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Mackie HD1801

Model: HD1801
1600W 18" Powered Subwoofer

The 1600W HD1801 18" Powered Subwoofer is the ideal companion to your 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
You’ve probably been to a large club or performance venue that has an installed PA that sounds amazing. You’ve probably dreamed of getting a similar system for your needs, but…you’ve got those pesky “bills” and “child support” to deal with and they are simply out of your reach. Well, an affordable and great-sounding alternative is now available. Just pair HD1801 subwoofers with HD1531 full-range loudspeakers for the ultimate 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. If you need a high-output, simple PA system that compares to some of the most expensive systems out there…look no further than HD Series.

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. Normally, a sub that can push that kind of power is no fun to lug around. Okay, we can’t promise a fun load in, but we can say that your subs are now probably lighter than your bassist’s rig. It’s also really compact, which means you might even be able to carry it all by yourself…sorry roadies. 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. Hey, we would just tell you to turn it down, but we’re not the cops or your old man neighbor.

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. Some of the other guys claim high wattage, but use limiters to reduce the amount of actual power that hits the speaker. That’s like buying a 40-year-old single malt scotch and mixing it with Mountain Dew. We would never do that to you… 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 HD1801the 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.

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane…it’s the HD1801
Let’s face it. Most stages are pretty small. I mean, they want to pack in drink-buying people, not make room for on-stage tomfoolery. That’s why we decided to incorporate rigging points onto the HD1801. Flying subs clears up tons of floor space and looks, well…pretty darn impressive. You can even flip off that trademark “Mackie Blue” LED on the front if you want the HD1801 to blend seamlessly into the background. But, 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 road-worthy. First off, the enclosure is built using 15mm birch. Wood is not only more durable than plastic, but delivers a more natural sound. Hey, we were founded by hippies and dig that natural stuff. But, outward appearances do matter, so we’ve covered the HD1801 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 your sub-compact, bio-diesel electric hybrid (like I said…founded by hippies).

  • 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

  • Optional Caster Kit (ACC-CK100)

  • Compact and lightweight (106 lbs / 48.1 kg)

General Specifications
Acoustic Performance: Frequency Response(-3 dB): 44 Hz - 95 Hz
Frequency Response(-10 dB):
35 Hz - 145 Hz
Horizontal Coverage (-6 dB): 80°, 2 kHz to 10 kHz
Max SPL peak: 129 dB
Max SPL peak: 133 dB
Input/ Output: Input Type: Female XLR Balanced differential ( stereo left / right)
Input Impedance: 20 kΩ balanced
Full Range Output: Male XLR balanced ( parallel with input )
High Pass Output: Male XLR balanced
Output Impedance: 300Ω
Level Control: -6 dB to +6 dB
Electronic Crossover: Crossover Type: 24 dB / oct., Symmetrical, Linkwitz-Riley
Crossover Frequency: 100 Hz
Transducer: Diameter: 18.0 in / 457 mm
Voice Coil Diameter: 4.0 in / 102 mm
Diaphragm Material: Paper
Magnet Material: Ferrite
Power Amplifier: Rated Power: 800 watts, 1600 watts peak
Rated THD: <0.03%
Cooling: Active, twin thermally controlling vari-speed fan
Design: Class D
Protection Features: Over-excursion Protection: 45 Hz 24 dB / oct., Butterworth High Pass Filter
Thermal Protection: Amplifier mute, auto reset, twin thermally controlled vari-speed fans
Driver Protecction: Peak / RMS Limiter
Display LEDs: Power Light On, Polarity Invert, Thermal Sig/Limit, Front Power ON
Operating Temperature: 0° - 40°C, 32° - 104°F
AC Power Requirements: US: 100 - 120 VAC, 50 - 60 Hz, 300W
EU, CN: 220 - 240 VAC, 50 - 60 Hz, 300W
AC Connector: 3-pin IEC 250 VAC, 15 A Male
Construction Features: Basic Design: Rectangular
Material: 15 mm 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 1.5 mm
 Physical Properties: Height: 23.0 in/ 584 mm
Width: 23.0 in / 584 mm
Depth: 25.8 in / 655 mm
Weight: 106 lb / 48.2 kg
Mounting Methods: Floor Mount or fly via 12 integrated M10 mounting points ( using M10 x 1.5 x 37 mm forged shoulder eyebolts.)


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