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Dayton Audio RSS265HO-4 10" Reference HO Subwoofer 4 Ohm

Brand:| Model: RSS265HO-4
Built for extreme performance in the smallest 10" subwoofer speaker enclosures, the Dayton Audio Reference Series RSS265HO-4 features an anodized aluminum cone, 4-layer voice coil, and optimized distortion-reducing magnet system.
  • Extensively vented motor eliminates compression and allows quiet excursion
  • Extra-thick black anodized aluminum cone for maximum rigidity
  • Triple shorting ring motor for ultra-low distortion
  • 4-layer coil for high power handling
  • Optimized parameters for small enclosures
  • Highest quality materials throughout for long-lasting performance
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Weight: 17.1 lbs.  
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Dayton Audio RSS265HO-4 10" Reference HO Subwoofer 4 Ohm

As with the rest of the Reference Series, the main focus of the Dayton Audio RSS265HO-4 10" subwoofer 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 10" driver a unique, high-end look. Choose the high output version for automotive applications or for equalized high-power home subwoofer speaker systems.

A knock-down 1.0 cubic foot subwoofer cabinet built specifically for the RSS265HO-4 is available here. Save 50% off the price of the cabinet when you buy the cabinet and RSS265HO-4 subwoofer together in this package.

Product Specifications
  • Nominal Diameter10"
  • Power Handling (RMS)600 Watts
  • Power Handling (max)1200 Watts
  • Impedance4 ohms
  • Frequency Response24 to 600 Hz
  • Sensitivity84 dB 1W/1m
  • Voice Coil Diameter2.5"
  • Magnet Weight100 oz.
Thiele-Small Parameters
  • Resonant Frequency (Fs)30 Hz
  • DC Resistance (Re)3.4 ohms
  • Voice Coil Inductance (Le)1.9 mH
  • Mechanical Q (Qms)4.48
  • Electromagnetic Q (Qes)0.4
  • Total Q (Qts)0.37
  • Compliance Equivalent Volume (Vas)0.81 ft.³
  • Mechanical Compliance of Suspension (Cms)0.13 mm/N
  • BL Product (BL)18.3 Tm
  • Diaphragm Mass Inc. Airload (Mms)208.6g
  • Maximum Linear Excursion (Xmax)12.3 mm
  • Surface Area of Cone (Sd)349.7 cm²
Materials of Construction
  • Cone MaterialAluminum
  • Surround MaterialRubber
  • Voice Coil Wire MaterialCopper
  • Voice Coil FormerAluminum
  • Basket / Frame MaterialSteel
  • Magnet MaterialFerrite
Mounting Information
  • Overall Outside Diameter10.47"
  • Baffle Cutout Diameter9.25"
  • Depth5.37"
  • # Mounting Holes6
Optimum Cabinet Size *
  • Sealed Volume0.71 ft.³
  • Sealed F370 Hz
  • Vented Volume0.47 ft.³
  • Vented F340 Hz
  • * Enclosure volume/F3s based on BassBox "optimum" calculations-
Dayton Audio RSS265HO-4 10" Reference HO Subwoofer 4 Ohm
  • BrandDayton Audio
  • ModelRSS265HO-4
  • Part Number295-462
  • UPC844632006920
  • Product CategorySubwoofer Drivers
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (19 Reviews)
  • Weight17.1 lbs.
  • Case Qty2
  • 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 RSS265HO-4 10" Reference HO Subwoofer 4 Ohm
Dayton Audio RSS265HO-4 10" Reference HO Subwoofer 4 Ohm is rated 4.7368 out of 5 by 19.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This isn't just for auto applications!I've had this driver for a few years and finally got around to making a sub. Bought the PE 1.0 ft^3 enclosure (300-7077) and the Dayton SPA500 plate amp. A good combination if you are up to the task of altering the box for the amp to fit in. The Reference drivers are some of the best looking and the performance follows right along with it. I wanted a very small enclosure and these work great in that application as long as you have the power to oversome it which the SPA500 does.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First time running 10'sFifteen years ago I always ran 2 12's.. then went to a single 12 for the past 10 years. My new system I put together I decided to try a pair of 10's. I am glad I did, I listen to all types of music, from hard rock to rap and these little guys perform. I am running 2 10's off an Alpine MRP-M1000 and they sound amazing, super tight and hard hitting kick drum to low car rattling bass when listening to some hip hop. I built the ported enclosure myself tuned to 32hz, total volume after displacement is around 1.4-1.5 cubic feet for both subs. I could not be happier and for the price I feel like I got a them for a steal.
Date published: 2013-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from solid subwooferI installed this sub in the Goldwood 10" enclosure for an inexpensive, compact solution for my hatchback. The box required 1/4" enlargement of the cutout which I shaved off with my dremel. Sound is tight and powerful fed by a modest Alpine 300W (4ohm) amp. I do not turn up my sub to earthshattering levels so cannot comment as to ultimate spl. This setup was much more capable and musical than the Infinty basslink power sub that it replaced.
Date published: 2012-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great for the car!this is the HO edition, so the idea of using it in the house is for those that want crazy bass. not the audiophile listening for the nuances on the lowest notes of the cello. in a car, running at 1200watts, this thing is king. i just installed it in a friends car, and my only way to explain my time with it was that it was a pleasure and that the subwoofer was definitely more than expected. we have it in a 16x14x6 inch sealed box, so yes, this really is a good small spaces woofer. do yourself a favor and buy this or the HF edition if you want nothing but sublime bass.
Date published: 2013-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid Subwoofer for Small EnclosuresI have tried many different subwoofers over the past few years, from many different manufacturers.Most recently I have had a Phoenix Gold RSDC, an MTX 8500, a CDT HD12, and I have had the pleasure of listening to an Image Dynamics IDMAX in a friends vehicle.So how does it compare to those four subs?The MTX 8500 is a beast. While it is a very musical subwoofer it is more bass than I would ever want again. (CA&E rated this the best sub of 2007)The Phoenix Gold RSDC is a very similar speaker to the Dayton, although the Dayton has a slight edge in responsiveness. The CDT HD12 was superb and probably the best sounding of the five subs I'm comparing. However CDT discontinued that sub for the far more expensive and TRUE SQ sub the QES12.(Which is simply amazing.)The Image Dynamics IDMAX is also a superb sub. It's sound quality borders on as good if not better in some respects than the CDT HD12, and can almost keep up with the MTX 8500 in bass output. Worth a listen if you can get one.So what does it all mean?Well, the beauty of the Dayton is that it only requires .37 cubic feet of airspace (for the 10 inch) to do it's thing (which is the same volume as the RSDC and the QES by the way). The 8500 needs 1.37 cubes and the IDMAX takes 1.1 cubes.Bottom line: The Dayton RSHO10 is a great sub that requires minimal space and modest power. It's a great sounding speaker which is well suited to a variety of music. It is not as stout as the MTX, and not quite on the level of the IDMAX or either CDT's, I do think it is a step better than the Phoenix Gold though.Small foot print, great sound, and a really good price. I have already recommended this sub to a few friends.Thanks to Dayton Audio and Parts Express.
Date published: 2013-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very nice sub for the moneyI've been running one of these in my trunk for about a year now in a .775 sealed box. Driven by about 950 Arc Audio watts, it hasent even whimpered a bit and sounds very nice.
Date published: 2013-04-11

