagnetic Q (Qes)0.24
  • Total Q (Qts)0.23
  • Compliance Equivalent Volume (Vas)1.43 ft.³
  • Mechanical Compliance of Suspension (Cms)1.52 mm/N
  • BL Product (BL)7.6 Tm
  • Diaphragm Mass Inc. Airload (Mms)7.2g
  • Maximum Linear Excursion (Xmax)4.6 mm
  • Surface Area of Cone (Sd)132.7 cm²
Materials of Construction
  • Cone MaterialPaper / Kevlar
  • Surround MaterialCloth
  • Voice Coil Wire MaterialCopper
  • Voice Coil FormerAluminum
  • Basket / Frame MaterialCast Aluminum
  • Magnet MaterialNeodymium
Mounting Information
  • Overall Outside Diameter7.09"
  • Baffle Cutout Diameter5.71"
  • Depth3.06"
  • Bolt Circle Diameter6.69"
  • # Mounting Holes6
Optimum Cabinet Size (determined using BassBox 6 Pro High Fidelity suggestion)
  • Sealed Volume0.11 ft.³
  • Sealed F3168 Hz
  • Vented Volume0.25 ft.³
  • Vented F3108 Hz
Dayton Audio PS180-8 6-1/2" Point Source Full-Range Neo Driver
  • BrandDayton Audio
  • ModelPS180-8
  • Part Number295-344
  • UPC844632088797
  • Product CategoryWoofers
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (9 Reviews)
  • Weight2.9 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 PS180-8 6-1/2" Point Source Full-Range Neo Driver
Dayton Audio PS180-8 6-1/2" Point Source Full-Range Neo Driver is rated 3.6667 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from impressive speakersI bought the product only by reading about it. The speakers are great. Impressive quality for that money and great sound!
Date published: 2014-09-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Meh...its okThe specs simply cannot be accurate! 4.6 mm one-way Xmax? 48Hz? No way! This driver struggles to play much below 1000Hz. Xmax is more like 0.6" Don't expect it to play to 20K either, its no substitute for a tweeter.On the positive side it is exceedingly efficient and offers a pin-point "sweet spot" but without living up to its given specifications, and at this price point - I can't honestly give it more than 1 star due to the false-advertising. Keep looking!
Date published: 2014-03-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Go with the Tang Band 8 inch driverThis is one of those drivers that is always going to be in the shadow of the bigger full range drivers. The biggest problem with is is the very uneven mid range. When building a speaker system always start with the mid range. This is where the music lives. If the mid range is not right then I don't care about how good the bass or the treble are. It is one area I can not overlook. If you want the best full range driver Parts express sells use either of the W8 Tang Bands. They totally outclass the Dayton 6 1/2
Date published: 2013-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing product!So this is what all the fuss is about when people talk about the "different" sound of a point source full range driver. This is my first foray in to this category of speaker drivers. I had no idea what to expect when I first opened up the box and pulled these little gems out. I was so anxious to hear how they sounded I quickly hooked them up to my 3 watt SET amp, dropped them back into the individual cardboard box each driver came packed in and fired up some jazz in my iTunes library. I wasn't expecting much, mind you, they were resting on top of an opened cardboard box! A smile quickly spread across my lips...I could not believe what I was hearing! The detail, endless decay of notes and immediacy coming from these unasuming drivers was nothing short of phenomenal! And this is all while sitting in a cardboard box! I can't wait to build a nice cabinet for these guys and really hear what they're capable of. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2012-05-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from half-way ther ewould love to know what x-over this was voiced for as it sounds wildly unbalanced and harsh through the mids and into the treble proper run full range w/out a x-over....it hints at being really detailed and maybe can be made to sing with a resistor dropped in? but i don't know what sort or what value - will amend this if i find how best to implement it on the forums, but 'as is' i wouldn't recommend this driver for what i think you are most likely to do with it - run it full-range without a x-over (immediacy, detail and imaging are pretty omg amazing..which is the point of using something like this in the first place...and ease of build, of course...but i just wish it would stop shouting at me!!!! =O)
Date published: 2011-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from At the Halloween discount price, it was almost stolenI had been watching this speaker for a while and when the Halloween special popped up, I bought a pair for my acoustic engineer friend. I've now had the chance to listen to them in his listening room. As stated by a few, the midrange is slightly abnormal, but still the overall performance (with a subwoofer) was extremely nice. After a LOT of math, his program yielded best results (with no filter) in a specific dipole configuration, as seen in the attached URL video. At $75ea, they were a steal with the combination of performance AND visual appeal. I'm proud of Dayton's engineering efforts on this driver. A little midrange revision and she'll be just right.
Date published: 2011-11-01

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Dayton Audio PS180-8 6-1/2" Point Source Full-Range Neo Driver

What are optimum cabinet dimensions and port diameter/length for this speaker? I own two and would like to create an ideal enclosure for them. Bass reflex design obviously. 

Asked by: JonIrvine
I would recommend a volume of 0.5 cubic feet with a 2" diameter, 3" long port for a tuning frequency of 60 Hz.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-10-13

Has anyone used a filter to trim the peaks in the mids and highs? Is that called a passband filter?

Asked by: vincetronic
Those filters would either be calls notch or contour filters. I would recommend checking out our Tech Talk forum for ideas with these drivers.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-08-25

This or Visaton BG17-8 to replace (dying?) 60's Jensen speaker installed in Leslie taken from a dead spinet organ? Is anything I buy an improvement at this point, & is PS180-8 overkill that won't sound less nasal w/o a resonate chamber? use: guitar & keys

Asked by: jonnda
The Visaton is better suited for a free air application but will not handle the lows as well as the Dayton. There are a few details we will need to help further. Please email or call our tech support for further help, 800-338-0531 x1 or tech@parts-express.com.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-04-23

Center Channel for Home Theater

Would these drivers work as a center channel for a home theater setup?
Asked by: Kimboman
The only problem I can see using this as a center speaker would be the not-so-great off axis response. Large diameter full range drivers require on-axis listening in order to hear the higher frequencies clearly. If you move 10-15 degrees off axis this goes away fast and may not be a good option for listeners to the left or right of the listening position.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-02-11

Would this driver be suitable in a TQWT, Voigt Pipe design, etc?

Asked by: PatrickG
Yes this driver will work well in any of those designs, unfortunately we have no way of modeling them.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-06-06

Dayton Audio PS180-8 Break-in Tme

Can anyone tell me how much time the PS-180-8 needs to break-in? I read a statement saying full-range drivers require 200 hours. What improvements can I expect?Thanks
Asked by: vincetronic
If you speak with an audiophile - you will get a variety of stories - but with modern production techniques - it's a lot less than in the past. Just like new brakes - things need to be seated before going full force. For higher end drivers - especially planars, it takes up to 100 hours or so for everything to relax into its own physics. After break-in you should hear a smoother, less compressed sound - to make it simple. What's really happening is the surround and spyder are relaxing to their optimum operating range. So bass will extend, the mids will appear airier etc...
Answered by: MarkAJH
Date published: 2012-11-18


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