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Crown power without paying a king's ransom.

The X Series of power amplifiers from Crown represents a new era in affordable, quality power amplification. All four models in the series are powerful, rugged and reliable. They are suited for musicians, DJs, and entertainers as well as houses of worship, discos, and pubs. Features include RCA and XLR inputs, user selectable input sensitivity of 0.755V or 1.4V, Speakon and binding post outputs, stereo/parallel/bridge-mono mode, power/fault/signal presence/clip indicators, forced-air cooling; and protection against shorts, no-load, on/off thumps and radio-frequency interference. The Crown X1000 has an output of 300W per side at 4 ohms.

With more than six decades of experience designing and building rock-solid products, Crown is the standard in amplifier technology. Check out the affordable Crown X Series.

FEATURES
  • Stereo/parallel/bridge-mono mode
  • User selectable input sensitivity - 0.775V and 1.4V
  • Electronically balanced RCA & XLR inputs; binding post and Speakon outputs
  • Efficient forced-air cooling prevents excessive thermal buildup
  • Electronically balanced RCA & XLR inputs; binding post and Speakon outputs
  • Two level controls, power switch, power LED, and six LEDs which indicate signal presence, clip and fault for each channel
  • Protection against shorts, no-load, on/off thumps and radio-frequency interference

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SPECIFICATIONS
  • Guaranteed Minimum Power: 300W (per channel) @ 4 ohms / 200W (per channel) @ 8 ohms / 600W bridge mono @ 8 ohms
  • Frequency Response (at 1 Watt): 20Hz - 20kHz, +0/-1dB
  • Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): < 0.5%, 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Intermodulation Distortion (IMD) 60Hz and 7kHz at 4:1, from full rated output
  • to “30 dB: 0.35%
  • Slew Rate: >10V/us
  • Voltage Gain: 29dB 31dB 33dB 36dB
  • Damping Factor (8 ), 10Hz - 400Hz > 200
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: (below rated power,
  • 20 Hz to 20 kHz, A-weighted): > 100dB
  • Crosstalk (below rated power)
  • At 1 kHz: “75dB
  • At 20 kHz: “59dB
  • Input Sensitivity for full rated power at 8 ohms 0.775V or 1.4V
  • Input Impedance (nominal)
  • Balanced: 20 kOhms
  • Unbalanced: 10 kOhms
  • Connectors, Controls and Indicators
  • Input Connectors: One balanced XLR and one unbalanced RCA per channel
  • Output Connectors: (Speaker Connectors) 4-POLE Speakon and one pair Binding Post per channel
  • Front Panel Controls: Power on/off switch, one gain control per channel
  • Rear Panel Controls Output mode switch: stereo (dual), parallel or bridge
  • Input sensitivity switch: 0.775V or 1.4V
  • Power Indicator: One blue LED
  • Signal Indicator: One green LED per channel
  • Clip (peak) Indicator: One yellow LED per channel
  • Fault Indicator: One red LED per channel
  • Construction
  • Protection: Protection against short circuits, no-load, on/off muting,
  • RF interference. Stable into reactive or mismatched loads
  • Ventilation: Flow-through ventilation from front to back
  • Cooling: Internal heat sinks with forced air. Fan cooled,
  • speed regulated, thermal protection
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CrownX1000 Stereo 2x300W Power Amp
 
4.6

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (18)
  • Easy to use (16)
  • Good power output (12)
  • Warm / comfy (6)
  • Portable (5)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (5)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (14)
  • Performances (14)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (6)
  • Amateur recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Amp for the price

This amp is a solid bargain. There's no noise during operation. Without the power lamp, you wouldn't know its on. Sound quality is excellent. I'm running two of these into JBL speakers...Read complete review

