Summer NAMM: Crown New Xs Series Power Amps

Jul 17, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Designed with mobile DJs, musicians and regional tour companies in mind, the Xs500, 700, 900 and 4300 offer compact, lightweight, 2U designs along with very aggressive price points.

"The Xs Series is Crown's first full amplifier line for the retail market featuring a Crown-designed switch-mode power supply," said Bob Lichty, Crown International market director for MI and recording. "These amplifiers provide the features and price points that our pro user customers have been asking for."

The 2-channel Xs500, 700 and 900 all combine first-class reliability with a number of notable features. Each model is housed in a rugged, all-steel chassis and employs efficient forced-air fans to prevent excessive thermal buildup. Front panels sport dual-precision-detented level controls, a power switch and 10 LEDs, which indicate signal and clip for each channel, bridge mode, power, AC mains present, temp and fault conditions. Rear-panel connections include two Neutrik Combo inputs, allowing balanced XLR or 1/4-inch connections, barrier strip inputs, two XLR male outputs for daisy-chaining, plus touch-proof binding post, Speakon and Phoenix outputs.

The 4-channel Xs4300 enjoys the same feature set, with twice the front-panel indicators and controls, combo inputs and touch-proof binding post outputs. The 4300 can be run as four independent channels or each pair of channels may be bridged to operate as a 2 or 3-channel higher-power amplifier when needed.

The new Xs models also employ extensive protection and diagnostics capabilities, including output current limiting, DC protection, circuit breaker and special thermal protection of the units' transformers.

Power ratings per channel and suggested U.S. retail pricing are: Xs500, 750W at 2 ohms, 500W at 4 ohms, 400W at 8 ohms, $989; Xs700,  900W at 2 ohms, 750W at 4 ohms, 450W at 8 ohms, $1,299; Xs900: 1200W at 2 ohms, 900W at 4 ohms, 600W at 8 ohms, $1,459; and Xs4300, 300W at 4 ohms, 200W at 8 ohms, $1,619.

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