Dayton Audio SUB-1000L review & specs

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Dayton Audio SUB-1000L – Unexpected Strength in the Slim Body

Dayton Audio SUB-1000L

Dayton SUB-1000L deserved the audience’s respect with its features and size. There is nothing special in its design just because mostly all subwoofers look the same – they are black and square. Its price worth attention – less than 150 dollars is the incredible bargain. The unit fits the bill making the sound more surround, strong, profound, and realistic. Let’s go on with a detailed Dayton Audio SUB-1000L review.

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Yes, the subwoofer is extremely thin – only 6 inches – and that allows installing it in any place you need. Besides, there are both floor stands and mounting brackets – such a diversity of mounting variants make it possible to install the device anywhere in the room, for example, horizontally or vertically on the flat surface, under the computer desk or on the wall.

SUB-1000L looks modern and stylish in black plastic and vinyl covering. The lack of décor doesn’t spoil the design but makes it discreet and suitable for the interiors in any style. The enclosure is ported with a good-looking plastic porthole.

The sub is not bulky that’s why it fits even small listening areas. It is a catch for those who don’t live in a large room or have no the extra space for subwoofer installation. Besides the size of this sub is simply not enough for making powerful bass in the large spaces.


SUB-1000L specs allow the comfortable unit’s using. It is very simple and fast to connect it with the other systems.

  • The on/auto/off option performs well. The woofer activates immediately once the stereo sends a signal with no snap or other noises.
  • Using the Crossover Frequency Control, you can set the frequency by yourself and reasonably control it within the range of 60–80 Hz. This allows getting the clean sound without any “mud”.
  • Use Gain Control for adjusting the output level of the unit and setting it the point of blending the bass with the other speakers. In the way, it is possible to reach the proper balance between the SUB-1000L and other speakers and to avoid “booming”. You are able to increase it for movies or make it lower for the jazz music, for instance.
  • The unit’s phase switch is selectable up to 1800 for choosing the placement to get the optimal bass output.

Performance & Sound quality

At a glance on its slim design, it seems that 1000L will produce the bass of poor quality. However, the sound is really loud, clean, and deep, natural but solid. Its built-in amplifiers and 10“ driver are perfectly powerful and provide the ideal bass. Though I’ve noticed floor was shaken.

While playing action films through Dayton Audio the sub gives additional power even on the deepest bass notes. It sounds great while listening to all music styles – hip-hop, dance, etc. The quality classical music or simply quite melodies in the higher bass notes is not very satisfying.

If you locate the unit in the vehicle, it makes no additional noise with the engine running, no charger interferences or buzzing. Though you can place the sub anywhere for the better sound when the sub is installed in the corner of the room and in front of the listening zone.


Dayton SUB-1000L setup starts with the activating power section. It has got 3 settings – “on” on the left, “auto” in the middle and “off” on the right. When 1000L is in the “auto” or “off” mode, the LED indicator is red without any changes. It becomes green only in when the unit is “on”. The auto mode means that the amplifier activates automatically when the signal is present.

The Line Level Inputs are used for subwoofer amplifier’s internal crossover direct connection if there are no preamplifier outputs. Everything you need is Just to insert the speaker cable. These inputs are summed to mono to connect the subwoofer amplifier in the best way. If a mono line level signal from a receiver is coming, choose the right “red” input. Take into account that if a LFE mono output is connected, the crossover point is to be set to maximum.

If you have got stereo, use both red and white plugs on the Line Level Inputs and only red plug for the home theater receiver. The connection with the home theater is the simplest. Lay the RCA from the receiver sub’s output to its line input.

For the stereo sub connection you need the additional speaker cables. In this case, Dayton SUB-1000L acts as the extra speakers. Use these connections on the amplifier and run the cable to the sub’s speaker cable output.

Y-audio cable splitter is necessary for connecting the subwoofer to the computer. It is plugged into the comp’s input for audio. Then take audio stereo cable for smartphones (3.5 mm) and use it for putting the first Y-adapter’s leg the comp speakers. Its second leg is to be connected with the sub’s line inputs with the help of male to 2-male RCA cable.

Some people complain about it and think that all subwoofers have such a flaw. You can avoid this problem by plugging the sub into the same AC outlet as the whole system, either video or audio. Sometimes the problem is in the old, broken or partially disconnected cables – check them before using.


This model is not a very expensive woofer though it is stuffed with the necessary options. I think It is the perfect choice for small apartments – the unit cannot afford the big halls. The integrating this subwoofer reinforces bass without the thing booming. It doesn’t produce the exaggerate unnatural sound.

Please note that its tuning is very strict. You have no opportunity to push the woofer to its limits and distort it in all frequencies. The low distortion can shake your sofa but it doesn’t cause the feeling of the explosion in your heart. Correct Dayton Audio SUB-1000L settings provide the wonderfully clear and powerful sound without hum and booming.

Common features


Dayton Audio SUB-1000L




Dayton Audio


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Amplification type


Detachable grilles


Nominal output power (RMS), W


Maximal output power (RMS), W


Audio amplifier output power, W


Audio performance

Sensitivity, dB


Impedance, Ohm


Frequency response, Hz


Crossover frequency, Hz



Driver quantity


Driver size, in


Driver placement

down firing

Port placement

down firing


RCA LFE inputs


RCA stereo line level inputs (pair)


RCA outputs

XLR inputs (pair)

XLR outputs (pair)



Speaker outputs (pair)


Speaker inputs (pair)




Subwoofer phase

Low-pass filter

Main power switch


Body material


Woofer composition




Enclosure type


User manual



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

69.6 x 43.2 x 23/27 x 17.1 x 9

Weight, kg/pounds


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