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Mackie C300z Passive Speaker (Black)  

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Overview

  • Portable Precision Passive loudspeaker with 1.75" HF compression driver and 12" LF transducer
  • HF compression driver mounted on a multi-celled aperture, with a constant directivity horn for room-wide 90° x 45° dispersion
  • Precise reproduction of critical upper mid-range and high frequencies
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A passive version of the popular SRM450.

The passive Mackie C300z 2-Way Speaker is equipped with a 12" high-efficiency woofer and a 3" voice coil with a 1-3/4" titanium diaphragm compression driver. The C300z handles a massive 600W of peak power at 8 ohms, and has a 45Hz-20kHz frequency response for clear sound across the spectrum. The C300z speaker's EQ and crossover points are meticulously chosen so that beam-width patterns match in both drivers, delivering natural sound at all volume levels. The Mackie C300z is pole-mountable and flyable. With its trapezoidal shape the C300z speaker can also be used as a stage monitor.

Precision Tuned by the Speaker Brains at EAW
Mackie's C Series passive loudspeakers represent Mackie's first lightweight passive speakers tuned exclusively by the EAW loudspeaker engineering team—a team with more than 25 years of high-output loudspeaker expertise, having created loudspeaker systems for critical applications as diverse as the Super Bowl, Iron Maiden, and the Pope. Although loudspeakers for these mega-systems cost exponentially more than the stalwart C300z, many of the same concepts have been applied, namely: designing custom 12" LF drivers with a frequency range from 50Hz-3000Hz and a 3" voice coil that can take a pounding. It also has a 1.75" high-frequency titanium driver and horn providing a wide, controlled dispersion pattern, and precise reproduction of the critical 1000Hz-20,000Hz upper mid-range and high frequencies.

Crossovers Tuned to Perfection
Tuning a crossover (i.e. voicing a system), involves dozens of critical decisions that many manufacturers overlook. In the end, it is all about balancing the design so that you get the best subjective results from the speaker while maintaining a good technical implementation. The crossover in the C Series is a unique Low Impedance Compensated Crossover (LICC) design with an asymmetrical slope. With EQ and crossover points meticulously chosen so that beam-width patterns match in both drivers, C Series loudspeakers offer natural sound at all volume levels.

Ultra-Wide Dispersion
Ever been to a show where the music sounds great in front, but craps out once you get to the back or sides of the room? The C300z was given a multi-cell horn throat aperture to avoid that situation. Sure, it's hard to say, but what it does is allow for much wider and more even dispersion of high and mid frequencies—so the wallflowers get the same great listening experience as those up front.

Better Than Your Average Box
Anyone with a factory can build a box and stick some speakers in it (and that's just what many do). But low-frequency transducers in square boxes can create resonances that reflect off the rear wall and pass through the woofer cone out of phase, and ready to mess up your sound. The C300z enclosure is an asymmetrical monocoque design with no parallel surfaces, causing mid- and high-frequency resonances to be reflected at angles into internal damping materials, instead of interfering with the woofer doing its thing.

Superb Floor Monitor
A good floor monitor plays loudly without generating feedback through vocal microphones. A poor floor monitor, on the other hand, will generate feedback just about the time you turn it up to a useable level. Floor monitor feedback is often caused by uneven frequency response and dispersion; some frequencies arrive at the microphone much louder than others. These spikes are what trigger feedback as the floor monitor volume is increased. The Mackie C300z has incredibly smooth, spike-free response and dispersion over a wide range of treble frequencies, so you can increase its volume without boosting those nasty, feedback-inducing spikes.

Features

  • Portable Precision Passive loudspeaker with 1.75" HF compression driver and 12" LF transducer
  • HF compression driver mounted on a multi-celled aperture, with a constant directivity horn for room-wide 90° x 45° dispersion
  • Precise reproduction of critical upper mid-range and high frequencies
  • Tough, impact-resistant enclosure with sturdy handles, polemount, and integrated rigging points
  • Designed for optimum performance with Mackie powered mixers and power amplifiers
  • 750W peak power handling
  • 3 setup configurations: polemount, flyable, and wedge

Get renowned Mackie sound quality in a lightweight package. Order a C300z today!