This amp is a solid bargain. There's no noise during operation. Without the power lamp, you wouldn't know its on. Sound quality is excellent. I'm running two of these into JBL speakers with DBX driverack PA and a Yamaha mixer. This is a great amp for small to medium sized venues. At this price, I could see the more adventuresome getting a couple for home theater use. The amp runs cool with sufficient overhead.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Maybe wanted too much out of it

I was very disappointed in the performance. I bought two of these to power stage monitors at a 150 person theatre. The monitors are rated at 175 watts at 8 ohms. They would...Read complete review

I was very disappointed in the performance. I bought two of these to power stage monitors at a 150 person theatre. The monitors are rated at 175 watts at 8 ohms. They would be great for acoustic or jazz sets but, any type of music where you have to push a little harder they clip at the drop of a hat. I know I needed to get a larger amp to create a little headroom but for the price I thought it was worth a try. Maybe in a home studio setting.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Amp for the price

By JBLGuy

from Sacramento, CA

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Crown X1000 Stereo 2x300W Power Amp:

    This amp is a solid bargain. There's no noise during operation. Without the power lamp, you wouldn't know its on. Sound quality is excellent. I'm running two of these into JBL speakers with DBX driverack PA and a Yamaha mixer. This is a great amp for small to medium sized venues. At this price, I could see the more adventuresome getting a couple for home theater use. The amp runs cool with sufficient overhead.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    It IS what it appears to be . . . Crown

    By KickinInKC

    from Missouri

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good value
    • Near-silent Fan
    • Plenty Of Power

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Crown X1000 Stereo 2x300W Power Amp:

        Crown power and sound quality, entry-level price. Didn't need the crossover feature of the XLS series-this was perfect. I'm running Bridged Mono to an 8U subwoofer-plenty of push! Remember though to switch your speakon pins(4 post) if you do the Bridged Mono option: (+1,+2 amp side) to (+1,-1 speaker side) respectively. Fan is inaudible even at system rest. Runs cool-even under load; Can't speak to longevity, it just hit the market. BUY!

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Sounds great...cheaply made

        By Wizzard

        from OK,City Oklahoma

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Great Clear Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Crown X1000 Stereo 2x300W Power Amp:

            Have used this in several shows now and the amp has performed like a champ..Great for Rock..The knobs being made very cheap is my only concern...

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Clean, Quiet Understated Power

            By kukman1

            from Cedar Falls, Iowa

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about Crown X1000 Stereo 2x300W Power Amp:

              I use this amp in my analog only set-up. Stanton turntable, Musical Fidelity X-Pre and X-10D tube pre-amp and buffer stages. Audioquest interconnects. This amp replaces a pair of Antique Sound Lab Wave-8 monoblock tube amps. I simply needed more power and this price seemed right and Crown's reputation was a selling point. First off, I do miss the "warmth" of the tubes in the monoblocks. I originally installed the Crown directly from the phono preamp of the Stanton. VERY clean sound. Some would prefer this set-up, but it was just a tad too "steely" for me as I prefer the sound of tubes, especially when listening to vinyl. Thus the use of the tube preamp (though not necessary given the Crown's volume/output controls.) I feel a good compromise was reached. I get audiophile quality sound even at very high volume levels. I have only had the amp in my system about a month so I cannot attest to it's dependablity or durability but it's sound quality is remarkable for it's price range. Very similar to my Audiosource Amp-2 but more powerful. Slightly less warm and a bit more bass shy than the Audiosource.

              (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              bit of a learning curve

              By benci66

              from cleveland, oh

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Powerful
              • Well built

              Cons

              • heavy

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Permanent Install

              Comments about Crown X1000 Stereo 2x300W Power Amp:

              First, I am using it to power my guitar amp modeling unit, so I am not experienced as a DJ or live sound equipment per se.

              The first thing I learned is NEEDS some sort of preamp. If you try to run anything direct, you can turn the knobs to 10 and it will still be fairly low volume. This may not be a surprise to some, but it was for me.

