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Mackie HD1531 15" 3-Way 1800W Powered Loudspeaker

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The Mackie HD1531 3-way high-definition powered loudspeaker delivers class-leading power, clarity, and flexibility in a design that is stunning yet understated. This Mackie loudspeaker's Class-D Fast Recovery amplification produces a ridiculous 1,800W of peak system power. High-Definition Audio Processing incorporates next-generation Mackie "Active...  Click To Read More About This Product

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The Mackie HD1531 3-way high-definition powered loudspeaker delivers class-leading power, clarity, and flexibility in a design that is stunning yet understated. This Mackie loudspeaker's Class-D Fast Recovery amplification produces a ridiculous 1,800W of peak system power. High-Definition Audio Processing incorporates next-generation Mackie "Active" electronics and re-defines powered loudspeakers by implementing Mackie's patented acoustic correction processing for an intense experience. System tuning and custom transducer design by EAW ensures an optimized system that sounds great every time. The compact-yet-rugged, all-wood enclosure offers superior protection and a clean, unimposing look that will blend seamlessly into almost any environment.

Maximize Your Output

HD1531 incorporates the latest in Class-D amplifier technology to deliver a chest-pounding 1800W of peak system power. Both internal amps are designed using Mackie's legendary Fast Recovery circuitry. Other amplifiers can "latch" when pushed to clipping, leading to distorted audio, but Fast Recovery amplification reacts instantly to the occasional aggressive transient, drastically reducing the time it takes for the amp to recover, ensuring clean audio under the most demanding of situations.

This potent tri-amplified system is the highest-powered 3-way available in its class, providing a beefy 700W RMS low-frequency amplifier and a 700W RMS low-frequency amplifier, a 100W mid-frequency amp, and a 100W RMS high-frequency amplifier that, when combined, can deliver a max SPL up to 135dB (calculated, measured maximum SPL of 125dB). Measurements and calculators aside, it only takes one listen to know that the HD1531 delivers massive bang for your buck.

Define the Experience

The key to high-definition live sound is the detailed measurement and analysis of the inherent problems of horns and woofers. After that, the creation and application of some seriously NASA-esque (and patented) acoustic correction algorithms work to correct these very issues. The resulting experience is not only high-definition, it is truly a moment of clarity for anyone within earshot.

EAW Inside

The HD1531 is a perfectly tuned system that is truly greater than the sum of its parts. This is only possible due to the hard work and insane genius of the engineering team over at Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW). Not only did they fine-tune the system for complete optimization, they also custom-designed the transducers, ensuring maximum efficiency and performance.

The high-end 15" neodymium woofer features a 3" voice coil and is built to handle the massive power delivered by the low-frequency amplifier. The magnet is made using neodymium, which provides a greater magnetic field with far less material. This makes the woofer extremely lightweight without sacrificing one bit of performance. And the large 3" voice-coil is built to handle and dissipate far more heat than traditional designs.

The 1-3/4" compression driver brilliantly reproduces high frequencies with a diaphragm made using heat-treated titanium. Heat-treating increases the rigidity of the diaphragm, eliminating nasty distortion that can occur due to inconsistencies on its surface. It also greatly increases the life of the driver, so you can count on stunning high-frequency production for years.

Improving on traditional hi/mid horn designs, the HD1531 implements Mackie's optimized wide-dispersion WaveFront system to focus energy directly at your audience, ensuring optimum intelligibility for every seat in the house. The premium drivers, waveguide and system tuning allow the HD1531 to achieve the most output and best possible sound from every single component.

Tailor Your Tone

For added flexibility, a user-adjustable 3-band EQ is included on the rear panel of every HD Series loudspeaker. It's not just a 2-position EQ switch that can only be set to "flat" or "boost," but a high-quality 3-band EQ with Hi and Lo shelving and a sweepable mid frequency, each with ±3dB of gain, allowing you to customize the loudspeakers for the task at hand.

Fit and Finish

Mackie has long been dedicated to providing affordable gear that can go toe-to-toe with the most expensive gear on the market, and the HD1531's all-wood enclosure is no exception. The 15mm-thick birch plywood cabinets are extremely rugged, with substantial internal bracing and a coating of durable, textured black paint. A cold-rolled, powder-coated steel grill provides a sleek, modern look that is designed to blend into the environment. You can even turn off the trademark blue LED on the front of the speaker if stealth is your thing. A work of modern art? Maybe. Rugged and handsome? Absolutely.

From backyard BBQs to the most professional install, the HD1531 can be integrated into any existing system thanks to a wide variety of placement options. Standard M10 eyebolts convert the HD1531 into a professionally flown system with 12 integrated fly points for vertical or horizontal rigging. It's also pole-mountable, either on a standard tripod or mounted over a subwoofer. And of course you can simply stack them on your subs or place them on stage. Whether stacked, pole-mounted or flown, you can count on the HD1531 to be stable and sturdy.


