Mackie Thump TH-15A 15" Active Loudspeaker 886830692208

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The lightweight Mackie Thump TH-15A Active Speaker delivers deep low-end and real power in an extremely portable package. Designed by the same team that produced the best-selling Mackie SRM450v2, the ... Click To Read More About This Product

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The lightweight Mackie Thump TH-15A Active Speaker delivers deep low-end and real power in an extremely portable package. Designed by the same team that produced the best-selling Mackie SRM450v2, the active TH-15A offers Class D Fast Recovery amplification that pushes 400W of power to the high-frequency compression driver and the bass-pounding 15" woofer.

The Thump TH15A also has Mackie active processing, including a precision crossover, and driver time-alignment, which provides total optimization for maximum system efficiency. Versatile by design, the Mackie TH-15A is equipped with a user-adjustable 3-band EQ for tone control. Since it can be pole-mounted or used as a wedge, the Mackie Thump TH-15A represents the best value available for a complete stage speaker setup.

More than Just a Powered Speaker Cabinet
The TH-15A has 2 built-in power amps”300W for the 15" woofer and 100W for the high-frequency compression driver. Mackie's Class D Fast Recovery low-frequency amp drives the woofer more efficiently with less heat byproduct than other speakers. Also Mackie Active technology (based on the popular SRMv2 Series) divides the frequencies via a precision 2-way crossover and also time aligns the signals so low-frequency and high-frequency signals arrive in sync to every member of your audience. Active compression provides a first line of defense for the drivers and thermal circuitry protects the amplifiers and power supply should things get too hot. All the onboard electronic systems work together dynamically to produce superior quality sound previously unavailable in this price range.

Portability Meets Versatility
Not only is the Mackie TH-15A a superb PA enclosure, it also makes a superior monitor wedge”just lay the cabinet on its side and turn it up. The compact, lightweight design means zero strain, whether mounting it on a high pole or loading up the van. The TH-15A speaker's wide frequency response makes it ideal as a keyboard, vocal, or even bass guitar monitor. The Thump has incredibly smooth response and dispersion over a wide range of frequencies, so you can crank it without the fear of earsplitting feedback.

Exceptional Sonic Performance
TH-15A powered loudspeakers put out a tremendous amount of sound for their size and price tag. The two-way ported design generates ample quantities of chest-pounding bass, and its 1" compression driver ensures smooth, wide dispersion. Mackie inserted a 3-band equalizer at the input to give you all the tonal control you could ever want, with an available 15dB boost or cut at 80Hz (low shelf), 100Hz to 8kHz (sweepable mids) and 12kHz (high shelf). With the Mackie TH-15A speaker's extremely versatile EQ, you can add some extra thump to that kick drum, bring out the sizzle in your hi-hats, add pop to vocals, or correct acoustic anomalies in the room.

Protecting Your Investment
Mackie added some extra circuitry to keep the Thump TH-15A speaker's performing at its best, even when pushed really hard for long periods of time. Each driver has its own transparent compression circuit, which helps protect them from damaging transient peaks. An over-excursion filter, inserted just before the low-frequency amplifier, protects the woofer from bottoming-out when the low end is driven to the maximum. This means you can hit them hard without fear of thermal damage. Things can get pretty hot in the real world, so if the electronics do overheat, separate thermal switches activate and shut down the high- and/or low- frequency amplifiers until they cool down. These extra protections ensure long life and great-sounding loudspeakers you can always count on.

Features
  • 400W of ultra-efficient Fast Recovery amplification: LF 300W peak power (Class-D), HF 100W peak power (Class A/B)
  • High-output transducers: 15" high-precision woofer, 1" compression driver
  • Mackie Active electronics provide total system optimization: Precision 2-way crossover, Transducer time-alignment
  • User-adjustable 3-band contour EQ with sweepable mid-frequency
  • Mic/Line input for direct connection of single microphone
  • Tough, impact-resistant polypropylene enclosure
  • Pole-mountable via the built-in socket on the bottom of the cabinet and floor wedgeable
Specifications
  • Acoustic Performance
    Frequency Range (-10 dB): 40Hz-20kHz
    Frequency Response (-3 dB): 50Hz-18.5kHz
    Horizontal Coverage Angle: 90
    Vertical Coverage Angle: 60
    Maximum SPL Long-Term: 113dB SPL @ 1m
    Maximum SPL Peak: 116dB SPL @ 1m

