QSC KW181 1000 Watt 18" Active Subwoofer

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4.7

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1000 Watts of Power in a Next-Gen Lightweight Design.

High Output: Like K Series, each of the four KW Series models features a QSC designed, 1000 watt (2 x 500) Class D power module. And continuing in the K Series tradition, every model is fitted with the identical high-output 1.75" HF device (full-range models) and woofers of the same high quality design, regardless of speaker size.

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 and KW152 feature 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) and a threaded pole receptacle (KW181) provides for a positive, wobble free connection to a threaded speaker pole (included).

Things You Will Get:

  • Powered Sub Woofer
Other Features Lightweight birch construction for durability and superior sonic performance
Model KW122

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QSCKW181 1000 Watt 18" Active Subwoofer
 
4.7

(based on 15 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (14)
  • Easy to set up (10)
  • Great sound quality (10)
  • Attractive (6)
  • Easy to mount (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (10)
    • Outdoors (9)
    • Large rooms (8)
    • Basic systems (6)
    • Smaller rooms / apartments (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (8), Audiophile (4), Tech savvy (4), Practical (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    4.0

    Great Speaker

    By 

    from KOP

    Verified Reviewer

    Comments about QSC KW181 1000 Watt 18" Active Subwoofer:

    Great sound. Easy to Use. Easy to setup. Portable and easy to carry. Totally worth the money. Lots of FUN!
    I am a Sam Ash Reviewer at KOP.

     
    5.0

    THE WRECKING BALL!

    By 

    from CLEVELAND ROCKS! OHIO

    About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Pro Audio / DJ, Tech Savvy

    Staff Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Basic Systems
      • DJ / Mixing
      • Home
      • Home Theater
      • Larger Rooms
      • Multiple Rooms / Whole House
      • Outdoors
      • Smaller Rooms

      Comments about QSC KW181 1000 Watt 18" Active Subwoofer:

      If you need a subwoofer to constantly preform as hard as you do look no further! This thing is what you need in your arsenal that you can pull out and wreck the place! Boasting 1000 watts this is no feather weight contender, it is a BEAST! Easy to dial your EQ in for any room or situation. Very versatile it doesn't have to be a wrecking ball all the time, and not to mention very user friendly interface along side that great QSC sound!

      I am a staff reviewer for Sam Ash

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      What a sub should be

      By 

      from Cleveland, OH

      About Me Audiophile, Pro Audio / DJ, Tech Savvy

      Staff Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Basic Systems
        • DJ / Mixing
        • Home
        • Home Theater
        • Larger Rooms
        • Multiple Rooms / Whole House
        • Outdoors
        • Smaller Rooms

        Comments about QSC KW181 1000 Watt 18" Active Subwoofer:

        If you are looking for a really powerful sub with lots of options, this is the one for you. The KW 181 has an unforgiving 1000w of internal power, guaranteed to shake whatever room you are playing in. The 18" speaker is more than enough to deliver strong punch from kick drums and the deep sustain required for a lot of EDM/hip hop/bass heavy music. With 2 balanced outs, daisy chaining subs or linking into main speakers is simple with just some mic cables. Its intelligent electronics allow it to adjust its performance based on what is being played, giving it a consistent and reliable sound every time you use it. It also has some rolloff options and even a polarity switcher, making it useful in any application you could need it for. And the internal fan helps regulate the temperature, ensuring that it will not overheat, and also helping to prolong the life of the unit as a whole.

        This is a real hands on product review by Steve at Sam Ash Music in Lyndhurst, OH.

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        • No
         
        5.0

        Bone-crunching low-end!

        By 

        from Chicago, Il

        About Me Pro Audio / DJ

        Staff Reviewer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Good Power Output
        • Great Sound Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about QSC KW181 1000 Watt 18" Active Subwoofer:

            These KW181's deliver absolutely bone-crunching low end. Our band is drum and bass guitar driven, and we love these things. Of course, we have slightly EQ'd them to really get what we want out of the kick drum and bass guitar and have added HPF on most of the other instruments/vocals to clean up our mix. But expect to be punched in the chest. Lot's of power! Get one...or two!
            This is a real hands on product review from Warren @ Sam Ash Buffalo Grove

             
            5.0

            POWER POWER!!

            By 

            from Sam Ash White Plains

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • DJ / Mixing
              • Larger Rooms
              • Outdoors

              Comments about QSC KW181 1000 Watt 18" Active Subwoofer:

              QSC makes great products. This subwoofer is incredible. It has so much power. Great for an outdoor event. It's a little pricey but you get what you pay for, its worth every penny.

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              5.0

              all about that bass.

              By 

              from white plains, NY

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Good Power Output
              • Great Sound Quality

              Cons

              • Heavy / Bulky

              Best Uses

              • DJ / Mixing

              Comments about QSC KW181 1000 Watt 18" Active Subwoofer:

              qsc has always made great speakers. The Kw-181 is no exception. Wall shattering bass.

              Built in casters definitely make it much easier to move. Dual xlr I/O makes it easy to take this from a 2.1 system to a 2.2.

              It's definitely got some weight to it but for the amount of volume this sub puts out you can deal.

              "this is a hands on product review from kris @ sam ash white plains"

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              • No
               
              4.0

              Compact but powerful Subwoofer

              By 

              from Sam Ash Music, Ontario

              About Me Experienced Musician

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about QSC KW181 1000 Watt 18" Active Subwoofer:

                    1000 watts of power through an 18 inch speaker in a Baltic Birch cabinet. Four position mic/ line gain switch so you can connect to all kinds of different sources. MP3 players, CD players and all kinds of mixers. Lots of control over your sound. Well made with premium materials, an awesome gigging sub. This is a real hands on product review by EpR@ Sam Ash Music Ontario.

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                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Kw181 QSC

                    By 

                    from Cincinnati oh

                    About Me Audiophile, Practical, Pro Audio / DJ, Tech Savvy

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Good Power Output
                    • Great Sound Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Basic Systems
                      • DJ / Mixing
                      • Larger Rooms
                      • Outdoors

                      Comments about QSC KW181 1000 Watt 18" Active Subwoofer:

                      QSC amplifier, 1000w and all in an 18 inch sub! Sounds incredible and will rattle the walls!

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      Add bass to your mix

                      By 

                      from Edison NJ

                      About Me Professional musician

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Good Power Output
                      • Great Sound Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Basic Systems
                        • DJ / Mixing
                        • Larger Rooms
                        • Outdoors

                        Comments about QSC KW181 1000 Watt 18" Active Subwoofer:

                        Size does matter when it comes to sound. This 18 inch powered subwoofer will add deep, clean low end to your mix.
                        Hear (and feel) your full potential and true sound with this awesome speaker from QSC.
                        This is a hands on review from Billy at Sam Ash in Edison NJ.

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                        • No
                         
                        5.0

                        QSC Bulletproof Bass!

                        By 

                        from Chicago, Il

                        About Me Pro Audio / DJ

                        Staff Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Good Power Output

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • DJ / Mixing

                          Comments about QSC KW181 1000 Watt 18" Active Subwoofer:

                          The QSC KW181 is a beast. It's more expensive than their counterpart, but worth every penny. Amazing low end. After buying one, I want back and buy a second one. I use them side by side or stack them if space is limited. They are the best.
                          This is a real hands on product review from Warren @  Sam Ash Buffalo Grove

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