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Dayton Audio SUB-1200 12-Inch 120 Watt Powered Subwoofer (Black)

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  • Downward-firing flared port design for clean, powerful bass
  • Selectable "Auto-on" mode
  • Heavy duty long-throw 12" woofer
  • Perfect for small home theaters or listening rooms
  • Unobtrusive textured black vinyl finish
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Speaker Connectivity Wired Wired Wired Wired
Output Wattage 120 watts 100 watts 500 watts 460 watts
Frequency Response Curve 25-140 Hz 60 Hz - 20,000 Hz 25 Hz - 150 Hz 23Hz- 160Hz
Impedance Information not Provided 4 ohm 8 8
Color Black Black Black BLACK
Dimensions 16.75 inches x 17.75 inches x 16.19 inches 10.5 inches x 16.8 inches x 8 inches 17.5 inches x 14.25 inches x 14.75 inches 16.13 inches x 18.19 inches x 15.13 inches
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Product Specifications

Brand NameDayton Audio
Color NameBlack
Frequency Response Curve25-140 Hz
Crossover Description40-140 Hz @ 12 dB/octave
RMS Power Range - Amplifiers120 watts

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Dayton Audio
  • Model: SUB-1200
  • Color Name: Black
  • Speaker Connectivity: Wired

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 16.2 x 16.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 44.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00669L3HS
  • Item model number: SUB-1200
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 11, 2011

Product Description

The Dayton Audio SUB-1200 12" powered subwoofer system is capable of delivering realistic, room-shaking home theater bass effects-even in larger rooms. The Dayton Audio SUB-1200 12" powered subwoofer system is the perfect addition to any home theater system. This powered sub features a bottom-firing, flared port, bass reflex design for reduced port noise and increased bass response. It also utilizes a long-throw 12" woofer and up to 120 watts of house-shaking power. The amplifier features high and low level inputs and high level outputs, a phase switch, independent volume control, an auto on/off switch (activated by an input signal) and a variable 12 dB electronic low pass filter. This compact sub is finished in an unobtrusive black vinyl that will complement any decor.

Customer Reviews

The base sound is very good.
J. Karol
I buy the best equipment I can get with my Performance To Cost mentality.
Steven L.
Music sounds amazing with deep clear low bass lines.

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Steven L. on June 5, 2013
This Dayton (No Name) 1200 12" 120 watt powered sub is by far the best sub I have heard for under $500! The reason for this? Well almost all powered subs below $500 will not get any lower than 30 H.Z. or in the case of the Dayton 1200 25 H.Z.

This is simply do to the overall costs involved in designing a powered sub that just plain get "Lower". At the $500 price point you can get many different subs that will really perform great with music. These subs are just tighter with there low end and can hit 20 H.Z. for the most part.

But if you want to spend less and get about the best clean low bass you can't do better than this Dayton Audio 1200! It can be set up many different ways and has the very modern rounded edge look of the more expensive Polk powered subs.

This sub does have an (LFE) port that works. You simply set the cross-over all the way up or at least where you set the cross-over in your receiver at. What I have found out is the (LFE) mono signal is way weaker than using a Y splitter and running it from the digital coax to the RCA right and left inputs on the sub. You will get much more bass response using this setup than any other.

Yes the (LFE) hookup will work but it requires the subs gain to be set at above 75 percent when playing music and about 70 percent playing DTS audio in movies. So I had been running it this way elevated and in a corner also really will boost the low bass response as well.

So since some people were complaining of not hearing enough bass I tried a little tinkering. I set the subs cross-over to 80 H.Z. while my receiver is set to 60 H.Z. to get a small bass overlap. Setting the gain to about 55 percent during music was perfect with this Y splitter setup and cross-over overlap.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By L. Allen on March 15, 2014
Got this direct from parts-express for $113.95 each, bought two. One of these subs alone does a very nice job of providing enough bass fro most people's needs. I've owned other subs and this one is very comparable to the more expensive and popular Bic F12, which costs around $200. The Dayton Sub-1200 amp is only rated at 120w, but it's a class D amp, which is very efficient.

I had originally planned to put each of the two subs in different spots in my room. Tried just one in the sweet spot and it performed very well. Won't hit with authority much under 25-30Hz, but no other budget sub will. I pushed it pretty hard and there was very little distortion and no port chuffing! Decided to sit the second Sub-1200 right next to the other one in the sweet spot. This took the bass level to a whole other level. For movies, this tag-team set up literally hits you in the chest with authority. I've read that two subs co-located won't make the subs dig lower than they can go alone, but it sure seems like it hits lower now. Together they really hit harder, louder and with more authority. I had the SVS PBS12-NSD, but wasn't happy with it's performance and price, which was over $600. The two Sub1200's actually output more bass with more authority, at least in the 26-70Hz range. The PBS12-NSD will dig lower in range, but other than that I can't see an advantage over two of the Dayton subs.

Buy this sub over the Bic F12 or other subs under $200. If you were going to buy a sub for around $200 anyway, get two of these Dayton Sub-1200's for under $228. I've had about 8 different subs over the past 5-6 years and have never seen a sub that excels as much as the Sub-1200 in price to performance. Highly recommended for those on a tight budget or those who just don't want to spend a lot for quality audio.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TheWaldo on March 23, 2014
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I just got this a few days ago as another piece of upgrading my home theater. I graduated from a 165 LB 35" RCA Tube television to a new 50" LED model. I had a basic surround system of KLH vintage that provided "acceptable" sound but knew it was far inferior to what the new television was capable of. I had routed the sound from the tv to my stereo and while it as much better than the stock stereo speakers on the television I knew it could be much better.

So after a bit of research and reading an extensive ongoing dialogue between Mr. Steven Level and Mr. DB62 I settled on this Dayton for a subwoofer. I also upgraded my other speakers going with the JBL ES20 for my fronts and a Yamaha NS-C210 center. My system is a 5.1 system, but I have no rears as my sitting arrangement does not allow rears and I really don't want to hang some on the wall above my head.......so I guess I am actually running my system as a 3.1.

All I can say it......awesome. I have been a fan of JBL since 1972 when I bought a pair of the Century L100's that still serve faithfully to this day after 42 years. The original foam cube grilles have long deteriorated and were replaced with brown grille cloth but all else is original. These ES20's do not disappoint. They are great and the Yamaha center is fantastic.

But what really shines is this Dayton sub. I have not evolved to the point of experimenting as Mr. Level did. I simply hooked it up using the LFE input, set the crossover to roughly 100 or so (the JBL ES20's go down to 60hz) and have set my sub gain to roughly 45. The bass is incredible. It is not so loud as to be overpowering, but is definitely something you can hear. But most of all, it is something you can feel.
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