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Which Subwoofer is the best in your opinion?

Yorkville LS801P
- 10 (27.8%)
QSC KW181
- 13 (36.1%)
JBL PRX718XLF
- 13 (36.1%)

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Leo Martin

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Too many Subwoofers!
« on: March 19, 2014, 09:15:21 am »

Hi,
I am struggling to pick a powered subwoofer for DJ gigs. I am currently looking at a few models, if anyone has any experience with any of them and could share your experience, it would be appreciated.

1. Yorkville LS801P
2. QSC KW181
3. 2X Yamaha DXS15
4. JBL PRX718 XLF

I use Alto TS115As for top cabs. I am looking for a sub that can play heavy dance music and I want it to be loud enough that it could handle a pretty large space with only one.

Thanks,
Leo
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Re: Too many Subwoofers!
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2014, 09:45:55 am »

Hi,
I am struggling to pick a powered subwoofer for DJ gigs. I am currently looking at a few models, if anyone has any experience with any of them and could share your experience, it would be appreciated.

1. Yorkville LS801P
2. QSC KW181
3. 2X Yamaha DXS15
4. JBL PRX718 XLF
5. Presonus studiolive 18sAI

I use Alto TS115As for top cabs. I am looking for a sub that can play heavy dance music and I want it to be loud enough that it could handle a pretty large space with only one.

Thanks,
Leo
What's a pretty large space?  If it's anything like I would describe as a large space, a single sub of any kind isn't going to be enough.
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Re: Too many Subwoofers!
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2014, 10:35:21 am »

What's a pretty large space?  If it's anything like I would describe as a large space, a single sub of any kind isn't going to be enough.

I have experience with the QSC KW181's and have been pleased with their performance; typically however, I use two. I'd suggest you attempt to rent one of these with the agreement that your rental costs would be applied to the purchase price should you decide to go that route.
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Leo Martin

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Re: Too many Subwoofers!
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2014, 11:55:19 am »

What's a pretty large space?  If it's anything like I would describe as a large space, a single sub of any kind isn't going to be enough.
The largest gig I know I run is for a dance in a church, probably a solid 1000 sq ft. Also, in the future I will buy more for bigger gigs.
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Re: Too many Subwoofers!
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2014, 11:56:56 am »

I have experience with the QSC KW181's and have been pleased with their performance; typically however, I use two. I'd suggest you attempt to rent one of these with the agreement that your rental costs would be applied to the purchase price should you decide to go that route.
I am looking at the QSC heavily now, sounds like a solid unit that isn't too big but hits really hard. I can also get it cheaper than the York and PreSounus.
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Re: Too many Subwoofers!
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2014, 12:01:50 pm »

The largest gig I know I run is for a dance in a church, probably a solid 1000 sq ft. Also, in the future I will buy more for bigger gigs.
That's a room that's 20' x 25'.  Is that what you mean?
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Leo Martin

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Re: Too many Subwoofers!
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2014, 12:09:37 pm »

That's a room that's 20' x 25'.  Is that what you mean?
No, I was just taking a guess and that sounded big. I don't have a picture, but I think I am going with the QSC KW181 which should suffice at least until I can buy another.

Thanks
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Re: Too many Subwoofers!
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2014, 12:11:29 pm »

That's a room that's 20' x 25'.  Is that what you mean?

Ahem....  ;-)

40 * 25 = 1000

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Re: Too many Subwoofers!
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2014, 12:18:41 pm »

No, I was just taking a guess and that sounded big. I don't have a picture, but I think I am going with the QSC KW181 which should suffice at least until I can buy another.

Leo, I'd wait to hear more feedback from others who may have experience with each of those models.  From what I've read here on the forums, the PRX718-XLF has a lower reach than the QSC KW181.  For DJ work that will likely be important. 

No doubt the QSC and JBL are both quality products (and the Yorkville too), one may suit your needs better than the other.
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Re: Too many Subwoofers!
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2014, 12:18:56 pm »

Hi,
I am struggling to pick a powered subwoofer for DJ gigs. I am currently looking at a few models, if anyone has any experience with any of them and could share your experience, it would be appreciated.

1. Yorkville LS801P
2. QSC KW181
3. 2X Yamaha DXS15
4. JBL PRX718 XLF

I use Alto TS115As for top cabs. I am looking for a sub that can play heavy dance music and I want it to be loud enough that it could handle a pretty large space with only one.

Thanks,
Leo
I have used ONE LS800P extensively at club/bar level gigs for a number of yrs.. it definitely puts out the bass... it can be a little boomy on the lower techno-stuff, but if you tighten it up.. it works fine.

I considered buying a 2nd (many times) but have not yet found a need for a 2nd other than outdoor gigs.
YMMV.

You might want to rent some of the above units BEFORE YOU BUY - to ensure you are making an educated decision. Specs don't tell all.
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