Stephen Moore: EA, try using EQ's! Maybe a channel strip parametric or 31band. Maybe EQ the mains? A great stereo EQ such as a Pultec is like spreading magic all over your mix. No speakers sound good straight out of the truck. I've never in 30 plus years of sound heard a speaker system sound perfect upon fire up.
Allen Ash: I've had the same experience with Mackie powered speakers and amps. They simply are not reliable when pushed. EVERY SINGLE Mackie component I've owned and/ or seen failed in some way: the amps and powered speakers overheated and shut down and the mixers ALWAYS end up with a jack that stops working or a pot/ fader gets scratchy way before it should. I simply won't give Mackie another penny. On the other hand, I've pushed my QSCs HARD over and over again and have never had a problem in 5+ years. Plus they sound amazing and are light years better than the Mackies and JBLs.
E A: Also. If your blowing units make sure all your settings on all equipment is at unity level and run a compressor. You know. To avoid damaging cabs.
E A: The bass on the QSC speakers still sound a bit weird. I Have HD 1531. Pushed them hard. Events over 8 hours, both live music and playback. Never had a problem. I have used JBL 535 and i think they are great. The EV series the other gentlemen was mentioning are far superior to any of these models. Thats pro Grade stuff. Anything with a mid smaller than 10" is for small events. Anything self powered is ment for small events. Anyway. Try Nexxo , Mayer, EV (not the stuff at guitar center) or even EAW. I'm sure you will forget about QSC (and its funny bass) in a heartbeat.
John Alfieri: Good post. I responded with more thoughts and my experience to Michael below. You said it all. I wholeheartedly agree
Mark Rodriguez: QSC Speakers are way OVERRATED and to much money.. you said you used four of them for 600 people.. Lol.. i have 2 pairs of Speakers that I use for any gig and any amount of people.. I used 1 pair for 1,000 people out doors at a park in San Francisco.. they are called EV S18-3, each Speaker houses a 18" woofer 10" midrange and a high output baby cheek tweeter.. they are 30 years old and can handle upto 1,450 watts RMS each.. no subs needed.. my other pair I use once n awhile are Cerwinvega V35D's they too are 18" 3 way Speakers..... Lol, nothing like Oldschool..... Wooooooooooop woop.. MAKE SOME NOISE
85bmw528eguy: How are they doing in 2013? I am considering purchase of (8)KW181s and (4)KW153s.
reschla: Thank you so much for this video. My residency asked me to research speakers and these are the ones i chose!
Robert Roberts: Hey Justin, I have a pair of K10's. Would you go with a pair of KW153 instead of buying a pair of KW subs and paring them with the K10's I already have?
source5656: Dude... thanks and sorry for your experience. You helped me to make a better decision to NOT get the HD1531, HD1521 or HD1221 series. I have two HD1801, and I pushed them without blowing them but not for 8 hrs straight.
I watched and read enough to stop with purchasing any more Mackies. Your videos were the icing on the cake after reading and viewing other video and blogs.
I am Dobix: so..the kw153 are the best active 3 way speakers? I'm using 2 mackie SA1530z. they sound really good. :-?
jpereztomasa: Can u put these on stands high or need to be low ??
Mary Bunny: no offence i heard them they sound great, im mean real great sound quality, but i heard them before they dont hit that hard on bass like your puttin out to be, they got good bass responce no dought, but i can name you out a speaker that purs like kitten. mad as fact they the best with bass EV Electro Voice I 25, except jbl srx n prx. they hit freakin hard, and gots great sound quality EV you wont need sub with there literally unless large venues EV force i 25 480$ i believe. trust me.
stewardsproductions: Thanks for the review on the QSC I was thinking of getting 4 of the 153s
Justin Eddy: @bugmarkus the prx sound good but qsc kla &kw's sound all around better!Just me!
bugmarkus: @HarfordSound well i have 4 jbl prx 635 and they sound really good
Justin Eddy: Good for years to come QSC kw and kla