Dayton Audio RSS315HF-4 12" Reference HF Subwoofer 4 Ohm

Brand:| Model: RSS315HF-4
The Dayton Audio Reference Series subwoofer speakers 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.
  • Extensively vented motor eliminates compression and allows quiet excursion
  • Lightweight black anodized aluminum cone for rigidity and lower moving mass
  • Triple shorting ring motor for ultra-low distortion
  • 2-layer coil for reduced back EMF
  • Suitable for sealed or vented enclosures
  • Highest quality materials throughout for long-lasting performance
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Weight: 25 lbs.  
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Dayton Audio RSS315HF-4 12" Reference HF Subwoofer 4 Ohm

As with the rest of the Dayton Audio Reference Series speakers, the main focus of these subwoofers is ultra-low-distortion. Second, third, and intermodulation 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 for the Reference Series RSS315HF-4 12" subwoofer speaker. The black anodized cone, rubber surround, and custom basket give this driver and the rest of the Reference Series 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 Diameter12"
  • Power Handling (RMS)400 Watts
  • Power Handling (max)800 Watts
  • Impedance4 ohms
  • Frequency Response23 to 1,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity86 dB 1W/1m
  • Voice Coil Diameter2.5"
  • Magnet Weight150 oz.
Thiele-Small Parameters
  • Resonant Frequency (Fs)25 Hz
  • DC Resistance (Re)3.3 ohms
  • Voice Coil Inductance (Le)1.04 mH
  • Mechanical Q (Qms)3.12
  • Electromagnetic Q (Qes)0.58
  • Total Q (Qts)0.49
  • Compliance Equivalent Volume (Vas)3.01 ft.³
  • Mechanical Compliance of Suspension (Cms)0.27 mm/N
  • BL Product (BL)13.95 Tm
  • Diaphragm Mass Inc. Airload (Mms)212.1g
  • Maximum Linear Excursion (Xmax)14.3 mm
  • Surface Area of Cone (Sd)514.7 cm²
Materials of Construction
  • Cone MaterialAluminum
  • Surround MaterialRubber
  • Voice Coil Wire MaterialCopper
  • Voice Coil FormerAluminum
  • Basket / Frame MaterialSteel
  • Magnet MaterialFerrite
Mounting Information
  • Overall Outside Diameter12.36"
  • Baffle Cutout Diameter11.1"
  • Depth5.75"
  • # Mounting Holes8
Optimum Cabinet Size (determined using BassBox 6 Pro High Fidelity suggestion)
  • Sealed Volume1.70 ft.³
  • Sealed F340 Hz
  • Vented Volume4.54 ft.³
  • Vented F322 Hz
Dayton Audio RSS315HF-4 12" Reference HF Subwoofer 4 Ohm
  • BrandDayton Audio
  • ModelRSS315HF-4
  • Part Number295-464
  • UPC844632006937
  • Product CategorySubwoofer Drivers
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (63 Reviews)
  • Weight25 lbs.
  • Case Qty2
  • California Prop 65

    Warning: California residents only. Please note per Proposition 65 that this product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

