Dayton Audio RSS460HO-4 18" Reference HO 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
  • 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 relatively small enclosures
  • Highest quality materials throughout for long-lasting performance

Product Details

Dayton Audio RSS460HO-4 18" Reference HO 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. 

A knock-down 4.0 cubic foot subwoofer cabinet built specifically for the RSS460HO-4 is available here. Save 50% off the price of the cabinet when you buy the cabinet and RSS460HO-4 subwoofer (at regular price) together in this package.

Product Specifications
  • Nominal Diameter18"
  • Power Handling (RMS)900 Watts
  • Power Handling (max)1800 Watts
  • Impedance4 ohms
  • Frequency Response20 to 500 Hz
  • Sensitivity93 dB 2.83V/1m
  • Voice Coil Diameter3"
Thiele-Small Parameters
  • Resonant Frequency (Fs)18.8 Hz
  • DC Resistance (Re)3.2 ohms
  • Voice Coil Inductance (Le)2.24 mH
  • Mechanical Q (Qms)4.05
  • Electromagnetic Q (Qes)0.35
  • Total Q (Qts)0.32
  • Compliance Equivalent Volume (Vas)9.61 ft.³
  • Mechanical Compliance of Suspension (Cms)0.14 mm/N
  • BL Product (BL)23.4 Tm
  • Diaphragm Mass Inc. Airload (Mms)499g
  • Maximum Linear Excursion (Xmax)12.75 mm
  • Surface Area of Cone (Sd)1164 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 Diameter18.17"
  • Baffle Cutout Diameter16.69"
  • Depth8.94"
  • # Mounting Holes8
Optimum Cabinet Size (determined using BassBox 6 Pro High Fidelity suggestion)
  • Sealed Volume3.04 ft.³
  • Sealed F340 Hz
  • Vented Volume7.5 ft.³
  • Vented F323 Hz
Dayton Audio RSS460HO-4 18" Reference HO Subwoofer 4 ohm
  • BrandDayton Audio
  • ModelRSS460HO-4
  • Part Number295-472
  • UPC844632099618
  • Product CategorySubwoofer Drivers
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (16 Reviews)
  • Weight42.35 lbs.
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Dayton Audio RSS460HO-4 18" Reference HO Subwoofer 4 ohm
Dayton Audio RSS460HO-4 18" Reference HO Subwoofer 4 ohm is rated 4.9375 out of 5 by 16.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Value & Excellent CompanyI purchased two of these for the pair of subwoofers I built. I put these in a slot ported cabinet with 7.672 cubic feet internal volume. So far they have been excellent drivers. I am very pleased with the final product. I really did not expect an 18" speaker to sound so clean and punchy as they do. The quality of the speaker seems to be quite good for the price. I did have some issues with the drivers arriving damaged in transit but parts express was easy to work with and quick to send replacements. I do believe the packaging could benefit from being beefed up.I will say the cone is quite fragile. When installing the screws to hold the driver into the cabinet I dropped my small T handle hex wrench and it put a small dent in the driver about the size of a pencil tip. Certainly not as durable as the ultimax cone.Regarding sound quality- I know this is very dependent on system and cabinet but I have been very happy with the amount of bass these drivers will produce without flinching. I was concerned that a speaker of this size would be good for HT use but not so much music use which is more important to me. Let me assure you those concerns were not well founded.I have spent quite a bit on the mechanical cabinet design and construction and would be happy to share my efforts upon request. I think overall this driver is very good quality and an excellent value. I would give 4.5 out of 5 stars if possible because while very good it is not perfect.
Date published: 2015-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Home Theater Sub.I'm using two of these in a Marty Cube build. All i can say is there awesome. These will make pictures dance on the wall. My 65 inch wall mounted tv shakes with the bass. I seriously can't think of one con for them. Quoted from my friend " I can feel the air being pressurized". I've had many setups and with these i feel no reason to upgrade. If i do i will be just adding more of these subs. Music and movies sound just sublime through these.It doesn't matter if its the latest blockbuster or old school Metallica.Great work Dayton!!! Last sub I'll ever buy!!!
Date published: 2015-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome sub!I'm using this sub in a "full Marty". A large ported box tuned to 17hz. I'm powering it bridged with the behringer 3000dsp. What a combo!I have a large living room and open kitchen. One of these does the job for me, but there's always opportunity to get another!
Date published: 2015-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional subwooferPut one of these beasts into a 10.2 cu.ft. ported enclosure, tuned to 19 Hz powered by a Yung SD500 (no boost) plate amp. Wow! Unbelievable output and clarity. This thing handles the cannon shots from the Telarc 1812 overture (Erich Kunzel- Cincinnati Pops,1979 version) at quite high volume. Star Trek - Into Darkness, no problem! I built this sub to complement my Hsu VTF3-Mk3, which is no slouch in it's own right. The Dayton Audio driver is built like a tank, I expect it will provide many years of awesome home theater and music. If you have the space to use a very large enclosure with this unit, I would recommend doing so to get the best out of it.
Date published: 2014-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW what a Subwoofer!I am using this in a 4 cf sealed enclosure that I bought from DIY Sound Group with the 1000W Dayton Audio Plate Amp and I was figuratively and literally blown away! At my house, this thing is called the "Sledge Hammer!" This is a very musical driver, even at high gain the different bass notes are very distinguishable. I was concern that this drive may not be fast enough to keep up with my front mains (Monitor Audio RX-8s) but this thing had no problem keeping up with the mains while playing Metallica's Motorbreath!I assemble everything on a Friday night and wasted my entire weekend playing everything from Wu-Tang to Beethoven. When I told my wife I was going to build a subwoofer, she just rolled her eyes but after I played Moonlight Sonata with and without the subwoofer, she was very impressed.Even as a home theater sub, this thing delivers!My only complaint is that this thing is heavy which makes it difficult to mount...and even that is not a real complaint.
Date published: 2014-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rebuilt My Old Velodyne ULD-18 SubwooferMy 24 year old Velodyne ULD-18 self-destructed (with multi-pieces of cone on the floor), and Velodyne told me that they have no parts left and don't support the speaker. I searched the Internet and found the Parts Express website and one very satisfied customer commented on how he resurrected his broken ULD-18. I called Parts Express and they responded that in respect for the privacy of their customers they would only contact that happy commenter and ask him to contact me. He contacted me immediately and sent several pictures of the process of installing the Dayton Audio 18 inch driver in the Velodyne cabinet and power it with the Dayton Audio SA-1000 amplifier. I purchased that combo from Parts Express, did an installation and balanced my whole audio system with my sound meter and I believe things sound better than originally with the Velodyne. AND the Dayton Audio driver and amp cost less than 25% of what I paid in 1989 for the Velodyne!!! So far, couldn't be happier!
Date published: 2013-07-24
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Dayton Audio RSS460HO-4 18" Reference HO Subwoofer 4 ohm

