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If weight is an important consideration, you should compare it with other subs at the same weight. It doesn't matter whether the other subs are better or not if they aren't really in consideration due to their weight. Or are they in consideration?
The PRX is a very good sub for the money, and weight.
The Mackies are 'boomy'... the PRX is very good but doesn't push as hard as the QSC. The QSC's are very very crisp and tight bass response. Haven't heard the LS800p's -- didn't demo them since they are HUGE and won't fit into our cargo van with the rest of our equipment.
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Maybe JBL is still behind on updating for their new product, but the PRX718 has the exact same published frequency response chart as the PRX518 while claiming a lower frequency response in it's specifications. Certainly not the first time a manufacturer got ahead of themselves though.
It does have higher power handling and hence higher SPL, it will be interesting to see what the real response is. Over all, it looks like another good product though.
I think I might go with HPR 12 tops over HPR 18 subs. I've found some killer deals, plus rebates and it'll only be like, 2600 for the pair of both! Add in an A&H Mixwiz 16:2 and I've got a sick PA for 3500.