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Dayton Audio RS180-8 7" Reference Woofer

Brand:|Model: RS180-8|Part # 295-355
Dayton Audio Reference Series RS180-8 7" woofers deliver exceptional clarity, detail, and dynamics—and of course, incredibly low distortion.
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  • One of the lowest distortion, highest resolution driver series available
  • Low-distortion high-excursion motor system with two short-circuit paths
  • Compliant suspension and rigid black anodized aluminum cone for strong bass performance
  • Heavy-duty 6-hole cast frame, low-loss rubber surround, and solid aluminum phase plug
  • Designed and engineered in the USA

Product Details

Dayton Audio RS180-8 7" Reference Woofer

The Dayton Audio Reference Series was conceived with one goal in mind—low distortion. Each speaker was carefully designed and optimized to offer the highest performance with the lowest distortion levels. At the same time, by focusing on features that contribute to sound quality and eliminating unnecessary frills, the drivers offer value unparalleled in the industry. Dayton Audio Reference Series RS180-8 7" woofers deliver exceptional clarity, detail, and dynamics—and of course, incredibly low distortion.

Product Specifications
  • Nominal Diameter7"
  • Power Handling (RMS)60 Watts
  • Power Handling (max)120 Watts
  • Impedance8 ohms
  • Frequency Response39 to 3,600 Hz
  • Sensitivity87.1 dB 2.83V/1m
  • Voice Coil Diameter1"
Thiele-Small Parameters
  • Resonant Frequency (Fs)35.7 Hz
  • DC Resistance (Re)6.4 ohms
  • Voice Coil Inductance (Le)0.73 mH
  • Mechanical Q (Qms)1.22
  • Electromagnetic Q (Qes)0.42
  • Total Q (Qts)0.31
  • Compliance Equivalent Volume (Vas)0.86 ft.³
  • Mechanical Compliance of Suspension (Cms)1.12 mm/N
  • BL Product (BL)7.82 Tm
  • Diaphragm Mass Inc. Airload (Mms)17.9g
  • Maximum Linear Excursion (Xmax)6 mm
  • Surface Area of Cone (Sd)124.7 cm²
Materials of Construction
  • Cone MaterialAluminum
  • Surround MaterialRubber
  • Voice Coil Wire MaterialCopper
  • Voice Coil FormerAluminum
  • Basket / Frame MaterialCast Aluminum
  • Magnet MaterialFerrite
Mounting Information
  • Overall Outside Diameter7.11"
  • Baffle Cutout Diameter5.75"
  • Depth3.19"
  • Bolt Circle Diameter6.63"
  • # Mounting Holes6
Optimum Cabinet Size (determined using BassBox 6 Pro High Fidelity suggestion)
  • Sealed Volume0.16 ft.³
  • Sealed F3105 Hz
  • Vented Volume0.3 ft.³
  • Vented F365 Hz
Dayton Audio RS180-8 7" Reference Woofer
  • BrandDayton Audio
  • ModelRS180-8
  • Part Number295-355
  • UPC844632088759
  • Product CategoryWoofers
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (7 Reviews)
  • Weight4.85 lbs.
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Dayton Audio RS180-8 7" Reference Woofer is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Bassder rs 180-8 ist einer besten Basslautsprecher für kleine Boxen den ich kenne. Kann ihn nur weiterempfehlen.the rs 180-8 is a best bass speaker for small speakers I know. Can only recommend it
Date published: 2015-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ExcellentI'm pretty sure that it's not possible to get a better woofer at this price. Distortion is amazingly low. Build quality is excellent. Appearance is nice. They take punishment well. Only two slight problems: one is that air can pass through the annulus around the phase plug and be a bit noisy with loud deep bass in a sealed box. The second is that under some conditions of extreme excursion, the woofer center position can be lost, where the motor will develop a position offset, thus limiting effective excursion under those conditions.
Date published: 2014-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding midwooferUsing this in a smallish 2 way tower. The crystal clear clarity must be heard to be believed. Doesn't hurt that this driver looks darn good too, good enough that leaving the grilles off is a definite option.But you will absolutely require a notch filter in the 9KHz region unless you are are using a 4th order low pass xover on it.In my case, I built a 9KHz 15db notch filter, and am crossing over at 2KHz with PE's 2KHZ 2nd order Linkwitz-Riley xover. This removes the peak more than enough so it isn't audible at any level I play the speaker system at up to it's power limit.
Date published: 2012-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Little 7 that could.I bought a pair of these little se7en RS180-8 speakers for a three way bookshelf replacement project. I used Wins Beta to tune the port. The .42 ft^ box was tuned with a 1 3/8 diameter port at 5 1/2 inches long. I used the HiVi DMN-A soft dome midrange from Parts Express. The 6dB crossover's were set at 700Hz and 10,000Hz for the small silk some tweeters. These two bookshelf speakers are excelling as the center channel in my 7.1. They are very smooth and drive the lower base down to 60Hz (subwoofer crossover) without any distortion at 50watts RMS. THESE ARE EXCELLENT SPEAKERS. I would recommend any of these RS speakers.
Date published: 2012-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good quality wooferBuild quality of this woofer is excellent, especially considering the price. Low frequency performance is excellent in a reasonably-sized vented box as well. These perform nicely down to around 40Hz. Specs measure very close to those advertised. As with any aluminum cone driver, there is a breakup that must be dealt with. This means special attention to the crossover. There are several good crossover designs on the net. Make sure to check them out before you buy. You will also need a tweeter that can handle a relatively low crossover point in order to keep the woofer out of the breakup region.
Date published: 2011-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic soundI have two of these coupled to a 2800hz 24db crossover with a RS28F-4 tweeter(WTW) and let me tell you the sound is phenomenal. Im using an adcom GFA-5400 and GFP-555 and the sound is really accurate. I have been playing everything from "The Orb" to "Eric Clapton" to "Beethoven". Right now I am pushing 200 watts in to the setup and it is loving it. I am impressed that PE is able to sell this at such a low price with such a high value.
Date published: 2011-07-17
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Dayton Audio RS180-8 7" Reference Woofer

