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Crown's XLS 1500 amplifier is a premiere portable PA system with unmatched performance, technology and affordability. It includes multiple inputs so you can plug in anything and play anywhere, along w... Read More

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Crown's XLS 1500 amplifier is a premiere portable PA system with unmatched performance, technology and affordability. It includes multiple inputs so you can plug in anything and play anywhere, along with several system setup configurations. This high-performance Crown power amp provides enormous power and flexibility thanks to the integrated DriveCore Technology, PureBand Crossover System and Peakx limiters. Weighing less than 12 pounds, it's much easier to set up and move from show to show.

A Crown Power Amp with Integrated DriveCore Technology
Class D amplifiers are notable for extraordinarily high efficiency and being well suited for driving difficult reactive loads such as subwoofers. However, their performance can suffer impaired performance on marginal and unstable AC line supplies. To overcome this obstacle, Crown engineers developed DriveCore Technology-a proprietary hybrid analog-digital integrated circuit (IC) developed with Texas Instruments that drives the "front end" of the Class D output stage. Over 60 years of Crown's design knowledge and experience went into the development of this technology resulting in truly remarkable benefits. DriveCore Technology provides an extremely wide tolerance with regards to sagging or "dirty" AC line conditions, providing consistent performance without affecting audio quality. This means the Crown XLS1500 power amp will not compromise your performance by fluctuating generator power, or overload from lighting rigs, backline gear, etc.

In addition, DriveCore Technology's patented feedback and PWM modulation circuits enable fast recovery on peak transients, accurate reproduction of low-level detail, and precise tracking of low-frequencies at high power levels for maximum subwoofer output.

Advanced Switched-Mode Power Supply
The advanced power supply in the Crown power amp is highly efficient and optimized for maximum power transfer from the AC line through the Class D output stage to the loudspeakers. A benefit to this is substantial weight reduction when compared to older 60Hz transformer-based power supplies.

PureBand Crossover System
The PureBand Crossover System in the Crown XLS Series power amplifiers adds an enormous amount of flexibility and performance to any system. With this system, the crossover frequency is completely variable allowing the choice of any crossover point between 50Hz and 3kHz on 1/12 octave centers. The use of 4th order Linkwitz-Riley filters provides steep slopes for a seamless transition between high and low drivers. And with four crossover modes to choose from providing the ultimate in flexibility, all of your system needs are covered.

Peakx limiters
Peakx limiters provide the ultimate in performance and protection for your entire system. This advanced algorithm was specifically developed and tuned to work with this amplifier and power-supply to achieve higher SPL will less audible artifacts. This means less distortion, less shutdowns, and maximum safe power delivered to your speakers. The Peakx limiters can be easily turned on or off by channel right from the front panel eliminating the need to be digging around in the back of the dark rack.

Features
  • XLS High Performance, Lightweight Class D power amp weighs less than 11 lbs.
  • Integrated PureBand Crossover System for better performance and control
  • Peakx Limiters provide maximum output while protecting your speakers
  • XLR, 1/4", RCA inputs provide outstanding flexibility
  • 1/4" Inputs can be used as loop-thrus to distribute signal to additional amplifiers Efficient forced-air fans prevent excessive thermal buildup
  • Electronically balanced XLR inputs; touchproof binding post and Speakon outputs
  • Precision detented level controls, power switch, power LED, and six LEDs indicate signal, clip and fault for each channel
Specifications
  • Minimum Guaranteed Power per channel, both channels driven: 775W, Stereo, 2 Ohms (per ch.); 525W, Stereo, 4 Ohms (per ch.); 300W, Stereo, 8 Ohms (per ch.); 1050W, Bridge-Mono, 8 Ohms; 1550W, Bridge-Mono, 4 Ohms;

    Sensitivity (for full rated power at 4 Ohms): 1.4 Vrms
    Frequency Response (at 1 watt, 20 Hz - 20 kHz): +0 dB, -1 dB
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio Rated as dBr to full rated 8Ohm power output (A-Weighted): XLS1500 > 103 dB
    Damping Factor (8 Ohm): 10 Hz to 400 Hz: > 200
    Crosstalk (below rated 8Ohm power): At 1kHz: > 85dB; At 20kHz: >55dB
    Input Impedance (nominal): 20 kOhm balanced, 10 kOhm unbalanced
    Load Impedance: 2 to 8 Ohm per channel in Stereo; 4 to 8 Ohm in Bridge Mono
    AC Line Voltage and Frequency Configurations Available (± 10%):120 VAC 60 Hz; 100 VAC 50/60 Hz; 220 and 240 VAC 50 Hz
    Ventilation: Flow-through ventilation from front to back
    Cooling: Internal heat sinks with forced-air cooling for rapid, uniform heat dissipation
    Air Volume Requirements (per minute per unit): 80.15 ft (2.27 m )
    Integrated Processing: PureBand Crossover System; Crossover Filter: Linkwitz-Riley 24dB per Octave; Crossover Frequency Range: 50 HZ - 3 kHz: Crossover Mode: Crossover (CH1=LPF, CH2=HPF), LowPass (both channels LPF), HighPass (both channels HPF), Bridge (LPF or HPF); Peakx limiters: Channel independent clip limiter designed to provide maximum output while protecting your loudspeakers

    Input/Output: Input Connectors: XLR (one per channel), 1/4-Inch (one per channel), and RCA (one per channel). 1/4-Inch connectors can be used as loop-thrus to distribute signal to additional amplifiers. Output Connectors: Two 4-Pole Speakon Output Connectors accept 2-pole or 4-pole Speakon connectors. The top Speakon connector is wired for both channels so it can be used for bridgemono wiring or for stereo wiring of two speakers to a single Speakon connector. One pair of back-panel binding posts per channel; accepts banana plugs or bare wire. (European models do not accept banana plugs.)

