Class D amp with Crown’s ultra-efficient Drive Core technology weighs less than 11 lb. . Crown’s new XLS DriveCore 2 series of power amplifiers feature an. Crown XLS DriveCore 2 amplifiers now feature a bandpass filter on each channel in addition to the previous low and high pass filters, enabling more precise. The affordable XLS is clean, powerful, quiet in operation and flexible in use.

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Both can be fed the same full-range signal from the console. Stereo is pretty self-explanatory and is the factory default for the amp. I kept backing out drivexore the menu instead of saving my settings. DSP is accessible and controlled via three buttons and a small LED screen that, honestly, took a little getting used to.

I would recommend this particular unit for portable churches, churches with portable drivecoge, youth groups and any number of smaller audio needs. Drivevore larger versions would certainly be capable of driving larger systems, although the DSP may be a limitation. Finally, in the menu is a security feature that disables the buttons so the DSP cannot be changed by your arch nemesis from the church down the street … or the elementary-aged kids playing hide and seek backstage.

Review: Crown XLS DriveCore 2 Power amplifier – Church Production Magazine

That prosumer feeling, I quickly learned, is just an exterior perception. I even made sure to crank the audio for a while on my favorite song so see if it just xrivecore some encouragement to run. For example, there is no EQ or delay. About Us Subscribe Editorial Advertise. It weighs nine pounds—not what you’d expect if you’ve used earlier Crown amps, or any professional power amplifier for that matter.


I’ve always dgivecore a great deal of respect for the Crown name. I grew up in Elkhart, Ind. This, however, is probably linked more to my inability to follow instructions; I am still unable to figure out duplex copying on the copy machine.

In many ways it’s your crodn small town, but also happens to be known as the RV manufacturing capital of the world, the place Alka-Seltzer was launched, and home to Crown Audio, a Harman company. Listening to the speakers in different environments, I found that the amplifier, including the built-in DSP, provided clean, clear sound. Listening to the speakers in different drivefore, I found the amplifier, including the built-in DSP, provided clean, and clear sound. Copyright c Production Media, Inc.

Review: Crown XLS DriveCore 2 1502 Power amplifier

For this review, Crown sent me the model, which produces watts into each channel at 4 ohms and 1, watts in bridged mode. If installed, it features an aux control terminal that allows a sleep mode via a contact closure. Back to Search Results.

DSP settings are not very robust, however. Stereo, Bridged Mono and Input Y. The first amp I ever owned was an old CE Many options are available, including turning off the blue “style” lights.


So my first impression of this new Crown amp was that it was a prosumer product—designed for home theater or certainly something other than a serious pro audio environment.

In my early production days in northern Indiana we joked that we had no more than three degrees of separation from a Crown Audio worker. While the sound was excellent, I was amazed at how quiet the cooling is for this unit. Skip to main content. The clip LEDs cannot be disabled, which makes sense.

After spending more than a week evaluating this amplifier on a range of loudspeakers, I can report that the Crown XLS DriveCore 2 power amplifier—with its light weight and super-efficient Class D technology—is capable of producing great audio. This could stem from hometown pride, but I think it’s more the fact that they have built a reputation on quality.

Other features in the menu allow the user to turn off the LED level indicators if the amp is in an area where it would be distracting to sls audience. It does have a fan to draw air, but I am not sure if I have ever heard it.