About the Polk Audio DB 1242 DVC
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 1242 DVC 12" 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 550 watts RMS at 2 ohms. For more information, please refer to our article on How to Match Subwoofers and Amplifiers.
- 12" subwoofer with dual 4-ohm voice coils
- polypropylene cone with Santoprene rubber surround
- marine-certified for use in boats and convertibles
- handles up to 370 watts RMS (185 watts per coil)
- peak power handling: 1110 watts
- frequency response: 26-200 Hz
- sensitivity: 86 dB
- top-mount depth: 4-3/8"
- sealed box volume: 1.25-3.5 cu. ft.
- ported box volume: 1.75-2.25 cu. ft.
- grille not included
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # AA9243-A
What's in the box:
- One 12" 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
More details on the Polk Audio DB 1242 DVC
Features & specs
|Impedance||2 ohms or 8 ohms|
|Cone Material||Polypropylene Composite|
|Ideal Sealed Box Volume (cubic feet)||N/A|
|Ideal Ported Box Volume (cubic feet)||N/A|
|Port diameter (inches)||N/A|
|Port length (inches)||N/A|
|Dual Voice Coil||Yes|
86 dB at 1 watt |
|Frequency Response||26 - 200 Hz|
|Max RMS Power Handling||370|
|Peak Power Handling (Watts)||1110|
|Top Mount Depth (inches)||4 7/16|
|Bottom Mount Depth (inches)||N/A|
|Cutout Diameter or Length (inches)||11 1/16|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
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 1.25 ft³ and 3.5 ft³.
Ported Box Volume: Polk recommends a ported enclosure between 1.75 ft³ and 2.25 ft³.
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