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Dayton Audio RSS265HO-4 10" Reference HO Subwoofer 4 Ohm

Possible IB use?

Using this in a .66cuFt sealed enclosure and it has worked well for over 2 years. Got a 2004 Cadillac CTS-V that has a Bose 10" on the rear deck. How would this woofer do as a replacement for that Bose Sub on the rear deck in an Infinite Baffle configuration?
Asked by: awdtalon92
Generally speaking, the Qts specification is what one looks at to determine a driver's suitability to sealed, ported, or free-air application. A Qts value below 0.40 is generally accepted as being more suited to a ported enclosure, 0.40-0.70 would be better for sealed, and over 0.70 would be better for infinite baffle applications. So technically, this driver wouldn't be the best choice for your infinite baffle situation. That being said, the mathematical equations don't always reflect reality, as mentioned by the prior poster. You could certainly try it, and it may perform quite well for your personal taste.
Answered by: RussR
Date published: 2012-10-08

.31 cubic foot sealed enclosure?

The software I used came back with a .31 cubic foot sealed enclosure as "ideal". Can this be right?
Asked by: dB Cooper
i like a cubic foot for this driver
Answered by: digitalhaven 53
Date published: 2013-05-18

Does this speaker have a sealing gasket around the frame or would I need to use a seperate foam strip for use in a sealed enclosure?

Asked by: Lamberticus
yes :-) it has a 1/16 thick foam gasket
Answered by: Matt's Watts
Date published: 2013-01-21

sealed box what size ported box how big and port length and diameter...

volume thingy on the right tells the box size bt nothing about port diameter or lenght..also sealed .71 vented .45 usually vented is bigger than sealed? whats up with this one
Asked by: brauhmaudio
I just built a 2" squared ported box for 2 10" HO's, total cubic feet before sub displacement is 1.66, so roughly 1.5 after displacement. Cut some .75" MDF with these specs to build the same box I just built, box sounds awesome.Box Bottom 28 x 13BOx Top 28 x 13Box Left 12.25 x 12.5Box Right 11.5 x 12.5Box Back 28 x 12.5Box Front 25.25 x 12.5Port L1 9.5 x 12.5Port L2 18 x 12.5tuned 32.8hz
Answered by: doox00
Date published: 2012-03-02

Sub for .65 cu. ft. enclosure - discrepancies?

2008 Ridgeline. Looking at buying the Subthump pre-built enclosure that fits under both rear seat sections. This has a recessed area for the Amp, plus two Sealed Chambers for the Subs. Stated volume: .65 cu. ft. I start looking and love the Reviews here on the Dayton Audio RSS265HO-4. I found the Speaker Selection Wizard feature here and it pops up with this Dayton as one of several options, too. But then the Answers to several questions below the product listing seems to say the Speaker Selection Wizard is wrong. This Dayton is not built for a sealed enclosure and needs 1 cu. ft.? Why the discrepancies?Parameters in the Speaker Selection Wizard used were:Hifi (Home/Car), Sealed Box, 4 Ohm, 10", and put in .65 cu. ft. (since I don't know the exact interior box dimensions).Am I missing something?My results may not fill in from this page, but here it is: listed below are what the Speaker Selection Wizard offered. 1 Tang Band item. 2 Daytons.Thanks for any help!
Asked by: Uncle Guy
Some drivers will work in either a sealed or vented enclosure - depending on their design. You can see by the specs in the wizard that the Dayton has a lower F3 in a vented box. These are just suggested applications. You can plug the specs into a "Box Calculator" and play with the F3 both sealed and ported to create the response you are looking for. Keep in mind that your car interior is also small and acts like a second half to the cabinet. So be prepared to add sound mat and make sure all the screws and such are tight or the rattling will take away from the quality of the subs sound
Answered by: MarkAJH
Date published: 2012-10-08

Horizontal orientation

Can this driver be used horizontally? Would performance suffer?
Asked by: JoseC
it will work the same in any position. although im sure there is some measurable difference it would be nothing you could hear.
Answered by: Matt's Watts
Date published: 2013-03-05

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