QSC KS118 sub - anyone?

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Yes, I had the chance to hear one last week, The local production company that I work with sometimes purchased 2 of these and they are very nice sub but, heavy.

We played with it inside their shop ( all metal ), its was loud and clean I only got to play with it for about 30 minutes but it was very nice.
 

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I did the 100+ pound sub before .. can't do that anymore. The KW was at least manageable at 88 pounds. If they're sitting still in your barn, then weight isn't much of a factor.

Here is a slight comparison from QSC .. https://www.qsc.com/resource-files/productresources/spk/ks/ks118/q_spk_ks_118_faq.pdf
Even for mobile, I don't have to lift. My old yorkies were too bulky but these units are smaller and would let a pair of top rid on top (strapped down of course). I'd been planning on getting a KW181 (if I ever get un-poor again) but the reviews say that 1 KS118 equals 2 KW181s. Of course at the venue a sub this strong might cause problems with the neighbors. I think (hope) that my current Altos at least wouldn't cause that problem. I think one of these, paired with 2 K12.2s could be a potent rig.
 

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Even for mobile, I don't have to lift. My old yorkies were too bulky but these units are smaller and would let a pair of top rid on top (strapped down of course). I'd been planning on getting a KW181 (if I ever get un-poor again) but the reviews say that 1 KS118 equals 2 KW181s. Of course at the venue a sub this strong might cause problems with the neighbors. I think (hope) that my current Altos at least wouldn't cause that problem. I think one of these, paired with 2 K12.2s could be a potent rig.
Yea .. 1 sub would probably be fine .. except I always preferred tops on sub poles over tripods .. now if you fly the Ks .. :)
 
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If it truly is a 3600w amp, this may require a dedicated circuit. The specs say it's 1 db louder than the KW181 and that the KW181 has been discontinued, so I'm thinking that this is the replacement for the KW181. 1db louder does not equate to 3600w.

FWIW, I think it's the same price point as the ETX 18, but I think the EV goes lower - and the ETX is 1800W. Also in the same price point are the Yamaha DXS18 and the JBL SRX218.
 
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Yea .. 1 sub would probably be fine .. except I always preferred tops on sub poles over tripods .. now if you fly the Ks .. :)
At the venue, the Ks will be flown. On mobile, I'm thinking this guy in front of the booth with tops on those non-tripod stands (forgot what they're called). By next year I went to have one of these and some K12.2s.
 

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If it truly is a 3600w amp, this may require a dedicated circuit. The specs say it's 1 db louder than the KW181 and that the KW181 has been discontinued, so I think this is the replacement for the KW181. 1db louder does not equate to 3600w.

FWIW, I think it's the same price point as the ETX 18-SP, but I think the EV goes lower (more power) - and the ETX is 1800W. Also in the same price point are the Yamaha DXS18 and the JBL SRX218.
It's Class D mumbo Jumbo .. I bet you can still run 2 subs and 2 tops off a single 15a circuit.
 

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At the venue, the Ks will be flown. On mobile, I'm thinking this guy in front of the booth with tops on those non-tripod stands (forgot what they're called). By next year I went to have one of these and some K12.2s.
Gravity or K&M stands .. that would work.
 

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It's Class D mumbo Jumbo .. I bet you can still run 2 subs and 2 tops off a single 15a circuit.
I'm willing to bet they're more like 1800 and likely would only pull a half circuit. The reviews though are all straight 5s and everybody's saying they're an upgrade from the KW181 (which I happen to love).
 
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I'm willing to bet they're more like 1800 and likely would only pull a half circuit. The reviews though are all straight 5s and everybody's saying they're an upgrade from the KW181 (which I happen to love).
Yea .. it looks like a beefier KW181 .. should be for an additional 20 pounds ..

I still like the RCF SUB 705 and 708 ASII .. pretty tight bass for a relatively lightweight cab.
 

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Well, if anyone wants a QSC KW-181 instead of one of the new ones, I'm about to sell mine. It hasn't left my house since October of 2018... which means it's now just taking up room.
 

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Ross, what are you replacing it with? I have stopped renting them...
 

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Ross, what are you replacing it with? I have stopped renting them...
I'm not planning to replace it for now. I use my Evox-12s for just about everything.

If I run into a gig that really needs some horsepower, I'll consider adding something else to the fleet. Or, I'll just rent something for the night.
 
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Well, if anyone wants a QSC KW-181 instead of one of the new ones, I'm about to sell mine. It hasn't left my house since October of 2018... which means it's now just taking up room.
What do you want for it?
 

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I did this past Saturday. A friend did the party where I won the raffle. It was his first time using the KS 118 subs and I can say they put the KW 118 to shame!!!!!!!! Also they have 4 wheels on each sub. I don't know exactly what he paid for his because he used some gift cards to buy them. I made a joke and told him I would trade him my 801p subs for them. Don't hesitate!
 

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I did this past Saturday. A friend did the party where I won the raffle. It was his first time using the KS 118 subs and I can say they put the KW 118 to shame!!!!!!!! Also they have 4 wheels on each sub. I don't know exactly what he paid for his because he used some gift cards to buy them. I made a joke and told him I would trade him my 801p subs for them. Don't hesitate!
It’s the second time you brought up the ks subs having 4 wheels on them... you do know the KW subs also have 4 wheels too right