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Dayton Audio RS52AN-8 2" Dome Midrange

Brand:|Model: RS52AN-8|Part # 285-020
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.
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Part # 285-020
  • 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

Product Details

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
  • Sensitivity89.4 dB 2.83V/1m
  • Voice Coil Diameter2"
Thiele-Small Parameters
  • Resonant Frequency (Fs)341 Hz
  • DC Resistance (Re)6 ohms
  • Voice Coil Inductance (Le)0.13 mH
  • Mechanical Q (Qms)3.16
  • Electromagnetic Q (Qes)1.18
  • Total Q (Qts)0.86
  • Mechanical Compliance of Suspension (Cms)0.13 mm/N
  • BL Product (BL)4.26 Tm
  • Diaphragm Mass Inc. Airload (Mms)1.7g
  • 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
    (50 Reviews)
  • Weight1.0001 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.


Dayton Audio RS52AN-8 2" Dome Midrange
Dayton Audio RS52AN-8 2" Dome Midrange is rated 4.68 out of 5 by 50.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smooth and good lookingI bought this as the mid in a 3 way speaker with a built in sub. Due to the way the box was built I required a sealed back midrange speaker. There are not many that offer looks performance much less a decent price. Appearance was very good as was build quality, but both were overwhelmed by the sound. I would have accepted a far less aesthetically appealing speaker that produced extremely detailed and transparent highs. I can't say enough good things about this speaker definitely a great buy. Driven by Yamaha m50 power amplifier accompanied by Dayton amt8 tweeter and 6 inch Dayton reference series woofer with 15 inch Dayton classic subwoofer for the lows
Date published: 2015-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clean midPurchased a pair of these midranges with bonus crossovers to blend with 8" woofers that are in a custom made .6 Cf. boxes for my service van front doors. Knowing that the mids have a high sensitivity level, using 8 ohms works great with the 4 ohm woofer. ( tweeters are mounted up in the dashboard) Using a 4 x 150 watt amp. To power all speakers in the front. Decent sound over all. Still need to do tweaking of sound, project not completed yet. Using UM 15 as a sub. Look for review on that monster in a couple of days.
Date published: 2015-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great.I used these in a 3 way rebuild and like them very much. Great sound and imaging.
Date published: 2015-01-18
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
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Dayton Audio RS52AN-8 2" Dome Midrange

Do these need to be counter sunk?

Asked by: SylJ
For the best results it is a good idea to counter sink them but they will certainly work without that. It just may have a little bit of diffraction.
Answered by: Chrisf
Date published: 2016-02-26

Can the outer mounting flange be removed so the driver could be flush/reverse mounted into a door panel with the protective grill? 

Asked by: RayTard704
Answered by: Cowboyinthejungle
Date published: 2016-01-03

Does this come with a gasket like the RS line of tweeters?

Asked by: TaterBo
Yes this does include a gasket on the back of the frame.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-12-09

Are these a sealed mid? 

Asked by: Greg1973
Yes, the enclosure is completely sealed, which allows for very versatile installations.
Answered by: hammytech
Date published: 2015-08-09

Seems like this bad boy has a pretty extended range.  Could it be used a mid/tweeter from 500 on up? Do you really need a tweeter?  I'd like to pair it with a pair of DC160-8 in a MTM center channel.

Asked by: Cowboyinthejungle
You could probably get away with using this as a mid-tweeter for some applications. The only issue will be limited off axis response verses a standard 1" dome, but if you only plan on listening mostly on axis this shouldn't cause much of a problem.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2016-01-02

Greetings, I'd like to cross my Aurum Cantus AC180/50F1 7" woofer to this midrange driver as low as possible (500hz). Is this do-able? If so what type of X-O would you recommend (configuration and order)? If 500 is too low, any recommendations?

Asked by: Johnny Reno
This driver is rated for frequency response down to 300 Hz. By the manufacturer's specifications sheet shown in the manuals and resources section above, it appears to have a very even response down to 500 Hz.
Answered by: GregT
Date published: 2015-05-26
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