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Crown XLS1500 DriveCore Series Power Amp  

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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 ...Read More

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The XLS is a leader in portable power amps, with DriveCore Technology, PureBand Crossover System, and Peakx limiters.

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

Performance, technology, and affordability. That's the Crown XLS series.

SPECIFICATIONS

XLS1500 DriveCore Series Power Amp

  • 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.
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CrownXLS1500 DriveCore Series Power Amp
 
4.4

(based on 13 reviews)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (6)
  • Excellent sound (4)
  • Portable (4)
  • Good power output (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (5)
    • Performances (3)
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      • Experienced (3)

    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

     

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    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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    5.0

    Great Product

    By vas0314

    from Sandusky, MI

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Crown XLS1500 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

        We ordered this unit as a replacement for an old model used with our church sound system. It is compatable with our old amplifier in the way it hooked into our sound system. The owners manual is not very specific in the digital choices for set-up. I had to call tech support. They were very helpful, and aided me in the process in minutes. So far everything is working very well; it's a powerful unit!

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I would buy this product again

        By Big D

        from IL

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Crown XLS1500 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

        None

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        ....A DREAM COME TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!

        By DJ JACK C- OMNI DJ ENTERTAINMENT

        from Cleveland Oh

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances

          Comments about Crown XLS1500 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

          After carrying Peavey CS800'S For years.....These are a DREAM!!!!! My eq is heavier than these.....

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          5.0

          Great amp for the price

          By DJ Two Mz

          from Virginia

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Portable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Mobile DJ

            Comments about Crown XLS1500 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

            I bought this amp for my mobile DJ setup and it has worked out great. It is extremely lightweight, especially compared to the old amp I used to have. The power and sound from the amp is also good for my needs as well.

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            5.0

            Easy To Install &Connect

            By Brother A-49

            from Irving ,Texas

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • None As Of Now

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Mobile DJ
            • Performances
            • Very Reliable Durable

            Comments about Crown XLS1500 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

            We have been using these amplifiers for some time now. They have not given us any problems what so ever. They are HIGHLY recommended by me..........

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            (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            might be a solid digital amp, but ...

            By Mark

            from Baltimore

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Portable
            • Works Well Sounds Ok

            Cons

            • Half Rated Power Bass

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Theatre
            • Mobile DJ

            Comments about Crown XLS1500 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

            seems well built, but is only half the rated power. Most good amps exceed their rated power. Lacks deep bass. I compared this amp to a solid AB amp rated at 300 watts (8 ohm) on the other speaker so I could easily compare. Half the power and no where near the deep bass. Highs were tinty. Regardless if it is made well and lasts it's a nice device, but not at the rated watts, I would have to compare with the other digital amps to see if they are the same (less watts than advertised). If they all do it, then it's ok I guess. For the lightness it is worth the price.

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            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great, not Perfect

            By PacNWPaul

            from Oregon

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Portable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Mobile DJ
              • Performances

              Comments about Crown XLS1500 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

              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.

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              LACKS THUMP...

              By Just Rite

              from Maryland

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Crown XLS1500 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

                    This amp does not push 300 Watts channel at 8ohms if you were to ask me. It lacks punch and HEADROOM. It is really light...around 8lbs.and has a cheesey plastic front, giving me the wierd feeling that it is like a ~toy~ Not at all what I expected from Crown. I am not a fan of "drive core" technology!

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                    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent Amplifier

                    Comments about Crown XLS1500 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

                    This is an amazing amp. I have only used it for a few gigs, but I am thouroghly impressed! I have pushed it to the limit inside and outside on my folded horn 18" subs. The built in "DSP" functionality is wonderful. I can use the crossovers on this amp to get exactly the sound I want, plus it has through-pass, input Y, and bridge mode funtionality!

                    The XLS series of amps are amazingly lightweight and sound almost as good as ... or in some cases better, than the old 70lb amps of old! I have been in IT and sound reinforement for over 10 years and have never been as impressed with an amp as I have been with the XLS series. They are cool, silent, and never break a sweat even outside on a 90 degree day pushing the limit for hours!!!

                    I recommend the XLS series to anyone looking for a quality amp. And don't be fooled by the appearance of low power, because even the XLS1000 can move some monsterous speakers!

                    I plan on buying a XLS2500 when I get my dual 18" cabs later this year! BUY THIS AMP!!!

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Amp........Super Lightweight.....Great Features For The $$$$

                    By Dan Fischer

                    from Upstate NY

                    Comments about Crown XLS1500 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

                    The limiters are great to protect the speakers when especially when you have been at a gig for hours and you keep creeping up on the volume! Got rid of a QSC RMX1450 for the XLS1500 and never noticed a quality difference but did lose about 30+ lbs of my load-in!

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