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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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Review: Crown XLS DriveCore 2 1502 Power amplifier

For more information and reproduction guidelines please contact us at or info churchproduction. I grew up in Elkhart, Ind. It does have xos fan to draw air, but I am not sure if I have ever heard it. I even had one of Crown’s early six-channel drivvecore, the CP, which they discontinued soon after I bought it. 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 comes in four models: I never heard the fan. Stereo, Bridged Mono and Input Y. Xsl c Production Media, Inc. The clip LEDs cannot be disabled, which makes sense. Stereo is pretty self-explanatory and is the factory default for the amp. If installed, it features an aux control terminal that allows a sleep mode via a contact closure. I compiled a series of different types of speakers: DSP settings are not very robust, however. Bridged Mono takes the input from channel one and routes it to the output one.

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


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

Listening to the speakers in different environments, I found the amplifier, including the built-in DSP, provided clean, and clear sound. Back corwn Search Results.

For this review, Crown sent me the model, which produces watts into each channel at 4 ohms and 1, watts in bridged mode.

Using Input-Y mode, the amp uses the input from channel one and sends it as two separate inputs to power both outputs. 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.

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. Finally, in the menu is a security feature that 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.

The larger versions would certainly be capable of driving larger systems, although crowh DSP may be a limitation. That prosumer feeling, I quickly learned, is just an exterior perception.

Listening to the speakers in different environments, I found that the amplifier, including the built-in DSP, provided clean, clear sound. 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.

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. For example, there is no EQ or delay. About Us Subscribe Editorial Advertise.


DSP is accessible and controlled via three buttons and a small LED screen that, honestly, took a little getting used to. All are two-channel amps, the largest of which—the —is able to produce 2, watts at 4 Ohms bridged. Both can be fed the same full-range signal from the console. The first amp I ever owned was an old CE This could stem from hometown pride, but I think it’s dtivecore the fact that they have built a reputation on quality. I’ve always had a great deal of respect for the Crown name.

The LCD screen can also be set to a sleep time, so it dims as well. Many options are available, including turning off the blue “style” lights.

I kept backing out of the menu instead of saving my settings. Skip to main content. In many ways it’s your typical drivrcore 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.

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. It weighs nine pounds—not what you’d expect if you’ve used earlier Crown amps, or any professional power amplifier for that matter. Xlls Bridged mode, you have more crossover filter features: For the demo, I did my best to use the amp in varying combinations—both stereo and mono srivecore.