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 crowh. That prosumer feeling, I quickly learned, is just an exterior perception. Skip to main content.
The larger versions would certainly be capable of driving larger systems, although the DSP may be a limitation.
I would recommend this particular unit for portable churches, churches with portable systems, youth groups and any number of smaller audio needs. Listening to the speakers in different environments, I found the amplifier, including the built-in DSP, provided clean, and clear sound.
Finally, in the menu is a security feature rdivecore disables the buttons so the DSP cannot be changed by your arch nemesis from the church down the street … or the elementary-aged kids playing hide and seek backstage.
While the sound was excellent, I was amazed at how quiet the cooling is for this unit. I never heard the fan. Rcown always had a great deal of respect for the Crown name. I even made sure to crank the audio for a while on my favorite song so see if it just needs some encouragement to run. Back to Search Results. Many options are available, including turning off the blue “style” lights.
It weighs nine pounds—not what you’d expect if you’ve used earlier Crown amps, or any professional power amplifier for that matter. DSP settings are not very robust, however.
Other features in the menu allow the user to turn off the LED level indicators if the amp is in an area where it would be distracting to the audience. Listening to the speakers in different environments, I found that the amplifier, including the built-in DSP, provided clean, clear sound.
Stereo is pretty self-explanatory and is the factory default for the amp. For this review, Crown sent me the model, which produces watts into each channel at 4 ohms and xlss, watts in bridged mode. The first amp I ever owned was an old CE The LCD screen can also be set to a sleep time, so it dims as well.
Using Input-Y mode, x,s amp uses the input from channel one and sends it as two separate inputs to power both outputs. I grew up in Elkhart, Ind.
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Review: Crown XLS DriveCore 2 1502 Power amplifier
xrown About Us Subscribe Editorial Advertise. 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.
If installed, it features an aux control terminal that allows a sleep mode via a contact closure.
For the demo, I did my best to use the amp in varying combinations—both stereo and mono bridged. It comes in four models: Stereo, Bridged Mono and Input Y.
With the DSP, you can select each channel and control drviecore independently—a very cool feature allowing, for example, a two-way speaker on channel one and a subwoofer on channel two.
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.
Bridged Mono takes the input from channel one and routes it to the output one. 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. In Bridged mode, you have more crossover filter features: For example, there is no EQ or delay. This could stem from hometown pride, but I think it’s more the fact that they have built a reputation on quality.
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 drivecoe audio environment. Copyright c Production Media, Inc. The clip LEDs cannot be disabled, which makes sense. DSP is accessible and controlled via three buttons and a small LED screen that, honestly, took a little getting used to. In many ways it’s your typical small crowb, but also happens to be known as the RV manufacturing capital of the world, the place Alka-Seltzer was launched, and home to Crown Audio, a Harman company.
Review: Crown XLS DriveCore 2 Power amplifier – Church Production Magazine
Both can be fed the same full-range signal from the console. I even had one of Crown’s early six-channel amps, the CP, ccrown they discontinued soon after I bought it. I compiled a series of different types of speakers: It does have a fan to draw air, but I am not sure if I have ever heard it.