Dayton Audio RSS210HF-4 8" Reference HF Subwoofer 4 Ohm

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The Dayton Audio Reference Series subwoofers take the quality and performance of the much acclaimed RS line into the subwoofer realm. The black anodized cone, rubber surround, and custom basket give this driver a unique, high-end look.
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  • Extensively vented motor eliminates compression and allows quiet excursion
  • Lightweight black anodized aluminum cone for rigidity and lower moving mass
  • Suitable for sealed or vented enclosures
  • Triple shorting ring motor for ultra-low distortion
  • 2-layer coil for reduced back EMF
  • Highest quality materials throughout for long-lasting performance

Product Details

Dayton Audio RSS210HF-4 8" Reference HF Subwoofer 4 Ohm

The Dayton Audio Reference Series subwoofers take the quality and performance of the much acclaimed RS line into the subwoofer realm. As with the rest of the Reference Series, the main focus of these subwoofers is ultra-low-distortion. Second, third, and intemodulation distortion are kept extremely low by utilizing three short-circuit paths within the motor structure. A durable aramid fiber spider and extensive venting throughout provide quiet and uniform excursion. The black anodized cone, rubber surround, and custom basket give this driver a unique, high-end look. Choose the high fidelity version for home systems when you are looking for clean, low bass and are not restricted by cabinet size.

Product Specifications
  • Nominal Diameter8"
  • Power Handling (RMS)280 Watts
  • Power Handling (max)560 Watts
  • Impedance4 ohms
  • Frequency Response27 to 1,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity85.6 dB 2.83V/1m
  • Voice Coil Diameter2"
  • Magnet Weight50 oz.
Thiele-Small Parameters
  • Resonant Frequency (Fs)29.6 Hz
  • DC Resistance (Re)3.1 ohms
  • Voice Coil Inductance (Le)0.7 mH
  • Mechanical Q (Qms)3.25
  • Electromagnetic Q (Qes)0.69
  • Total Q (Qts)0.57
  • Compliance Equivalent Volume (Vas)0.84 ft.³
  • Mechanical Compliance of Suspension (Cms)0.37 mm/N
  • BL Product (BL)8.12 Tm
  • Diaphragm Mass Inc. Airload (Mms)78.4g
  • Maximum Linear Excursion (Xmax)9 mm
  • Surface Area of Cone (Sd)219 cm²
Materials of Construction
  • Cone MaterialAluminum
  • Surround MaterialRubber
  • Voice Coil Wire MaterialCopper
  • Voice Coil FormerAluminum
  • Basket / Frame MaterialSteel
  • Magnet MaterialFerrite
Mounting Information
  • Overall Outside Diameter8.39"
  • Baffle Cutout Diameter7.28"
  • Depth4.88"
  • # Mounting Holes6
Optimum Cabinet Size (determined using BassBox 6 Pro High Fidelity suggestion)
  • Sealed Volume0.55 ft.³
  • Sealed F348 Hz
  • Vented Volume1.76 ft.³
  • Vented F324 Hz
Dayton Audio RSS210HF-4 8" Reference HF Subwoofer 4 Ohm
  • BrandDayton Audio
  • ModelRSS210HF-4
  • Part Number295-456
  • UPC844632062308
  • Product CategorySubwoofer Drivers
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (23 Reviews)
  • Weight8.8 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.

