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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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 Response300 to 14,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity91 dB 2.83V/1m
  • Voice Coil Diameter2"
Thiele-Small Parameters
  • Resonant Frequency (Fs)345 Hz
  • DC Resistance (Re)5.97 ohms
  • Voice Coil Inductance (Le)0.13 mH
  • Mechanical Q (Qms)3.15
  • Electromagnetic Q (Qes)1.18
  • Total Q (Qts)0.86
  • BL Product (BL)4.26 Tm
  • Diaphragm Mass Inc. Airload (Mms)1.67g
  • Maximum Linear Excursion (Xmax)1 mm
  • Surface Area of Cone (Sd)26.4 cm²
Materials of Construction
  • Cone MaterialAluminum,Metal Dome
  • Voice Coil Wire MaterialCopper
  • Voice Coil FormerAluminum
  • Basket / Frame MaterialCast Aluminum
  • 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
    (47 Reviews)
  • Weight1.0001 lbs.
  • Case Qty12
  • 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 RS52AN-8 2" Dome Midrange is rated 4.6809 out of 5 by 47.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Mid, Solidly Built, Sounds SweetI bought these to replace a set of economy mids that I placed in the cabinets of some ElectroVoice Encore 77s. I totally gutted the innards and replaced everything. I started with the woofers, which are now the Pyramid PW1248USX. I replaced the tweeters with some Dayton AMT mini-8s. The final step was to get some really good mids, and I've always like domes, so I looked into the RS52AN-8s. I had to wait a good 3 months due to their being out of stock, but when I got the e-mail that they were back in stock (thanks Parts Express) I ordered them immediately. They arrived well packed, as has everything I order from Parts Express. To round off the speaker rebuild I replaced the crossovers with the Eminence PXB3:5K0s. Because the mids are a little more sensitive (91db) than the AMT tweeters (88db) I placed an L pad in the mid circuit for fine tuning. The overall sound of the rebuild is super. These midranges are so detailed and with the crossover points of the crossover, everything blends well. The improvement is incredible. I recommend these midranges to anyone serious about detailed clear sound. I'm looking forward to their ultimate sound, when after 50 to 60 hours of playing (or so I've heard) they really begin to shine.
Date published: 2014-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great mid.I bought a few of these and haven't used them in a build yet, however all of them arrived stinking to high heaven and covered in mould! Thankfully the faceplate is easy to remove and i could carefully clean them.3rd party measurements confirm these are a world class driver. Build quality seems to be reasonably consistent with all the drivers I received hitting almost exactly 345Hz Fs.
Date published: 2014-09-29
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

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Dayton Audio RS52AN-8 2" Dome Midrange

Is this a new updated version of this driver? I noticed the Fs and usable response are a little different than the four that I purchased awhile back. I would like to lower my x-over point to 350Hz if possible.

Asked by: 2chjd
The driver has not changed, however the specification sheet has been updated to reflect the characteristics of current production. Lowering your crossover frequency too aggressively may lead to an increase in measured distortion in that frequency range; dome midrange drivers are like large versions of dome tweeters, and it's usually best to cross over an octave above the resonant frequency to control distortion.
Answered by: DaytonAudio_Rory
Date published: 2014-12-16

Would this midrange work in towers with 91db efficiency, crossed @ 1.2k and 5k?  Right now has a Paradigm soft dome that I dropped in. Might replace with fountek neocd1 or dayton reference soft dome. Will these match up? Thanks 

Asked by: jpsyoda
Yes this will work fine in that application.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-11-20

To run these in an MTM setup would it not help to run 2 12dB bandpass filters... or at least first order xovers? What would be a good frequency split (as Adam H below) What is the lowest frequency Dolby sends to the center? I'd like to put a small woof

Asked by: timmerbe2
Please contact our tech support for more help with this question, tech@parts-express.com or 800-338-0531 x1.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-10-24

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: 2014-11-03


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: 2014-11-10

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