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Mackie HD1801 Powered Subwoofer 889406668621

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The Mackie 1600W HD1801 18" powered subwoofer is an excellent companion to the HD Series full-range loudspeakers, creating an immensely powerful and truly high-definition PA system that you can actually transport from gig to gig. Class-D Fast Recovery amplification makes the HD1801 ultra-efficient, effortlessly delivering massive power to the 18" d...  Click To Read More About This Product

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The Mackie 1600W HD1801 18" powered subwoofer is an excellent companion to the HD Series full-range loudspeakers, creating an immensely powerful and truly high-definition PA system that you can actually transport from gig to gig. Class-D Fast Recovery amplification makes the HD1801 ultra-efficient, effortlessly delivering massive power to the 18" driver that's custom-designed to handle the job. Expertly tweaked tuning filters, internal crossovers, and protection circuitry are designed by EAW for the ultimate in professional performance. Take your Mackie HD (or any other) full-range system to the next level with the Mackie HD1801 Powered Subwoofer.

A Massive System in a Snap
Pair HD1801 subwoofers with HD1531 full-range loudspeakers for an excellent portable, high-definition PA system. The precision-tuned HD1801 is the perfect match for the HD1531, with a high-pass output specifically designed to alleviate the power-hungry low frequencies from getting to your top boxes, allowing them to do what they do best. This powerful HD system features tons of protective circuitry like peak and RMS limiting and over-excursion/thermal protection to keep the sound pumping at all costs.

Power and Agility
The HD1801 powered subwoofer delivers 1600 watts of peak power using Mackie's Class-D Fast Recovery amplification. Class-D amps allow for extremely high-output in a design that is much lighter than traditional amplifiers. It's also really compact, which means you might even be able to carry it all by yourself. Plus, our Fast Recovery design allows the amplifier to recover more quickly when pushed into clipping. This means less distortion when things get too loud.

Tweaked and Tuned
Mackie has once again called on the sonic geniuses over at EAW to make the HD1801 the most punchy, chest-pounding subwoofer in its class. The ported, direct-radiating design means super-low frequency extension that is smooth and powerful. EAW also custom specified the 18" driver to work in perfect harmony with the amplifier. The woofer is designed to soak up each and every bit of power the amp puts out. Precision phase control and tuning filters make the HD1801 subwoofer speaker the perfect companion to the HD1531, especially when using the high-pass outputs. A finely tuned, phase-aligned. and undeniably professional PA system is just a couple of patches away.

Size matters
Most stages are pretty small, so Mackie decided to incorporate rigging points onto the HD1801 speaker. Flying subs clears up tons of floor space and makes it look pretty darn impressive. You can even flip off thr trademark "Mackie Blue" LED on the front if you want the HD1801 subwoofer to blend seamlessly into the background. Some of you are going to have to transport this guy from show to show. That's why the HD1801 embodies Mackie's "Built-Like-A-Tank" philosophy and is certifiably roadworthy. First off, the enclosure is built using 15mm birch. Wood is not only more durable than plastic, but delivers a more natural sound. It's also covered in durable textured black paint that minimizes the risk of scratching. The grill is equally robust, made using powder coated steel and flush with the enclosure to avoid denting. Throw in the fact that is one of the most compact subwoofers available and you've got an ultra-professional bass bin that can be tossed in the back of even a sub-compact.


