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The XLS 2500 is a leader in portable amps, with DriveCore Technology, PureBand Crossover System, and Peakx limiters.

Crown's XLS 2500 is a premiere, portable power amplifier with unmatched performance, technology and affordability. Its advantageous flexibility includes multiple inputs so you can plug in anything and play anywhere, along with several system setup configurations. This high-performance power amp provides enormous power and flexibility thanks to the integrated DriveCore Technology, PureBand Crossover System and Peakx limiters. Weighing less than 11 pounds, the Crown XLS2500 power amp is much easier to set up and move from show to show.

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 XLS2500 power amp won't compromised 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 XLS2500 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. All four models in the Crown XLS line weigh 10 pounds or less with no compromise in performance. This makes the Crown XLS2500 power amp and others in the XLS Series the benchmark for high-performance, lightweight portability.

PureBand Crossover System
The PureBand Crossover System in the Crown 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 sound pressure level (SPL) with 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
  • Three-Year, No-Fault, Fully Transferable Warranty completely protects your investment and guarantees its specifications

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

SPECIFICATIONS

XLS2500 DriveCore Series Power Amp

  • Minimum Guaranteed Power per channel, both channels driven: 1550W, Stereo, 2 Ohms (per ch.); 775W, Stereo, 4 Ohms (per ch.); 440W, Stereo, 8 Ohms (per ch.); 1550W, Bridge-Mono, 8 Ohms; 2400W, 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): XLS2000 > 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
    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 10-3/4"D
    Weight: XLS2500: 10-3/4 lb.
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CrownXLS2500 DriveCore Series Power Amp
 
4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Excellent sound (8)
  • Good power output (8)
  • Portable (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (5), Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

XLS2500 Rocks

I bought 2 of these to run a combination of EV mains and subs. The plan was to use the DSP and set one up for the subs and the other for the mains....Read complete review

I bought 2 of these to run a combination of EV mains and subs. The plan was to use the DSP and set one up for the subs and the other for the mains. Just for giggles I tried running one amp in stereo using the built in crossovers for both my 18" subs and my EV SB122 12" subs. I was shocked by the power I got from running in stereo without the DSP. I set up loads of both 4 (sub and Main) and 2 ohms (sub and dual mains) and found excellent sound. I even ran one side at 4 ohms and the other at 2 and found the channels in balance with plenty of reserve power. I now run my main system (EV SX300's and SB122's) off on one amp and keep the other as a backup. On a recent gig the power was provided by a generator for the park and it was not setup properly. After sound check, we went to go live and both amps had a thermal fault showing. The generator was throwing 140 volts. We had the electricians correct the power setting on the generator board and all worked well. This is a good thing. The amps shut down vs. blew up - Class D power is different and more touchy than the Class A tube amps on stage but this amp is built correctly and protected itself. 10 lbs., great power, great sound. great price for the power

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Horrible sounding amp...maybe I got a dud...

Maybe I got a lemon, but this amp sounded horrible. It colored the sound in a very ugly way. Cannot recommend this amp.

Maybe I got a lemon, but this amp sounded horrible. It colored the sound in a very ugly way. Cannot recommend this amp.

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(18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

XLS2500 Rocks

By rich grigalus

from Memphis, TN

Comments about Crown XLS2500 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

I bought 2 of these to run a combination of EV mains and subs. The plan was to use the DSP and set one up for the subs and the other for the mains. Just for giggles I tried running one amp in stereo using the built in crossovers for both my 18" subs and my EV SB122 12" subs. I was shocked by the power I got from running in stereo without the DSP. I set up loads of both 4 (sub and Main) and 2 ohms (sub and dual mains) and found excellent sound. I even ran one side at 4 ohms and the other at 2 and found the channels in balance with plenty of reserve power. I now run my main system (EV SX300's and SB122's) off on one amp and keep the other as a backup. On a recent gig the power was provided by a generator for the park and it was not setup properly. After sound check, we went to go live and both amps had a thermal fault showing. The generator was throwing 140 volts. We had the electricians correct the power setting on the generator board and all worked well. This is a good thing. The amps shut down vs. blew up - Class D power is different and more touchy than the Class A tube amps on stage but this amp is built correctly and protected itself. 10 lbs., great power, great sound. great price for the power

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GREAT AMP!