    Dimensions: 19"W x 3-1/2"H x 7-3/4"D
    Weight: XLS1500: 8-3/4 lb.
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
3 year, no-fault parts and labor warranty on amps.
3 year warranty for most mics.
1 year warranty for Soundgrabber mic.
Crown Extended Warranty available as an option.


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CrownXLS1500 DriveCore Series Power Amp
 
4.6

(based on 12 reviews)

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SOLID AMPLIFIER

This replaced the QSC GX3, i must say it's a wonderful piece of equipment. It's light weight, powerful, runs cool at high levels. DB meters are also a plus while other amps...Read complete review

This replaced the QSC GX3, i must say it's a wonderful piece of equipment. It's light weight, powerful, runs cool at high levels. DB meters are also a plus while other amps have just a signal LED, this one has an actual meter. I would LOVE if it had 1/4" speaker outputs because speakon cables are just expensive, but the amp is great.

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Quality control?

I took it out of the box, plugged it in and when I turned it on there was a blue arc flash and a POP! from inside in back somewhere. It still powered...Read complete review

I took it out of the box, plugged it in and when I turned it on there was a blue arc flash and a POP! from inside in back somewhere. It still powered up and seemed to work ok but I wonder what the arcing was all about. I'm sending it back and getting another XLS 2500 which I'm happy with. Don't they power these up and burn them in for a while? I like the size and weight though, it won't break your back carrying it.

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4.0

Light weight

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from Danville VA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Warmth
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances

    Comments about Crown XLS1500 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

    good starter amp

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    5.0

    Can't go wrong with Crown

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    from Indian Trail, NC

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Awesome Amp
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable

    Cons

    • no cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Crown XLS1500 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

    You can't go wrong with a Crown amp. This little amp is Awesome, we use it to power our monitors in my band.

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    4.0

    Great value

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    from Oak Park, Michigan

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Crown XLS1500 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

        I'm using the 1500 bridged to run a subwoofer in my home theater. The amp that come with the sub died on me. I'm using the xrover and there is plenty of power. I'd read many reviews before purchasing, and after having the amp for a couple weeks GC still had some on sale so I picke up another to run my center and a XLS2500 to run my main R&L. Great value.

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        5.0

        Good Value

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        from Glendora, CA

        Pros

        • Crown
        • Light Weight Reliable

        Cons

        • none

        Best Uses

        • PA

        Comments about Crown XLS1500 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

        I am 58 years old and have been gigging since I was 18. I always provided the PA. One of the annoying things was the weight of the power amp. These new class "D" power amps are very light weight. They do not get hot and are small in size. I have owned 6 of these amps for 5 years and have had no problems. The DSP is very handy for a sub configuration. I highly recommend these amps them. The XLS1500 seems to be the right power for my speaker setup.

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        5.0

        Great Amp for A Mobile DJ

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        from Kimberton, PA

        Comments about Crown XLS1500 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

        I bought this as a backup amplifier for my DJ system. It replaced a 6 year old QSC GX3 Amp that was a great Amp. This Crown XLS1500 Amp weighs less than 10 pounds as compared to 25 pounds for the QSC and has the same power. It lightened my backup rack significantly. It also has RCA inputs as well as XLR and 1/4, which allows me to attach an IPOD in a pinch. It is very quiet and all in all, was a great purchase.

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        5.0

        Great Amp

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        from Madison, AL

        Comments about Crown XLS1500 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

        This is the second Crown amp I purchased. Previously bought from GC the XLS2500 and after being well pleased with it, the the XLS1500 to complete my rack. Light weight, great sounding, built in crossovers programmable from the front panel for both channels are the features I like.

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        awesome for mobile DJs

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        from Evansville In

        Comments about Crown XLS1500 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

        I have this amp running 2 jbl jrx125's it just rocks every venue I have played large gymnasiums to small reception halls super light and spot on perfect power

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        (3 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Quality control?

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        from Oregon

        Comments about Crown XLS1500 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

        I took it out of the box, plugged it in and when I turned it on there was a blue arc flash and a POP! from inside in back somewhere. It still powered up and seemed to work ok but I wonder what the arcing was all about. I'm sending it back and getting another XLS 2500 which I'm happy with. Don't they power these up and burn them in for a while? I like the size and weight though, it won't break your back carrying it.

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Quiet Power

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        from elsinore Ca.

        Comments about Crown XLS1500 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

        I have used Crown power amps for 25 years, This xls 1500 replaces a crown power base 1 from the late 80's, I wish someone had told me new technology was so much quieter. I would have bought one sooner.

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        (6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love the combination of power and weight!

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        from Denver Colorado

        Comments about Crown XLS1500 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

        I bought this unit not even knowing what speak-on was...I bought 2 speak-on to 1/4" adapters and now I can use straight 1/4" wiring!!!! they sound so much better with my high quality 1/4" cables than speaker wire :) I also love the daisy chain effect that does away with mixers for small gigs :) theses are so versatile I wanna buy more even though I need more speakers to match them!!!! 5 stars!!! Hazy Meadow

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