Heavyweight performance from a surprisingly light amp
Crown's XLS DriveCore Series power amplifiers don't just pack a lot of juice into a chassis that'll make the suspension on your touring van happy — they deliver the reliability you'll need when laying down tracks in the studio, storming clubs, or rousing the congregation. DriveCore technology is highly efficient and complements your sonics nicely, so you'll notice reduced distortion, even when you're turned up to eleven. These amps integrate nicely into nearly any setup thanks to their wealth of connections, and the built-in crossover system gives you the flexibility to work with different speaker setups.
DriveCore takes the worry out of every socket
Patented DriveCore technology from Crown allows their XLS amps to maintain Class D-like efficiency even when they're being powered by untrustworthy AC current. Unstable electrical loads typically introduce heavy noise into most Class D amps, but the DriveCore hybrid analog-digital integrated circuit keeps the distortion to practically zero, even when powered by the dirtiest of AC lines. So even if you've got to plug in near a lighting rig or other backline gear, XLS amps wipe away interference so your signal stays smooth as glass.
Simple yet effective
Crown's XLS 1500 amplifier dishes out 300 watts RMS per channel at 8 ohms, 525 watts per channel at 4 ohms, and up to 1550 watts in bridged mode — not bad for less than 9 pounds of gear. Because it's a highly efficient Class D amp, it relies on internal heat sinks with forced-air cooling to keep the internal temperature under control, with an automated rear fan that kicks in if you're pushing the amp hard. The amp's optimized switched-mode power supply keeps things humming smoothly from start to finish.
The amp's front panel offers independent level control knobs and LEDs, an on/off switch, LCD screen, and three menu control buttons. The LCD screen lets you configure the amp mode, clip compressor, and crossover configuration with ease.
The rear of the XLS 1500 is a veritable treasure trove of connections. You'll find balanced XLR inputs, 1/4" inputs, and RCA inputs, so you can get creative with your audio sources. The 1/4" connectors also serve as loop-thrus for adding more amps to the mix. You'll find binding posts and Neutrik Speakon® outputs for the speakers, plus a built-in circuit breaker to protect against overload.
Built-in PureBand Crossover System
Are you working with a subwoofer, multiple speakers, or floor monitors? Maximize the XLS 1500's energy by employing the integrated PureBand Crossover System. It lets you choose the crossover point just about anywhere between 50 and 3000 Hz, and gives you steep 24 dB/octave slopes for seamless transitions between different drivers. Your choice of four different crossover modes let you configure your system to nearly any situation or speaker setup, whether you need big-time boom or to hear the high notes above the fray. And the settings can all be adjusted right from the amp's front panel.
Peakx Limiters keep you out of sonic valleys
Crown's Peakx Limiters give you the confidence to push your system hard without shutting down the entire production. You'll be able to push the volume up safely without fear of sonic garbage littering the audience's ears or wrecking your speakers. Crown put the independent Peakx Limiters on each channel and they're defeatable right from the front panel.