After receiving rave reviews at its Winter NAMM introduction in January, Crown today began shipping its new line of XLS Series amplifiers. The new line – consisting of four models and offering an unprecedented level of performance and configuration flexibility, will usher in a new era of power amplification at the entry level.
The XLS series amplifiers implement a flexible PureBandâ„¢ Crossover System. A user can select crossover points from 50 Hz to 3 kHz, allowing for precise matching of specified crossover points on most bi-amplified loudspeakers. Increased control is also highlighted by the three selectable channel modes and clip limiters designed to protect loudspeakers that can be turned on and off by channel.
“Today we are extremely proud and excited that our XLS Series amplifiers are now available to our customers,” said Matt Bush, Vice President of Sales for Crown. “The development of this amplifier represents the values we feel strongest about: industry leading technology, quality, reliability, and the most competitive pricing. Since the amplifier's introduction at Winter NAMM we have received an outstanding response and are confident it will exceed our customers expectations.”
PeakXâ„¢ limiters allow higher output levels than conventional analog limiting while providing assured driver protection, and deploy algorithms derived from the extensive research and development of the OmniDrive HD loudspeaker processing in Crown's flagship I-Tech HD Series.
In another major advance, the new XLS series amplifiers feature Integrated DriveCoreâ„¢ Technology. Regardless of AC Line sag or distortion due to other equipment such as backline or lighting gear, the user will consistently have the highest level of performance as though there is a power conditioner built directly into the amplifier. It also provides fast recovery on peaks, accurate reproduction of low-level detail, and precise tracking of low-frequencies at high power levels for maximum subwoofer output.
The new XLS Series amplifiers are housed in a new premium industrial design chassis, featuring a cast front panel for durability. They also feature integrated rack handles and weigh under 11lbs, making the XLS Series the ultimate portable amplifier.