    Input/Output
    Input Type: Female XLR Balanced/Unbalanced
    Input Impedance: 20kOhms balanced bridging; 10kOms unbalanced
    Loop-through: Male XLR Balanced/Unbalanced (parallel with input)
    Level Control: Rotating knob, 0dB at center
    Sensitivity: +4dBu for full output (Level Control @ Center), -36dBu for full output (Level Control @ Max)

    Transducers
    Low Frequency: 15"/381mm with steel frame, paper cone woofer
    High Frequency: Horn-loaded 1"/25mm exit compression driver

    Power Amplifiers
    Low Frequency Power Amplifier
    Rated Power: 150 watts, 8 ohm load, 300 watts peak
    THD: <0.1%
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio:
    > -94 dB, 20Hz to 20kHz, unweighted, referenced to 138 watts into 8 ohms
    Design: BTL Class D
    High Frequency Power Amplifier
    Rated Power: 50 watts, 4 ohm load, 100 watts peak
    THD: <0.1 %
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio:
    > -97 dB, 20Hz to 20kHz, unweighted, referenced to 50 watts into 4 ohms
    Design: Class AB

    Electronic Crossover
    Crossover Type: 24dB/octave
    Crossover Frequency: 3kHz

    Equalization
    Low Frequency EQ: ±15 dB @ 80Hz, shelving
    Mid Frequency EQ: ±15dB, bandpass, sweepable from 100Hz to 8kHz
    High Frequency EQ: ±15dB @ 12kHz, shelving
    Direct/EQ Switch: Bypasses EQ section

    Protection Features
    Over-excursion Protection: Second-order sub-sonic filter
    Thermal Protection: Independent amplifier shutdown, auto reset
    Driver Protection: Independent HF and LF compressors

    AC Power Requirements
    US: 120 VAC, 60Hz
    Europe: 240 VAC, 50Hz
    Korea: 220 VAC, 60Hz
    Japan: 100 VAC, 50/60Hz
    AC Connector: 3-pin IEC 250 VAC, 20 A male
    Fuse: 115 VAC: T 6.3 AL/250V, 230 VAC: T 3.15 AL/250V
    Power Consumption: 320 watts with music, loud mix, 20 watts quiescent (idle)

    Construction Features
    Basic Design: Asymmetrical Trapezoidal
    Material: Polypropylene
    Finish: Textured
    Handles: One on each side, one on top
    Grille: Perforated metal with weather-resistant coating
    Display LEDs
    Front: Power ON
    Rear: Power ON, OL (overload)

    Dimensions
    Height: 27.1"/689mm
    Width: 16.8"/427mm
    Depth: 15.8"/401mm
    Weight: 36 lb./16.3 kg
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MackieThump TH-15A 15" Active Loudspeaker
 
3.8

(based on 74 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (9)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (20)
  • Good audio (15)
  • Easy to use (12)
  • Compact (9)
  • Durable (7)

Cons

  • Unreliable (5)
  • Not durable (4)
  • Poor sound quality (4)

Best Uses

  • Performances (10)
  • Outdoor events / games (8)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (7)
  • Home studio (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best speaker I have ever owned!

When I first took the speaker out of the box it was the first time that I had seen it, as there was no display at the store. I had only seen and read...Read complete review

When I first took the speaker out of the box it was the first time that I had seen it, as there was no display at the store. I had only seen and read about it on the net. I only hooked 1 of the speakers up and ran my DR-880 thru it and wow what a sound. The name Thump is correct. My old PV speakers do not even come close to the sound of these Mackie Thumps. The sound is great, and the bass that it puts out is out of this world clean and crisp. I would recomend this speaker to anyone anyone.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Sounds Great...When They Work

Crossovers are built in, and sound quality is good...when they are working, however, they are unreliable as I own two and had to have one replaced under the 1year warranty due...Read complete review

Crossovers are built in, and sound quality is good...when they are working, however, they are unreliable as I own two and had to have one replaced under the 1year warranty due to it would not power on, and the other one has a blown cone after little over one years use in a small, non -smoking venue.

