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QSC KW153 Active Loudspeaker 1000 Watt 15 Inch 3 Way

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Building on the success of the K Series, the KW-153 and the entire KW Series by QSC represents the next evolutionary step in wood enclosure loudspeakers. QSC’s system engineers have created the KW Ser... Read More

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Overview

Building on the success of the K Series, the KW-153 and the entire KW Series by QSC represents the next evolutionary step in wood enclosure loudspeakers. QSC’s system engineers have created the KW Series to feature all the groundbreaking electronic attributes of the popular K Series, while at the same time designing a product that is both smaller and significantly lighter than previous wood enclosure models.

High Output: The KW-153 features a QSC designed, 1000 watt (2 x 500 W continuous) Class D power module. And continuing in the K Series tradition, it is fitted with the identical high-output 1.75" HF device (full-range models) and woofers of the same high quality design. The KW-153 features a 6.5" midrange transducer.

Defined Coverage Area: Directivity Matched Transition (DMT™) provides for matched LF and HF coverage across the entire listening area, eliminating unnatural "dead" or "hot" frequency zones.

DSP: Extensive signal processing is employed throughout, providing levels of sonic clarity and total output that defy all expectations for a product in this category:
• Intrinsic Correction™, first featured in our high-end line array products maps 65-75 spatially-averaged measurements to IIR and FIR filters that actively adjust time, frequency and amplitude response to a maximally flat bandpass target. The result is a speaker that behaves equally well across the entire sound field.
• DEEP™ and excursion limiting allow for extended low-frequency response by actively managing low-frequency transients without degradation of the underlying signal or adjacent frequencies.
• GuardRail™ protection, first introduced on our GX Series amplifiers protects both the amplifier module and your performance from unnatural and destructive clipping.
Connectivity: KW Series features a four-position mic / line gain switch that allows for connection of a wide variety of devices. Combo XLR and 1/4" TRS inputs accept both mic and line level input while a set of RCA phono inputs (except KW181) allow additional connectivity to portable MP3 players, CD players and line-level mixers. Up to three audio sources can be mixed internally and summed to a balanced output for "daisy-chaining" of multiple units. Separate direct outputs are also provided on each channel for additional output flexibility. Control: On-board switches provide preset EQ settings. The HF setting (full-range models) can be set to VOCAL BOOST for additional presence in the critical mid-frequency area or FLAT for accurate reproduction of the incoming signal. The LF switch can be set to NORM, DEEP™ for additional bass extension, or EXT SUB (full-range models) for use with an external subwoofer. The rear panel LED switch can be set to POWER, illuminating the front-mounted LED when the unit is powered on, OFF for applications where it is not desirable to illuminate the front LED, or LIMIT which indicates to the system operator that the clip limiter circuit has been engaged during operation.

Tilt-Direct™: The KW122 features a unique Tilt-Direct™ pole cup mounting system. A simple turn of the dial engages a 7.5 degree downward tilt of the speaker allowing acoustic energy to be kept on the audience and off reflective surfaces for applications where maximum coverage from a high-positioned speaker is desired.

Remote Gain: Remote gain control capability is offered via a potentiometer (not included) connected to the on-board Phoenix-Style connector. In an installed application, multiple KW Series speakers can be "daisy-chained" for total gain control from a single remote pot. Auto-standby mode is engaged after 5 minutes of inactivity.

Premium-grade materials: KW Series is designed to withstand the rigors of professional use. Advanced construction processes, premium-grade Baltic birch cabinetry, ergonomic, cast aluminum handles, low-noise casters (KW181) and a highly protective steel grille provide for ease of transport and long term durability. Integrated M10 suspension points allow for flown applications with a KW M10 KIT (sold separately).