I see that the db is measured by 2.83v/1m... Can you tell me what the db would be if measured to 1w/1m?

Asked by: Nick856
The SPL rating at 1w/1m would be about 89.2 dB.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-09-24

If this driver is surface mounted--not recessed--how thick does my speaker grill frame need to be so that the fabric does not touch the rubber surround? Thanks

Asked by: Dan_K
I would recommend a grill that is at least 2" thick to allow for surround clearance.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-07-16

Sanity check from reading previous questions and answers, but if I'm not mistaken, 3 of these in a 22-ish ft enclosure with 6 total 4 x 17 inch ports would work well? All with their own SPA1000 and own 15amp circuit.

Asked by: wsmc831
Yes that alignment should work well.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-05-04

I have seen several diy builds with the RSS460 and I haven't seen anyone beviling the inside of the cabinet, is this not necessary with this driver? (I may be using a 1.5" baffle, and recessing the driver. Thanks!

Asked by: Kingpins
Beveling or chamfering the inside of the mounting cutout is not necessary for this or most drivers that are 10" or larger.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-04-20

HT use; What enclosure dimensions & volume (accounting for woofer displacement) do I need to hit 17Hz, and what size and length ports? At a minimum I would use the Dayton 500 amp, 1000 if it is highly recommended. 

Asked by: Trexas
Internal dimensions of 26"H x 22"W x 28" with two 4" dual flared ports at 24" long each will tune the enclosure to 17 Hz. I would recommend the 1000 watt amplifier for this application in order to get the most out of the woofer and have headroom available.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-03-13

Would this driver work in a downfiring setup? Speaking mostly to cone sag and long term survival....

Asked by: JimmyJim
Yes this woofer will work fine in a down firing application.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-12-31
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