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.
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  • 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.  
List Price$177.99
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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 (at regular price) together in this package only.

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 (determined using BassBox 6 Pro High Fidelity suggestion)
  • Sealed Volume0.71 ft.³
  • Sealed F370 Hz
  • Vented Volume0.47 ft.³
  • Vented F340 Hz
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
    (20 Reviews)
  • Weight17.1 lbs.
  • Case Qty2
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    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 4.75 out of 5 by 20.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally bad a_s awesome clean deep LOW END!!I work full time in serious music studio production..40 yrs now and couldn't achieve the low end quality I needed until I bought these little nuclear low end transducers.I'll be buying lots more of these! SRR Recording,Dallas TX
Date published: 2014-05-26
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: 2013-11-05
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: 2012-03-02
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: 2011-06-07
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: 2011-04-03
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: 2009-10-17
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Dayton Audio RSS265HO-4 10" Reference HO Subwoofer 4 Ohm

Can I run this in a .75 cu ft sealed box with a 200W RMS amp in my boat?

Asked by: DW14
Yes that will work fine.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-03-19

I own the 10 inch version and looking for a grill for this bad boy.  Most of the standard generic 10' grills sold do not seem to  work with this subwoofer.  Any Suggestions would be appreciated. 

Asked by: rme1964
The only grills we have that will work with this woofer would be the bar grills below.http://www.parts-express.com/10-bar-grill-black--260-441http://www.parts-express.com/10-bar-grill-chrome--260-440
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-03-16

Is the mounting depth actually 5.37" on this sub or is it 5" like the Dayton Audio RSS265HO-44?

Asked by: DRKemp
The Depth is 5.37" or 136.5 mm
Answered by: TomI
Date published: 2015-03-02

Would 4 of these subs do well in a 6th order bandpass? The rear section 3cf tune to 27 with 30sq in of port and 7.5 front section tuned to 59 with 130sq of port...i would like a good response 26 to 60hz

Asked by: wx3car
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: 2014-09-22

Hi, I was just wondering if the sub has been updated at all? I have looked at it before, and thought that the weight of it was 20 lbs, not 17, so just wondering if it has been changed, thanks.

Asked by: Jayr0c
No this sub has not been under any changes for at least 3 years.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-04-25

How well does this model?

I built 2 fiberglass boxes with roughly .75 ft^3 of internal volume. 1 is built for each of the corner sides of the vehicle. I have a JL XD 600w @ 2ohms amplifier that will power it. Would this be the best subwoofer for the enclosures between the HF version of this and the HiVi SP10? I also can acquire the Infinity Kappa 100.9w if that would model any better.Just looking for a little help picking woofers. I already have 1 of each of the aforementioned subwoofers and they truly sound amazing. I've ran 1 10" for a while and now i'm looking to bump it to 2. So i'm wonder which would be the best match? Thanks for your time.
Asked by: Inquiring Mind
The RSS265HO-4 will be the best match for that enclosure and power.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2013-07-10
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