Dayton Audio RS1200K 12" Reference Series Subwoofer Kit

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Dayton Audio RS1200K 12" Reference Series 500 Watt Subwoofer Kit

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Dayton Reference Series loudspeakers have gained an enormous following and respect among speaker builders and audiophiles. After listening to an assembled RS1200 kit, it's easy to hear why!
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  • Dayton Reference Series legendary ultra-low-distortion subwoofer
  • Adjustable volume, crossover frequency, bandwidth and more
  • Clean, detailed bass down to 25 Hz
  • The perfect project for the audio enthusiast in you!
  • Dimensions: 17" W x 17" H x 17-1/4" D

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Dayton Audio RS1200K 12" Reference Series 500 Watt Subwoofer Kit

Explore the fundamentals of low-frequency reproduction. Dayton Reference Series loudspeakers have gained an enormous following and respect among speaker builders and audiophiles. After listening to an assembled RS1200 kit, it's easy to hear why! The system is built around the popular and powerful 12" RSS315HF-4 subwoofer, combined with the Dayton SPA500 subwoofer amplifier—one of the most technologically advanced sub amps available. Even in the most demanding application, this designed and engineered in the U.S.A. system delivers high-excursion sub-bass uncolored by extraneous resonances or mechanical noise. Dayton Audio's low-distortion Reference Series driver produces deep, musical low frequency output with maximum fidelity, even when called upon to recreate the explosive dynamics demanded by realistic home theater playback. The 500 watt onboard amplifier provides the horsepower needed for optimum performance in any room environment. Of course, the Dayton Reference Series RS1200 kit will save you money, but the best part is being able to say to your family and friends, "I did it myself!" Also available fully assembled.

Specifications: • 12" subwoofer • 500 watt amplifier • Frequency range: 25 - 180 Hz • Adjustable 40 - 180 Hz low-pass filter • LFE and line-level inputs • Auto-on • Dimensions: 17" H x 17" W x 17-1/4" D.

The RS1200 kit is a plug-and-play package that contains all necessary hardware, and requires about an hour's time along with basic assembly skills. The enclosure is pre-drilled and cut for the amplifier and driver, and pre-finished in a durable textured matte black enamel. Floor spikes are included.