              Once I connected the Amp Modeler (behringer V-amp pro) it was quite different. I could barely get past 2 before it was deafening. I knew it was rated at 300 watts, but I also know amp manufacturers really love to fudge those specs to make their stuff look better. That does not seem to be the case here. I can set my speakers to either 4 or 16 ohms. I figured I would go with 16 since this is just a small personal jam room and I would be good, which it was, but, very surprising, not nearly the drop off you would expect. I don't have the capacity to test for output, but, to my ears, the ratings on this amp are legit.

              Let me say this, IT WEIGHS A TON!!!. Not really, but not the best to be lugging around. 28 lbs or so. But that is fine because it is in a rack that will stay put. Along with that though it is solid and metal, very little plastic.

              Can't say much more because it is new and barely used yet. I hesitate to give it a 5 star because of that. Maybe in a year I will come back and change that.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              What a crown

              By CharlieEcho

              from parker, CO

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • heavy

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Stereo
              • Home Studio
              • Mobile DJ
              • Performances

              Comments about Crown X1000 Stereo 2x300W Power Amp:

              I've got an x2000 and an x3000 and both are great! ive had them now for about 7 months and never had a problem. Both are powerful enough that ive never hit a clip light while having it pretty freaking loud. They have a very clean sound and very quiet fans. My friend has a Behringer amp and the fans are immensely louder than the Crowns. They produce very little noise, especially on a circuit with a dedicated ground. It would be nice if they had 1/4in ins but not a huge deal.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Don't judge a book by it's cover

              By Duggie

              from White Oak N.C.

              About Me Novice

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Crown X1000 Stereo 2x300W Power Amp:

                Haven't had it very long but it appears to be doing the job. I have it hooked up to my monitors and it really boosted the sound.
                Will also use it on my mains but haven't yet. I'm just learning how to use this type equipment so I'm sure when I get more experience I will understand what it's doing for me. I have had no problems so far so I would recommend the product.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                It's the Bomb

                By Bob110

                from Pa.

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                Pros

                • Crown Quality
                • Excellent Sound
                • Very quiet

                Cons

                • heavy
                • Limited Inputs

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances

                Comments about Crown X1000 Stereo 2x300W Power Amp:

                This amp is the Bomb! For the money it can't be beat. This mama is HEAVY! (Heavy and groovy if you please.)
                My only beef is that one of the binding post connectors would not allow the banana plug to be inserted fully. With a little gentle persuasion and the 'ole stink eye I got it to cooperate.
                Cooling fans are very quite. Sound is clear, clean and powerful. Quite impressive!

                This is the baby in the family. It's older brother (X4000) I'm sure would melt your face if you ever got in front of the speakers. But this amp would be great for small gigs or a DJ. This amp would also be great for monitors in a bigger stage set-up.

                If you can live with the limited input choices and it's heavy weight this baby is for you. Sale price, power, Crown quality. It's a trifecta of sonic bliss.

                This gets a 4 1/2 out of 5 on the banger scale. (Only losing 1/2 bang for the weight). Yes Martha...it's that good!

                (I think I'll buy another one!)

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                XLi 800 Revisited

                By KC Jayhawk

                from Kansas City

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Powerful
                • Sturdy
                • Well-made

                Cons

                • heavy

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances

                Comments about Crown X1000 Stereo 2x300W Power Amp:

                At the current sale price (July 2014), this is a fantastic buy on an entry-level Crown power amp. As far as I can tell, the X 1000 is identical to the Crown XLi 800. For some reason, Crown has apparently re-branded the XLi 800. In any case, the X series amps, like the XLi and XLS series, are old school power amps. Gigantic toroidal power transformers (fastened to the top of the case with a big bolt), big capacitors, big heat sinks, and thick steel cases. The robust construction is reflected in the amps' weight. Unlike the newer Class D amps made by Crown, these babies are big and heavy. If they are anything like the XLS series amps, they will also be nearly bullet-proof. Bear in mind, however, that this series does not come with Crown's no-fault 3-year warranty.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                So Far So Good!

