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Crown Rolls Out New Amplifiers

Crown recently announced its next generation line of XLS Series amplifiers, consisting of four entry-level models.

Crown recently announced its next generation line of XLS Series amplifiers, consisting of four entry-level models.

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The XLS Series amplifiers use a flexible PureBrand crossover system that allows a user to select crossover points from 50 Hz to 3 kHz for precise matching of specified crossover points on most bi-amplified loudspeakers. Increased control is highlighted by three selectable channel models and clip limiters designed to protect loudspeakers that can be turned on and off by channel.

PeakX limiters allow higher outputs levels than conventional analog limiting while providing assured driver protection, says the company, and deploy algorithms derived from the research and development of the OmniDrive HD loudspeaker processing in Crown's I-Tech HD Series.

Another feature of the XLS Series is the Integrated DriveCore technology. According to the company, the user will consistently have the highest level of performance as though there is a power condition built into the amplifier, regardless of AC line sag or distortion due to other equipment such as backline or lighting gear. A front-panel work surface with LCD display provides a menu-based system setup and full amplifier diagnostics.

The XLS Series amplifiers are housed in an industrial-design chassis, featuring a cast front panel for durability. Crown's circuit components use fewer resources in manufacturing, which have contributed to weight reduction in the 11-pound amplifiers, resulting in less energy consumption. Integrated rack handles add to the XLS Series' portability.

Crown says that the XLS Series amplifiers conform to Harman Professional's Green Edge environmental initiative.



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