KW Gain Settings

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Thu Jul 14, 2016 3:46 am

  • I own 2 KW153's and 4 KW181's and play outdoors with them often. Is there any clipping or adverse effects when you push the Gain near full? I sometimes need more headroom and wonder if there is any point where the gain should not go past? Thats for the help!
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Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:06 am

  • The gain setting to use depends on the strength of the input signal and the volume you want. If you have a weak input signal you'll need a higher gain setting to achieve your desired results.
    Headroom is voltage or power that is unused but available; it is not the same as volume. Turning up the gain or the signal level will increase the volume and at the same time decrease the headroom.
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Thu Jul 14, 2016 5:01 pm

  • Maybe I mis spoke, I'm a guitar player! We want volume! I have a Midas M32R board and can push quite hard from the board. Is there a danger of running the gain on full on the 153's and then use use aux fed subs for the amount of sub I want? Thanks again Bob!
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Mon Jul 18, 2016 8:40 am

  • Unless you're driving the loudspeakers from a consumer or semi-pro unit with a weak output, you would not run the loudspeakers on full gain.
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