                By Bob

                from Eastern Shore

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Mobile DJ
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Crown X1000 Stereo 2x300W Power Amp:

                  This unit was installed in the sound room of our church to drive the main PA speakers. It appears to work great for that purpose. Probably not really working it that hard though.
                  The unit was very easy to install. Everything is OK so far. The one thing I like is that with no active input signal source the output noise of this AMP is very quiet. I would probably have rated it higher except its too early to tell. We've only had it a few weeks.

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Good in the right application

                  By TheGoodTexan

                  from Nashville, TN

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Nice For Home Stereo
                  • Works Well For Small Room

                  Cons

                  • Large For Such Low Power
                  • No 14
                  • No Quarter Inch In Or Out
                  • Not Much Power Really
                  • Weak

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • It Shines For Home Audio
                  • Mains For Small Room50pp

                  Comments about Crown X1000 Stereo 2x300W Power Amp:

                  I purchased two of these at the same time, I'm using one in stereo on mains, and the other for two separate monitor mixes.

                  I figured "300 x2" ...that's plenty. But that's at 4 ohms. At 8 ohms, it's only 200. But that's just enough for my application, which is a small-ish room, seating about 50 people, with no drums in the mix. I'm only amplifing acoustic guitars, violin, vocals and a keyboard. For that purpose, it works.

                  Also, I've tried it with my home stereo set up, which is a set of vintage Vandersteens which had previously been powered by a 70s Yamaha receiver, at 75w per channel. So the 200w per channel got things very dynamic, very quickly. Vocals popped a little better. Bottom end was more crisp.

                  The sound quality of the amp is very high, in the right application. If you're trying to use it for mains on an outdoor gig, it likely will not cut it.

                   
                  5.0

                  Can't Beat a Crown

                  By dcmike

                  from St Petersburg, FL

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                  Pros

                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Performances

                    Comments about Crown X1000 Stereo 2x300W Power Amp:

                    I have another X Series Crown, same power rating. It is working fine, but the price on this was so good I had to buy it as a backup.

                    My other head has been in constant use for five years and is not hinting at any problems.I saw someone criticize it for having RCA in - but that's just an option for DJ's. It has XLR in, like most pro gear now. "Binding Posts" out just means banana plugs like any other pro amp.

                    One thing better than my presently in use Crown is dual fans and a parallel mode - that is, if you only have one line in but want to run two speakers without mono bridging and lowering impedance.

                    200 "Crown watts" per side @ 8 OHM's. Price vs. quality, I'd give it a six if there were one more star!

                     
                    3.0

                    Maybe wanted too much out of it

                    By steve

                    from Georgia

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound

                    Cons

                    • Limited Functions
                    • Weak

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Crown X1000 Stereo 2x300W Power Amp:

                      I was very disappointed in the performance. I bought two of these to power stage monitors at a 150 person theatre. The monitors are rated at 175 watts at 8 ohms. They would be great for acoustic or jazz sets but, any type of music where you have to push a little harder they clip at the drop of a hat. I know I needed to get a larger amp to create a little headroom but for the price I thought it was worth a try. Maybe in a home studio setting.

                       
                      5.0

                      Crown X1000

                      By zmiller7

                      from Charlotte, NC

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Looks Good
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                      • heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about Crown X1000 Stereo 2x300W Power Amp:

                      Bought this amp to use in a studio-type setting at home to power (4) Klipsch Forte II speakers. Just wanted a new amp with plenty of drive for these full range boxes. I'm happy with the purchase, especially for the GREAT sale price I can't post, I think it was well worth it for the power and quality.

                      My only issue is that I will need to run another electrical circuit to my room because this amp does draw quite a bit of power compared to the rest of my gear!

                       
                      5.0

                      Can't Beat It!!!

