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

It weighs nine pounds—not what you’d expect if you’ve used earlier Crown amps, or any professional power amplifier for that matter. For more information and reproduction guidelines please contact us at or info churchproduction. I kept backing out of the menu instead of saving my settings. 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

The LCD screen can also be set to a sleep time, so it dims as well. Bridged Mono takes the input from channel one and routes it to the output one.

I even made sure to crank the audio for a while on my favorite cls so see if it just needs some encouragement to drrivecore.

The clip LEDs cannot be disabled, which makes sense. Both can be fed the same full-range signal from the console. If installed, it features an aux control terminal that allows a sleep mode via a contact closure. 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.


About Us Subscribe Editorial Advertise. It does have a fan to draw air, but I am not sure if I have ever heard it. I compiled a series of different types of speakers: Many options are available, including turning off the blue “style” lights. Rrivecore c Production Media, Inc.

Stereo, Bridged Mono and Input Y. Using Input-Y mode, the amp uses the input from channel one and sends it as two separate inputs to power both croqn. 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. Listening to the speakers in different environments, I found that the amplifier, including the built-in DSP, provided clean, clear sound.

All are two-channel amps, the largest of which—the —is able to produce 2, watts at 4 Ohms bridged. For the demo, Drviecore did my best to use the amp in varying combinations—both stereo and mono bridged.

I’ve always had a great deal of respect for the Crown name. 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. The larger versions would certainly be capable of driving larger systems, although the DSP may be a limitation.


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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. 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 Bridged mode, you have more crossover filter features: Back to Search Results. DSP settings are not very robust, however. I never heard the fan. The first amp I ever owned was an old CE DSP is accessible and controlled via three buttons and a small LED screen that, honestly, took a little getting used to.

For this review, Crown sent me the model, corwn produces watts into each channel at 4 ohms and 1, watts in bridged mode. It comes in four models: