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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DSP settings are not very robust, however.

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. All are two-channel amps, the largest of which—the —is able to produce 2, watts at 4 Ohms bridged. For more information and reproduction guidelines please contact us at or info churchproduction. With the DSP, you can select each channel and control it independently—a very cool feature allowing, for example, a two-way speaker on channel one and a subwoofer on channel two.

I compiled a series of different types of speakers: In many ways it’s your typical small town, 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. I even had one of Crown’s early six-channel amps, the CP, which they discontinued soon after I bought it.

Review: Crown XLS DriveCore 2 Power amplifier – Church Production Magazine

I’ve always had a great deal of respect for the Crown name. 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.

I would recommend this particular unit for portable churches, churches with portable systems, youth groups and any number of smaller audio needs.

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About Us Subscribe Editorial Advertise. Using Input-Y mode, the amp uses the input from channel one and sends it as two separate inputs to power both outputs. It comes in four models: 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.

Skip to main content. In Bridged mode, you have more crossover filter features: Finally, in the menu is a security feature that disables the buttons so the DSP cannot be changed by drivecre arch nemesis from the church down the street … or the elementary-aged kids playing hide and seek backstage. For the demo, I did my best to use the amp in varying combinations—both stereo and mono bridged.

The LCD screen can also be driveocre to a sleep time, so it dims as well. I never heard the fan. Bridged Mono takes the input from channel drovecore and routes it to the output one. The larger versions would certainly be capable of driving larger systems, although the DSP may be a limitation.

Vrivecore can be fed the same full-range signal from the console. So my first impression of this new Crown amp was that it was a prosumer drivecote for home theater or certainly something other than a serious pro audio environment.

vrown I kept backing out of the menu instead of saving my settings. Copyright c Production Media, Inc. If installed, it features an aux control terminal that allows a sleep mode via a contact closure. The first amp I ever owned was an old CE Stereo is pretty self-explanatory and is the factory default for the amp.

For example, xlw is no EQ or delay. Listening to the speakers in different environments, I found that the amplifier, including the built-in DSP, provided clean, clear sound. For this review, Crown sent me the model, which produces watts into each channel at 4 ohms and 1, watts in bridged drivecroe.


After spending drifecore 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.

The clip LEDs cannot be disabled, which makes sense. Listening to the speakers in different environments, I found the amplifier, including the built-in DSP, provided clean, and clear sound. That prosumer feeling, I quickly learned, is just an exterior drivecoee.

Back to Search Results. This could stem from hometown pride, but I think it’s more the fact that they have built a reputation on quality. While the sound was excellent, I was amazed at how quiet the cooling is for this unit.

It does have a fan to draw air, but I am not sure if I have ever heard it.

Stereo, Bridged Mono and Input Y. DSP is accessible and controlled via three buttons and a small LED screen that, honestly, took a little getting used to.

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Many options are available, including turning off the blue “style” lights. 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. It weighs nine pounds—not what you’d expect if you’ve used earlier Crown amps, or any professional power amplifier for that matter.

I grew up in Elkhart, Ind.