Yamaha DXS-18 Powered Subwoofer Speaker

Experience what 1020 watts sound like in the hands of a properly designed wooden speaker with advanced Yamaha signal processing. The DXS-18 will rock you!

The Yamaha DXS 18 achieves best in class SPL of up to 136dB and delivers the lowest frequency 32Hz in the lineup. Equipped with a band-pass type enclosure and high power handling 4-inch voice coil magnet that drives the 18-inch woofer, the Class-D amplifier delivers 1020W of power with exceptional clarity and accuracy.

Prepare to make a lasting impression on your audience with the addition of DXS Series high-output, powered subwoofers to your sound reinforcement system. Featuring high-efficiency Class-D amplifiers and a customized woofer housed in a sturdy enclosure with a band-pass construction, DXS subwoofers are able to deliver up to 1020W of raw power with minimal distortion and superb clarity. Each of the three models that make up the series - the compact DXS12 and DXS15, as well as the new, high output DXS18 - comes equipped with Yamaha state-of-the-art DSP processing, protection functions, and flexible crossover control, ensuring versatile management of your bottom end and seamless compatibility with Yamaha's entire lineup of full-range powered speakers. DXS Series powered subwoofers offer a new level of flexibility, reliability, and power for engineers, artists and audiences that are serious about their bass.

High-Efficiency 1020W Class-D Amplifiers

The DXS's high performance Class-D amplifier is capable of producing up to 1020W of power, realizing an SPL of 136dB, delivered with exceptional clarity and accuracy.

Custom Designed Transducer

The read more high-output woofer features a 4" voice coil magnet and delivers powerful, well-defined, low-frequency bass with minimal distortion.

Band-Pass Type Enclosure

The DXS Series has a band-pass design that produces extremely high SPL by drastically reducing the distortion.

Durable Wooden Enclosures with LINE-X Coating

The exteriors feature a LINE-X coating with extremely high damage resistance to protect the cabinet from scratches and wear, maintaining a professional appearance that can withstand many years of usage.

Selectable X-OVER (80/100/120Hz)

Crossover switching allows users to seamlessly match DXS subwoofers with any of Yamaha's full-range powered speakers by selecting the cutoff frequency best suited to the models in their speaker array (up to 120Hz).

D-XSUB Bass Processing

Powerful D-XSUB processing gives you total control of your low frequency. NORMAL mode gives you the ideally balanced low-frequency response, while BOOST mode provides a more tight and focused bass. XTENDED LF mode drops the low-end frequencies down even further for thunderous bottom end that delivers. Take your full-range system to the next level with the power and versatility of DXS Series active subwoofers.

Cardioid Mode

Because low frequencies can be omnidirectional, controlling the output directivity of a system's bottom end can be a challenge, with the sound pressure hitting the stage often being equal to that of its intended FOH audience. For setups consisting of two or more DXS18 subwoofers, selecting the newly developed Cardioid Mode function effectively decreases stage-side sound pressure while increasing the bottom-end output directed towards the audience, resulting in a clearer stage monitoring environment and a more pronounced bass experience out front.

Dual pole socket

For additional flexibility configuring your speakers, the DXS18 comes equipped with a dual pole socket that accommodates 35mm diameter speaker poles and M20 screws.
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- Speaker type: 18" Powered subwoofer, Band-pass type
- Frequency range (-10dB): 32Hz - 120Hz
- Components: LF 18" cone, Voice Coil: 4"
- Output power: Dynamic: 1020W / Continuous: 800W
- Maximum output level (1m; on axis): 136dB SPL
- I/O connectors: INPUT: XLR3-31 x2, THRU: XLR-3-32 x 2(THROUGH or HPF POST)
- Processors: D-XSUB: BOOST, XTD LF, NORMAL
- Cooling: Natural convection
- Power requirements: 100V - 240V, 50Hz/60Hz
- Power consumption: 100W
- Pole Socket Size: 1-3/8" (35 mm) AND M20 threaded
- Dimensions: (W x H x D) 22.2 x 26.8 x 28.4" (563 x 683 x 72mm)
- Net weight: 110lbs (49.7kg)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 130.75 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 34 x 32 x 27 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): DXS18