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Dayton Audio RSS315HF-4 12" Reference HF Subwoofer 4 Ohm
Dayton Audio RSS315HF-4 12" Reference HF Subwoofer 4 Ohm is rated 4.8095 out of 5 by 63.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Punch and Deep Bass- Ok, I didn’t know I was gonna get Punch and Deep Bass at the same.. i was using a Sealed enclosure at first and this Driver sounded Great , now i have it in an Awesome Transmission Line enclosure designed for my single 12″ Subwoofer.. i use this in my car audio system.. if you want clean hard hitting bass, this sub will do without backing down ... go easy on it at first to allow break in period , sounds even better as it breaks in.
Date published: 2014-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clean BassI bought this from the UK and it sounds awesome! after listening to it for a few hours the bass sounds so clean, hits all the notes. couldn't ask for anything more!
Date published: 2014-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best subwoofer I've ever owned!What can I say about this subwoofer. But simply it's awesome! Bought a 4 cubic foot ported subwoofer box from diysoundgroup.com and two 3" ports 24" long tuned to 20 hz. With a BASH 500s amp. Best setup I've ever had! Hits everything I throw at it
Date published: 2014-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why is the house shacking???This was my first sub build and won't be the last. I used boxnotes and winisd for modeling to get the sub I wanted. Also a lot of guidance from the forums at HomeTheaterShack. I've got it dialed in and it's starting to get broken-in and soundingbetter every time I use it. I haven't done any REW testing but when the wife hollered down asking why the whole house was shaking using an inuke 1000 in bridge mode with the gain on 4 I knew I had accomplished what I wanted!!!
Date published: 2014-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cialis for ED.. A2-300Replaced the stock ED A2-300 driver with this one and am very impressed with the results. No more bottoming out on bass heavy scenes and it sounds great with music too. Sub is finally living up to all the hype it received when I first bought it. Good build and quality and am very happy with the purchase.
Date published: 2013-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nothing goes wrong with Dayton Audio!I bought two of these subs. I built a 3.3 cu. ft. ported box tuned to 30hz. These subs move a lot of air! I just love that deep bass!These subs can hit really hard and get really loud if you put them in the right enclosure. This way, you will get the most output from the sub and the sub will perform at its best!There's no distortion, very well built sub, very nice looking, sounds very good!This sub is the perfect match for you! Buy it today and this sub will not disappoint you!
Date published: 2013-03-25

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Dayton Audio RSS315HF-4 12" Reference HF Subwoofer 4 Ohm

How much volume in the cabinet is taken up by this woofer if mounted flush in 3/4 MDF?

Asked by: Box Builder
When flush mounted in 3/4 MDF this would displace 0.114 cubic feet.
Answered by: Chrisf
Date published: 2014-08-07

I am thinking about building a subwoofer using the Dayton RSS315HF- `12" subwoofer in a 2.0 cu-ft sealed type enclosure. My question is would it be best to use the Dayton SP-500 plate amplifier or would the BASH 500 plate amp be a better choice?

Asked by: BigRon
Headroom is always a good thing when it comes to subwoofers. I would recommend the Dayton for this reason, plus it also has a built in parametric EQ to help flatten room response problems.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-06-20

Will one of these do OK in a .95 FT^3 ported encloure at 36 hz. Or is that tuning much to high? WIll be running 850 RMS Clarion 7110

Asked by: jones3jd
In a volume that small I would recommend the HO version of this woofer instead. It will yield a flatter response with that tuning frequency.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-06-17

I was looking at this or the Titanic 12" mk4 in a 2.0 dayton box sealed with a 500w amp. Which would be the better choice for 60%movies/40%music in a 16x12 room standard height?

Asked by: audiophizile
These are both very similar in response. They will both reach the low 20's in room and handle full RMS power to below 20 Hz, although the Titanic will have a bit more excursion clearance. If I were choosing, I would probably opt for the Titanic. You might also consider the UM12, it will take the best of both worlds and still work very well in that volume.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-06-17

Isn't your BassBox "Sealed" ideal box volume incorrect? You list 0.71 ft3 optimum box volume with an f3 of 70 Hz.  Even in a sealed box an f3 of 70Hz doesn't make sense for this driver's TS parameters.  I have BassBox 6 and it is recommending 1.7 ft3.

Asked by: yotool
It appears the box alignments are wrong for this driver because I am getting the same numbers as you. I will have these updated on the site.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-05-09

How much breathing room is required around the basket?  I want to build a box with as narrow a baffle as possible; I'd like to make the space between the side walls 11.1" to allow the driver to just fit.

Asked by: balor1eye
The side walls should be no closer together than the required cutout size for the woofer. 11" will be fine.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-03-03

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