Dayton SD270A Bandpass

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Hi Shawn,

I am not able to run the numbers at tha moment but just off the top of my head, the driver should work fine. Depending on the S and Qbp you pick for the alignment, you should be able to get an FL of about 30hz or lower and an FH of around 80hz. With an xmax of 6mm the out put would be limited. I am building a Bandpass as well, almost ready to start cutting wood for the prototype. I will run the numbers when I get a chance. I am sure there is someone with a lot more experience then me though.

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Thanks Matt.

My mains will go have an f3 and fc of 95hz. Does it make sense to use a pair of sealed 8" I already have to go down to ~50hz and use a band pass of two below that?

In terms of drivers I have a limited selection, affordable and available from because the CAD to USD exchange is so low and shipping/duty fees Parts-Express is out.

I'll wait to hear back if you get the chance.

This may work for you.
S= .6
Qbp= .9904
Vf= 28.6 cu.l
Vr= 24.97 cu.l
FB= 60.3
FL= 37.88hz
FH= 96.13hz

You should use the largest port area that you can while still being able to fit the port length in the box. There are several calculators available online to help with the box tuning, to find port length for the port area you would like to use. For my own project I am trying to use a port area half of the SD of the subwoofers. If you haven't already checked it out, there is some great info and projects on this website.

The Subwoofer DIY Page - 4th Order Bandpass Systems

Hope this helps. Brian Steele posts here all the time. He may be able to help better than I can. I still learning.

The three main issues of the design are likely going to be : (1)coming up with a box with the required volume that can fit the driver while allowing it to be removable, (2) tuning it to the correct frequency (the port length calculations are an estimate an the port will likely have to be trimmed back a bit to achieve the target FB, and (3) dealing with the out of band noise.
3) I am using active dsp. Does this help with out of band noise? Reticulated foam in the port?

2) I still don't know what some of the parameter abbreviations mean. Ported enclosures is all new to me. The whole concept still hasn't 'clicked' I don't totally get what is going on with the port.

1) I can get pretty crafty with building. Once I know what constraints I'm working with.
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FWIW, I find these applets is a good way to 'wrap your mind' around how a vented cab works. Scroll down to them and wouldn't hurt to read the article also ;): Welcome Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity


Good stuff GM. A book that I have found to be very helpful to me is The Loudspeaker Design Cookbook. The material is presented in a way that was easy for me to understand. There are also several papers available online describing the different types of Bandpass enclosures with formulas to help design them. The more complicated Bandpass designs will need a program to sim. The sealed rear chamber Bandpass can be done using pen, paper and a calculator. Well I need to run, work is calling.

Dayton Audio SD270A-88 10" DVC Sub

This would be the limit for a
4th order bandpass
6th order bandpass

Obvious that a tuning of 12Hz (), on the 6.order, will give a very lengthly port. So I would go with a more manageable frequency, 15Hz or 16Hz and up, the extension being affected but the port being short. The 4.order looks like a clean alternative, not doing infra-sound.


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Hey sorry, I was away for a few days. Looking at this info it seems like the Dayton in a 4th order bandpass doesn't go too low before -3db. Can boosting with eq make up for this or is that looking for trouble?

Maybe I should back up a bit and ask..

Using either sealed for 4th order. What is the best way for me to cover 100hz down?

I only have access to budget drivers from and a pair of Seas P21RE.
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Ok, it's making more sense to me now. I was intimidated by everything.

The 4th order looks good. I would be plenty happy with that performance.

For building it, do I just have to follow the volume of each chamber? or should certain boundary lengths be observed?

Thanks for modelling that for me!
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