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 714-522-9011
Web: https://usa.yamaha.com/support

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (4 ratings)
Submitted April 4, 2018 by Elvis M in Orlando , FL
"Clean Robust Bass! Beats everything in its class!"
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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When I bought these subs a year ago, I really took a chance on them as they were so new to the market. I have worked with all the subs in its class and all fall short of output and stamina. The JBL PRX were awesome when the 618xlf came out with the crown amp. Everything after that in the PRX line is good, but limmits quicker than the 618xlf. I couldn't get my hands on another 618xlf, so, I opted for the 718xlf as they seemed to be well matched on paper. They have added nice DSP and and bluetooth control on the new PRX Lines, but I noticed the 718xlf limmited faster than the 618xlf and had a hard limiter. where as the 618xlf kept going with bass power. The 618xlf was comparable to the KW181 in output, but not the 718xlf. I can safely say 2 of these hit the same or better than 4 PRX Subs. You may have noticed the almost immediate price drop within months of it coming out The KW181 is awesome, and always maintained it's value and was my go to for live sound. They still go for 1399 and are totally worth it. I always felt, though that they did not go as low as the 618xlf so I waited until something worthy came out. I tried all of the EV subs and they sounded good, but once they limmited they dissapeared. Enter the Yamaha DXS 18. Wow these speakers are great for DJ and Live sound. They hit like a Yorkviille, but sound much more musical. They do come in at 110 pounds, but have casters. If you are looking for a lighter duty, lighter weight, but read more great robust sub go QSC KW181, but if you are looking for a sub that is solid, for large ballrooms and outdoor live sound with raw power and chest pounding bass, the Yamaha DXS 18 is the way to go. They hit just as hard, if not harder than the JBL SRX series at 300 dollars less at equal sound quality. The SRX comes in at 30 pounds lighter, if that is important to you, but you are going to pay for that.. After using the DXS 18 for a year at conventions, live sound, and DJ, these are my top pic and I totally love them. All of the above mentioned subs are professional grade and I have worked with them, however, the Yamaha's are second to none for my use.

Sound
Excellent for live sound and DJ out of the box without engaging extended low or boost. Great for Reggae and EDM and Hip hop. Can be adjusted via DSP to rock music via the boost function for that kick drum.

Features
Live Sound outdoors and large ballrooms, club and corporate DJs. Cardiod mode to eliminate rumble on stage for live sound. Extented low function for corporate presentation and videos requiring extra low frequencies. Boost function for kick drum presence, out of the box flat for DJ and musical sound.

Ease of Use
Very easy back panel on amp. Plug and play. A bit heavy compared to others in it's class, but the output you get is well worth it as outperforms the competition.

Quality
Waterproof duraflex finish. Tour Grade Quality. Casters are available and water resistance cover allows you to play them outdoor with more confidence.

Value
The DXS 18 sub is truely worth every penny probably underpriced. It's weight compared to it's competition is probably the determining factor in Yamaha having to play with the price. The output and tourgrade quality is second to none in its price range.

Manufacturer Support
Yamaha has a 7 year warranty and excellent customer service as they assisted me in application set up for these subs. So far not service needed from Yamaha, but its good to know the warrenty stands behind this solid product. I have the DSR12's since 2013 using them non stop for live sound and large DJ events, and they are rockin like champs. Solid and never an issue.

The Wow Factor
It is a band pass design so does not look like anything else in its class. Depends who you ask that could be good or bad. If you are a DJ looking doing events for 50 to 100 people, then this sub is not for you. If you are looking for a tour grade sub for larger shows with a corporate worthy look and abusive, clean hard hitting lows, then this is the sub for you.

Musical Background:
Professional Sound Engineer, Audio Visual Company Owner, and DJ

Musical Style:
Live Sound, DJ, Latin, Hip Hop, Reggae, Top 40
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