Mackie Thump 18S Review

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Our Mackie Thump 18s Review

Subwoofers are important because they are not just standard speakers. They are speakers that are there specifically to reproduce very low bass frequencies. All speakers on a stage are important because they work together to produce the right balanced sound, but it takes the subwoofers to make sure the lower bass notes come through while the production is taking place. The Mackie Thump 18S subwoofer is such a high-quality product that it also does what a good subwoofer does best – allow you to feel the music as good as you hear it.

What Is the Mackie Thump 18S?

The Mackie Thump 18S subwoofer is an 18-inch, 1200-watt subwoofer that provides total system optimization and produces those chest-thumping sounds you likely look forward to at concerts or even at your house of worship’s sermon or video production. With Mackie’s all-wood enclosure and high-durability finish, this subwoofer is guaranteed to last for a very long time, and it is so effective that you can hear the low notes you love all over the room. If you’re looking for the perfect subwoofer to complete your PA setup, this is it because this device makes the perfect complement to all of the other electronics in your ensemble.

Who Is This Subwoofer Designed for?

At a price of just under $700, this is a high-quality subwoofer that is perfect for smaller organizations such as churches and synagogues. There are certainly subwoofers out there that are much higher in price, but this is still a very well-made subwoofer that works well for organizations on a budget. Furthermore, since this same subwoofer is available in both 12- and 15-inch sizes, these inexpensive speakers are perfect for organizations with limited space.

What Is Included in the Purchase of This Subwoofer?

The Mackie Thump 18S comes with everything you need to get it set up and start using it immediately. This includes the subwoofer itself, which comes with thermal limiting, a power on-board digital mixer, a full-color display for easy viewing, XLR thru connection, wireless control with an app for easy maneuvering, IO recallable memory presets, Bluetooth streaming, flexible mounting options, and a very rugged, sturdy design that helps keep it around for many years to come. With the Mackie Thump 18S subwoofer, you simply take it out of the package and start enjoying it immediately.

Primary Features of This Subwoofer

While there are many features that make this subwoofer top-notch, some of the most important features include the following:

  • A full 1200 watts of room-filling low end
  • Dual XLR inputs for mono/stereo applications
  • Internal tuning filters that provide very accurate bass response
  • Outputs for stereo high-pass and stereo full-range
  • Precision crossover (140Hz) for use with top boxes
  • Professional band-pass design for the best output
  • User-adjustable controls for level and polarity

Not only that, the Mackie Thump 18S subwoofer is built to last, with an all-wood enclosure, high-durability finish, and a weight of 82 lbs, making it something you can count on to look good, work great, and last for a very long time. Even when experiencing the strenuous conditions sometimes associated with live performances, this subwoofer is tuned and optimized to handle the job. If things are pushed too hard, not to worry because it includes powerful system protection, and even if you’re performing in a remote location or on the road a lot, this “built like a Mack” subwoofer is made to take the occasional dents and dings that sometimes occur with speakers.

When you use the Thump app, you can control features such as user presets, wireless streaming, channel EQ, and much more. You can also pair this subwoofer with other equipment to experience the very best sound possible. This is indeed a well-built, tough and sturdy, high-quality subwoofer that is perfect for houses of worship that want something professional-sounding but who are on a budget.  

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: What size venues is this subwoofer made for?

A: The Mackie Thump 18S subwoofer is made mostly for small to medium-sized venues, which includes many houses of worship. While it is built to last, it may not be enough for larger venues such as stadiums and others.

Q: Do you need an extra amplifier for this subwoofer?

A: No, you do not. It is a powered active woofer that can be used on its own, and it is easy to set up and to use.

Q: Does this subwoofer have a professional sound?

A: Yes. While it may have a compact look, the Mackie Thump 18S subwoofer has a full sound that is very professional, in part because it does such a good job handling the power of the 1200-watt Class-D amplifier. Since Class-D amps are also cooler than traditional designs, there is less of a chance of a thermal shutdown whenever you use the subwoofer outdoors or in hot venues.

Q: Does the Thump 18S subwoofer have any aesthetic appeal?

A: Not only does this subwoofer come in many different colors, but it has an aesthetic appeal because it is discreet and modernized and therefore will fit any on-stage decor. In other words, this subwoofer both sounds great and looks great regardless of what you use it for.

Our Final Thoughts

With 1000 watts of high-tech electronics that provide total system optimization and 125Hz precision crossover, not to mention all of the other features it provides, the Mackie Thump 18S subwoofer is perfect for small and medium-sized venues, which includes most churches and synagogues. It provides a very full sound that makes the most out of low bass tones to provide the audience with a chest-pounding sound they’ll love. It is also heavy-duty but convenient enough to take out to remote venues, and it’s so well-built that you can count on it to last for a very long time, despite the abuse you heap on it.

The sound, of course, is what most people will purchase it for, and you’ll likely be very surprised that it provides you with a full, deep sound that everyone will love.

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