I would never recommend these (or any Powered Speaker) to any band - these are more for venues where they will be plugged in and never moved, because it's a pain in the butt to find power supplies for each speaker, plus if you an outdoor gig, it's much more risk than a passive speaker in a chance of rain situation. Passives are better because you only have to power a single amp (rather than every speaker) and that amp power supply can be protected under a tent much more easily. Plus, because powered speakers each require their own power supply, you can have issues with ground hum if their plugged into separate breakers.

Mackie's "built like a tank" motto and rep was established when the equipment was still built in the USA. Since they sold out to cheap Chinese parts and labor, they are unreliable and "replaceable" ... in other words, the circuit board technology makes so that it is often nearly as expensive to repair than to replace - and this is true with all Mackie's gear. As well as the TH-15A's I own two 450s and two TH-18 subs - all purchased regrettably at the same time :/ thinking I was investing in quality that would last a decade or more ... how wrong I was. Writing this as a warning so others don't make the same mistake I did.

Although used nearly every weekend, none of it is driven hard, and all is very well taken care of. We are a small 100 person venue, and I've had to have Both the TH-18's repaired with power issues (suddenly not powering on) and one of the 450's for the same reason. That's 5 out of the 6 mackie speakers!!

If you're looking for inexpensive and determined to get a powered speaker, I never thought I'd recommend Behringer, but in this case, you'd be just as well off. If you can afford better, go with QVC or Yamaha. If you're a solo musician, or vocalist for a band - a single powered speaker does make a great monitor, as you can run your mic line into it, and a separate xlr to the board or snake. If a band, buy a quality Power Amp and Passive Speakers.

-VOMA
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3.0

Not bad but certainly not 1,000 watts!

By Wayne Scott

from Mississippi

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • These units clip very easily at about 1/2 volume

Best Uses

  • Mobile DJ
  • Mobile DJ if not a large venue

Comments about Mackie Thump TH-15A 15" Active Loudspeaker:

Great price and lightweight but watch any recent hi bass tunes as these units will clip and limit - pump-very quickly! I doubt they come anywhere near to 1kw as any volume over half will clip em quick! It does help to back off the rear bass control some giving you a little more headroom for clipping. The big 15" Berhinger's I had were much better BUT very heavy.

 
4.0

Mackie Thump 15A works of me

By Bryan

from Portland Oregon

Comments about Mackie Thump TH-15A 15" Active Loudspeaker:

Our band plays a wide variety of material so our demands are pretty high. Currently we have been using these Thumps for vocals and acoustic guitar only. We are a 5 piece and we all sing leads and backups. I will say these are fine for us. I do not feel though that these can handle all our instrumentation IE drums,guitars,bass or keys while carrying the vocals also. They sound fantastic for what we have used them for but to me it seems evident they just don't have enough power to handle a full band load. No problem. We have decided to also purchase a pair of the newer Thump 12s @1000 watts. Those we will use strictly for our vocals and then use these Thumps for instruments. I have no doubt we will be happy as all get out, as well as the crowd. We are playing many smaller venues that won't require that much PA and in those instances the Thump 15As will suffice. When we get into larger rooms we will add the 12s. I am confident that when used correctly (those EQs are there for a reason folks) these have and will continue to Rock & Thump. Best item out there? NO. Great bang for the buck? Yeah they actually are. Ours are 2 years old and have been used at least 20+ times without issue and most certainly without any failures. Did I mention I am the smallest guy in the band and I can pack em around by myself?

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

bought 12 and 15 repairs in 1 year

By pandora's box

from vancouver canada

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Breaks Easily

Best Uses

    Comments about Mackie Thump TH-15A 15" Active Loudspeaker:

    I bought 12 for a rehearsal studio. after 3 months they started breaking. After 6 months I tried to return them (not at MF). by 12 months I had take them back 15 times for repair. Not for pro use.

     
    5.0

    nice bass thumping power...

    By Dj Jimmer

    from CAPE COD, MA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mobile DJ

      Comments about Mackie Thump TH-15A 15" Active Loudspeaker:

      for the money it is incredible... not really worried about the brand name either... although EV is my usual choice... I feel that these will serve the purpose with more than I need Results...

       
      4.0

      I will buy another.

      By Trev

      from Hollywood,Fl.

