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Dayton DVC 385-88 15" Sub- undisputed value champion?

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It's currently $119 shipped. You can get 2 of them for the price of ONE RSS460HO-4. I guess one downside is that it requires a fairly big enclosure, but I'm wondering why I haven't seen this driver being used much lately. It does seem a bit cheaply made compared to the other subwoofers people are using, but if it actually performs as specified, it's still one heck of a deal, right?

What else comes close to that much displacement for the price? 15" cone with 15.1mm of rated Xmax.
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A very good driver that I highly recommend for it's performance and value. It doesn't need a very large enclosure unless you are using them in vented alignments.

I would still go with the new 18" though unless I was stuck using smaller amps. One that wants awesome bass with a cheap 250w plate amp should definitely use a driver like this.
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It's currently $119 shipped. You can get 2 of them for the price of ONE RSS460HO-4. I guess one downside is that it requires a fairly big enclosure, but I'm wondering why I haven't seen this driver being used much lately. It does seem a bit cheaply made compared to the other subwoofers people are using, but if it actually performs as specified, it's still one heck of a deal, right?
What else comes close to that much displacement for the price? 15" cone with 15.1mm of rated Xmax.

It's not cheaply made, quite the opposite actually. This is the driver used in the THT and F-20 ( as far as I know ).
On Black Friday these were available for 99 dollars.... there really isn't anything that will beat them in price / performance for around that.

Buy 4-8 of them for sealed / ported and you won't really need much else.
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Yes, as long as you are paying less that $120 they are the best value out there thanks to their decent displacement and sensitivity. On a strict budget, there is just not a better 15 out there for the money. Also keep in mind that PE offers $5 off coupons all the time too and these price include shipping. I paid $116 for my first one and $99 for my second. biggrin.gif

An enclosure size of 3-4 cu ft. sealed is plenty. In fact I'm leaning toward 3 cu ft for my next build as the x-mech seems to not be much past x-max. I can bottom out a DVC easily in 3.5 cu ft w/ a signal generator and 600w, but have yet to do so with program material. With a 20hz sine wave I get about 102db at the listening position from 1 dvc. Any more and I hit a mechanical limit. PE doesn't list a spec for x-mech.

Build quality, save a few reported defects, is generally good and it's a USA made Eminence speaker. However, the parts list leans toward the inexpensive side with the stamped basket, foam surround, paper cone and 2" voice coil. So, there are better options out there if you can stretch the budget a little closer to $200ea.
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Definitely a killer driver for the money. I am on my second in a THT and love them. I am always amazed at the performance per $.
At $99, they are out of this world!
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