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Polk Audio DB 1042 DVC

DB+ Series shallow-mount 10" subwoofer with dual 4-ohm voice coils

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Polk Audio's DB+ Series subwoofers combine high-tech materials and advanced design to give you smooth, powerful, hard-hitting bass without stressing your wallet. The DB 1042 DVC 10" subwoofer boasts a rigid polypropylene cone and durable Santoprene™ surround built to handle big power over the long run. Its low-profile design means you get serious performance from a sub that takes up less space. 

Hard-hitting bass

Polk Audio's DB+ Series subwoofers combine high-tech materials and advanced design to give you smooth, powerful, hard-hitting bass without stressing your wallet. The DB 1042 DVC 10" subwoofer boasts a rigid polypropylene cone and durable Santoprene™ surround built to handle big power over the long run. Its low-profile design means you get serious performance from a sub that takes up less space. 

Dual 4-ohm voice coils

This sub's dual 4-ohm voice coils allow you to wire your system to draw max power from your mono amp or to safely hook up multiple subs. Match a DB+ sub to a suitable enclosure, and enjoy impressive bass punch rarely found in this price range. Polk Audio tests this sub rigorously for environmental effects caused by sun, moisture, and extreme temperature changes. They even certify this sub for marine applications, so they're a great choice for your boat too.

To drive this single subwoofer, we recommend a mono amplifier rated between 275 and 525 watts RMS at 2 ohms. For more information, please refer to our article on How to Match Subwoofers and Amplifiers.

Product Highlights:

  • 10" subwoofer with dual 4-ohm voice coils
  • polypropylene cone with Santoprene rubber surround
  • marine-certified for use in boats and convertibles
  • handles up to 350 watts RMS (175 watts per coil)
  • peak power handling: 1050 watts
  • frequency response: 28-200 Hz
  • sensitivity: 85 dB
  • top-mount depth: 4-3/8"
  • sealed box volume: 1.0-2.4 cu. ft.
  • ported box volume: 1.25-1.75 cu. ft.
  • grille not included
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • One 10" subwoofer
  • 1 Foam gasket
  • Eight 1-3/8" Allen head stainless steel screws
  • Wiring diagram/ Specification sheet (English/ French/ Spanish/ German/ Italian)
  • Online registration information
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Polk Audio DB 1042 DVC

Crutchfield customer from Fulks Run, VA on 12/22/2018

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They're great!!!

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Raymond from Luquillo, PR on 12/21/2018

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Des de que estoy con crutchfield a sido me menor canvio el personal es amable te a con sejan para ajudarte y nuncca tienen peros para canbjos y si elproducto baja ejos te renborsan la cantida que bajo y sus productos son las mejores marcas en la industria y son de confiansa.Gracias Crutchfield. You are the best yours truly Raymond Cordova from puerto Rico.

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Crutchfield customer from Spring Hill, TN on 7/29/2018

2014 Chevrolet Camaro
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Bought as an upgrade to the factory sub in my Camaro Convertible. Even with just a little bit of power coming from the factory amp this is a huge improvement. Excellent response and fills in the lows at highway speeds so much better than the factory sub.

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Crutchfield customer from San Jose, CA on 7/22/2018

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Good for the Kick, but still working on getting some more bass guitar.. I guess I got some more eqing to do....

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Cleat from Selma, NC on 12/10/2017

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Awesome bass Made my own boxes

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Great value, higher rms handling than competitors

Tyler from Arlington, VA on 11/12/2017

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My setup: Amp - Pioneer GM-D9605; sub channel getting 350rms; Front - kappa coax; Rear - inf. reference ix coax. 0 low end on either. I bought this sub after blowing my old school Polk 10" momo. It sounded beautiful but I crank to 11 religiously. Anyway, I like Polk and for 10" in my price range that are safe at 350rms it was this or a Pioneer. I went with this one because 1. Past polk was great 2. I do a lot of adventure sports and liked the idea of a waterproof sub in my hatch. I would have gotten the JL 10wv3 if it had higher power handling, can't risk blowing another. This isn't quite to the quality of the old school polk, probably because it's rugged construction make this very stiff and shallow. Regardless, it fills in the low end in a great way and I am very content with the purchase. I bought this scratch & dent for only ~$55 and for that price I can't imagine there is a better option. This is NOT a sub for a basshead, magnet was a good 2" smaller than my old polk and I don't envision showing off the flex with how stiff it is. I listen to a lot of edm and it sounds really clear and smooth. FYI - you will need 2 female spade connector 1/4" size to wire this up, it doesn't have quick release terminals like a lot of other subs I looked at. They are like $7 or less depending on where you go. Maybe that is common knowledge for everyone else but I was a little bummed I had to go to the store to find those connectors. Or if you have a soldering iron y

Pros: Sound quality High rms handling Waterproof Firm and feels very durable

Cons: Would like this in a non-shallow format No quick release terminals

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Features

Dual 4Ω Voice Coils: This woofer features dual 4Ω voice coils, for wiring flexibility. When the voice coils are wired in parallel, the woofer presents a 2Ω load. When wired in series, the woofer presents an 8Ω load.

Marine Certification: Polk DB+ series speakers are marine certified (IP56 rated), making them a good choice for boats in fresh water, convertibles, motorcycles, ATVs, and other applications where the speaker might get wet. Because they have coated steel baskets and the terminals are not covered, we do not recommend using them in salt water environments.

Dynamic Balance: Dynamic Balance is a proprietary Polk Audio technology using laser imaging to determine what combination of speaker materials create the least amount of resonance. Eliminating resonance in speakers results in a wide, smooth response and low distortion.

Sealed Box Volume: Polk recommends a sealed enclosure between 1.0 ft³ and 2.4 ft³.

Ported Box Volume: Polk recommends a ported enclosure between 1.25 ft³ and 1.75 ft³.

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Why did you buy this?

I've had these installed on my Silverado before. Now I want them on my Camaro. The audio quality is great for the price. [ Jonathan  Jan 13, 2019 ]
For the kind of music I listen to [ Michael Ray  Dec 29, 2018 ]
Polk quality, frequency range, power handling, size for custom box in 2010 Ridgeline [ Martin  Jun 29, 2018 ]
I really like Polk Audio speakers, Have them on several vehicles, and the spec's make this a good choice to pair to my Rockford Fosgate R250x1 [ Anthony  Apr 23, 2018 ]
low profile, sale price, polk [ arthur  Mar 25, 2018 ]
Sale and it's a brand I've never used sub wise.. so figured I'd give it a go [ Jason  Nov 24, 2017 ]

1 question already asked

Hi, I didn't have to do any cutting on my 350Z. My rep at Crutchfield made sure that this speaker fit the existing opening. [ JAN  Jun 12, 2018 ]
The Polk DB 1042 DVC requires a cutout diameter of 8.78" to properly fit. To discuss further feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. Hope that helps! :) [ Larry  Jun 11, 2018 ]  Staff
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