Crown Brings High-End Features to Portable PA Amps
Crown Audio introduced the XTi 2 Series of amplifiers, which the company says brings high-end features to portable PA applications.
Crown XTi 2 Series amplifiers
Crown Audio introduced the XTi 2 Series of amplifiers, which the company says brings high-end features to portable PA applications. With integrated speaker processing, the new XTi amplifiers eliminate the need for external crossovers, limiters, and EQs, immediately saving rack space and money, company officials said.
The XTi 2 includes Crown's PeakX Plus imiters, which are based on the same framework as those found in Crown I-Tech HD and the new XLS DriveCore Series amplifiers and allow users to manipulate threshold, attack, and release times. An improved subharmonic synthesizer offers more accurate control over which frequencies are targeted and can be tailored for a specific system or room setup.
"The new XTi 2 series pushes the industry threshold and redefines the feature set that users can and should come to expect from portable PA amplifiers," said Andy Flint, marketing manager for Crown, in a statement.
The XTi 2 also has more presets a user can save and recall than previous solutions, up to 30 presents from 20. Advanced Thermal Control gives users them the ability to tailor fan performance to their specific applications. Meanwhile, a new status section on the amplifier allows for the monitoring of power supply temperature and AC line voltage, making power management and troubleshooting easier, according to Crown,
XTi 2 amplifiers are compatible with HiQnet Band Manager software, a free application that provides a sleek, function-driven interface that has been re-skinned to simplify system setup and management while enabling audio professionals, musicians, and engineers to configure and control a rack of Crown XTi and XTi 2 series amplifiers.
The amplifiers now feature integrated rack handles and an enhanced cast front panel that is more durable, company officials said. The XTi 2 1002, 2002, and 4002 weigh 18.5 pounds, while the XTi6002 weighs 24 pounds. Pricing ranges from $499 to $1,999.