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QSC KW153 15 Inch Three Way Active PA Loudspeaker

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Thunderous bass. Intelligible midrange. Ultra-clear highs. Integrated amplifier and transducer protection. These optimum results are only attainable with a 15 inch 3-way powered speaker constructed of the highest quality materials utilizing the latest technological advances in speaker design.

QSC KW153 Three-Way Active PA Loudspeaker
The QSC KW153 15-inch powered loudspeaker delivers on all of these fronts while remaining fully transportable for bands and DJs alike, thanks to its lightweight Class D amplifier and comfortable, ergonomic handles. But its trapezoidal design and M10 rigging points also make it the perfect choice for permanent installations.

In designing the KW Series, QSC's engineers have created what can only be described as the next evolutionary step in wood enclosure loudspeakers. All models in the line are smaller, significantly lighter, and more rugged than previous wood enclosure loudspeakers. The KW153 represents the pinnacle of this series, packing a huge punch into a surprisingly manageable package.

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QSC KW153 Loudspeaker Powered PA Speaker Features:
  • Incredible performance in a lightweight, birch design
  • 1000 watt Class D power modules in all models (2 x 500 watts)
  • 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
  • Four-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)
A Powerful Reputation
QSC first made its name as one of the industry’s premier power amplifier manufacturers. So it should come as no surprise that the KW153 features a super-clean, ultra-lightweight, highly-reliable, 1000 watt (2 x 500) Class D power module. You’ll enjoy peace of mind knowing your speakers are driven by amplifiers from a legendary company with 50 years of experience in the field.

Speaking of Excellence
In addition to the 1.75 inch diaphragm compression driver that all KW Series speakers feature, the QSC KW153 sports a 15 inch woofer and a 6.5 inch midrange transducer. This 3-way configuration not only takes some of the stress off each of the individual components, it also results in a much smoother and wider overall frequency response — 35 Hz to 18 kHz at -6 dB and 33 Hz to 20 kHz at -10 dB.

We’ve Got You Covered
All the power and frequency response in the world won’t really help your show if the majority of your audience is sitting outside the “sweet spot”. That’s where QSC’s proprietary Directivity Matched Transition (DMT) comes into play. DMT duplicates LF and HF dispersion across the entire listening area, effectively eliminating dead zones and hot spots. With the KW153, there is no longer a bad seat in the house.

Hooking Up
The KW153’s rear panel offers such a wide variety of input jacks and gain controls that it actually qualifies as a mixer. Here you’ll find Mic/Line Input A and Line Input B, each equipped with a combo XLR/Balanced TRS 1/4” jack, a Gain control, and a Signal LED. Mic/Line Input A has a rotary four-stage gain control ranging from 0dB to -36dB, allowing you to actually patch a balanced microphone directly to the KW153. Line Input B also features a stereo pair of RCA jacks for connecting audio devices such as an MP3 player, laptop, tablet, unbalanced external mixer, and more. Both channels have passive Line Outs on XLR jack, but there’s a main Post Gain - Mix Line Out, also on XLR.

Preset EQs and Filters
The rear panel of the KW153 also features switches for selecting preset EQ settings. The HF switch offers Flat and Vocal Boost settings. Flat offers you the highest possible accuracy, while Vocal Boost adds the midrange presence that is so critical for vocal clarity.

Set the LF switch to NORM for no effect, or choose DEEP for additional bass extension if you’re not using a subwoofer. If you do have a subwoofer (for those looking for a sub to include, the QSC KW181 works wonders!), selecting EXT SUB cuts the amount of low frequencies the KW153 produces so your sub can handle the heavy lifting.

There’s also a LED switch on the rear panel that selects what mode the front-mounted LED indicates. Choose from POWER to tell at a glance if the KW153 is powered on; LIMIT to monitor when the clip limiter circuit has been engaged; or OFF for situations where you don’t want the LED to be illuminated at all.

Remote Gain Control
Useful for install situations where you may need to control the gain of multiple daisy-chained KW Series speakers remotely, the KW153 has a Phoenix-style connector for integrating an external potentiometer. There’s also an Auto-Standby mode that kicks in after 5 minutes of inactivity.

Road-Ready Construction
The KW153 is designed to endure the rigors of the road for years to come. Its cabinetry is constructed of premium-grade Baltic birch and finished with a chip and scratch-resistant textured paint. You’ll find the cast aluminum handles to be comfortable and ergonomic, despite their low weight. The black powder-coated 16 gauge steel grille is highly effective at protecting the KW153’s transducers. There’s even a wobble-free connection for the included threaded speaker pole.

Integrated Protection
QSC's Guardrail™ technology protects your KW153’s woofer from over excursion — the primary cause of voice coil burnout. There’s also an on-demand cooling fan on the rear panel and internal thermal limiting circuitry to prevent the electronics from overheating.