 

C300z Passive Speaker (Black) Specifications:

  • Frequency response: (-3db): 55Hz-18kHz
  • Frequency range (-10 db): 45Hz-20kHz
  • Maximum spl long-term @ 1m: 123dB
  • Low-frequency crossover type: 24dB/octave, time offset corrected
  • High-frequency crossover type: 24dB/octave
  • Crossover frequency: 1800Hz
  • Audio
  • Input Type: Speakon-style NL4 jack, 1/4" TS phone jack
  • Input Impedance: 8 ohms
  • Power Handling: rms: 300 watts, music: 500 watts, peak: 750 watts
  • Operating Temperature Range: -10°C to 45°C (14deg;F to 113deg;F)
  • Transducer Specifications
  • Low-Frequency Transducer
  • Diameter: 12"/300mm
  • Voice Coil Diameter: 3.0"/75mm
  • Sensitivity: (1W@1m) 98dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 8 ohms
  • Power Handling: 300 watts
  • Frequency Range: 50Hz - 3000Hz
  • High-Frequency Driver and Horn
  • Diaphragm Diameter 1.75"/44.5mm
  • Exit Throat Diameter 1"/24.5mm
  • Diaphragm Material Titanium
  • Sensitivity (1W@1m): 106dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 8 ohms
  • Power Handling: 150 watts
  • Frequency Range: 1000Hz-20000Hz
  • Horn Type: Composite: Exponential and Conical
  • Mouth Size: 12"/305mm W x 7"/178mm H
  • Horizontal Coverage: 90° ±10° (1kHz-20kHz)
  • Vertical Coverage: 45° ±10° (2.8kHz-20kHz)
  • Safety Features
  • Over-excursion protection: second-order high-pass filter
  • Driver protection: dynamic protection for compression driver
  • Construction Features
  • Basic design: asymmetrical trapezoidal
  • Material: polypropylene
  • Finish: grey, textured finish
  • Handles: one on left side, one on top
  • Grille: perforated metal with weather-resistant coating
  • Physical Properties
  • Dimensions (W x H x D) 15.4" x 26" x 14.8"
  • Weight: 43 lb.
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MackieC300z Passive Speaker (Black)
 
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Pros

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  • Good audio (3)

Cons

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    • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Performances (3)

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    5.0

    BIG sound

    By Jim

    from Laconia, NH

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about Mackie C300z Passive Speaker (Black):

      Excellent bass response, as good or better than an 18" sub. A little on the heavy side to lift up onto stands, but I grin and bear it. Now my pair of c200's are used as monitors. I power everything with a Mackie powered mixer, 800w X 800w. Nice compact system, indoors or out!

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      5.0

      Awesome

      By LoneWold65

      from Severn, MD

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Lacks Thumping Bass

      Best Uses

      • Band Pa
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Mackie C300z Passive Speaker (Black):

      I have owned and used many PAs and I really like these speakers. Great projection, nice sound, and not as heavy as most of the speakers I've lugged around over the years. My only comment is, if you are playing dance floor music, you are going to want a subwoofer.

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      5.0

      Best floor monitor I have ever purchased

      By Pastor Bryan

      from Juneau, Alaska

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Almost No Feedback
      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Great quality

      Cons

      • Bulky/Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about Mackie C300z Passive Speaker (Black):

      I have used Mackie speakers as mains for many years. When I saw the price of these units I thought why not try them as floor monitors, best thing I ever did!
      These speakers are clear, loud, and have a great sound. Why not have the same great sound on the stage as you have out front?
      What a difference and at this price you can't miss!

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      5.0

      AWESOME SPEAKERS!!!

      By Edsel Ralar

      from Maui, HI

      Comments about Mackie C300z Passive Speaker (Black):

      Won't be disappointed..
      Bought 2 of these because I couldn't afford the powered SRM450's at the time. First time I used them live was to play techno/dance music at a Football Stadium. I had one speaker facing one side of the stadium, and the other facing the other side with only a QSC GX5 driving these babies... Although the low bass output was sort of lacking, (from the other side of the stadium). I had so many compliments from people in the crowd saying how good the sound was from those small speakers. I even had a guy ask me "Where are the other speakers that he swore he heard?"...

      since than have been using as our mains for my Rock Trio. At first we just put vocals and kick drum through them. But now that I have Mackie SWA 18" subs running the lows, with the C300Z's passing everything above 100Hz, ...vocals, mic'd guitar amp, bass guitar di, and full drumset mic'd....
      A++!!
      Worth more than I paid for them..

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      5.0

      Compact, loud and crisp

      Comments about Mackie C300z Passive Speaker (Black):

      This little boad boy puts out a lot crisp sound! Some guys would swear that the active spkrs sound better becuz of the built-in electronics. But the active ones 1) weigh more, 2) require a power cable, 3) that power cable will require an extension calbe, and 4) you still have to run a mic cable into it. at least with a this passive Mackie, the power amp you buy will have a built-in fan to keep it cool. More reliable that way. I needed a floor monitor and was using 2 of the old JBL EON 15's as mains. The new EON's don't have the tilt back design anymore so I picked up this Mackie instead.It's a great speaker for your dollar.

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