Class D amp with Crown’s ultra-efficient Drive Core technology weighs less than 11 lb. . Crown’s new XLS DriveCore 2 series of power amplifiers feature an. Crown XLS DriveCore 2 amplifiers now feature a bandpass filter on each channel in addition to the previous low and high pass filters, enabling more precise. The affordable XLS is clean, powerful, quiet in operation and flexible in use.
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All are two-channel amps, the largest of which—the —is able to produce 2, watts at 4 Ohms bridged. After spending more than a week evaluating this amplifier on a range of loudspeakers, I can report that the Crown XLS DriveCore 2 power amplifier—with its light weight and super-efficient Class D technology—is capable of producing great audio. I even had one of Crown’s early six-channel amps, the CP, which they discontinued soon after I bought it. For the demo, I did my best to use the amp in varying combinations—both stereo and mono bridged.
Listening to the speakers in different environments, I found the amplifier, including the built-in DSP, provided clean, and clear sound. Stereo is pretty self-explanatory and is the factory default for the amp. This, however, is probably linked more to my inability to follow instructions; I am still unable to figure out duplex copying on the copy machine.
Bridged Mono takes the input from channel one and routes it to the output one. DSP is accessible and controlled via three buttons and a small LED screen that, honestly, took a little getting used to. In Bridged mode, you have more crossover filter features: DSP settings are not very robust, however.
Review: Crown XLS DriveCore 2 1502 Power amplifier
Stereo, Bridged Mono and Input Y. The LCD screen can also be set to a sleep time, so it dims as well. I grew up in Elkhart, Ind. For this review, Crown sent me the model, which produces watts into each channel dribecore 4 ohms and 1, watts in bridged mode. About Us Subscribe Editorial Advertise.
That prosumer feeling, I quickly learned, is just an exterior perception. Copyright c Croan Media, Inc. It does have a fan to draw air, but I am not sure if I have ever heard it. The clip LEDs cannot be disabled, which makes sense. I would recommend this particular unit for portable churches, churches with portable systems, youth groups and any number of smaller audio needs.
In many ways it’s your typical small town, but also happens to be known as the RV manufacturing capital frown the world, the place Alka-Seltzer was launched, and home to Crown Audio, a Harman company. So my first impression of this new Crown amp was that it was a prosumer product—designed for home theater or certainly something other than a serious pro audio environment. Using Input-Y mode, the amp uses the input from channel one and sends it as two separate inputs to power both outputs.
Review: Crown XLS DriveCore 2 Power amplifier – Church Production Magazine
In my early production days in northern Indiana we joked that we had no more than three degrees of separation from a Crown Audio worker.
I’ve always had a great deal of respect for the Crown name.
It comes in four models: Skip to main content. This could stem from hometown pride, but I think it’s more the fact that they have built a reputation on quality. For more information and reproduction guidelines please contact us at or info churchproduction.
While the sound was excellent, I was amazed at how quiet the cooling is for this unit. Back to Search Results. The larger versions would certainly be xxls of driving larger systems, although the DSP may be a limitation.
If installed, it features an aux control terminal that allows a sleep mode via a contact closure. Listening to the speakers in different environments, I found that the amplifier, including the built-in DSP, provided clean, clear sound. It weighs nine pounds—not what you’d expect if you’ve used earlier Crown amps, or any professional power amplifier for that matter. The first amp I ever owned was an old CE