QSC KW153Item ID: KW153
1,000-watt, 3-way PA Speaker with 15" Low-frequency Driver, 6.5" Mid-frequency Driver, and 1.75" High-frequency Driver
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QSC Power and Clarity, from a 3-way PA Performer!When we first experienced QSC's super-powerful and amazingly portable active K-series PA speakers, we were blown away, to say the least. Now, here's your chance to change the way you look at live sound; plug into the 1,000-watt KW153 and prepare to be amazed! QSC packed a 2 x 500-watt, Class D powerplant into this speaker's premium birch enclosure, and very effective onboard DSP lets you get the absolute maximum out of its low-, mid-, and high-frequency drivers. You'll love the connection and control options on the KW153's back panel. You'll also love the fact that this loudspeaker is built for the long haul. Plug into the KW153 and you'll be a believer!
If it's power you're after, then this is your loudspeaker. QSC built the KW153 to give you big, clean, room-filling performance, to the tune of 1,000 watts. And, thanks to the Class D design, this speaker won't break your back when it's time to set up or tear down! One amp puts 500 watts through the low-frequency 15" driver, while the 6.5" mid driver and the 1/75" HF driver share power from the other 500-watt amp. The result? Big, clean sound across all frequencies! The KW153 also puts an array of connection options conveniently at hand. The back panel gives you mic, line, and even RCA inputs plus gain controls, right where you need them. You can even mix up to three audio sources internally and daisy chain to another speaker, via the balanced output.
QSC built DSP right into the KW153, so you get the absolute most out of this speaker's formidable wattage. Intrinsic Correction adjusts time, frequency, and amplitude response to give you amazing performance across all frequencies. Guardrail protection keeps the amplifier safe from overloads and minimizes clipping. Hit the DEEP switch and hear just how big this speaker can sound. This isn't just a series of filters and limiters thrown in to enhance the sound; this DSP makes an already outstanding speaker incredibly efficient and perfect for any room.
You know that a well-made loudspeaker is only as good as the ruggedness of its enclosure. After all, if it can't take the rigors of the road, then what good is it? That's why QSC made the KW153 extremely tough. You get premium-grade Baltic birch cabinet construction, a tough steel grille, cast-aluminum side handles, and even integrated M10 suspension points for flown installation.
QSC KW153 Active 1,000-watt, 15" PA Speaker Features at a Glance:
Plug into QSC's KW153 active PA speaker and prepare to be blown away!
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Carter, Mattaponi, VA
Reviewsbased on 10 reviews
I am Speachless! Hands-down they are the best in their market.
by James Webb from Jonesboro, ArkansasI have to pinch myself every week to make sure that I'm not dreaming. These are the most clear speakers I have ever heard. I have used pa equipment for over 30 years. The clarity and presence are the ... read more [+]same wherever you are in the room. I had planned o getting subwoofers but did not get them. I am NOT sorry, the KW153's have all the low end you need, ever without using the Boost function. We built a new sanctuary that seats 700, so we have a cluster made up of 5 kw153's. No matter where you go in the room, the speaker sound like he's standing right next to you. The clarity is the same at low volume as it is with higher output. You will not be sorry for choosing the kw153s. close [-]
April 4, 2013
Music Background: Pro Musician, Live sound engineer
QSC-Quality Sound Continously
by David Long from Tulsa, Ok. USAHaving 2-ways on a stick over subs isn't bad, but when you need the complete sound field reproduced, nothing compares to a great 3-way system. I use a Korg Pa3x, and fire my own arrangements plus fou... read more [+]r part harmonies at these KW 153s, and believe me, you can hear everything...top to bottom! The mids that were missing in the vocal range are there, plus the pianos have come alive. The bass response is killer, but throw the bass switch, and you'll think some subs just appeared. These boxes are pricey, but they're tight and IMHO, worth every cent. What are you waitin' for? Do your ears a favor grab a pair from Sweetwater today. Keep on rockin'! close [-]
March 20, 2013
Music Background: Pro Musician, ret.
Best Speaker for Me
by Pete Lundblad from Ft. Lauderdale, FloridaI sing and play guitar along with computer tracks. I gig 5 days a week in different venues. This speaker sounds awesome for every job, even outside. I have played through many speakers including QSC K... read more [+]12 and this speaker blows the competition out of the water. Big enough to fill a room but still managable for one person with a hand truck. This is the last speaker I will ever have to buy. close [-]
January 14, 2013
Music Background: Professional Entertainer 33 years
Best Powered PA Speakers...Hands Down
by Jon Colon from Saint Louis, MO USAWorth every penny...need I say more?!
December 14, 2012
Music Background: Keyboardist, Backing Vocalist, Live Sound Engineer for "Empty Promises"
The clarity is incredible, and I didn't even need to turn on the DEEP switch, but when I did...it was like a DANCE CLUB! The bass was thumping..... read more [+]. I first tried it with the setting flat, and even used the VOCAL BOOST...the vocals cut through the entire mix wonderfully!
So much sound that it didn't even compare to the drums coming through my Roland KC-500 keyboard amp! Probably won't even use it, to be honest! Just going to separate out the drum track, shoot it directly to the Allen & Heath ZED12FX, and then add some reverb from the mixer's on-board effects. No need to touch it any more than that I think. Sometimes when you try to add too many effects on the drums, it "dorks" it up...and I have only cranked these speakers to the 1/4 mark. The tag attached to the speakers themselves after I removed them from the box said they could go up to 134dB! That's just shy of a jet engine! These speakers can handle our entire mix...now on with show! close [-]
I have heard several shootouts with these speakers against competitors and the QSC KW153s have always come out on top in my opinion. If you are looking for a 3-way active speaker that delivers a clear open sound field then I highly suggest these. I consider these speakers to be among the best sounding active speakers that we sell. If you want high-end sound in a live situation, look no further than here, these speakers deliver!
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