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Author Topic: Sub upgrade, anyone using PRX818XLFW?  (Read 1566 times)

Richard Penrose

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Re: Sub upgrade, anyone using PRX818XLFW?
« Reply #20 on: January 12, 2019, 04:19:03 am »

I find this debate between the PRX 818-XLF and KW181 pretty interesting as opinions on these subs can be total opposites. When I was looking to buy I spoke to a few guys who owned them over here and their opinion was the JBLís went a little deeper but were a little boomy and muddy and the KW181ís went a little louder, sounded clearer and punchier. I know a few local companies who use the KW181ís as part of their smaller rigs that love them. Iíve also had some very experienced engineers comment on how good they thought the KW181ís sounded. Iím definitely not getting the one note wonder here with mine?
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Scott Bolt

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Re: Sub upgrade, anyone using PRX818XLFW?
« Reply #21 on: January 13, 2019, 03:24:24 pm »

I have a neighbor down the street that has a system with KW181's and I have a system with PRX618S-XLF's.

Comparing the two subs side by side (using a multi-track feed of a gig going back through the original digital mixer that recorded it), my ear said that the JBL sounded "cleaner" and "less cluttered" than the KW.

That being said, if I already had QSC tops, I would absolutely go with the QSC subs (though not the KSUB :) ).
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Debbie Dunkley

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Re: Sub upgrade, anyone using PRX818XLFW?
« Reply #22 on: January 13, 2019, 05:03:52 pm »

I have a neighbor down the street that has a system with KW181's and I have a system with PRX618S-XLF's.

Comparing the two subs side by side (using a multi-track feed of a gig going back through the original digital mixer that recorded it), my ear said that the JBL sounded "cleaner" and "less cluttered" than the KW.

That being said, if I already had QSC tops, I would absolutely go with the QSC subs (though not the KSUB :) ).

Yes Scott- I was able to compare the 2 years ago and also preferred the PRX (hence why I have them). The PRX sounded 'bigger' and deeper to me. I agree with you though as I stated before if I already had QSC, I'd stick with them as the difference is very slight and opinions are split.It's all a matter of taste...
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