QSC KW181 Reviews4.9/5.0 based on 13 customer reviews
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from Turtletown, TN
May 20, 2013Music Background:
Recording engineer and live event sound.
It is expensive times two but you will be glad you invested in them!Been wanting to add a pair of these to my pair of QSC KW-153 for a couple of years now and the 24 months Interest free promotion made me click the buy button. Have used them twice now and my clients are thrilled with the sound. So am I!
May 9, 2013Music Background:
band member 20 yrs Bass.
GSC KW181Bought for home use to go with 2- K12 and 2-KSubs for parties and other shindigs.Inside not a huge difference but outside it sounds like a live band. The concussion of the kick drum to your chest even at 50 feet away is awesome.Gonna have to get a second one.Well worth the money.The only dilemma I have is what reason I can think of for another shindig.Don't forget to invite the neighbors even the deaf ones.
January 7, 2013Music Background:
WOW!!!!!Complete BLOWN AWAY!!! I just got 3 of these and paired them with 6 of the k12's. I used the system for the first time this weekend in a 5000 seat arena and they did more than filled it with crystal clear and clean sounding bass. Not only that but during the sound check there was actually stuff falling off the ceiling. I was planning on getting one more later but not sure I'll ever have a need for it. The k12/kw181 might hav ejust replaced sliced bread. Christopher at Sweetwater was awesome to work with and gave me some great ideas on how to make them sound even better. He has made me a Sweetwater customer for life!
from Seattle, WA
December 17, 2012Music Background:
25 year serious hobbyist playing keyboards in various bands
You may want to wear a cupI had my K-Sub stolen and decided to replace it with this bad boy. I don't know what to say but WOW is this thing amazing. Punchy, tight, loud, clear.....what else can you ask for?
You may want to wear a cup standing near this sub as it shakes things up quite a bit.
from Grand Forks-ND
November 11, 2012Music Background:
Sound Engineer,recording artist,B.A IN MUSIC /UND
A must for bands and SoundmenI own a major recording studio,a Band,and a Sound & Light Company. I bought 4 QSC 18"SUBS,4 QSC153 3 WAY. They guarantee me a mind blowing show everytime ,I run sound for big name bands like FOGHAT,ZZ TOP,NAZARETH,etc..they were ecstatic with the way these speakers deliver.If you're serious about sound this is the right stuff.Thanks
from Cheyenne, WY
July 24, 2012Music Background:
Director of Worship Arts
Great subsLiterally, getting two of these leaves us blown away. Great depth and the sound is clear and solid. The range is nearly perfect for our building. This was our first step in upgrading our sound system and it has been a great step.
Wyatt R.Curtis "The EventsMan"
from Fayetteville, North Carolina
December 12, 2011Music Background:
QSC KW181I purchased this beast and man, it growls..By far this is the best subwoofer I have ever owned. The Lows are deep and clean. I must admit the price kept me from purchasing this high end speaker for 2 years ,so I upgraded my MAN CARD and purchased 2ea....what a relief to have worldclass sound . I performed our annual company Christmas party and everyone agreed the the quality of sound was immaculate..Much love to Sweetwater,QSC and Ms. Katie Stockman sales rep #1365 who helped me...go KATIE!!!!
November 27, 2011Music Background:
23 year professional
Unbelievable Bass Sound & ThumpI finally added this sub to my pair of K12s and I'm SO glad I did. I had high hopes that this compact sub would deliver huge, deep, thumpy bass after my experience with the awesome QSC K12s. My expectations were exceeded when I used the KW181 (with K12s) for a gig last night in my rock band. HOLY COW does this speaker produce amazingly clear, deep, thumpy bass. We first sound checked with a recording of LMFAO's Party Rock Anthem and the bar was vibrating with just one of these speakers at half volume.. I didn't even have deep mode on which makes it sound even deeper and it does make a noticeable difference. Deep mode is probably best for playing Club style music and DJing. Our bassist plays really high-quality, super expensive custom basses and the KW181 allowed me to finally hear just how nice his bass guitars can sound. You know that big powerful bass sound you experience at live rock concerts when you're in the front row? This produces that sound. The drums sounded awesome as well. This sub also runs cool all night long. During the night while we were playing I put my hand by the back fan and the air temp was actually cool. Numerous people commented on how awesome mix sounded. My coworker even commented it sounded like he was at a rock concert. I can only imagine what it would sound like having two of these, which is on my wish list for the future. I am totally sold on powered QSC speakers. Excellent job QSC!
September 14, 2011Music Background:
WOW! AWESOME, PERIOD!!So I started with the EON 515's and a 518 Sub. No complaints until I heard the K-series and the KW 181. No comparison here. Yes, the K-series are twice the Watts of my EONs, but the bottom line is, you get what you pay for. I even sold my pair of brand new JBL PRX 612m's, the EONs and the 518 for a pair of K-10's, a pair of K-Subs, and a pair of KW 181's. I'm a convert from JBL to QSC's and I could not have made a better choice. If you think one KW 181 sounds awesome, you gotta here them when there's two of them, side-by-side....INCREDIBLE, house-shaking BASS!! QSC in general, makes awsome speakers with awesome features. GREAT JOB, QSC!!
from Spokane, Wa
August 23, 2011Music Background:
Fantastic WooferWhen my sales rep Alex Moralis recommended the QSC speakers to me, I had never heard of them. Next thing I knew they kept popping up everywhere and I couldn't wait to get some. The QSC KW181 is just an amazing piece of equipment that moves a large volume of air with apparent ease. I truly am blown away buy the performance of this speaker. I am also blown away by the knowledge, expertise and care that Alex delivers every time I need information or order something.
Thanks Sweetwater and Alex you all Rock!
January 6, 2011Music Background:
Recording Enginer, Disc Jockey, Live Sound
Another Amazing Product From QSC!!!!I exchanged the QSC K-sub for this subwoofer and let me tell you this subwoofer blows the k-sub out of the water. It is about 400$ more but is well worth it. I use it a few times weekly when I DJ and it definitely thumps. It is enough bass for small to mid size venues/bars and gigs. Very clean low end-bass response and can be pushed very far. I use it with the QSC K12's and together I have yet to come close to peaking the system.
Job Well done again QSC!!!!
August 18, 2011Music Background:
Very NiceWe recently purchased these for our church of 800. We meet in the auditorium of a local high school, and we needed a little bit more low end than our previous subs were providing, so we picked these bad boys up. I gotta say, they've been pretty great so far. I'm a fan of the "deep" mode and the construction is solid. My only complaint is that, while i like the power the "deep" mode provides, the deep mode seems to lose a little bit of clarity. So it's a bit of give and take.
Another plus for us is, we set up and tear down all of our equipment every week so the wheels on the back were a real help.
Overall, these subs push the low end frequencies very well in our size of auditorium, I don't know that I would recommend them for a much bigger space than about 800 people.
from Jamul, CA
January 3, 2013Music Background:
writing, performing, producing, live, recording
User-friendlyI do church stuff. In my experience the KW181 holds its own in a mid-sized application. Plug and play but doesn't seem only useful for a party DJ. Sounds great and is pretty low-profile for what you get.