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Dayton Audio RS52AN-8 2" Dome Midrange

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The Dayton Audio Reference Series dome midrange delivers excellent off-axis response and midrange performance. High quality construction includes a cast aluminum faceplate, metal grill, vented former, and copper clad pole piece.
  • Large damped rear chamber for low resonance point
  • 2" Aluminum diaphragm for good clarity and dispersion
  • Neodymium magnet minimizes stray magnetic field
  • Copper clad motor reduces distortion for transparent sound
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Due In: 9/30/2014
List Price$53.99
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Dayton Audio RS52AN-8 2" Dome Midrange

The Dayton Audio Reference Series dome midrange delivers excellent off-axis response and midrange performance. Its black anodized 2" diaphragm is extremely linear throughout the midrange and lower treble, allowing it to provide a seamless transition to tweeters. The superior dispersion characteristics will eliminate suckouts and other problems that can occur in typical two-way designs with large woofers. High quality construction includes a cast aluminum faceplate, metal grill, vented former, and copper clad pole piece. Great for use with other members of the Reference Series, but will also work well with any high-performance driver.

Product Specifications
  • Nominal Diameter2"
  • Power Handling (RMS)60 Watts
  • Power Handling (max)120 Watts
  • Impedance8 ohms
  • Frequency Response500 to 7,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity91 dB 1W/1m
  • Voice Coil Diameter2"
Thiele-Small Parameters
  • Resonant Frequency (Fs)382.9 Hz
  • DC Resistance (Re)5.4 ohms
  • Voice Coil Inductance (Le)0.03 mH
  • Mechanical Q (Qms)2.55
  • Electromagnetic Q (Qes)1.1
  • Total Q (Qts)0.77
  • Surface Area of Cone (Sd)20.4 cm²
Materials of Construction
  • Cone MaterialMetal Dome
  • Voice Coil Wire MaterialCopper
  • Voice Coil FormerAluminum
  • Magnet MaterialNeodymium
Mounting Information
  • Overall Outside Diameter5.12"
  • Baffle Cutout Diameter3.94"
  • Depth2.24"
  • # Mounting Holes6
Dayton Audio RS52AN-8 2" Dome Midrange
  • BrandDayton Audio
  • ModelRS52AN-8
  • Part Number285-020
  • UPC844632067716
  • Product CategoryMidrange / Midbass Drivers & Full-Range Speakers
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (45 Reviews)
  • Weight1.0001 lbs.
  • Case Qty12
  • 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 RS52AN-8 2" Dome Midrange is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 45.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AwesomeThese midrange are just awesome. I have them on the doors of my Acura legend with 70 watts a piece going to them and they signs like a canary. I took my car to a local car show and the judges could not believe the sound that was coming out of these midrange. My complete system is consists of the Dayton audio reference series. Mids, tweeters, mid bass and subwoofer. If you are serious about your music, this is the midrange to get. Their are very smooth and have a very natural sound.
Date published: 2013-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Hales replacementI used this midrange to replace the no longer available MB Quart mids in the Hales Loudspeaker system and they worked very well. I had to drill the proper (4) bolt holes in the aluminum faceplate to match up with inserts in the concrete baffle, and then sealed them in with a couple of rings of Mor-tite.The mids are very pleasant, if not a bit laid back in there upper end compared to some other dome mids that I have used. If you have a taste for dome mids than this is a tremendous value.
Date published: 2013-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very nice dome midrange. Better if we had a replacement diaphragm avaible .That dome midrange is very good. All you need is the right tools to do your homework.I had these mids on a 4 way speaker with two dali 6.5 and two B&G Neo3 PDR. All these drivers are know to be a lil tricky to work with but the result is well worth and nothing but superb.I set features to poor since there are no features. I would love to have the feature of replacement diaphragms available for this midrange.
Date published: 2013-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing clarity!These speakers have amazing clarity. I am using these with Dayton Silk Dome Tweeters and the output is crystal clear at all volumes. The mids are a little bit higher output than the tweets and a real stickler might use an L-Pad but I think the slightly hot mids sound amazing with movies and really bring the vocals out in music.These speakers are dynamite! Especially for the price.
Date published: 2013-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smooth sounding for a dome.I was never a fan of dome midrange drivers- until now! To me, all but the most expensive dome mids have a harsh, hard edged sound. This dome was in my price/budget range, so I decided to take a chance and try them. After break-in, I listened to music with a lot of piano, vocals (both male and female), and guitar (both acoustic and electric). They needed only slight eq. mostly for my personal taste, but seem to have a pretty flat response without any eq. The sound is very natural with vocals and piano as well as acoustic guitar. With electric guitar, they are very smooth with great bite and crunch without being fatiguing at loud levels. Sound stage is plenty wide, but I found that depth is much better mounted in a very narrow baffle with rounded edges. I rated features lower because I think the face plate is too large in diameter, a smaller one would allow closer driver spacing. For me, this was an excellent choice that has changed my opinion about dome midrange drivers.
Date published: 2012-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pertaining to design & installationI had to buy this to truly figure out how else it could be installed or modified.The faceplate comes off by removing the 4 screws. The beautiful mesh grill is somehow permanently attached to the faceplate. It looks like it is pressed into a slot or groove in the faceplate. I made a sissy attempt to pop the grill out of the faceplate but it wouldn't come out. I felt I would bend/distort/screw-up the faceplate and/or grill if I tried any harder to pop it out. I had hoped they would separate so I could choose between protection and riding bear-back.Removing the faceplate/grill reveals a solid assembly that is completely glued together. I had hoped I could remove the beautifully designed plastic “box” and replace it with PVC pipe forming a larger box to lower the Q (I’m in the Q=.5 cult#. No chance, it is totally glued together. Nothing can be removed or modified to satisfy my fetish.The soft dome surround is pressed and glued to the baffle forming a completely flat surface that the faceplate mounts against. The faceplate actually clamps down on the glued surround edge holding it in place for long term security. For a short low volume piddle session I saw no danger of the surround separating from the inner baffle without the faceplate clamping it down #voids the warranty#. Gluing everything means that nothing is replaceable or can be modified.The footprint can be reduced to 100mm diameter by discarding the stock faceplate/grill assy and mounting the driver on the inside of your box. Counter-bore a 4” recess, the dome hole and 4 mounting holes just like the faceplate but leaving a thicker MDF flange than the faceplate. Countersunk screws and a radius routed around the hole give a nice look.This driver is better than the Morel dome #IMHO) and costs less. However, the 75mm dia box of the morel allows the tight spacing I lust for. Buy the way, I’m discarding the morel faceplate and rear-mounting it as well but my wallet is crying for mercy.
Date published: 2012-11-27