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Dayton Audio RSS210HF-4 8" Reference HF Subwoofer 4 Ohm
Dayton Audio RSS210HF-4 8" Reference HF Subwoofer 4 Ohm is rated 4.4348 out of 5 by 23.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome 8" wooferI bought this speaker for my car audio system. I built a dual bass reflex bandpass enclosure for this 8" with a total volume of 1.76 cubic feet. It sounds unbelievable! I tuned the rear chamber to 26 Hi and tuned the front chamber to 80 Hz. Sounds stronger than most 12" drivers. I have 360 watts powering it
Date published: 2015-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Replacement SubI bought this sub to replace a blown paradigm HT sub. It sounds better than the original equipped sub using the paradigm enclosure.
Date published: 2013-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Doesn't like to be portedI chose this driver for my first ever subwoofer build based on it's excellent reviews and price point, but i found designing for it to be a bit difficult.I knew from the gate i was going to build a sealed sub, but for fun i decided to model both ported and sealed. According to WinISD this thing does not like to be ported what-so-ever. No matter what combination of box size/port/power i chose (unless the power input was like, lower than 25W), the xmax was far exceeded down around mid 20's or so. So obviously i ditched ported all together and went with a sealed box ~.8 cu ft. and matched it with a 100W plate amp from another website. I found this combination to be excellent for this driver, however the power is still a bit more than this thing wants. I had to calibrate it a few Db lower than my other speakers in order to keep the excursion in check during the intense movie scenes (specifically Iron Man 2 and the Skidoosh scene of Kung Fu Panda). If i kept it calibrated at the same level during those scenes the woofer looked as though it was going to jump right out of the box and distortion became extremely audible even 4-5 ft. away. If i had to do it over i would put it in the same sized box with a 75W amp so i could avoid the excursion issues.Even with these difficulties though i am pretty pleased with this build. Music has come alive as bass notes i never knew were there jump out at me and movies now have that impact i was looking for. I must point out though that this sub alone would not cut it, even in my very small room. I have it paired with another sealed 300W sub and these babies play very nicely together. Response in my room has become relatively flat (compared to what it used to be with the single sub i had before) down to around the mid 20's and has usable output down to about 20hz. I used to not even get a register on my SPL meter until about 30+ hz.All said and done i am very pleased with this sub. The build quality is excellent and it can give decent response down low. Even though i am an extreme amateur, i advise against porting this thing unless you know exactly what you're doing. One slip and a sneaky 18Hz tone finding it's way through and you may be in a world of trouble. That's my 2 cents anyways, cheers~
Date published: 2012-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Follows the rest of the RS lineThis is truly an incredible 8" driver. Off of the top of my head, I believe that I own 6 of the RS subwoofers: 2 12", 3 10" and this 8". Although I focus on home audio applications, I do enjoy mobile sound. I was using the 10" RS subwoofer in my car with the front stage being RS 7" midwoofers in a 2.5-way with CDT tweeters. The 10" simply had too much output for the modest 300W I was giving it ported, so I decided to go even further down the SQ path and chose this driver and sealed it up. Put in a few different internal damping materials, but eventually settled on fiberglass lined walls with loose polyfill throughout. While it does not have the low-end extension of the 10" (obviously to be expected), it is more musical. Works excellently for everything from Diana Krall to DJ Tiesto to Maroon 5 and Tech N9ne. If you don't know who all of those are, just know that this speaker is all things to all genres!
Date published: 2011-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice MatchI used these to replace the woofers in my Polk RT2000p sub module and they fit the bill perfectly. I had read on several sites that these were the closest woofers to what I had so after several recommendations I went with them and was WELL pleased. They are a little boomier than the Polk's but that's because of a sight difference in build and necessary box size (and the Polk's were sound perfection in my opinion). I simply keep them a bit lower than the other side and they sound fine. A great woofer for the money
Date published: 2011-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Almost ScanSpeak quality, but less output...In a 1ft^3 box, with a 2.5"D x 10.5" long vent, you get an FB/3/10 of 30/26/19Hz. They can play cleanly up to 800 Hz to meet a dome mid if preferred, are clean to the T, and give deep bass in a very small box. The only lacking quality is sensitivity compared to the Scan Speak 22W/8857T. I would trade a bit of box size for a little more output potential, so I would recommend at least 200-300W/ch amp if using these in a stereo pair as I did.
Date published: 2011-08-04
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Dayton Audio RSS210HF-4 8" Reference HF Subwoofer 4 Ohm

how would 4 of these wired to 1 ohm at 1200 rms in a 3 cu. ft. sealed enclosure perform in a car setup, f3? f10? any guesses on spl? 

Asked by: tyler99
This setup would work well. F3 of 47, F10 of 26. Modeled output is around 120 dB but this does not factor in cabin gain and excursion becomes a problem at full power around 50 Hz.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-07-14

I have an existing .88 Cu Ft 3/4 MDF sealed box that is custom fit and I would like to reuse it and use this to replace the existing driver.  Any suggestions on treatment, stuffing, to optimize the sound?  Currently stuffed with fiberglass only.

Asked by: duckrock
A half pound of stuffing is a good starting point, but the existing fiberglass will probably be enough especially for a sealed alignment. This is something you can experiment with.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-05-20

How many inches per foot of port area would you recommend in the ideal box listed?

Asked by: Markous
I would recommend a 3" diameter, 15" long port for this volume which will tune the enclosure to 25 Hz.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-03-20

How would this do with a passive radiator? 1- 10 inch, or 2? And what volume cabinet?

Asked by: G Lover
A passive radiator is only required when the cabinet volume is too small to fit a port. This woofer requires a 1.75 cubic foot enclosure which will easily fit a port long enough for the proper tuning frequency. Having said that, a pair of the 10" passives would be required with 200 grams of added weight to each, which will push the limit for those passives. You could also get away with a 3" diameter dual flared port that is 17" long for a lower tuning frequency.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-03-17

Wanting to run this woofer with a passive radiator due to limited space and needed extra output will be in an automotive application or would there be a better woofer 

Asked by: wfw560
Please contact our tech support for more help with this question, or 800-338-0531 x1.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-12-31

Hi there I want to build full range 3-ways using this woofer, the RS 180-8 as a midrange and the PT2C-8 tweeter with the XO3W-375/3K crossover. I would like a lower in-room frequency response of 25 hz. Is this viable and will the impedance be? Thanks.

Asked by: Zakki
Please contact our tech support for more help with this question, or 800-338-0531 x1.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-11-28
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