Crown XLS1500 DriveCore Series Power Amp 889406653689

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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
 
4.4

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (20)

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    (6)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (13)
  • Excellent sound (10)
  • Good power output (8)
  • Portable (8)
  • Warm / comfy (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (9)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
  • Home studio (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great, not Perfect

So...can't really beat it on the power to price ratio. I only need to cover a couple hundred people and have no need to "pound the ground" so the...Read complete review

So...can't really beat it on the power to price ratio. I only need to cover a couple hundred people and have no need to "pound the ground" so the size is just right for me. I run it crossed over; one side for mains at 4ohm (525 watts) and the other side drives a single 15" 4 ohm Peavey Black Widow. Not night club thumping but this arrangement gives a very musical, full and balanced sound, which is what I was looking for.

To me the amp has a clean, "modern" (maybe a little digitalish?) sound, if that makes sense.

The only knock I give it is that I wish the features gave you more control and flexibility. I wish I could run it one input sub and one input mid/high for crossover purposes. As it is you use a "Y" configuration so that a single input is crossed over to the two outputs. If you want to use the high or low pass one side then you only have that same option on the other side. Why isn't there high and low pass on both channels and so I can get full control over the frequencies going to each speaker? You will have to rely on other components like your system EQ to address these needs. Also I so wish that in crossover mode I had a variable high pass for the low side and a low pass for the high side. Again, I needed another method to cut the unwanted sub-sonic stuff.

Build is "plasticy" and doesn't have that built like brick, last for ages feel of some of the old school amps. But it is light as a feather if that matters to you.

Love it in general for my purposes and the price was right even if it doesn't do all that it could or at least, imo, should.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Crown Amp Comparison

I bought this amp to replace an aging "D150A" purchased in 1977, after replacing the old with the new I decided to bridge both amps and run one for each...Read complete review

I bought this amp to replace an aging "D150A" purchased in 1977, after replacing the old with the new I decided to bridge both amps and run one for each channel. When I invited a few friends over this evening to do a comparison, everyone thought they were rated at the same power. Two of the attending thought the old amp sounded cleaner than the new amp.
My advise is, if you are going to buy a new Crown amp buy about $X the power you think you will need.

The "Crown D150A" is rated @ 160watts bridged @ 8 ohms.
The "Crown XLS1500" is rated @ 300watts bridged @ 8 ohms
Easy to use setup, and hook-up
Have not had the amp long enough to tell.
I paid as much for my "D150A" in 1977 as I did for the "XLS1500". However the old Crown was made in U.S.A., and the new one in China.

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4.0

Light weight

By DJ Stevie D.

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

     
    5.0

    Can't go wrong with Crown

    By Mark ( Duck Man )

    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.

     
    4.0

    good sound good price

    By pastor Chris

    from Espanola NM

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events

      Comments about Crown XLS1500 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

      This has allowed us to save our power mixer without a drop in sound

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great value

      By Deviate2112

      from Oak Park, Michigan

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      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.

           
          5.0

          just what the doctor ordered

          By DA

          from Oklahoma

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Crown XLS1500 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

            needed a lightweight amp to replace an 40 pound power amp to run my monitors. Perfect. from 40 to 12 pounds, lower noise level, clearer sound. This a great amp for monitor or small PA's. highly recommended.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Light weight

            By Floyd the King

            from MI

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Portable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Mobile DJ
              • Performances

              Comments about Crown XLS1500 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

              I purchased this amp for dual purposes: replace studio amplifier that was intermittent and use for live sound reinforcement. I was slightly concerned with the higher distortion specs of a digital amplifier compared to class AB but the price was right and sound probably good enough for my studio work.
              Also I did not know how often the fan would kick in which is a problem for the studio. That turned out fine as the fan has not kicked on yet in the studio.
              I compared the sound to my old Adcom studio amp and the sound is noticeably thinner but passable for my use.
              I haven't used for sound reinforcement yet but expect it to be fine.
              My only wishes are that it would be great for me if the speakon connectors would accept 1/4" plugs as all my speaker cables are 1/4" and wish the distortion specs were better.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Its OK, but would buy something else

              By Fred

              from Orlando FL

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Poor Sound Quality
              • Weak

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Mobile DJ

              Comments about Crown XLS1500 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

              I didnt do any electrical measurements but it doesnt seem to have the power that it should...Sound quality is OK but nothing to brag about...If you desire a great sound, buy something else

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Good Value

              By Steady Eddie B

              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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              4.0

              Great Product

              By Greg

              from North Dakota

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Powerful

              Cons

              • Weak

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Performances

              Comments about Crown XLS1500 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

              I purchased this to use in conjunction with my sansamp rbi to run my bass rig. My only regret is that I didn't buy a 2000watt. This one gets loud enough but I'm pushing it to it's limit and that makes me nervous. I do appreciate that it has a meter indicating how close to clipping you are so I can take care to adjust my knobs appropriately. I also like the bridge mono mode so that I can essentially run both channels of power through one of the outputs. Great product.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent for my bass rig

              By BlackBelt

              from Memphis

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Portable
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances

                Comments about Crown XLS1500 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

                This crown amp provides clean power to my ampeg tube bass preamp. I bought this because the amp that was in my bass amp rack rig was so heavy that I dreaded moving it. Once I swapped out that heavy amp for this lightweight one I was also impressed with the clean tones and high power output. It has a screen and menu options on the front of the amp that I was not accustomed too, but it was no big deal scrolling through the menu and selecting the options that I needed. Very, very impressed with the value to quality of this amp.

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