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Product Specifications

QSC KW153 Loudspeaker Powered PA Speaker Specifications

  • Configuration: 15 inch, 3 way trapezoidal
  • Transducers:
    • Low Frequency: 15 inch cone transducer
    • Mid-Frequency: 6.5 inch mid range cone transducer
    • High Frequency: 1.75 inch diaphragm compression driver
  • Frequency Response (-6 dB): 35 Hz – 18 kHz
  • Frequency Range (-10 dB): 33 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Nominal Coverage (-6 dB): 75 degrees axisymmetric
  • Maximum SPL (1 meter): 134 dB peak
  • Power Output: 1000 watts Class D
  • Connectors:
    • Balanced female XLR / ¼ inch line/mic level input
    • Balanced female XLR / ¼ inch line/mic level input
    • Dual Balanced male XLR full range line level out
    • Balanced male XLR mix out
    • Stereo RCA line level input
    • Remote gain control
    • Locking IEC power connector
  • Material: 15 mm painted birch plywood
  • Grille: Black powder coated 16 gauge steel
  • Dimensions (HxWxD): 43.1 x 18.5 x 16.8 inches (1094 x 470 x 427 mm)
  • Weight: 87 pounds


Customer Reviews

Review: Ricardo M Submitted: 9/5/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


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You need to buy these speakers
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By far the best investment I have made! Do it NOW!

Review: Brian Baker, yodamndj@gmail.com Submitted: 9/5/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


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Loud and Clear

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Best decision ever they're sturdy and they're LOUD

Review: Tree Williams Submitted: 8/29/2019

Product Rating4 out of 5 stars.


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Good speaker for the $ its what you expect

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I am a full time sound man and have used the QSC KW153 every weekend for about 8 months. I use them mostly for large weddings and some smallish outdoor shows. I run them (2 of them - 1 each side, of course) with 2 Carvin powered 2x18 (2,500 watts each). They are very good for up to about 250 people. I run them in external sub mode so they are getting nothing below 125hz. I have used them a few times without the subs and the low end is ok. I can run a full band in a small club (about 100 people) and still get some decent kick drum thump. I have not used them for DJing, but the 152s have enough boom for small weddings so I imagine these would also. The sound is pretty good, but the throw is fairly narrow. Most of what I do is try to get the sound great on the dance floor and these do a good job. Now of course everyone in the house can hear them, but the vocals are best within the 70 degree output pattern. If I have to cover a wide area I will use 2 per side because the throw is narrow. They have the same amp as all the QSC KW and K series, but with the added mid driver I think they are a bit clearer than the KW152. I have used KW152s for years, but always pole mount them to get the horn above the audience's heads. With my Carvin 2x18s I can just ground stank the KW153 and it's tall enough to not need a pole. This is way better because eventually all the poles tilt and look bad. If you buy this then do yourself a favor and get the protective bag. It's expensive (like around $80), but it is worth every penny. Even with the bag my KW153s get banged around pretty good. If I didn't have the bag they would chip every time I crammed them in my van. They are not light, but I can get them up on a speaker by myself. You want a hand truck to move them in for load in as they are too heavy to carry for long distances. I do recommend them and will continue to use them until I can afford a proper line-array

Review: Yessica Rodriguez Submitted: 8/26/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


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It has a great sound

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It’s amazing it Has good power. And with one speaker you can give sound to a big hall. Thats how loud it is. The sound its amazing i love it. And the most important thing is that it will last and wont get damage like other cheap brands .

Review: Oscar San Miguel, oscar@medprodme.com Submitted: 8/5/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


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Quality sound- affordable price

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Wasn't quite sure which way to go thx to Eric's expertise and experience I decided to take the leap and purchase the QSC 3 way speakers. Best decision ever. My friends and musicians alike love the clarity and base that these speakers provide. Thanks again to wonderful support from the americanmusical staff and the super easy financing that allowed me to buy quality equipment at affordable monthly payments. Thanks again for the opportunity. Looking forward to expand the band on the border.

Review: Dan M. Submitted: 7/27/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.


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The best speaker I've ever heard

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This is the most versatile speaker I've owned. I was looking at these for a couple of years always nervous about dropping the money on them...now I wish I had not waited. If you are thinking...stop and do it. You will not be disappointed.

Review: Dela Kay Submitted: 3/25/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

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I Love this speaker, and they do they work best for you

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Best product you can ever get, I will and can recommend to millions of people. I have never regretted buying this product. Am DJ and I can tell you this is the best speaker you will ever want to buy.

Review: Dj Yella 504 Submitted: 3/12/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

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I love This Thing

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This QSC 153 Bangs, I will by another one very soon... This is one of the best products I have purchased so far...

Review: Walt Jones Submitted: 2/27/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

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These things are a beast

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Love them

Review: Clarence Chester Submitted: 2/4/2019

Product Rating5 out of 5 stars.

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Great speaker

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This thing is awesome, I kill the party every time I show up with these

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