Dayton Audio RS1200K 12" Reference Series 500 Watt Subwoofer Kit
  • BrandDayton Audio
  • ModelRS1200K
  • Part Number300-742
  • UPC844632067327
  • Product CategorySubwoofer System Kits
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (11 Reviews)
  • Weight49.7000 lbs.
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Dayton Audio RS1200K 12" Reference Series 500 Watt Subwoofer Kit
Dayton Audio RS1200K 12" Reference Series 500 Watt Subwoofer Kit is rated 4.0909 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Product!I bought this 500 Watt Subwoofer kit a couple of months ago. It was easy to put together, looked great when complete, and sounds even better! I used M77 spray glue to attach the foam and that worked very well.One note. I did have to take the plate amplifier cover off and reconnect a wire to the circuit board. When I first assembled this product and plugged it in, I had power but no sound. I was hoping it was a simple fix and when I removed the cover on the amp. I quickly noticed the unconnected wire. If you experience a similar issue, I would recommend starting with this!
Date published: 2014-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice subwooferNo problem with the assembly. I am slow. Probably took me 3 hours total. Unlike some other reviewers, my kit had good finish. The foam cushioning seems fine. Cabinet is heavy and seems solid.I have a moderate hum also that I need to track down. Kind of annoying, but probably not the plate amps fault: I have 3 game systems, a cable box, and a computerall connected to my Denon receiver, so no telling what is going on there.I use this for home theater plus some music (classic rock) in a mid-sized (13' x 15') finished basement room with carpeting and a couple of couches . My mains are Zaph Audio ZA5.2 (Love Zaph's designs!). They have surprisingly good bass for a 5". The Denon Audyssey room equalizer gave me a 60Hz crossover for the woofer.Overall, quite happy.
Date published: 2014-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from RS1200 12" subReally enjoyed putting the sub together. Everything went as planned. Used hot glue to attach foam, worked well. Sounds good, way tighter than a bandpass sub that I have. Control flexibility is good especially with the parametric adjustment. Two criticisms, Perhaps should add additional bracing, box vibrates noticebly, I may take apart and add bracing. Second, I found out about the notch filter by reading about the developement of this kit. I believe that using the filter lowers and flattens the subs response but at the cost of amp headroom. According to the kit developer, the sub can be adjusted to be -3@25hz, I set mine this way, notch filter enabled, eq boosted @25hz, sounds great, but amp clips quickly with sub 30hz signals. I use this sub for music only and am happy with it. Very heavy~80lbs, so assemble close to where you will use it.
Date published: 2013-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty goodThe amp and driver are great, would like to have seen a better enclosure. The enclosure seems cheap and easily scratched surface. For this price I feel it should have a better outside surface on the enclosure. The internal foam included is not the best and would like to see a better quality included.
Date published: 2012-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Sound QualityConstruction was quick and easy (except for some head-scratching over a reference in the assembly instructions to "a thick foam gasket" around the amplifier -- no such gasket). The 2 cu ft cabinet is large enough that it isn't hard to get the acoustic foam glued in place without too much hair-pulling.And, yes, like many others who have used this plate amp, I encountered significant hum as soon as I powered up. After a few hours of sleuthing I found that between my cable distribution amp, cable modem, and amplified FM antenna, all kinds of stray currents were circulating around the coax in the house. All the other electronics I have is quite tolerant of that stuff, but this amp is unusually sensitive. Once I solved that problem, the hum stopped.Performance is wonderful. My home theater uses an old pair of Infinity speakers as main L/R, a Dayton RS-722 as the center channel, and a pair of Dayton BR-1 as the L/R surround. This subwoofer does an excellent job of giving the entire ensemble much more "presence" for both music and the spoken human voice. I'm still tweaking the subwoofer drive level to get the best blend, but I am quite pleased already.Thanks, Parts Express, for another great product.
Date published: 2011-07-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Did I get the right kit?? This is NOT good.It appears I got the kit described, but I am at a loss. The quality is truly awful.Perhaps it's due to the enclosure sent with the kit, but there is lots of resonance. The sound quality is best described as "boomy and muddy." And in no way would I call the response "deep." The fact that it is advertised this way is what confuses me. I properly glued the foam to all interior surfaces, and the amp and woofer are very securely screwed on.The amp's "equalizer" function seems to have very little effect. After experimenting, I know it's there, but very slight. This feature is not worth having.There is also a constant hum during moments that should be silent.To attempt to kill some of the incredible mud produced by this kit sub, I placed some padding inside it (basically home insulation). This did kill a small amount of the muddiness, but it also drastically reduced the output.I'm really really stunned at how awful this subwoofer sounds. My ~1995 era Boston Acoustics VR500 had a meager paper cone 8" woofer and 100W amp, and it performs WORLDS better than this kit...I'm not exaggerating when I say it is WORLDS better...night and day.It just has no authority, and no control. It's a huge letdown, and I will be contacting PE first thing in the morning to discuss return and refund. And my second call will be to SVS Sound.BOTTOM LINE: If you are in the market for a new subwoofer, and you're considering going the "kit" route, DO NOT purchase this product.
Date published: 2010-11-18
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Dayton Audio RS1200K 12" Reference Series 500 Watt Subwoofer Kit

would it help to stiffen it up by wrapping the included enclosure with another layer of MDF?

Asked by: Mikekenzo
In my opinion this would not be practical. These cabinets are plenty 'stiff' as-is but if you wanted to improve upon that, adding bracing to the inside would be easier and much more beneficial.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2015-06-30

What material is the box made of?

Asked by: Allan
The enclosure is constructed of 3/4" MDF.
Answered by: RussR
Date published: 2013-05-24
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