By CD

from New Jersey

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances

    Comments about Crown XLS2500 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

    This is an excellent and powerful amplifier for Live Sound and of course, Pre-recorded music. We needed to update our amplifier line with lighter more stable amps in lower voltage settings, and crown delivered... This is our first experience with crown, switching from QSC, and we are more than happy... especially with their 3 year any excuse warranty! The DSP function is great and easy to dial in what you need... the amp has neutrik AND banana connections for speakers which helps a lot to have both! Bridged Mono is how we use this delivering a clear transparent 2500 watts into our speakers... There is a reason touring companies use Crown... and the price is unbelievable... Kudos to Crown... Well done.

    (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Works awesome in stereo and bridged

    By QCInsaneBass

    from Quad Cities, IA

    Comments about Crown XLS2500 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

    Used it at a show same night I got it. Easy to use, intuitive menu system. Filters, Crossover, and DSP run on both channels. Turned out awesome for running 2 SP118 subs in small venue. Sounds beautiful bridged and rockin at 11 on a single SP118. Definitely a stepup and spacesaver. The weight (11 lbs) is AMAZING!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good Amp

    By Nasty Weather

    from Lewisburg, Ohio

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Lightweight And Powerful
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances

    Comments about Crown XLS2500 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

    Good amp for the money. I use it to power a pair of Peavey SP118 Subwoofers in lowpass bridged mode for live sound. It also does a great job at powering a pair of subs on one channel and a pair of mains on the other in crossover mode. I like the amp.

    (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Very fast shipping

    By ulyess

    from oh

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Crown XLS2500 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

      assumes buyer is expert very veg instructions.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good amp for the money

      By Soundguy Ron

      from Elk River MN

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Crown XLS2500 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

        I used this amp with a four piece rock band. I bi-amped it to run (2) 18" subs and (2) three way all in one speaker enclosures. The kick and bass were very punchy, you could feel it in your chest. I crossed it over at 117 HZ with the onboard Xover. The entire system was clean and plenty loud for the average night club venue. I just received the amp a short time ago and so far so good.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Horrible sounding amp...maybe I got a dud...

        By Tom

        from Ashland, Or.

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Portable

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

          Comments about Crown XLS2500 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

          Maybe I got a lemon, but this amp sounded horrible. It colored the sound in a very ugly way. Cannot recommend this amp.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I will be getting more of these power amps!

          By Nick

          from Binghamton, NY

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Mobile DJ
            • Performances

            Comments about Crown XLS2500 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

            I use this amp to power my mains. It has a lot of power and great sound. Awesome bang for your buck! I will buy more. I would recommend this amp!!!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Very solid amplifier

            By TomH

            from DFW

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about Crown XLS2500 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

              This amp has plenty of power and delivers a wide and deep soundstage. I compared this to the lower powered XLS 1000 and the XLS 2500 produces a much better sound with more HiFi inner detail and ambiance. The 1000 has a drier sound but still sounds good. To summarize I would consider the XLS 2500 to be useable in a high powered home audio system. I would not use the XLS 1000 in a serious HiFi. The 1000 is great for casual sound or sound reinforcement use.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great sound in a lightweight unit!

              By David

              from undisclosed

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              Pros

              • Excellent Sound
              • Lightweight
              • Portable
              • Powerful

              Cons

              • No Parallel Mono
              • Unusable Banana Plugs

              Best Uses

              • Great For Pa
              • Performances

              Comments about Crown XLS2500 DriveCore Series Power Amp:

              The sound is crystal clear and I like the fact that you can use the built in crossover to cut off low freq (like stage rumble) from coming through the PA when you are using full range speakers. Here's the "not so good" parts:
              1. The banana plugs on this amp have some kind of plastic pieces installed so you can't really use them. The manual says "Note: Binding post outputs on European models come with safety plugs installed...". So maybe I got a European model amp? I can work around it but why put banana plugs on the amp if you can't use them?
              2. If you want to use the amp in parallel mono mode, you have to run a jumper cable from one channel/side of the amp to the other. Most amps let you do parallel mono by moving switches on the back of the unit. Again not a BIG deal but it is a head scratcher. Overall, I like this amp and would recommend it BUT...READ THE MANUAL BEFORE USING IT some features are not intuitive.

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