QSC KW153 3-way 1000W 15" Powered PA Speaker

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98 out of 100. Incorporating 90+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$1,600
QSC KW153 3-way 1000W 15" Powered PA Speaker

Before the February 2020 price increase, the QSC KW153 had the highest rating among all the powered PA speakers under $1500.

And it's not surprising because this three way powered loudspeaker can get really low and loud, while still retaining the sound quality expected from QSC.

It features a 1000W (Continuous RMS) amplifier that drives a 15" LF driver, a 6.6" MF (Middle Frequency) Driver and a 1.75" tweeter, all of which converge nicely thanks to combination of great DSP and projection.

Specifications:

  • LF Driver: 15" Cone
  • MF Driver: 6.5" Mid Range Cone
  • HF Driver: 1.75" Titanium Diaphragm Compression
  • Amplifier: Bi-amplified Class D
  • Output Power Peak: 2000W (1000W LF, 1000W HF)
  • Output Power Continuous: : 1000W (500W LF, 500W MF/HF)
  • Frequency Response: 35 Hz – 18 kHz (-6dB) | 33 Hz – 20 kHz (-10dB)
  • Maximum Peak SPL: 134dB
  • Crossover Frequency: DSP Controlled
  • Enclosure: 15mm Painted Birch Plywood
  • Mounting: Pole, Fly
  • Inputs: 1 x XLR/TRS Combo (Line), 1 x XLR/TRS Combo (Mic/Line), 2 x RCA
  • Outputs: 1 x XLR (Line), 2 x XLR (Direct)
  • Controls: Power, Gain A & B, Input Gain (0 dB / 12 dB / 24 dB / 36 dB), LF Mode (Ext Sub /Norm/DEEP), HF Mode (Flat/ Vocal Boost), Front LED (On /Off/Limit)
  • Dimensions: 43.1" × 18.5" × 16.8"
  • Weight: 87 lbs.

Pros
The response to the QSC KW153 is overwhelmingly positive, pointing to its sound quality and reliability as its stand out features. Users from various backgrounds chimed in with their commendations, including professional musicians, DJs, event organizers, sound technicians and more. There was one who even commended this speaker for being good at reproducing classical style music, a testament to its clarity and incredible sonic detail.

Cons
There really aren't any repeating complaints about this speaker, aside from a few who experienced shipping issues. Being big and loud has its obvious drawbacks, which is its bulk and weight, but this can be a small inconvenience when you're looking for more volume or a more permanent installation.

Overall
We used to recommend this as the highest rated powered PA speaker that you could buy for less than $1500, and even though the price has gone up it's still a good buy and available at Amazon. To see our current sub $1500 recommendations check out our guide to The Best Powered PA Speakers Under $1500.

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