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Mackie HD1801 Powered Subwoofer  

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  • 1600W of ultra-efficient Class-D Fast Recovery amplification
  • 800W RMS / 1600W peak power
  • 133 dB SPL max output (peak @ 1m)
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A 1600W 18" powered subwoofer made to work seamlessly with Mackie's HD Series systems.

The Mackie 1600W HD1801 18" powered subwoofer is an excellent companion to the HD Series full-range loudspeakers, creating an immensely powerful and truly high-definition PA system that you can actually transport from gig to gig. Class-D Fast Recovery amplification makes the HD1801 ultra-efficient, effortlessly delivering massive power to the 18" driver that's custom-designed to handle the job. Expertly tweaked tuning filters, internal crossovers, and protection circuitry are designed by EAW for the ultimate in professional performance. Take your Mackie HD (or any other) full-range system to the next level with the Mackie HD1801 Powered Subwoofer.

A Massive System in a Snap
Pair HD1801 subwoofers with HD1531 full-range loudspeakers for an excellent portable, high-definition PA system. The precision-tuned HD1801 is the perfect match for the HD1531, with a high-pass output specifically designed to alleviate the power-hungry low frequencies from getting to your top boxes, allowing them to do what they do best. This powerful HD system features tons of protective circuitry like peak and RMS limiting and over-excursion/thermal protection to keep the sound pumping at all costs.

Power and Agility
The HD1801 powered subwoofer delivers 1600 watts of peak power using Mackie's Class-D Fast Recovery amplification. Class-D amps allow for extremely high-output in a design that is much lighter than traditional amplifiers. It's also really compact, which means you might even be able to carry it all by yourself. Plus, our Fast Recovery design allows the amplifier to recover more quickly when pushed into clipping. This means less distortion when things get too loud.

Tweaked and Tuned
Mackie has once again called on the sonic geniuses over at EAW to make the HD1801 the most punchy, chest-pounding subwoofer in its class. The ported, direct-radiating design means super-low frequency extension that is smooth and powerful. EAW also custom specified the 18" driver to work in perfect harmony with the amplifier. The woofer is designed to soak up each and every bit of power the amp puts out. Precision phase control and tuning filters make the HD1801 subwoofer speaker the perfect companion to the HD1531, especially when using the high-pass outputs. A finely tuned, phase-aligned. and undeniably professional PA system is just a couple of patches away.

Size matters
Most stages are pretty small, so Mackie decided to incorporate rigging points onto the HD1801 speaker. Flying subs clears up tons of floor space and makes it look pretty darn impressive. You can even flip off thr trademark "Mackie Blue" LED on the front if you want the HD1801 subwoofer to blend seamlessly into the background. Some of you are going to have to transport this guy from show to show. That's why the HD1801 embodies Mackie's "Built-Like-A-Tank" philosophy and is certifiably roadworthy. First off, the enclosure is built using 15mm birch. Wood is not only more durable than plastic, but delivers a more natural sound. It's also covered in durable textured black paint that minimizes the risk of scratching. The grill is equally robust, made using powder coated steel and flush with the enclosure to avoid denting. Throw in the fact that is one of the most compact subwoofers available and you've got an ultra-professional bass bin that can be tossed in the back of even a sub-compact.

Features

  • 1600W of ultra-efficient Class-D Fast Recovery amplification
  • 800W RMS / 1600W peak power
  • 133 dB SPL max output (peak @ 1m)
  • 35 Hz to 145 Hz operating range
  • 18" high-output woofer with 4" voice coil
  • Active electronics provide complete system optimization
  • Symmetrical Linkwitz-Riley crossover (100Hz, 24dB/octave)
  • Precision tuning filters for ultra-accurate bass reproduction
  • Phase alignment to perfectly complement Mackie full-range HD loudspeakers
  • Ported, direct-radiating design for maximum punch and low-frequency extension
  • Designed and tuned by Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW)
  • Dual XLR inputs, full-range and high-pass outputs for mono or stereo setups
  • Level control and polarity invert switch with LED indicator
  • Signal/limit and thermal LED indicators
  • Integrated protection and limiting circuitry
  • Rugged all-wood cabinet (15mm birch plywood)
  • Pole mount receptacle for mounting full range speaker
  • 12 integrated M10 flypoints

Sandwich this sub with your loudspeakers and you'll get a hearty taste of bass. Order now!

