Crown XLS DriveCore 2 amplifiers now available

Crown Audio and its UK distributor Sound Technology have announced the immediate availability of the manufacturer’s XLS DriveCore 2 Series amplifiers.

The new amps offer a host of upgraded features including more flexible DSP band pass filtering, selectable input sensitivity, remote power trigger operation and new styling.

There are four models in the range – XLS 2502 (£792 RRP), XLS 2002 (£696), XLS 1502 (£522) and XLS 1002 (£432) – with power ratings from 350W to 775W per channel at four ohms and 1,100W to 2,400W at four ohms bridged, as well as Harman’s exclusive DriveCore amplifier circuitry, which is the size of a postage stamp yet combines the amplifier driver stage into the power output stage along with additional audio-signal functions.

“The XLS Series has been a true industry workhorse and with the introduction of the XLS DriveCore 2 models, the amplifiers are even better suited for a wider range of live, portable PA and installed sound applications,” said Craig Lambrecht, business segment manager, Crown Audio.

The 2U-high amplifiers come with a bandpass filter on each channel in addition to the previous low and high pass filters, promising more precise DSP crossover tuning, loudspeaker matching and system EQ capability. All models allow the front-panel LED indicators (except the clip and thermal indicators) to be turned off if desired, reducing distraction in dark venues. All have selectable input sensitivity of either 1.4 Vrms or .775 Vrms, facilitating their use in a wider variety of applications and enabling the amplifiers to be driven at full power.

They also now have a remote power trigger function to turn the amp on and off from a distance, along with a display sleep mode that turns the display lighting off after a specified time. A security setting disables the front-panel menu buttons; the menu is locked and unlocked by entering a simple button combination. In addition, a system reset function enables all factory settings to be restored.

Additional features include Peakx limiters that deliver maximum output while protecting the speakers; balanced XLR, 1/4-inch and RCA inputs; touch proof binding post and Speakon outputs and more.

All Crown XLS DriveCore 2 amplifiers are covered by a three-year warranty.