The Not So Entry Level Subwoofer
The 1500 Series are entry-level priced USA made subwoofers that will outperform most other brands flagship models. This level of performance is accomplished by utilizing the same design elements, like long gap/long coil topology, that you’ll find in our legendary 9500 and 9900 subwoofers. Like its big brothers, the 1500 Series is also equipped with EROM surrounds, multi-layer suspensions, lightweight cones, and 800 degree thermoset voice coils. The soft parts are driven via high energy motors that feature our Free Flow cooling system and Faraday shorting rings. This sub is a perfect solution for medium power applications where supreme quality is a necessity.
The 1500 Series comes standard with an oversized dry finish black composite dust cap, red logo, and treated pulp cone, but it can be optioned out with alternative composite dust caps, composite cones, powder coated frames, supercharging, and a multitude of logo options to give your sub a personalized look and/or added performance for a specific application.
|Watts RMS||300 - 600||300 - 600||300 - 600||300 - 600|
|Impedance||D2 / D4||D2 / D4||D2 / D4||D2 / D4|
|Piston Dia - in||5.5||8.5||6 1/2||10|
|Fs - Hz||47.78||37.68||43.74||41.72|
|Vas - liters||2.398||19.1||6.35||21.81|
|Xmech - mm||48||48||31.6||23|
|Xmax - mm||10||10||10||10|
|Frame OD - in||7 7/16||10 5/8||8 1/4||12 1/4|
|Frame OD w/Gasket - in||7 9/16||10 13/16||8 1/2||12 1/2|
|Mounting Diameter - in||6 5/16||9 1/8||7 1/8||10 15/16|
|Mounting Depth - in||6||5 3/4||5 1/2||6 5/16|
|Motor Diameter - in||6||6||6||6|
|Motor Depth - in||2 13/16||2 13/16||2 13/16||2 13/16|
|Woofer Displacement - cu ft||0.05||0.06||0.06||0.08|
|Sealed Enclosure - cu ft||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Ported Enclosure - cu ft||0.25 - 0.75||1.25 - 1.5||0.75 - 1.25||1.75 - 2.75|
|Shipping Weight - lbs||17.6||16||16||18|
Any DD Audio Product bearing the Marine Grade logo incorporates water resistant features enabling it to be used in applications where moderate exposure to moisture will not result in damage to the product.
Marine Grade products are not waterproof, and submersion or excessive moisture exposure may result in product failure. DD Audio Marine Grade products are not certified for saltwater environments.
The surround uses our EROM( Extended Range Of Motion) profile, copied en masse to become an industry wide standard. The EROM design gives long, controlled excursion while keeping the cone diameter as large as possible. This profile also saves mass over the sculpted rubber surrounds and inner tube style surrounds, less mass is louder and faster.
The EROM profile, nearly parallel walls with a half-round top, is more self-supporting than the wide half-roll type surrounds. This enables the surround to become part of the suspension compliance, helping to control the high forces of the accelerating moving mass and enabling the coil to better track incoming signal.
The DD EROM profile innovation allows for more cone area, lower mass and increased stiffness. It’s no wonder than the DD EROM has become the most copied surround in the world.
The DD multi-spider suspensions start with layers of fine weave cloth impregnated with thermal activated resin. These fine cloth sheets are then placed together with the weave grain at opposite angles, equalizing the inherent tension and increasing the strength. The layers are formed by heat and pressure until cured in molds with very high peaks and valleys. The two layers of fine cloth are far stronger than a single layer of heavier cloth, the higher surface area of the fine weave cloth gives more contact area for the resin. The high peaks and valleys, or corrugations, dramatically increase the strength over wide, shallow, progressive type rolls.
Two layers of laminated cloth are also more resistant to bending than a single layer. The layers are forced to bend along different section of their respective weaves, making the combined structure stronger and more resistant to fatigue.
We then take these laminated layers and combine them for a given compliance target, most DD speakers will have 4 – 6 layers of cloth in the suspension.
