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Mackie SWA2801z Subwoofer System   

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The Mackie SWA2801Z Subwoofer ups the ante with even more wattage and a bigger 18" transducer. The SWA2801Z features an internal 800-Watt FR (Fast Re...Click To Read More About This Product

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The Mackie SWA2801Z Subwoofer ups the ante with even more wattage and a bigger 18" transducer. The SWA2801Z features an internal 800-Watt FR (Fast Recovery) Series amplifier and a high-precision 18" transducer custom designed for optimal performance with the amp and enclosure. Onboard Mackie Active electronics ensure seamless integration of the amplifier and transducer at all times, creating a system that is highly efficient and versatile. Add it all up and this high-output system will peel the paint right off the walls!

True Mackie active design

Active doesn't just mean the SWA2801Z has an amplifier bolted on its back ” it means optimized electronics that provide complete control and maximum performance over all components. The onboard Active system controls the crossover filters, equalization, protection for the transducer and electronics, and provides real time vigilance over the entire system. There is simply no way that you can get this kind of full system functionality by strapping an amp on the back of a passive speaker box.

No need for an external crossover

Connecting and setting up the SWA2801Z is a breeze. It accepts a stereo or mono line-level signal via female XLR input jacks. Male XLR Thru jacks are provided for daisy-chaining the signal to additional SWA2801Z cabinets. The built-in crossover routes the high frequency content to the high-pass output jacks, which can be used to feed the inputs of full-range Active speakers, such as those in the Mackie SAz Series, or an amplifier powering a pair of passive speakers. A Subwoofer Level control lets you adjust the balance between the subwoofer and the full-range speakers.

The secret to Mackie's power

The SWA2801Z's built-in amplifier, which produces 800 watts continuous power, sits on a massive heatsink, eliminating the need for fans and dramatically extending life expectancy. A tremendous benefit of having the amplifier inside the subwoofer enclosure is that the SWA2801Z functions as a complete system, optimizing acoustic, electronic, and mechanical designs to achieve the highest level of performance and value.

Solid wood construction

For high-output loudspeakers, real wood just sounds better”and it looks better, too! The SWA2801Z enclosure is made of select 15mm Baltic birch plywood and finished in black splatter paint. Carrying handles are integrated into each side for easy loading, and casters are attached to the rear for transport. Since you will probably want the full-range enclosure nearby, a pole mount receptacle is strategically placed on top of the enclosure.

  • 800-Watt dual 18" Active subwoofer system
  • Two precision 18" woofers with high temperature voice coils
  • Internal 800-Watt continuous power FR Series high-current amplifier
  • Onboard Active electronics provide equalization and high-pass filter for use with full-range loudspeakers
  • Signal present and limit LEDs
  • 13-ply Baltic Birch enclosure finished in black splatter paint
  • Top and side mounted pole receptacles
  • Cast aluminum top & side handles
  • Attached casters for easy transport

SWA2801z Subwoofer System

  • Basic Design: Bass Reflex
  • Frequency Range (”10 dB): 43 Hz ” 120 Hz
  • Maximum SPL Long-term @ 1m: 130 dB @ 1m
  • Crossover Frequency: 120 Hz
  • Input Protection: Level protected
  • Peak Output SPL @ 1m: 136 dB
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 37" x 24.62" x 34"
  • Weight: 154 lbs

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from Grand Junction, CO

I am a sound tech that uses two of these on each side of the stage with the mackie 15's on top and the combo is so incredible I usually just use one 18 on each side and it shakes all the way back to the sound booth, I just hooked up the other two eighteens to se what it could do and it ruined the projector on the ceiling from too much rattling truly beautiful and tonal.



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Man this thing can pump it out!! Very loud and thunderous,with very low sounds too. You cannot go wrong with this sub. Extremely rugged, durable, can handle loads and gobs of power. I could not believe this sound in the 18 years of being a sound engineer. Its an awesome buy. You have to hear this!!!!!

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