Dayton Audio SUB-1200 Review and Specs

Dayton Audio SUB-1200Dayton Audio is the "house brand" for the venerable electronics company Parts Express. It is a great solution for many music lovers. For more information check this Dayton Audio SUB-1200 review.

Dayton Audio SUB-1200 Review

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Features

The stated frequency response is 25Hz-140Hz, while the amp is listed as 120 watts RMS. No peak output number is given. Among other Dayton Audio SUB-1200 specs, the SUB-1200 utilizes a bass reflex design with a 12" front-firing driver and a down-firing port. There is a Phase switch with settings for 0 or 180 degrees, along with one for power that has On/Auto/Off positions. There are two dials, one for the gain and the other for an adjustable crossover that can be set to anything from 40Hz-140Hz. The dials themselves have a prominent white plastic insert with a slight protrusion making it extremely easy to see exactly where they're pointed.

Design and build

It's certainly not an imposing unit, measuring just 16.75"x16.5"x17.75" (HWD) and weighing a mere 42lbs. Most bass reflex subwoofers utilizing a 12" driver are going to be larger than this one, so unless your room is very small it probably won't stand out. The MDF used is almost .75" thick, while the front panel has not one but two additional .5" layers. There's 1" damping material glued to the left, right and top panels. Construction on the inside was impeccable; everything was clean and tidy, with no indication of shoddy workmanship. The driver cone is made from a thick and heavy paper-based material with an inverted dust cap and large rubberized foam surround. It's housed in the typical stamped-steel frame. There's a good sized single slug ferrite magnet with a slight voice coil bump out on the back, along with a .5" vent. It feels light, but appears to be well made. The port is bottom-firing and is flared at both ends, measuring 7" long by 2.5" wide.

Dayton Audio SUB-1200

Connectivity

There are dual RCA and high level inputs, the latter being very uncommon at this price point. There are also high level outputs, so you can legitimately use the SUB-1200 with a stereo receiver that doesn't inherently have bass management.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • It has excellent speed performance and excellent dynamics
  • Provides a combination of output, sound quality and style

Cons

  • It turns off within about 30-60 seconds after the absence of a sound signal

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Common features

Product

Dayton Audio SUB-1200

Model

SUB-1200

Brand

Dayton Audio

Reviews

148

General

Amplification type

active

Wireless

Detachable grilles

Enclosure type

vented

Power

Nominal output power (RMS), W

120

Maximal output power (RMS), W

120

Audio performance

Sensitivity, dB

85

Impedance, Ohm

8

Frequency response, Hz

25-140

Crossover frequency, Hz

40-140

Driver

Driver quantity

1

Driver size, in

12

Driver placement

front panel

Port placement

down firing

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

Bluetooth

Extensive connection

RCA LFE inputs

1

RCA stereo line level inputs (pair)

1

RCA outputs

0

XLR inputs (pair)

0

XLR outputs (pair)

0

Speaker level output (pair)

2

Speaker level input (pair)

2

Control

Volume

Subwoofer phase

Low-pass filter

Main power switch

App control

Desing

Body material

MDF

Woofer composition

polymer

Colors

black

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Dimensions (W x H x D), cm/in

41.1 x 45.3 x 42.6/ 16.2 x 17.8 x 16.8

Weight, kg/pounds

20/44.6
Dayton Audio SUB-1200
Dayton Audio SUB-1200

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