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Crown XLS 1500 Power Amplifier, 1500 Watts

This 1500-watt power amp lives up to Crown's stellar reputation, combining lightweight, efficient Class D architecture with a high tolerance for dirty AC. (25) Read 13 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Highly efficient in design, the Crown XLS 1500 offers 1500 watts of pure Crown power in a surprisingly lightweight 2U rack space design. The portable XLS 1500 weighs about 11 pounds, without sacrificing any of the features typically found in a comparable amp weighing over 40. Thanks to its lightweight construction, integrated DriveCore Technology, PureBand Crossover System, Peakx limiters, switch-mode power supply, and more, this XLS series power amplifier is able to provide unrivaled performance and flexibility for a range of applications, from studio sessions to DJ sets to church events.

DriveCore Technology for a Better Class D Amp

When you have an amp driven by DriveCore Technology, there's no way that faulty power sources can affect your performance. Developed by Crown in collaboration with Texas Instruments, DriveCore Technology -- a proprietary hybrid analog-digital integrated circuit (IC) -- drives the front end of the Class D output stage, allowing the XLS 1500 to overcome setbacks caused by sagging or "dirty" AC lines, such as those that may be powering other equipment at the same time. DriveCore ensures that even if you plug the XLS 1500 into an unreliable wall outlet or if there's simply too much going on at the same time, you won't hear any difference in sound quality.

Complete Crossover Control

With the XLS 1500's PureBand Crossover System, you can vary the crossover frequency at any point between 50 Hz and 3 kHz on 1/12 octave centers, which means you get dedicated control over what frequencies you're sending to each channel. Four crossover modes -- Crossover, LowPass, HighPass, and Bridge -- let you engage either a low-pass filter or high-pass filter at your chosen frequency. You can conveniently configure all PureBand Crossover System settings from the front-panel LCD interface.

Built-In Speaker Protection

Thanks to Peakx limiters, Crown's XLS 1500 is able to achieve higher sound pressure levels (SPL) with fewer unwanted artifacts, providing the greatest amount of safe power to your speakers with very little distortion and fewer shutdowns. As with the crossover settings, Peakx limiters can be turned on or off from the XLS 1500's front panel.

A Switched-Mode Power Supply for Lightweight Portability

The XLS 1500's advanced switched-mode power supply is what makes the amp so light. Optimized for maximum power transfer from the AC line through the Class D output stage to the loudspeakers, the power supply sheds the pounds in exchange for ease of use and portability. When you've got a van full of gear to transport and set up at your next gig, having an 11-pound power amp like the Crown XLS 1500 can make things so much easier. With this lightweight power amplifier, you will gladly take your show on the road.

Features:

- Lightweight, 1500-watt Class D power amplifier
- Weighs just 11 pounds, making transport and set up easy
- Integrated PureBand Crossover System for better performance and control
- Peakx limiters provide maximum output while protecting your speakers
- XLR, 1/4", RCA inputs provide flexibility
- Efficient forced-air fans keep the unit cool even in demanding situations
- Electronically balanced XLR inputs and touchproof binding post and Speakon outputs provide versatile connectivity
- Precision detented level controls, power switch, power LED, and 6 LEDs indicate signal, clip, and fault for each channel
- Backed by Crown's 3-year warranty

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Specifications
- Power Rating: 300W/channel at 8 ohms, 525W/channel at 4 ohms, 1050W at 8 ohms bridged
- Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): < 0.5%
- Intermodulation Distortion (IMD): (60Hz and 7kHz at 4:1), From full rated output to -30dB: <0.3%
- 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)

Minimum Guaranteed Power (per channel, both channels driven)
- Stereo, 2 ohms: 775W
- Stereo, 4 ohms: 525W
- Stereo, 8 ohms: 300W
- Bridged mono, 4 ohms: 1550W
- Bridged mono, 8 ohms: 1050W

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.)