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Mackie Thump TH-15A 15" Active Loudspeaker:

        I have not taken it on a gig yet,but I purchased it on a recommendation from a dear friend and musician.He, like myself,do one-man gigs.Guitar,
        vocals with backing tracks.He owns two Thumps and
        loves them.Eventually,I will purchase one more.
        I have owned Mackies before.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Great when it works

        By Victor

        from Scranton

        Comments about Mackie Thump TH-15A 15" Active Loudspeaker:

        The sound from these are pretty good, but they don't seem to last long. I bought 2 speakers and within 2 years one stopped working. If you plan to buy these do yourself a favor and get a warranty.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good speaker for the price

        By Uglyfish

        from Ontario

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Sounds Good With Recorded

        Cons

        • Hits Limiter Easily

        Best Uses

        • Back Yard Parties
        • Events
        • Performances
        • Stage Monitor

        Comments about Mackie Thump TH-15A 15" Active Loudspeaker:

        First off, let me explain what I use it for: 80% of the time it is used for backyard parties, 30 – 40 people in a large backyard. I only use one of them; I run a laptop into a Rapco DI then into the Thump. The rest of the time I use it as my stage monitor; I run vocals and guitar through it.

        I bought this speaker on-sale; Musician Friend did a good job of getting it to me quickly and with free shipping. All things considered this is an excellent speaker for the price I paid for it. No it won't come close to an EV ZLX-15P, but I paid half the price of one of those. We need to compare apple to apples here, this is nowhere near the quality and sound of a Yamaha DSR15, but it is one third the cost!
        The good: It sounds good with recorded music; it has a natural low mid hump that makes the bass come through very nice. I would say it is probably one of the better speakers for recorded music in this price category. It is very light and appears to be well built, the internal speaker cables are a good size and the threaded metal "t-nuts" for the 15"driver is nice as well. It's not top notch but the build quality is nice. The three-band eq with sweepable mids is a nice touch; it works well, especially on stage when you want to emphasize mid-range frequencies for vocal clarity.

        The bad: ok, it is true it is not a very loud speaker. The Mackie SRM 450 is much louder. The question is how loud do you want it to go? It is rated at 400 watts peak which suggests 200 watts continuous (RMS), in my mind it feels a little soft for 200 watts RMS, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. This is not a FOH speaker (unless you are doing small gigs, in which case two of them would sound good but not overly loud). Another bad is the mids, sometimes the midrange frequencies can get lost; the EQ can help but the mids are just not the same quality as higher end speakers. Lastly the input stage, it feels a little low for line level, I'd like to see a variable input gain and a master, or a more versatile input mixer like many other powered speakers in this price range.

        Overall it is a great speaker for the price. If you want to pound hip-hop in a gymnasium forget about it, it won't even come close, if you want a balanced sounding speaker that is good for less than 50 people, sounds good at moderate volume and at a great price this is your speaker.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        ...ITS IN THE BASS...

        By OTOOL

        from DALLAS,TEXAS

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Bass Its All In The Bass

        Cons

        • Dont Push Me

        Best Uses

        • Dj Palyback

        Comments about Mackie Thump TH-15A 15" Active Loudspeaker:

        I bought these for mid to deep bass and they do just that..
        Dont get dumb .all speakers have thier limits..
        If your new to this ..
        ADVISE treat them right and they will treat you right..

         
        2.0

        TH-15A

        By Lobe

        from Naples, Fl.

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality
        • Unreliable

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Mackie Thump TH-15A 15" Active Loudspeaker:

        Purchased two refurbished TH-15A one works great but the other has very poor sound. Will never purchase refurbished again. Your at the mercy of the repair tech and forget about trying to find someone to repair it.

        (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Not Recommended

        By Christopher O'Connor

        from ohio

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality
        • Unreliable

        Best Uses

          Comments about Mackie Thump TH-15A 15" Active Loudspeaker:

          At this price point, these are the worst choice for any DJ or live band that you could make. I did a side by side at my local music store with these and several other brands in the same general price range. They simply don't stack up to ANY of them. Sound quality and loudness are both substandard. Highs are harsh and unclear, while the lows are muffled and distort easily at high volume. The overall sound is quite hollow, lacking warmth in the midrange. Similar offerings from Alto, Behringer, and (to be honest) every other brand I have personally heard, sound better than this speaker. Although I would recommend spending a little more if intended for professional use.

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