  • 1600W of ultra-efficient Class-D Fast Recovery amplification
  • 800W RMS / 1600W peak power
  • 133 dB SPL max output (peak @ 1m)
  • 35 Hz to 145 Hz operating range
  • 18" high-output woofer with 4" voice coil
  • Active electronics provide complete system optimization
  • Symmetrical Linkwitz-Riley crossover (100Hz, 24dB/octave)
  • Precision tuning filters for ultra-accurate bass reproduction
  • Phase alignment to perfectly complement Mackie full-range HD loudspeakers
  • Ported, direct-radiating design for maximum punch and low-frequency extension
  • Designed and tuned by Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW)
  • Dual XLR inputs, full-range and high-pass outputs for mono or stereo setups
  • Level control and polarity invert switch with LED indicator
  • Signal/limit and thermal LED indicators
  • Integrated protection and limiting circuitry
  • Rugged all-wood cabinet (15mm birch plywood)
  • Pole mount receptacle for mounting full range speaker
  • 12 integrated M10 flypoints
  • Compact and lightweight
Acoustic Performance
  • Frequency Response (-10dB): 35Hz - 145Hz
  • Frequency Response (-3dB): 44Hz - 95Hz
  • Max peak SPL (calculated)1: 133dB
  • Max peak SPL (measured)2: 129dB
  • Diameter: 18.0" / 457mm
  • Voice Coil Diameter: 4.0" / 102mm
  • Diaphragm Material: Paper
  • Magnet Material: Ferrite
Power Amplifier
  • Rated Power: 800 watts rms, 1600 watts peak
  • THD: < 0.03%
    Design: Class D
  • Cooling: Active, twin thermally controlled vari-speed fans
  • Input Type: Female XLR Balanced
  • differential (stereo left/right)
  • Input Impedance: 20kOhms
  • Full Range Output: Male XLR Balanced (parallel with input)
  • High-Pass Output: Male XLR Balanced
  • Output Impedance: 300
  • Level Control: -6dB to +6dB
Electronic Crossover
  • Crossover Type: 24dB/oct., Symmetrical, Linkwitz-Riley
  • Crossover Frequency: 100Hz
Protection Features
  • Over-excursion Protection: 40Hz 24dB/oct., Butterworth High-Pass Filter
  • Thermal Protection: Amplifier mute, auto reset, twin thermally controlled vari-speed fans
  • Driver Protection: Peak/RMS Limiter
  • Display LEDs: Power Light ON, Polarity, Invert, Thermal, Sig/Limit, Front Power ON
AC Power Requirements
  • US: 100-120 VAC, 50-60Hz, 300 watts
  • Europe: 220-240 VAC, 50-60Hz, 300 watts
  • AC Connector: 3-pin IEC 250 VAC, 15A male
Construction Features
  • Basic Design: Rectangular
  • Material: 15mm exterior grade premium birch plywood
  • Finish: High durability black paint
  • Handles: One on each side
  • Grille: Powder-coated galvanized steel
  • Fly Points: Twelve M10 x 1.5mm
Physical Properties
  • Height: 23.0" / 584mm
  • Width: 23.0" / 584mm
  • Depth: 25.8" / 655mm
  • Weight: 106lb. / 48.1kg
Mounting Methods
  • Floor mount or fly via 12 integrated M10 mounting points (using M10 x 1.5 x 37mm forged shoulder eyebolts)
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Problems Problems Problems

By james

from new orleans

Comments about Mackie HD1801 Powered Subwoofer:

I have several Mackie powered speakers and have been very happy with their line....that was until I bought some HD1801 subs. While they sounded great at the beginning they have given me numerous problems. On the 2nd use one of the speakers thermal overload lights came on and remained lite even when where was no signal present. This was brought back to the store and swapped out with another. After a short time (about 6 gigs) both speakers began to give me problems and have only produced a muted and distorted sound since. I am still waiting to see what Mackie is going to do and their support has been weak at best. I have 2 of the SR1501 subs and have pushed them HARD for several years and have never had a problem with either. Hopefully this is an issue that Mackie will resolve, but I would avoid these subs until something is fixed. On a side note I also have a pair of the HD1531's and love them. Very crisp and clean at high volumes although Mackie's slow response to sort me out has me leaning against ever buying another Mackie product.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Very nice subwoofer


from Atlanta, Ga

Comments about Mackie HD1801 Powered Subwoofer:

I bought (10) of these and man do they sound great! Before I purchased these, I did a lot of research and this model got slammed by a bunch of people. I have been a Mackie fan for a long time and a lot of success with other subs and speakers from them. Before a slapped down some serious cash on these, I had to call Loud Technologies to find out why there were problems with this model. The tech told me that they had a few problems with the initial run and that all has been corrected. Subs are tricky. Some guys will buy just one sub and crank it way past what its capable of and blow them up. If you have just one sub and your trying to make your band sound like a Metallica concert, forget it! I recently did a festival for 5,000 people using (8) HD1801s & (8) HDA line arrays and it sounded great! I had multiple musicians come up to me and remark how clean and punchy my rig sounded. The drums were slammin and the vocals cut through like a hot knife through butter! If you looked at these subs then got scared of the reviews, take another look.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Worst money I ever spent

By Joshua Austill

from Billings, MT

Comments about Mackie HD1801 Powered Subwoofer:

I bought 2 of these, the first one died after 6 uses, just stopped making any noise whatsoever. After a BATTLE with mackie tech support they warrantied it and sent me a new one. After 12 or so uses the second one blew at about 1/4 volume. Mackie tech support says they don't cover blown speakers, so I have a paperweight now. What a waste of money.


Thermal protection fails and the unit dont work

By djpalius

from Saltillo Mexico

About Me Pro Audio / DJ


  • Attractive Design
  • Easy to Mount
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Good Power Output
  • Great Sound Quality



Best Uses

  • DJ / Mixing

Comments about Mackie HD1801 Powered Subwoofer:

Integrated protection and limiting circuitry issues ,

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