  • 1800W of ultraefficient Class-D Fast Recovery amplification
  • LF 700W RMS / 1400W peak
  • MF 100W RMS / 200W peak
  • HF 100W RMS / 200W peak
  • High-definition audio processing:
  • Revolutionary patented acoustic correction
  • Transducer time alignment and phase correction
  • Precision 3-way crossover
  • Custom designed transducers by EAW
  • 15" neodymium woofer with 3" voice coil
  • 6" horn-loaded, high-output mid-range transducer
  • 1-3/4" compression driver with heat-treated titanium diaphragm
  • User-adjustable 3-band contour EQ with sweepable mid-frequency
  • Ultra-compact and lightweight (80 lb.)
  • Integrated limiting and protection circuitry
  • Rugged all-wood cabinet (15mm birch plywood)
  • 12 integrated fly points for horizontal and vertical rigging
  • Stand/pole mountable
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(29 of 37 customers found this review helpful)


I'm A Fan

By DJ B Block Productions.

from Piscataway, N>J>

Comments about Mackie HD1531 15" 3-Way 1800W Powered Loudspeaker:

Used the 1531's for a wedding last week for the first time in a large room, and was not disappointed. The sound was clear throughout the room, for those who close and those far away, everyone was commented on how good the sound was. (Tip- Did have them on stands for elevation)

(11 of 18 customers found this review helpful)


Don't Waste Your Hard earned money!!

By O. F Bonzie

from Columbus, OH

Comments about Mackie HD1531 15" 3-Way 1800W Powered Loudspeaker:

I just ourchased a pair of the HD1531 and was using for the 2nd time at a wedding with the original facory settings at the back and my mixer volume slightly below unity and a guest informed me the bass is out on the right speaker and he was right...was very DISAPPOINTED! Called Mackie the next day and took it in to a service place.. it's been a month now and they agrred the woofer is out but they are on backorder till September!!!!!! The speaker sounds great when working but when you have problems expect to wait till thy kingdom come and customer service reps are rude!

(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


Mackie's Best

By BoomClick

from Houston, Texas

Comments about Mackie HD1531 15" 3-Way 1800W Powered Loudspeaker:

A pair of HD1531s are being used 2-3 days per week over the last 2 months and have not had any problems playing rather loud R&B/Hip-Hop styles, in a room that holds about 200 people. They have easily replaced 4 SWA1801s and two SRM450s used in the same room. They sound as advertized adding greater clarity over the SRM450s and the $200 rebate just came in the mail...

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Still hoping

By Jim the DJ

from Newport News VA

Comments about Mackie HD1531 15" 3-Way 1800W Powered Loudspeaker:

I was one of the first in the state of Va. to buy the HD1531's. At that time I order the sub's to match and had to wait 7 more months. I have used the tops to do a few jobs. I picked up the speakers in Jan. 2010. Took a few to get all the new cables and power cores set up the way I needed. The 15" went out during a show. Sounded like AM radio. After a month I received my replacement speakers. This was in March. By April I was up and playing again. Every where I played, everyone loved the sound and Quality. Before I got the Mackie 1531's I bought the BOSE system and the QSC powered speakers. None could come close. On July 11th I was playing a job and both speakers blew. Wish me luck I have my new 1531's in the boxes. I hope the bug have been worked out by now. It's hard to do a show hoping your speakers won't blow. Overall the speakers are still the best sound for the money. When they work.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent sound quality but Mackie's reliability and customer service are awful

By Dave Simpson

from London, UK

Comments about Mackie HD1531 15" 3-Way 1800W Powered Loudspeaker:

The speaker cabinet sounds excellent and is definately capable of 126db which is states in the specs. So you'd think that this speaker is worth buying? NO, it's not, read on the internet for problems with it, the HD1531 is absolutely plagued with problems and Loud Technologies who own the Mackie company are taking weeks and weeks and sometimes a month or two to get parts to you, in which the speaker breaks down again with another problem. If the speaker cab was definately able to serve you well without breaking down then it'd be worth the money but seeing as the amazing amount of problems people are reporting all over the internet, you're better off going with a JBL PRX635 instead because that's a product that will last you, can take a beating and most likely will NOT break down like the Mackie keeps doing.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


great for anything

By Kevin

from Oakdale, CA

Comments about Mackie HD1531 15" 3-Way 1800W Powered Loudspeaker:

I bought one of these because my Orange 4x12 could not track fast enough to keep up with my guitar chugs. Its easier to move than the Orange. I know only have to use the Axe fx or the Line 6 x3 Pro. No other things are needed. Which is nice. This thing is way louder than my Mesa Dual Rec and can drown out my drummer. Not many guys are using these for guitar amps but it works great and sounds better than any guitar cab. They are not directional at all so I can hear myself easier so Im not always trying to crank up to hear myself. Well worth every penny. Very durable..

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


hate them

By ambro perez

from Brownsville, Texas

Comments about Mackie HD1531 15" 3-Way 1800W Powered Loudspeaker:

i bought the mackies hd 1531 for our church. the church was running sound before the hd on two jbl 12inch low and hi cab. i finally convince the bord that we needed new speakers and if we were going to buy a pair of speaker lets get good ones. well we got the 1531 but in 3 month they are out!!! on one the hi is not working and the other it goes into clip and no sounds comes out. even if we have the volume low. we even got the db drive rack to control the makies. well i dont hear the end of it in my church. sounds great when working but they dont last long.

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