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

Brand:|Model: PS180-8|Part # 295-344
The Dayton Audio PS Series drivers do it all: true bass, articulate midrange, and balanced, extended highs.
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  • 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

Product Details

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
  • Sensitivity94.8 dB 2.83V/1m
  • Voice Coil Diameter1"
Thiele-Small Parameters
  • Resonant Frequency (Fs)58.5 Hz
  • DC Resistance (Re)6.4 ohms
  • Voice Coil Inductance (Le)0.63 mH
  • Mechanical Q (Qms)3.64
  • Electromagnetic Q (Qes)0.36
  • Total Q (Qts)0.33
  • Compliance Equivalent Volume (Vas)1 ft.³
  • Mechanical Compliance of Suspension (Cms)1.05 mm/N
  • BL Product (BL)6.82 Tm
  • Diaphragm Mass Inc. Airload (Mms)7g
  • 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
    (11 Reviews)
  • Weight2.9 lbs.
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Dayton Audio PS180-8 6-1/2" Point Source Full-Range Neo Driver is rated 3.8182 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tweeter KillerThese are marketed as "full range", but there is a sharp difference between the midrange and high end response. I use them as a kick-butt tweeter. They are not smooth like a Morel, but they have the best power handling and headroom of any tweeter that fits in a residence, or a small to medium stage. 40 Watts + 100dB sensitivity above 3KHz = 116dB with higher peaks. Live, uncompressed music has enormous peaks. A string quartet peaks at 110dB, a Concert Grand at 115db. 1" domes are lame in comparison.
Date published: 2015-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible midrange & tweeter point source driverI purchased two of these about 2 years ago (Dec. 2012) and several months later I finally put them to use. The result was astounding; they are the first direct radiator of recent design that can hold a candle to a well designed midrange horn. The transient response has to be heard to be appreciated. As can be seen by the response curves supplied by Dayton, they are bright if the listener is on axis. With the pair facing straight across the room in lieu of being aimed at the listener, the brightness is subdued as that will place the listener about 30 degrees off axis; mine are toed-in about 15 degrees. If you like realistic drum rim shots or brass instruments such as trumpet, trombone and sax, these guys excel. They are weak in the bass below about 150 hz but with an Xmax of 4.6mm, a slight bass boost rectifies that. Considering the diaphragm area, don't expect gut throbbing bass around 50 hz nor realistic low frequency organ tones which can easily go as low as 25 hz.These two units each use a 10 inch woofer (under and behind the end tables) and the system is bi-amped. The electronic crossover is set at 200 hz, 4th order. The stereo imaging is stable; the speakers seem to disappear. Admittedly, some of that is due to room acoustics. This room has heavy drapes on the right, an open wall on the left leading to the dining room and carpeted floors. There is a hallway behind the listening position which reduces rear reflections.Even at sound pressure levels as high as 100 dB, the sound is clean; there is no stridency. Mind you, one wouldn't want to hear a vocalist at that level as it is unrealistic but these little guys will put a set of drums in your room and a saxophonist in front of you. Gene Krupa on drums or Joe Morello's drum solo in Dave Brubeck's TAKE FIVE will give you large goosebumps.Many I've met over the years have claimed that concert halls are bright and have insufficient bass. That's usually due to long time listening to sound systems with a boomy bass and irregular treble response. I've attended one rock concert in 1997, Fleetwood Mac, my favourite. I was seated about 100 feet from the stage at an outdoor concert. If I can't come close to duplicating that sonic experience at home, I've failed in that speaker design. A parametric equaliser can tailor the sound to individual preferences. Attenuation is easy whereas amplification in a passband can be detrimental with many speakers and sometimes catastrophic to the speaker.Would I recommend these? Abdolutely, definitely, without hesitation.
Date published: 2015-01-03
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
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Dayton Audio PS180-8 6-1/2" Point Source Full-Range Neo Driver

If mounted in a .27 Cu. Ft. box, what would be the ideal port dimensions?

Asked by: Fullrange2016
That volume is far too small to get any reasonable low end from this driver. A 2" diameter, 6" long port would technically work but your tuning frequency would be 66 Hz and your F3 would be around 110 Hz. Keeping it sealed yields better cone control and a smoother response, and your F3 only goes up to around 120.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2016-01-21

I seem to recall a possible project done with these drivers, and if so where can I find more info?

Asked by: Frenchy
You might be thinking of the Singularities which use the PS220 driver. You can see the details below.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-10-06

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
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
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