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QSC KW153 Active Loudspeaker 1000 Watt 15 Inch 3 Way

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With proven performance and solid workmanship, the KW153 takes the next evolutionary step in wood enclosure loudspeakers. QSC engineers combined all the technical advancements of the K Series with a c... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Overview

With proven performance and solid workmanship, the KW153 takes the next evolutionary step in wood enclosure loudspeakers. QSC engineers combined all the technical advancements of the K Series with a custom-designed, tour-grade Baltic birch cabinet for unmatched sound quality and durability that’s ready for the road.

Although smaller and lighter than previous wood enclosure models, the KW153 has power to spare and cranks out clean, tight sound at output levels that seem almost impossible for its size. This 3-way workhorse pushes out so much bottom end that your audience will swear you’re hiding subwoofers somewhere.

Under the hood you'll find an efficient, Class-D power module that pumps out 1000 watts of clean, distortion-free sound with crisp highs and deep, punchy lows. With 60 degrees of coverage, the KW153's 15-in. woofer drives low frequencies down to 33Hz making it especially useful for DJing and live reinforcement of instruments. The 6.5-in. mid-range woofer and 1.75-in. compression driver produce smooth, clear mids and crisp highs. Equally comfortable as a stage monitor, the KW153 enclosure has an angled side for use as a low-profile, horizontal wedge and a flat side for proper side-fill use.

 

Processing Technology

QSC incorporates several proprietary DSP technologies into the KW153, including Digital Extension and Excursion Processing (DEEP). DEEP allows the KW153 to deliver levels of low-frequency extension previously impossible in enclosures of this size. Another innovation is Intrinsic Correction, which uses dozens of spatially-averaged measurements mapped to the processor to deliver smooth and accurate reproduction across the entire sound field. Preventing amplifier clipping or overload is QSC's proprietary GuardRail technology, which monitors the input voltage and controls the amplifier output stage before the onset of clipping. 

 

Connectivity & Monitoring

The back of the KW153 features two XLR-combi inputs, each with its own level control. Both accommodate line-level inputs and one may be switched to microphone level sensitivity. Phono (RCA) input jacks are also included for connection of consumer electronics sources. Dual XLR outputs are provided for dual "loop-thru" XLR/M connectors and a single XLR jack is available as a summed output. All three input sources may be used at once and mixed via the two gain control knobs. In addition, user EQ controls are provided to select between different subwoofer settings. For installed applications, connecting a commonly available potentiometer to the unit's Euroblock connector allows the operator to have gain control from a remote location. Multiple KW Series units can be daisy-chained together to one centralized control. 

 

Suspension and Mounting

The KW153 may be pole-mounted, suspended, or yoke-mounted. The yoke accessory kit (not included) allows for either horizontal or vertical yoke mounting, providing a flexible means of attaching KW Series loudspeakers to a building structure or truss. When suspended deployment is required, M10 threaded inserts support vertical or horizontal suspension, while the integral pole-mount socket accommodates 35 mm speaker poles for use on a speaker stand or over a sub. The pole socket is designed so that the speaker may be angled down 7.5 degrees in order to cover the audience while keeping acoustic energy off reflective walls and ceilings.


Features

Speaker configuration
  • Active/passive: Active
  • Type: Three-way full range
  • LF driver: 15 in.
  • MF driver: 6.5 in.
  • HF driver: 1.75 in. 
Power
  • Amplifier class: D
  • Wattage: 1000W continuous
  • Mixer/preamp: No
Audio
  • Frequency response: 33Hz - 20 kHz
  • Coverage pattern: 60° assymetrical
  • Max SPL: 133 dB
Inputs
  • XLR: 2 XLR/TRS
  • TRS:
  • TS:
  • RCA: Stereo pair
Output/thru
  • XLR: 3
  • TRS:
  • TS:
  • RCA: 2
  • SPEAKON:
Enclosure
  • Cabinet material: 15 mm painted birch ply
  • Width: 23.4"
  • Height: 20.1"
  • Depth: 29.9"
  • Weight: 88 lb.
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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QSCKW153 Active Loudspeaker 1000 Watt 15 Inch 3 Way
 
4.9

(based on 9 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (5)
  • Durable (4)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Good power output (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Outdoor events / games (4)
  • Performances (3)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (3)
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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Multi Application Enclosure

By Kenneth Willis

from Amarillo Texas

Comments about QSC KW153 Active Loudspeaker 1000 Watt 15 Inch 3 Way:

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 !

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Rock solid !! Amazing speakers !

By JOHN

from Fairfax

Comments about QSC KW153 Active Loudspeaker 1000 Watt 15 Inch 3 Way:

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Kw153 is the best speaker.

By Blaise

from Richmond Va.

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Events
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances

    Comments about QSC KW153 Active Loudspeaker 1000 Watt 15 Inch 3 Way:

    The clarity of the sound is amazing, I own some K12's and this kw153 speaker is even better. More powerful sound and no distortion even on high volumes. Built professionally and will last a long time. Would recommend to anybody.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    i love that good

    By ky nguyen

    from austin

    Comments about QSC KW153 Active Loudspeaker 1000 Watt 15 Inch 3 Way:

    good speaker

     
    4.0

    Blown Away..

    By Wild Bill

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Loud

    Cons

    • Bulky/Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Mobile DJ

    Comments about QSC KW153 Active Loudspeaker 1000 Watt 15 Inch 3 Way:

    Bought these baby's after renting a pair for a 400+ person event in a large convention center. Fell in love with them from that moment on. I've been used to pushing sets of 15" powered 2-ways to the max for too long with bigger events. The sheer amount of clean, loud, full range sound that comes from these speakers is amazing.

     
    5.0

    I love these speakers..

    By Bear

    from Mn.

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio

      Comments about QSC KW153 Active Loudspeaker 1000 Watt 15 Inch 3 Way:

      sound is awsome

       
      5.0

      K153 is the best.

      By Blaise

      from Richmond Va.

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Events
        • Mobile DJ
        • Performances

        Comments about QSC KW153 Active Loudspeaker 1000 Watt 15 Inch 3 Way:

        The sound is very clear, the best speaker I have owned. I own 8 k12's but the clarity of the sound in this speaker is amazing even at high volume. Built professionally and will last a long time. Love this speakers and would highly recommend to anybody.

         
        5.0

        QSC rocks!

        By Ether

        from Lincoln, NE

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Great Quality Sound
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Bulky/Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Gigs
        • Performances

        Comments about QSC KW153 Active Loudspeaker 1000 Watt 15 Inch 3 Way:

        I am a part of a cover band that just recently booked an outdoor event for a neighborhood party. I currently have 2 EV ZLX 12" speakers that I have been using for most of my gigs indoors, but I knew they wouldn't work as well outdoors. I got to try out the QSC KW153 in store and the loudness and clarity of the sound blew me away! Don't let the price get you down, you are definitely getting your money's worth with this speaker. I can't wait to use this speaker for my outdoor gig and I plan on hopefully purchasing a second one with the GC Gear Card.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome sound

        By Felix

        from Costa Mesa, California

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

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