We’re comparing the Yamaha DSR and QSC KW series speakers to give you our thoughts on which of these market-leading speakers we prefer and why.

Quick Answer: We prefer Yamaha’s DSR speakers over the QSC KWs as they have a flatter frequency response and represent better value for money. We’d still pick the DSR’s even if price wasn’t a factor.

Yamaha DSR vs. QSC KW Size Comparison

The Yamaha DSR speakers are slightly shorter than the QSC KW equivalent, but they are also slightly wider. We have no preference either way, so no one brand comes out on top in relation to size.

Both brands come in a range of sizes. Check out our guide on how to select the right speaker for your event for more guidance.

Yamaha DSR vs. QSC KW Sound Profiles

In a pinch, we’ve mixed Yamaha DSR and QSC KW speakers at conferences, and the sound was close enough for it to work. However, some distinct differences in their sound profiles may influence your choice if you have to pick one or the other.


We find the Yamaha DSR speaker has a flatter response compared to the QSC KW. This creates an excellent platform for mixing bands and creating the sound you want.

That said, if you activate the Deep Contour control on the back of the Yamaha, it sounds near enough the same as the QSC KW. Great for DJs who want a solid sound right out of the box.


In contrast to the Yamaha DSR, the QSC KW has a more embellished sound, making it easier for DJs to sound good without any additional effort.

Yamaha DSR vs. QSC KW Warranty & Price Range

We stocked up on Yamaha DSR speakers over QSC KWs because, with most other factors being equal, the Yamahas have a longer warranty and cost around $200 less.

As a business, if we can buy them for less, we can charge our customers less and spend less on maintenance. The Yamahas offer better value while still sounding great. We’d still pick them over the QSCs if price wasn’t a factor.

Yamaha DSR vs. QSC KW Specs

Yamaha DSR115QSC KW152
Speaker Type5″ 2-way, Bi-amp powered Speaker, Bass-reflex Type15-inch 2-way trapezoidal
Frequency range (-10dB)45Hz ~ 20kHz44 Hz to 20 kHz
Frequency response55Hz ~ 18kHz (-3dB)47 Hz to 18 kHz (-6dB)
Nominal coverageH: 90 ° / V: 60°60° axisymmetric (-6dB)
Output power1500W (LF: 1020W, HF: 480W)1000 W Class D (500 W LF + 500 W HF) continuous2000 W peak
Maximum output level136dB SPL (1m; on axis)133 dB peak
I/O ConnectorsINPUT:XLR-3-31 x1 (Balanced) TRS Phone Jack x1 (Balanced), OUTPUT:XLR-3-32 x1 (Balanced), Parallel connection with INPUTBalanced female XLR/¼⁻ᶦⁿᶜʰ line/mic level input, Balanced female XLR/¼⁻ᶦⁿᶜʰ line level input, Dual Balanced male XLR full range line level out , Balanced male XLR “mix” out, Stereo RCA line level input
Dimensions (W x H x D)442 x 755 x 423 mm17.5 x 29.7 x 16.5 in445 x 816 x 386 mm17.5 x 32.1 x 15.2 in
Weight28.0kg (62lbs)29 kg (64lbs)

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Yamaha DSR vs. QSC KW Speakers Topics

  • 0:00 Introduction
  • 0:27 Size comparison
  • 0:39 Sound profile
  • 1:28 Warranty and price range
  • 2:16 Final thoughts