Submitted March 19, 2015 by Alan Columbus Jr. in Selkirk, NY
"objective opinion about kw181"
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I purchased pair of kw152's as soon as i hooked them both up together i knew i was going to keep them ,in my opinion i love them i would like 2 more , I thought i was going to feel the same way about the kw181 subwoofer , i read numerous reviews about how great the kw181s are , again in my opinion thumbs down, not impressed at all, no wow factor and these may be advertised as light infact they are awkward and heavy ,shipping weight is 111 pounds , not happy about the bass output when paired with the kw152..To give you an idea if you already own kw152s if you leave them in deep mode the k181 does not out preform the kw152 dont get me wrong it adds a little (key word ) little more bass or solidness . when i pushed them to over power the 152s they shut completely off and reset themselves 5 times in 20 seconds , i was listening to (of all things donna summers) song lucky , dont figure qsc speakers didnt like disco , i played anything from frank zappa ,ozzy , to taylor swift , relived the 60's to present trying to like the kw181 so i didnt have to pack it up and return it , i just cant seem to justify this speaker for the 1400.00 dollar price tag . i also was looking at the yorkville ls801 and their ls2100 , wish i had waited , im just not happy with this overrated speaker i sat right in front of this sub 4-5 foot away it did not blow me away like others say , may I add i tested these in my 14 x 25 living room in a 1600 sq foot house.
I first hooked the kw181 through my mixer ho -hum /then i hooked it u off the back of the kw 152 no difference , just dosent blow me away .i agree it needs a bigger cabinet and another 500 watts to be a winner , i understand it was made to be lighter than its competitors, but its is better than the k sub , as per online reviews
to pinpoint my feelings about the kw181 ,it dosent kick ass , like i expected from qsc
Ease of Use
I truly believe the kw181 may have been made to be used with the k or kw 8- 10 -12 I think the kw152 and the kw153s (now i wish i had purchased the 153s) because i wanted to put the kw152s on the kw181 s mounting post , well .are in a class by themselves and need a higher powered bigger cabinet sub to mate up to would like to see a 2000 watt rms 18 to go with the kw152 and k153s.
I didnt lkie the fact that the kw181 shut off 5 times in a row playing a donna summer disco beat , was not even a rap style bass it was more computer synth bass , for those interested the songs name is lucky'
No this is not worth it, and this is in my opinion , just feel sorry for everyone who has to lug this back to zzounds poor fed x guy .
did not contact but i may just to ask the personally what were their intentions for this sub to work with , im sure it was not for the kw152 or kw153
The Wow Factor
No just not enough grunt low end lacks big punching power , looks like its a killer but its a kitten .
I have been at home jaming for 40 years , getting into djing.
rock, hip-hop, country, blues, Christian, electronic,disco anything that is music, zappa, moody blues , love all music
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