Features
  • K Series performance in a lightweight, birch design
  • 1000 watt Class D power modules in all models (2 x 500 W continuous)
  • Extensive DSP featuring DEEP™ and Intrinsic Correction™ enhances system performance
  • DMT™ (Directivity Matched Transition) ensures uniform coverage across the entire sound field
  • Rugged, texture-painted birch enclosures
  • Four-position Mic/Line gain
  • Tour-grade 16 gauge steel grilles
  • Comfortable ergonomic handles
  • 35 mm pole sockets, standard (non-tilt)
Specifications
  • KW-153
  • Configuration 15" 3-way trapezoidal
  • Transducers
  • Low-frequency: 15" cone transducer
  • Mid-frequency: 6.5" midrange cone transducer
  • High-frequency: 1.75" diaphragm compression driver
  • Frequency Response (-6 dB) 35 Hz - 18 kHz
  • Frequency Range (-10 dB)334 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Nominal Coverage (-6 dB) 75° axisymmetric
  • Maximum SPL1 134 dB peak
  • Amplifier
  • Power Output2 1000 W Class D (500 W LF, 500 W HF) continuous
  • 2000 W peak
  • Input Impedance (ohms) Channel A XLR / ¼":
  • Mic gain setting : Balanced: Unbalanced
  • 0 dB : 38k : 19k
  • +12 dB : 10k : 5k
  • +24 dB : 2.66k : 1.33k
  • +36 dB : 660 ohms : 330 ohms
  • Channel B XLR / ¼": 38k balanced / 19k unbalanced
  • Channel B RCA: 10k
  • Controls
  • Power, Gain A, Gain B, Channel A Input Gain (0 dB / 12 dB / 24 dB / 36 dB), LF Mode (Ext Sub/Norm/DEEP™), HF Mode (Flat/Vocal Boost), Front LED (On/Off/Limit)
  • Indicators: Power, Signal A, Signal B, Standby, Limit, Mic (24 dB and 36 dB settings)
  • Connectors: Balanced female XLR/¼" line/mic level input, Balanced female XLR/¼" line level input, Dual Balanced male XLR full range line level out , Balanced male XLR "mix" out, Stereo RCA line level input, Remote gain control, Locking IEC power connector
  • Cooling: On demand, 50 mm variable speed fan
  • Amplifier Protection: Thermal limiting, output overcurrent, overtemperature muting, GuardRail™
  • Transducer Protection: Thermal limiting, excursion limiting
  • AC Power Input: Universal power supply 100-240 VAC, 50 - 60 Hz
  • AC Power Consumption (1/8 Power)
  • 100 VAC, 2.3 A
  • 120 VAC, 2.01 A
  • 230 VAC, 1.13 A
  • Enclosure
  • Material: 15 mm painted birch plywood
  • Finish: Black textured paint
  • Grille : Black powder coated 16 gauge steel
  • Dimensions (HWD): 43.1" x 18.5" x 16.8"
  • Weight (Net): 87lb
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5.0

Rock solid !! Amazing speakers !

By JOHN

from Fairfax

I traded in My JBL 735's after posting a couple of times how great they were. They were great for our band at venues, but when practicing by myself after a few shows, both cabinet's housing inside the back panel rattled and vibrated. Not built well for the price. So after a strong endorsement from my salesman, Sean { who runs sound with the 153"s} I traded in the JBL's and immediately felt and heard the difference. My piano sounded amazingly better across all the keys. The high keys not as harsh, piano and organ. The vocals are just as clear and full as I have heard on any PA. What am I saying ? Better than any local band's PA that I have seen !It's hard to explain, but they feel sturdier and the back panel {although having more connections, two channels, along with locking ac input and XLR inputs !} is more consolidated where the noises from the JBL seemed to breed. We have only done one show but I feel confident in saying these are the real deal, and sound much better than the JBLs should have listened to Sean in the beginning. The bands entire sound is much improved.

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5.0

Excellent Multi Application Enclosure

By Kenneth Willis

from Amarillo Texas

I play in a Classic Rock / Modern Blues Band and we use QSC KW153s paired up with KW181 Subs...K12 monitors for front line and KW153s for side fill as well as for a drum monitor.....One KW153 per side with 2 KW181s per side is MORE THAN ENOUGH for most applications you would use them for regarding live sound reinforcement. We are planning on adding 2 more KW153s and two more KW181s in June for a large outdoor even we are doing and I have no doubt that our QSC enclosures will be rockn front of house as well as the stage just like they always do....... just simply go down to GC and demo them, plain and simple and I can assure you these speakers ROCK !

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