Dayton Audio RSS315HO-44 12" Reference HO DVC Subwoofer

Brand:| Model: RSS315HO-44
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.
  • Dual 4 ohm voice coils
  • 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
  • Parameters optimized for small enclosures
  • Highest quality materials throughout for long-lasting performance
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Weight: 25.4 lbs.  
List Price$203.99
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Dayton Audio RSS315HO-44 12" Reference HO DVC Subwoofer

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 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. The black anodized cone, rubber surround, and custom basket give this driver a unique, high-end look. The High Output (HO) drivers are optimized for automotive applications and equalized high-power home subwoofers.

Product Specifications
  • Nominal Diameter12"
  • Power Handling (RMS)700 Watts
  • Power Handling (max)1400 Watts
  • Impedance2 ohms
  • Frequency Response25 to 500 Hz
  • Sensitivity83.2 dB 1W/1m
  • Voice Coil Diameter2.5"
  • Magnet Weight150 oz.
Thiele-Small Parameters
  • Resonant Frequency (Fs)20.9 Hz
  • DC Resistance (Re)1.7 ohms
  • Voice Coil Inductance (Le)0.83 mH
  • Mechanical Q (Qms)4.26
  • Electromagnetic Q (Qes)0.42
  • Total Q (Qts)0.38
  • Compliance Equivalent Volume (Vas)2.12 ft.³
  • Mechanical Compliance of Suspension (Cms)0.16 mm/N
  • BL Product (BL)13.7 Tm
  • Diaphragm Mass Inc. Airload (Mms)351.5g
  • Maximum Linear Excursion (Xmax)14 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 MaterialCast Aluminum
  • 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 Volume0.49 ft.³
  • Sealed F347 Hz
  • Vented Volume1.36 ft.³
  • Vented F327 Hz
Dayton Audio RSS315HO-44 12" Reference HO DVC Subwoofer
  • BrandDayton Audio
  • ModelRSS315HO-44
  • Part Number295-467
  • UPC844632087714
  • Product CategorySubwoofer Drivers
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (9 Reviews)
  • Weight25.4 lbs.
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Dayton Audio RSS315HO-44 12" Reference HO DVC Subwoofer
Dayton Audio RSS315HO-44 12" Reference HO DVC Subwoofer is rated 4.5556 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A very solid subwooferI purchased one of these to put into a 1.5 cu.ft. enclosure in the trunk of my car. I ran it sealed at first and it was very detailed and tight but dug down pretty low thanks to cabin gain. I later added two ports to the enclosure, tuning to approx 23 Hz. and with a subsonic filter with an 18Hz corner frequency to avoid unloading the cone below tuning. I have to say, the ported configuration wins hands down for listening to classic rock, country, or oldies. I am driving it with a 550W rms amp in 2 ohm configuration and it has more than enough output to rattle any loose trim in the car. If this unit has any drawback at all, it would be that it needs a lot of power to really get cooking, but i guess that's to be expected based on the voice coil length, cone mass, "small" Vas, and low resonance. Mechanically, this unit is built like a tank, I expect it will survive most any sane drive levels with ease. I find it is extremely accurate and detailed, which is exactly what I was seeking. The very reasonable price for a unit of this quality makes it a best buy in my book for automotive use.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great sound quality, not so great build qualityOk so let me start off with the good. This sub sounds excellent! Can't stress that enough. With a proper size enclosure, with a proper size port, this sub has an excellent range with a nice flat response. Perfect SQ sub that rivals much pricier options. Now the bad. The first one I received was basically DOA. Voice coil started burning up bad within 2 minutes of use, at low level and only 300w RMS feeding it (wasn't even a bass heavy track). Spent the $38 to ship it back, and P-E replaced it. The new sub worked great, sounds great, etc. Well it developed an issue after 2 weeks of normal use. I heard a loud 'clunk' and went to check it out- the dust cover blew off the sub, along with the hard plastic vent cover on the VC. Looks like it was poorly epoxied at the factory. I refuse to glue it back on myself, as I shouldn't have to. I refuse to send it back, since there is no way I'm spending another $38 to ship it. Very disappointed. I'll just use it as-is and hope nothing makes it way between the magnet and voice coil. 
Date published: 2013-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding performance/excellent priceFirst of all, this sub was delivered when promised. It was well protected and professionally packaged. This subwoofer is sturdy and well constructed using first class materials. I dropped it into a MDF box with an internal volume of 1.5 cf with a 2" x 9.5" port. With room coupling the sub measured flat to 20 hz using pink noise and 1/3 octave real time analyzation.This sub sounds great without any EQ. It delivers fast articulate bass when reproducing music yet has the ability to deliver room shaking low frequency effects from movie soundtracks. When coupled with the Audyssey EQ provided with my AV/Pre Amp, the room effects were smoothed out and performance rose to an even higher level.I couldn't be more pleased.
Date published: 2013-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great SubsHad a custom box built for two of them that would fit between the wall and the couch. Powering them both with the Dayton 1000 watt HPSA1000-R.
Date published: 2012-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dayton Does It Again!!I am currently running 2 of these each in it's own 1 cu.ft. sealed box and I am very happy with their performance. I bought a pair of Mag 1.7's and I have read that it is hard to blend them seamlessly with a sub to acheive the lowest octave of bass. Fortunately with the Daytons, that has not been an issue at all! I have them crossed over pretty low at about 50 hz and they do the job wonderfully. I am runnig them off of the Dayton HPSA 1000 rack amp, another flawless performer. Also, the dual 4 ohm voice coils make for more wiring options. I have used them in my home theater setup too and the low bass output is AMAZING!! Highly recommended.
Date published: 2012-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Woofer!I brought a set of these for my son. To replace a set of Rockford P3's. That were too tall for the box he brought to fit under the back seat of his Chevy Silverado. The P3's were in a 35 L 14 1/2 W 17 D slot ported box. which took up most of his back seat. But when the time came to put another car seat in the back he had no more room. He found a box that would fit under the seat. But the P3's did not fit the box. I was looking all over for a set that would work. He only had 6 1/2 inches to work with I have brought other things from Parts Express before. And saw the Dayton line of woofers. I had never heard a set before but the price was good. When they arrived they were packed great! And I was surprised when I saw the woofers! They are pretty well built and they use a good set of wire terminals. Now for how they sound. The P3's hit hard low and loud in the big box. The Dayton woofers gave up a few db's in loudness. But I would have to say that had to do with the difference in the size of the boxes. They play just as low and the sound quality is on par with the Rockford P3's. Power wise I think The Dayton woofers take more. Because the Punch amp he is running is rated at 1,000 watts @ 1 ohm. And the Dayton woofers could take more power!
Date published: 2012-03-22