Construction
- XLS1000/XLS1500: 8.12-Inch (20.62cm) depth

Dimensions
- EIA Standard 19-inch (48.3-cm) rack mount width (EIA RS-310-B), 3.5-inch (8.9-cm) height
- XLS 1000/1500: 7.7-inch (19.6-cm) depth
- Net Weight: 8.6 pounds (3.9kg)
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 pounds (6.2 kg)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 11 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 22 x 13 x 6 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-342-6939

Product Description

The Crown XLS 1500 defines the standard for portable PA systems 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. The Crown XLS 1500's integrated crossovers and switch-mode power supply produce superior sound, and Peakx limiters protect your speakers. Weighing less than 11 pounds, compared to 40 pounds for its competitors, it's much easier to set up and move from show to show. Simply put, the Crown XLS 1500 is the most reliable, versatile, efficient amplifier available today.

Integrated DriveCore Technology

The XLS 1500 from Crown defines the standard for live sound systems with unmatched performance, technology, and affordability. This high-performance amplifier provides enormous power and flexibility thanks to the integrated DriveCore Technology, PureBand Crossover System and Peakx limiters. And weighing in at only 11 lbs, it provides the ultimate in lightweight portability.

Generating chest-thumping lows and crystal clear highs, the four models in the series - the XLS 1500, XLS 1000, XLS 2000, and XLS 2500 - are engineered to meet any demanding audio requirements - reliably and within budget. Every XLS amplifier is backed by Crown's unequaled Three-Year, No-Fault, Fully Transferable Warranty that covers everything.

With over five decades of experience designing and building rock-solid products, Crown is the standard in amplifier technology. So check out the Crown XLS 1500. It's a powerful argument for performance, flexibility, and value!

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 that your performance will not be compromised by fluctuating generator power or overloading by 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

This advanced power supply 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. The XLS 1500 weighs only 11 lbs with no compromise in performance. This makes the Crown XLS 1500 the benchmark for high performance lightweight portability.

PureBand Crossover System

The PureBand Crossover System in the XLS 1500 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:

- Crossover Mode (CH1=LPF, CH2=HPF) - When chosen, this mode enables a LowPass Filter on Channel 1 and a HighPass Filter on Channel 2 at the frequency chosen.
- LowPass Mode (CH1=LPF, CH2=LPF) - When chosen, this mode enables a LowPass Filter on both Channel 1 and Channel 1 at the frequency chosen.
- HighPass Mode (CH1=HPF, CH2=HPF) - When chosen, this mode enables a HighPass Filter on both Channel 1 and Channel 2 at the frequency chosen.
- Bridge Mode (LPF or HPF) - When the amplifier is put into Bridge-Mono, you are still able to use the crossover system and employ either a LowPass Filter or HighPass Filter at the frequency chosen.

All of the PureBand Crossover System settings can be fully configured quickly and easily from the front panel using the intuitive LCD interface.

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 11 lbs.
- Integrated PureBand Crossover System for better performance and control
- Peakx Limiters provide maximum output while protecting your speakers
- XLR, 1/4 inch, RCA inputs provide outstanding flexibility
- 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 which indicate signal, clip and fault for each channel
- Three-Year, No-Fault, Fully Transferable Warranty completely protects your investment and guarantees its specifications
Customer Reviews
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Sound: I have had no issues with sound reproduction using these amps. Using a DriveRack PA+, I am able to send the exact signal to each amp that I need and they reproduce the signal perfectly Feature: I have used one of these amps to DJ for friends parties. I use 2 of my JBL monitors in parallel for the mains from channel 2 and a JBL sub on channel one. The built is DSP eliminates the need for an external crossover. Brilliant! Overall: I use six of these amps in my amp rack. Two are used for my subs, each at 4 ohm mono. One is used for my mains, at 4 ohm stereo. The other 3 are used for monitors, each running at 8 ohm stereo. I think these amps are the best entry level "pro-sumer" product on the market. I don't know how a weekend warrior band could ask for anything more. Six of these amps in my amp rack doesn't even break 50 pounds!
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Overall: Crown amps all the best amps around always has been. I had a new qsc amp at 500 watts per channel 8ohms..I sold it within 1 week. Nothing beats Crown AT ALL!!!!
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