 

HD1801 Powered Subwoofer Specifications:

  • Acoustic Performance
  • Frequency Response (-10dB): 35Hz - 145Hz
  • Frequency Response (-3dB): 44Hz - 95Hz
  • Max peak SPL (calculated)1: 133dB
  • Max peak SPL (measured)2: 129dB
  • Transducer
  • Diameter: 18.0" / 457mm
  • Voice Coil Diameter: 4.0" / 102mm
  • Diaphragm Material: Paper
  • Magnet Material: Ferrite
  • Power Amplifier
  • Rated Power: 800 watts rms, 1600 watts peak
  • THD: < 0.03%
  • Design: Class D
  • Cooling: Active, twin thermally controlled vari-speed fans
  • Input/Output
  • Input Type: Female XLR Balanced
  • differential (stereo left/right)
  • Input Impedance: 20kOhms
  • Full Range Output: Male XLR Balanced (parallel with input)
  • High-Pass Output: Male XLR Balanced
  • Output Impedance: 300
  • Level Control: -6dB to +6dB
  • Electronic Crossover
  • Crossover Type: 24dB/oct., Symmetrical, Linkwitz-Riley
  • Crossover Frequency: 100Hz
  • Protection Features
  • Over-excursion Protection: 40Hz 24dB/oct., Butterworth High-Pass Filter
  • Thermal Protection: Amplifier mute, auto reset, twin thermally controlled vari-speed fans
  • Driver Protection: Peak/RMS Limiter
  • Display LEDs: Power Light ON, Polarity, Invert, Thermal, Sig/Limit, Front Power ON
  • AC Power Requirements
  • US: 100-120 VAC, 50-60Hz, 300 watts
  • Europe: 220-240 VAC, 50-60Hz, 300 watts
  • AC Connector: 3-pin IEC 250 VAC, 15A male
  • Construction Features
  • Basic Design: Rectangular
  • Material: 15mm exterior grade premium birch plywood
  • Finish: High durability black paint
  • Handles: One on each side
  • Grille: Powder-coated galvanized steel
  • Fly Points: Twelve M10 x 1.5mm
  • Physical Properties
  • Height: 23.0" / 584mm
  • Width: 23.0" / 584mm
  • Depth: 25.8" / 655mm
  • Weight: 106lb. / 48.1kg
  • Mounting Methods
  • Floor mount or fly via 12 integrated M10 mounting points (using M10 x 1.5 x 37mm forged shoulder eyebolts)
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MackieHD1801 Powered Subwoofer
 
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4.0

Better than the 1801z

By DJ&Sound

from Milwaukee

Comments about Mackie HD1801 Powered Subwoofer:

I own 2 of these subs & 2 1801z subs. The sound that I'm getting from my HD1801 versus my 1801z subs is far better and fuller. When first purchased I plugged one of these in, turned it up, and my whole venue started to vibrate. The weight is also quite nice since they're about 20 lbs. less than the 1801z, making it much easier to carry. A good bonus if you're mostly doing set up by yourself.I will say that although I haven't had any, I have heard of a lot of people having tech issues with these subs as the previous reviewer states. Also, these subs are not as durably built as the 1801z - those things are tanks. The same can be said about the HD1532 mains vs. the older mains. But the sound quality is definitely better.

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Peerless Piss-Poor Performance

By Martin

from SF Bay Areas

Comments about Mackie HD1801 Powered Subwoofer:

I own and run fourteen 18" Mackie subwoofers and four 1532 towers. I recently (Sept 20101) added two of the HD 1600 watt subs to the rig for a festival job I had. One did not even work when I first plugged it in, the other stopped working the next day. When it did work, and I compared it to the older SWA 1801, it lacked warmth and punch. Seriously, these speakers are a joke. They are designed to give the "feeling" of being big, but totally lack substance. I returned the two and got the older "18"'s. Later I found out from the shop that sold them that alot of the new HD equipment has been returned....

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