im gonna use two of these woofers and a Dayton Audio DC28F-8 1-1/8" Silk Dome Tweeter. is that gonna be a good match?   what the size of box should be?

Asked by: eric98
Yes those will work fine together. I would recommend a 1 cubic foot enclosure with a 3" diameter, 8" long port for a tuning frequency of 43 Hz.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-12-09

What length port would I need for .67 cubic ft box if I used a 2" diameter?  I happen to have some laying around.

Asked by: Froy
I would recommend a length of 5.5" in that volume which will tune the enclosure to 44 Hz.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-08-13

What would the port size be for a .67 cubic ft box.

Asked by: Froy
I would use a 2-1/2 inch diameter port that is 8-3/8 inches long. This will tune the cabinet to 44 Hz and yield an F3 of 47 Hz
Answered by: Chrisf
Date published: 2015-08-11

This is my first ever question to any forum. kindly let me know which is the best matched tweeter with this woofer. design apparch is mtm. active version using hypex PSC-2 400. 

Asked by: adnan
The most popular tweeters for this would be either of the RS28 dome tweeters. There is no such thing as a single best match, but these will work very well with this mid-bass.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-06-10

I'm looking to use these for side surrounds but I'm limited in total box mounting depth. The total depth for the surrounds would be only 4.5". Would these work or do they need more space behind the rear of the woofer?

Asked by: RunninRedline
These only require a mounting depth of about 3-1/8". They do not have vented pole pieces so they do not need space behind the magnet.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-05-26

If i were to put 4 of these in a cabinet arranged in a 2x2 grid layout what would the dimensions of the cabinet need to be to get the best bass and how big would the port ha e to be?

Asked by: iknownothingaboutspeakers
An enclosure with external dimensions of 22"H x 18"W x 12"D with two 3" diameter, dual flared ports that are 9-1/4" long will provide a tuning frequency of 41 Hz.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-04-22
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