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Crown XLS1000 DriveCore Series Power Amp   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

Weighing in under 9lb., the Crown XLS provides tremendous power in a lightweight, portable, and affordable power amp.

Crown's XLS1000 power 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 9 pounds, The Crown XLS1000 power amp is much easier to set up and move from show to show.

A 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. The DriveCore Technology incorporated in the Crown XLS1000 power amp 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 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 XLS Series 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 amp weighs less than 9lb.
  • 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

Engineered to meet any demanding audio requirements—reliably and within budget.

SPECIFICATIONS

XLS1000 DriveCore Series Power Amp

  • Minimum Guaranteed Power per channel, both channels driven: 550W, Stereo, 2 Ohms (per ch.); 350W, Stereo, 4 Ohms (per ch.); 215W, Stereo, 8 Ohms (per ch.); 700W, Bridge-Mono, 8 Ohms;
  • 1100W, 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): XLS1000 > 97dB
  • Damping Factor (8 Ohm): 10Hz to 400Hz: > 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); Peak 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: XLS1000: 8-3/4lb.
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CrownXLS1000 DriveCore Series Power Amp
 
4.8

(based on 50 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (24)
  • Excellent sound (22)
  • Good power output (17)
  • Portable (17)
  • Warm / comfy (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (19)
  • Home studio (13)
  • Outdoor events / games (11)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (9)
  • Professional recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (12), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Crown XLS1000 is simply GREAT!

I use mine in a band setting, not every week like some, but it still gets banged around quite a bit(in a rack, of course). Depending on the venue, I use...Read complete review

I use mine in a band setting, not every week like some, but it still gets banged around quite a bit(in a rack, of course). Depending on the venue, I use it to power only the subs or in a bi-amp configuration to power mains and subs. We have powered monitors, so I have not used the XLS1oo for that. At about 10 lbs. this amp is truely one of the best pieces of musical equipment I have ever purchased. I think I will get another one soon and 20 lbs of amplifiers in the rack is all my band will ever need.
Way to go Crown!
The internal x-over is a great feature to have integrated, not only a simple roll-off, but a true bi-amp crossover as well. Also very simple to use. I read one review which said that they would like a more robust crossover, but I disagree. Keep it simple. Aside from that, multiple inputs and outputs: nice, super quiet fan cooled: nice, lighted display: nice.
Let's just say I have had no problems with Crown quality. Ever. I had a friend tell me his 45 lb. monster was obviously better quality because it was heavier, and therefor built better. It died a few days later. OK, it was a few years old, but a funny story anyway.
I first saw this amp when I was helping a DJ unload his stuff at a wedding. I couldn't believe how light it was. When I heard how clear and powerfull it was I had to get one. I didn't think to ask him the price, but I was sure it was going to be well over twice the price... What a pleasant surprise!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Amazing Amp, For The Small Stage

Great company and amp but unless you intend to use the amp for only indoors - DONT BUY IT! It is wonderful for the small stage and indoor venues but I used the amp...Read complete review

Great company and amp but unless you intend to use the amp for only indoors - DONT BUY IT! It is wonderful for the small stage and indoor venues but I used the amp in an outdoor event and had to blast it just to have the entire audience hear the music and shortly after the one channel doesn't work as well. So if you plan to use it inside, ITS A GREAT DEAL! but if you plan to use it outside for more than 300 people, buy something larger, Crown has plenty of great products that will fit your needs just fine.

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5.0

Nice utlility amp with some great features

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from Silicon Valley, CA

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Pros

  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Crown XLS1000 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

      There have been lots of times that I would have liked to have had a small, light power amp for different utility functions. I bought this Crown XLS1000 without a lot of expectations - it was on sale and the cheapest amp around. It turns out to be a great and useful small amp. There is built-in signal routing so you can easily run in stereo, bridge mode (more powerful mono), or even using the tunable built-in electronic crossover. You know it's a good deal when you can get a power amp with electronic crossover for less than you'd normally pay for an electronic crossover alone!

      This is a Class D/digital amp, so you get reasonable power with very little weight. I tried it out in my bass rig for a gig (bridge mode mono) and it sounded great and didn't seem to have any heat problems. I've also used in stereo to drive studio monitors at the console with no problems. There doesn't appear to be a fan, so there's no noise and it didn't generate excessive heat even driving the bass rig pretty hard.

      Input connectivity is great - 1/4" phone jacks + RCA jacks + balanced XLRs, so you don't need to carry adapters. The only thing that wasn't great as a utility amp was that the outputs are Speakon and bare wire only - the manual says the binding posts take banana plugs, but the banana jacks were not present on my model. The manual mentioned that the banana jacks are blocked off in European models, but my box says that it's a US/domestic model. No banana plugs means that you need a specially wired Speakon cable to run in bridge mode. Maybe this is OK - banana plugs are convenient, but not very rugged for the road.

