QSC KW153 1000W 15" 3-way Powered Speaker

1,000-watt, 3-way KW Series PA Speaker with 15" Low-frequency Driver, 6.5" Mid-frequency Driver, and 1.75" High-frequency Driver (each)
QSC KW153 1000W 15
QSC KW153 1000W 15
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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 power plant 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:
  • K Series performance in a lightweight, birch design
  • 1,000-watt, Class D power module (2 x 500W)
  • Extensive DSP (featuring DEEP and Intrinsic Correction) enhances system performance
  • DMT (Directivity Matched Transition) ensures uniform coverage across the entire sound field
  • Rugged, texture-painted birch enclosures
  • 4-position mic/line gain (full-range models)
  • Tour-grade 16-gauge steel grilles
  • Comfortable ergonomic handles
  • M10 rigging points for suspended installation (full-range models)
Plug into QSC's KW153 active PA speaker and prepare to be blown away!

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Tech Specs

Powered Yes
Power Configuration Bi-amped
LF Driver Size 1 x 15"
HF Driver Size 6.5" (Mid), 1.75" (H)
LF Driver Power Amp 500W (Class D)
HF Driver Power Amp 500W (Class D, Shared Between Mid and HF)
Total Power 1000W
Inputs 1 x XLR/TRS Combo (Mic/Line), 1 x XLR/TRS Combo (Line), 2 x RCA
Outputs 2 x XLR (Direct), 1 x XLR (Line)
Frequency Range 35Hz-20kHz (-10dB)
Crossover Frequency 500Hz, 2.1kHz
Maximum Peak SPL 134dB
Horizontal Coverage Angle 75 Degrees
Vertical Coverage Angle 75 Degrees (Axisymmetric)
Enclosure Material 15mm Birch Plywood
Mounting Options Pole, Fly
Height 43.1"
Width 18.5"
Depth 16.8"
Weight 87 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number KW153

Customer Reviews

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Amazing !!

These are by far the best speakers I have ever had the pleasure to own. They are powerful full range monsters that project way way way back !!!! I am using them with the QSC KW 181 sub and the combo is unbelievable !!! I will not use any other brand than QSC and I will only shop at Sweetwater ! Thanks Enej for the great customer service :=)
Music background: Drummer with studio

QSC KW 153

They are more then I expected, they are awesome with my Bose F 1
Music background: Minister of music, recording artist

QSC KW153 Super Crisp

We have a pair of these for our mains and absolutely love them! We have been using them for about 6 months and they have not missed a beat. We run them with a pair of Peavey SP218's for the subs and In outside venues the setup is great. Solid clean sound and no issues. These speakers have a ton of options to handle any situation. We have used them in medium sized clubs without the subs and they still sound great. Having the option for the front light to show peak is something that I would miss using another brand. We used Behringers for mains before these and the difference is night and day, we now use the behringers for floor monitors. I would put these up against any other speaker up to almost twice the price. Mackie, JBL etc..
Music background: Keyboard/Steel Player for the Blake Scott Band

Worth every penney!

My review is based on some experience. I was in a dance hall band back in the early 90's using 6 - EAW tops & bottoms w/ Crown power amps ($50k). I believe those EAW tops were about 4 to 5 times the price of these KW153's and were amazingly efficient. I would honestly say that these QSC's are very close to those EAW's. One weekend before the KW153's arrived, I went to see a local band that was using the new powered JBL's with separate subs and was disappointed in their sound. The next weekend, our band was performing using the QSC KW153's. Just for grins, I left the subs in the trailer and would get them out if needed after sound check but that wasn't necessary. They worked flawlessly. The highs were sizzling and the total sound was crystal clear. The bottom end had attitude. I first tried the extra lows switch and had to turn it back to flat because of being too obnoxious. These speakers are perfect for the price. I think QSC has hit a home run with these and I believe the competition is not even close.
Music background: pro musician, home studio dude

QSC KW153 Real World Test

Well, I don't ever write reviews but I felt inclined to do so for this bit of kit because quite honestly I was impressed. Not loud impressed which they certainly are, but clean impressed at volume which is a whole different animal. I put two of these beauties to the test in a medium size club for the Detroit based Electronic pioneers Ultradyne at the Victory Grill here in Austin a couple of weeks back paired with a 2-18" Properly loaded JBL Sub and was just floored by the amount of headroom and brute strength of these 3 ways. Everybody involved was happy,happy,happy with my efforts on their behalf and the reality was that albeit I'm competent at a minimum, these speakers made me look like a genius. They are that good. Spring for the 3 way 153's. They are an entirely different beast and in a whole different class than the 2 way 15's on a stick that you see everywhere. Get the assisted Ultimate stands because these are not light but the added midrange 6.5" really makes for a nice addition to a balanced full and effortless mix. Paired with the 181's these would be just flat out monsters.QSC did an outstanding job on this offering. Get some. You will be happy.
Music background: I do some recording , some live sound, just an audio guy that's been at it for a while.
See also: QSC, QSC PA Speakers