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Dayton Audio RSS315HO-44 12" Reference HO DVC Subwoofer

Hi wondering what size box should I use with slot ported box?  

Asked by: Jimmy13903
Recommended box volume is 2.5 cubic feet with a slot port that is 10" x 1.5" and 12" long for a tuning frequency of 33 Hz.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-02-06

Will a Rockford P6002 amp push one of these dayton RSS315HO-44's??

Asked by: rokr 2007
Technically yes although you will have to wire one channel to each coil which will provide 300 watts total to the subwoofer.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2013-03-19

Best ported box volume with 800 watts

What will be the best/ safest volume for this sub. I love low impact bass but also great sound quality. I will be matching these with the Rs180.
Asked by: Steven182
You want to go above and search WOOFER SELECTION GUIDE - then on page 4 you should find your part number. It will show you sealed and ported boxes with F3 specs... Design the box correctly and as long as your woofer is rated for the amps power - the match will be fine.
Answered by: MarkAJH
Date published: 2013-02-01

Good choice for 1.5 cu. ft. ported box?

I have a pristine PSB Century Subsonic 2i that has fried plate amp and 12" driver, so I bought this SW for total replacement/upgrade. BTW, the PSB catostrophic failure was in my opinion caused by a design error and I have taken this up with PSB. Box is 1" MDF and volume is about 1.3 cu. ft. after subtracting driver and port volumes. The calculators put this driver marginally in the sealed application but I don't think ported is ruled out. I can test both ways by blocking the ports. Which way is recommended?I will initially wire the coils in series for 8 ohm and drive with Dayton APA150 bridged mono for 150 watts. This should work based on answers to other questions in this Q&A.I'm toying with wiring the coils in parallel for 2 ohm and using the Sure Electronics 1 x 600 watt class-D board for earth shaking LFE, since the driver has continuous rating of 700 watt RMS. Any chance this may damage driver in ported option?
Asked by: deltapt
1.3 cubic feet tuned to 27 hz is ideal. Search "Woofer Selection Guide" and you will see many of the PE woofers listed with alignments for both ported and sealed. You either chose very well or this is the luckiest coincidence I've ever seen !!! Your project should be a great success.
Answered by: MarkAJH
Date published: 2012-12-11


Asked by: Bongi
Sometimes you don't have a mono sub out channel and can then send a left and right signal into the woofer. Also, it allows you to run large amps that drive 2 ohm loads, or an amp that is more stable with 4 ohms - up to your particular install needs.
Answered by: MarkAJH
Date published: 2012-09-28


I have an 800w amp (400w/channel x2 (dual-mono) @4ohms) that I want to use with this sub for the purpose of live sound reinforcement. Is it possible to run each of the voice coils on their own channel bi-amp configuration? What type and size of box could this work in?
Asked by: Thetwinmeister
This sub will work fine bi-amped like this. If you have separate gains for each of the channels, you will want to use a meter to adjust them so that the outputs are the same. Some people have a scope they can use to adjust the signal to exactly the same level while others will use a simple voltage meter to adjust. If the gains are not separate, they will be the same anyway so it won't be a problem.As far as the box goes, the wiring configuration really won't make a difference. There are several questions above that answer "the best enclosure" question.For live sound reinforcement, I tend to prefer ported boxes and this sub will work in either a ported or sealed set up. For your application, I would likely go with a 1.75 cu ft box with a 4" port 10" long.You could also go with a much longer port and tune it by cutting and listening until you get it where you want it. Port velocity doesn't become a problem even at 30" long so you have a lot to work with.If you want a smoother, more musical sound, go with a 1 cubic foot sealed enclosure and keep it simple.
Answered by: Musgofasa
Date published: 2012-07-19

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