These multiple layers of cloth formed in deep corrugations keep their inherent strength once the resin breaks down. The DD suspension retains restoring force to the cone after years and years of use. It does cost more to build mult-layered suspensions, but the benefits are many and long lasting.
Another DD innovation was eliminating lead wire noise, breakage and suspension offset distortions with the introduction of our Laminated Lead Wire System. We pioneered this development as increased speaker excursion exceeded the limits that stretched tinsel jumping across the frame to cone gap could accommodate. The longer lead lengths cause excessive slapping against the cone as well as setting up oscillation modes that fatigued the wire.
The Laminated Lead Wire System placed the tinsel leads between layers of the spiders, eliminating hanging wires to clang around between the spider and cone. The spiders and lead wires become an integral unit with the corrugations of the spiders engineered for the excursion demand of the speaker.
Traditional hanging lead wires place weight and tension on one side of the cone, causing harmonic distortion. The DD system places the wires across the entire spider thereby balancing the weight and tension on each side of the speaker.
The DD system also allows for efficient handling of high current demand applications. Some DD woofers use 8 lead wires for every voice coil conductor, allowing even the most high power amplifiers to transfer power with minimal signal loss.
This motor system also utilizes the DD exclusive FREE FLOW COOLING SYSTEM; separate cooling vents machined into the voice coil, top plate and pole piece which focus cooling air into the magnetic gap. This high-tech, precision machined cooling system actually lowers the working temperature of the voice coil, thereby lowering the stress on the entire audio system. The more the speaker moves, the more air is pumped onto the coil wire.
The dustcap and spiders of a speaker create changes in air pressure as the cone system moves up and down in accordance with the input signal, and the amount of movement is proportional to the amount of input signal.
The dustcap is used to push cooling air down through the pole piece. The pole piece has cross ventilation passages machined from the center vent to the outside of the pole piece, with rows vent holes at the top and bottom of the pole. Cooling air is pumped directly onto the aluminum former as well as drawing heated air out of the magnet cavity.
The spiders are used as forced air pumps o channel air through vents machined into the top plate inner diameter. These vents move cooling air directly to the voice coil wire. Additional vents are machined from the top plate inner dimension to the outside of the top plate and work in conjunction with vents tooled into the speaker baskets.
The voice coils are also part of the Free Flow Cooling System with rows of cooling vents located above the coil windings, below the coil windings and at the top of the former in the dustcap cavity. Cooling air is pumped through these rows of holes to move heat away from the wire; as close as possible to the source of heat.
The motor’s backplate features precision drilled vents in the coil gap for increased voice coil heat dissipation.
DD stamped basket uses rigid steel coated with a durable acoustic treatment resulting in a sturdy, low resonance design. It features precision punched DD logos incorporated into lower venting section.
We developed the most electrically efficient connections, the Direct Connect, one of the latest DD innovations now being copied the world over. First off, our multiple tinsel leads are twisted and soldered to copper power wire at the edge of the speaker frame. This twisted and soldered connection reduces any signal lost to an absolute minimum.
Our 10 gauge power cable is made from Oxygen-Free copper. Copper provides perfect contact in contrast to speaker terminals or push-down spring connections which are made from low grade metal. Many of these “pretty” (but poorly made) terminals have 0.1-0.2 Ohms of resistance in just the terminal housing. If you don’t believe us, unscrew one and watch it stick to the speaker magnet.
Another flaw of common speaker terminals is the inability to match up with large gauge speaker wire…And if one is able to find a terminal large enough to accept large gauge wire, it is still made from cheap metal thus the signal loss problem. Our 10 gauge power wire Direct Connects can be twisted (the best mechanical connection possible) with any gauge wire, AND also be connected with ANY number of wires. Series and parallel connections can be done in any combination and WITHOUT signal loss.
DD suggests the use of wire nuts for direct wire to wire terminations. Twisted wire connections are the only code approved termination in building codes due to the no loss transfer ability and permanently held connection. These same wire nut terminals are the perfect connection for mobile audio connections.
Direct Connect allows virtually any gauge and number of speaker wires to be connected without signal loss.