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Crown XLS1000 DriveCore Series Power Amp  

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Overview

  • 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
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    $499.00
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    - $200.00
  • Your Price:
    $29900

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      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.

       

      XLS1000 DriveCore Series Power Amp Specifications:

      • 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); 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: XLS1000: 8-3/4lb.
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      CrownXLS1000 DriveCore Series Power Amp
       
      4.8

      (based on 35 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

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      • 4 Stars

         

        (4)

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      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Easy to use (14)
      • Excellent sound (11)
      • Good power output (10)
      • Portable (9)
      • Warm / comfy (4)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances (10)
        • Home studio (6)
        • Outdoor events / games (5)
        • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (5)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Professional musician (7), Experienced (6), 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

        Definitiely My new Go-TO Amp!

        By Puglatin

        from Twin Cities, MN

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances

          Comments about Crown XLS1000 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

          I originally purchased a competitor's amp, which proceeded to quit in less than 30 days under minimal, light use. Musician's Friend happily exchanged it for another... which did the same thing. This Crown amp was a bit more money, but had a reset button the other didn't. I've owned it for several months now and I don't have to worry whether it will power up or not! The ability of this baby is incredible. I have it pumping through a pair of Peavey 115s, less than halfway up on both channels and it shakes the windows!!! I love the crispness and quality of the sound. Most of all, the lightness of this amp is outstanding for someone like me whose body ain't all it used to be. I will be purchasing a second as a back-up just in case, but am not worried about NEEDING it. :D

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          5.0

          Excellent Amp - Indoors or Out

          By d_shredder

          from Cleveland, OH

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Crown XLS1000 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

            I've been using this amp to run sound for my bands for a few years now. Have yet to have an issue of any kind. And I am now running sound for other bands, and have been getting excellent reviews from the bands on their sound and volume level.

            The last gig was for a Southern Rock band, in an outdoor setting, and this single amp (1 channel mains, 1 channel monitors, 2 Ohms each side) had enough balls to make people get right into each others ears and yell to talk to each other.

            Expanding my PA system now, as more gigs are lining up. DEFINITELY buying more of these!

            5-Stars from me!

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Industry Leading Power

            By Ledfoot

            from San Diego, Ca

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            Pros

            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about Crown XLS1000 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

              The XLS SERIES CROWN amplifiers are very lightweight and pack a punch. I've got the 1000 powering my Yamaha A12M monitors and they sound great. Discrete components are the way to go and you can't get a better power amp than the XLS DriveCore series. Also have an XLS 1500 hooked up to my Yamaha A15's and they sound great. It's well worth the extra duckets to go for the XLS series with the peak limiters and extra features.

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              4.0

              Great amp and lightweight too!

              By mjk1110

              from New Hampshire

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Crown XLS1000 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

                I was skeptical at first being a Class D amp, but when we hooked it up we were amazed at the power and clarity. Can't review longevity yet as it's our first amp of this nature, but I think overall it will do just fine.

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                4.0

                exactly what I wanted

                By Mike

                from OP KS

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Crown XLS1000 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

                  as advertised - Musician's Friend had the best total price for this unit that I found online - Thanks!

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                  4.0

                  Works Great Light Wieght

                  By DSmiingSun

                  from Earth

                  About Me Professional Musician

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Sound
                  • Light wieght

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Monitor Amp
                  • Small venues

                  Comments about Crown XLS1000 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

                  Light Weight and great. Class D works, not as well as Class A, but ready to trade all my class A for D just to save the weight. Getting old, and lifting that rack into the truck is getting older.

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                  5.0

                  Great product

                  By Mike X. Mojo13 Band

                  from Aldan pa.

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances

                  Comments about Crown XLS1000 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

                  This is the second Crown XLS100 that I have purchased. We run sound from the stage and used to use three very heavy power amps that made our rack weigh in at a whopping 260 lbs. With the Crown amps we now are less than 50 lbs. and the sound quality doesn't suffer. We are all over 50 now and our backs can't handle the weight when playing out as much as we do.

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                  5.0

                  Crown XLS1000

                  By Paul Bostic

                  from Oregon

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Portable
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Crown XLS1000 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

                      I bought an XLS1500 about a year ago. I use it to drive my JBL 15" mains, it works perfectly! So I purchased the XLS1000 to run two daisy chains of monitors, it works perfectly as well. I would buy Crown products again.

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                      5.0

                      Great Amp!

                      By Whb3

                      from Washington DC

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Portable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Events
                        • Home Studio
                        • Mobile DJ
                        • Performances

                        Comments about Crown XLS1000 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

                        Great amp, works terrific, easy to set up.

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        my new bass rig

                        By Fender 50

                        from Dallas Texas

                        About Me Professional Musician

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                        • Low Power Situations

                        Best Uses

                        • Performances

                        Comments about Crown XLS1000 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

                        I have bi amped in the past for my outside and larger stage venues but ended up with a 80 pound 7 space rack to lug around. power amps for bass are ok but the max rms rating is typically on a 2 ohm load. So I choose this xls 1000 for power and lightness. so far so good. The head room was there.
                        I run it stereo into a single 600w 4ohm 15" cabinet on one side and a dual 10" 8 ohm cabinet on the other. The amp has filter options but I preferr a stereo 15 band eq to roll off and taylor my sound on both cabinets. Even with a BBE pre-amp and stereo eq this is now a 2 finger rack to carry around.
                        My only concern is for low ac voltage when the unit may shut down if the ac power source is below spec.

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