      You couldn't get a better "extra amp" to have around. My only regret is not going to a bigger model in this line - they are all about the same size and weight. If you were going to use this as a PA amp, you would definitely want one of the upper models.

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      5.0

      Great Power addition to my Rack!

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      from Mokena, IL

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Crown XLS1000 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

        I started using Crown D series amps in the 1970's great performance but the weight was Back-Breaking!
        I wish I had this 9 lb amp back then! Crown is the ultimate Amplifier!

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        5.0

        Excellet amp, great bang for the money.

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        from NJ

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        • Excellent Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home sound system

          Comments about Crown XLS1000 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

          Everything I have read about this amp, from reviews to specs, is all accurate. First of all, under two bills for a good, clean 200+ watts per channel is a super bargain.
          This is a light weight amp but not light in the sound department, bass sounds full with lots of definition, in other words, good pumping bass but not boomy, fast and defined, good mids and highs are not strident or bright.
          For home use, these amps can be driven with just about any preamp, in my sound system I'm using a vintage solid state preamp to the amp and a set of old Advent speakers.
          Good connectors for speakers, I believe they can easily accept up to 12 gauge wire. I come from the old school of heavy amps, my big heavy iron though excellent, now sits collecting dust.

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          5.0

          Can't beat it for the price

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          from Delaware

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          • Excellent Sound

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            • Performances

            Comments about Crown XLS1000 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

            I bought this amp to run a monitor system in my rehearsal room. I had several crown amps in my rack years ago and was hoping they hadn't gone down hill. After hook up i was happy to hear they are still the working man's amp they were. Surprised at the versatility of the built in crossover and bypass system.
            Incredibly light weight.

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            4.0

            Great amp!

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            from Abingdon, MD

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            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Portable
            • Powerful

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              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Crown XLS1000 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

              I bought this amp to replace my Alesis RA500. It's a great replacement. A lot lighter than the Alesis, and very quiet. I haven't gotten into all the settings yet, but there are a few things you can set, I'm assuming for different playing conditions. I just took it out of the box and transferred cabled from my old amp to this one and turned it on and ran with it. Plug and Play for sure.

              I also got this on a Stupid Deal of the Day, so I grabbed a more expensive amp for about 1/2 the price. a win-win all around!

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              4.0

              Great amp. Great price. Bad packaging.

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              from Midwest

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances

                Comments about Crown XLS1000 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

                Great amp. Bullet proof. Fantastic price.

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                5.0

                Putting it to the test

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                from Minneapolis

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Portable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Mobile DJ
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Crown XLS1000 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

                  I purchased the amp to bridge into 4 ohm mono and run my subwoofer in my rehearsal space. So far so good. I have not gone through all the different power combinations but it is easy to navigate the menu and setting the crossover point was easy. The fact that the amp is light weight is very nice, but I will not be taking the amp on the road so I actually the weight is not an issue to me. My main reason for purchasing this amp is that it was a stupid deal of the day and it was very affordable. If I was looking for a road amp and something to take to gigs, I probably would have researched more. Crown is reliable builder and my needs are easy enough that it does the job I need it to do with ease.

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                  5.0

                  Crazy price on Stupid Deal of the Day!

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                  from Buena Vista, CO.

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                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Portable

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                    Comments about Crown XLS1000 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

                    I just couldn't say no to this deal. An ideal amp for small venue gigs or running monitors.

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                    5.0

                    Very light weight amp

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Performances

                      Comments about Crown XLS1000 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

                      OK, here is a summary. This amp is light weight and has a clean sound. It is perfect for a small venue sound system. I tested the RMS power output of the amp into an 8 ohm load. Here is the true power output, one channel driven into 8 ohms. 20 Hz - 185 watts, 1,000 Hz - 195 watts, 10,000 Hz 192 watts, 20,000 Hz - 212 watts. The amp really doesn't deliver the stated power with conservative ratings. This was done at 124 AC at the line. I also listened to the amp on high resolution electrostatic speakers compared to a 200 watt mosfet Adcom amp. Bottom line the Crown bass was thin, but tight, inner detail was lacking and the sound was dry. So why 5 stars? This amp is perfect for saving the backs of weekend musicians lugging around a pa rack. But don't kid yourself, this is not a high resolution amp. It's likely designed with a healthy dose of feedback for stability which can wipe out low level detail.

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                      5.0

                      Lightweight and powerful. I highly recommend this product.

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                      from Evansville,In

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                      • Easy To Use
                      • Portable
                      • Powerful

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                        • Events
                        • Performances

                        Comments about Crown XLS1000 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

                        We use two of these to power our mains

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