                      By Daddy Dan

                      from Beautiful Walls, MS

                      About Me Professional Musician

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Events
                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances

                        Comments about Crown X1000 Stereo 2x300W Power Amp:

                        How can you beat the price for this name??? It's a great little power amp! We have 4 18" cabinets and really believe in having that "pumping sound"! I am SO happy with the way it pushes one of my bottom 18" speakers. I have two amps for this purpose and another 1600 watts for the other two....better to have too much than not enough!!! LOL

                         
                        4.0

                        great power amp for the money

                        By musicman

                        from Ma.

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Excellent Sound

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Performances

                          Comments about Crown X1000 Stereo 2x300W Power Amp:

                          very nice power amp. Works great for my monitors, plenty of power. only con is weight of amp.

                           
                          5.0

                          Simply Great Amp !!

                          By greg2760

                          from Pittsburgh,PA.

                          About Me Professional Musician

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Excellent Sound
                          • Powerful
                          • Very Heavy Duty Amp

                          Cons

                          • No 14 In Inputs
                          • No Banana Clip Inputs
                          • No Quarter Inch Inputs

                          Best Uses

                          • Events
                          • Home Studio
                          • Performances

                          Comments about Crown X1000 Stereo 2x300W Power Amp:

                          The quality of construction , appearance, and true power outputs as stated(a rare thing todays world) , make this a real bargain !

                           
                          5.0

                          Easy, Elegant and Flawless

                          By 1guitarguy

                          from Santa Clarita, CA

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio
                            • Performances

                            Comments about Crown X1000 Stereo 2x300W Power Amp:

                            Easy set up. I bought speakon to 1/4 adapters for output to speakers and XLR for input from my mixer.

                            I just got it a few hours ago but I have been using it ever since I brought home. the Amp is noiseless. I love the fact that there are detents in the volume knobs as it makes it easy to match both channels(four clicks and it's on the first dot on the volume scale) If that is "volume setting one" then I don't need to go much louder in my small home studio.

                            Sound reproduction is perfect. I am using an iPad with Amplitube and Garage Band. iPad lined out to the mixer and on to the Crown power amp. From there I go into two 2x10 cabs in stereo.

                            I was hesitant to buy this due to the low price and the addage, "you get what you pay for". I was wrong. This amp was bargain and I got my money's worth and more.

                            I am happy I bought it and it brings new life to my studio.

                             
                            5.0

                            Good amp great price

                            By TA Oklahoma

                            from Eufaula , Oklahoma

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Excellent Sound
                            • Good Warmth
                            • It's Crown
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Events
                              • Home Studio
                              • Mobile DJ
                              • Performances
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Crown X1000 Stereo 2x300W Power Amp:

                              Amp has worked very well so far and is quite and lots of power hooked up to ns10 and jbl studio monitors sounds great.

                               
                              5.0

                              Great Amp at an Incredible price!!!

                              By Audiophile1

                              from Orlando, FL

                              About Me Experienced

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Excellent Sound
                              • Performance
                              • Powerful
                              • Price

                              Cons

                              • Slight Fan Noise
                              • Weight

                              Best Uses

                              • Audiophile
                              • Dj
                              • Home Theater
                              • Mobile DJ

                              Comments about Crown X1000 Stereo 2x300W Power Amp:

                              I purchased this to backup my various home and DJ systems. Was I in for a surprise!! Exceptional quality for an incredible sales price! The sound was incredible!! Soundstage was wide, deep, and detailed!! The power was incredible. I could only turn the amp up to 9:00 using an I-Pod classic and Paradigm home audio speakers!! This amp will easily power my Sony DJ speakers or anything else I could throw at it. Only draw backs are the 28 lbs. weight, slight fan noise, and the unusual speaker hookups. Banana pins have vertical hookups. This would make use on a rack mount more difficult unless you are using phono plugs. These are only small issues. Go buy this great amp at an incredible price and enjoy the music.

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