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Dayton Audio RS52AN-8 2" Dome Midrange

Does the RS52AN-8 require it's own sealed enclosure or does the plastic cup on its rear side mean that I can install it direct into the bass enclosure? I want to use it in a 3 way system

Asked by: CashelGunner
The rear of this driver is sealed so it does not require its own chamber.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-05-09


If I wanted to run these all the way up in frequency is there anything I can due to attenuate the nasty spike in amplitude that's present around 12 to 13K hertz using passive crossover parts? (coils, caps and or resistors)
Asked by: terrytunes1
What you are looking for is called a notch filter [or a narrow band pass filter] if the spike is wide. A 0.15 mh coil and a 1.5 uf capacitor will attenuate the spike but this is a 12db per octave slant--not a true notch. Check with PE's crossover component values or building loudspeakers charts/graphs section. There you will find exact filter specs. At 10Khz there is a lot of wiggle room for the values of these parts.
Answered by: Joe from San Francisco
Date published: 2013-11-08

What type crossover?

I am planning on using these in a DIY speaker build in between a pair of Dayton 7" drivers 40-2200Hz, and a Vifa Tweeter 1500-40000Hz. I was thinking of crossing at 750Hz and 6000Hz. What order crossover would work? Do I need a second order, or can I get away with a first order crossover for this? Is this even a good plan?
Asked by: AdamH
Normally in a 3 way you want to cross your woofers lower, and your tweeter higher. The way you have it planned all of your speakers would be covering the range of human voices, and that is not a good thing. You want to allow each section to cover the frequencies that they handle best. Crossing your mid over at 700 and 6k is not a bad plan, but you want to keep your woofers and tweeter out of that range a little more.Since each driver produces sound beyond the crossover point, there is constructive interference between the speakers over a broad range. The order of your crossover and the natural roll off of the drivers determine how broad that range is. Knowing this, you may want to leave some space between the crossover points to prevent that constructive interference from making the complete speaker louder around those points. So, maybe something like crossing your woofer over at 500 Hz, your mid in at 700 Hz, your mid out at 6 kHz, and your tweeter in at 7 kHz, would allow your finished speaker to perform at a uniform volume across it's full range. Mind you, this is just an example, not a suggestion.If you want to really nail down how to make this speaker sound good, I suggest looking into some modeling software. Check out the Tech Talk forum for some good threads on how to do this.If you plan on just doing this by ear, I would suggest that you use 1st order crossovers to save on material costs, as you will probably need to make serious revisions to your design them to sound good.
Answered by: Travis Rysdam
Date published: 2014-06-24

What is the units Xmax, Xmag or ....

what is the Xmax or Xmag (82% BL)? If that is not availalbe, what is the VC length and the height of the gap?
Asked by: ribbon
Unfortunately we do not have any of this information available.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-05-09

Crossover design.

I've read the various threads in the TechTalk Forum and the other questions and reviews here. I intend to use these in a car door, actively crossed where it is happy, around 800Hz and 5KHz give or take. My question is does this driver need any additional passive attenuation or notch filtering in this frequency range or is it smooth enough as is? I could also lower the low pass point to avoid any nastiness around the 5KHz point.
Asked by: chris45
The natural response of the driver is very smooth however this is on a flat infinite baffle so this will change once installed in a car so it will still need to be tweaked by ear after final installation. The crossover points you have listed are fine and using active crossovers you should have a steep enough slope to get rid of the breakup issues above 10k.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2013-09-06

Your thoughs on using RS52AN in a line array

I just thought about using 4 of these to create a line array. I would connect them in parallel, then series so that the impedance would be 8 ohms. Has anyone tried creating line arrays with this driver? Would 4 drivers be too much? Other components to be decided but each enclosure will have 2 10" drivers, and 2 or 4 tweeters.
Asked by: Joosoof
Great choice. Very wide response range. However, the faceplate can be removed/replaced to minimize the driver spacing but it is still much wider than the more expensive CAM 558 MD55's which can be modified to 3" spacing. Their response is not quite as wide as the RS52 but it is a silk dome instead of alum. I ground down the plastic faceplates to minimize the spacing. I wish Dayton would release a dome like the Morel's just for this purpose.
Answered by: Papacorkoff
Date published: 2014-05-05

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