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Any problems with Crown XLS series?

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by Veldar, Aug 25, 2013.


  1. Veldar

    Veldar

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    Hey guys When I went to look into a Crown one of the workers told me they break and are really prone to "popping", I can't find anything anywhere that even mentions breaking, since my only other option in my price range is a Ampeg PF-500 I'd rather grab something a bit less prone to breaking.

    Any Crown owners comment what you think of them. :)

    Cheers, Sam.
     
  2. 1958Bassman

    1958Bassman

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    Whose "worker" told you this? Do they actually sell Crown, or were they using this as a way to get you to buy one of the brands they do sell?
     
  3. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

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    I have several Crown amps. I love them all. They are among the best.
     
  4. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

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    By the way, the correct order of powering up a system is " Power amps are the last to be turned on and the first to be turned off. This eliminates virtually all "Popping".
     
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  6. Veldar

    Veldar

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    Good to know, I need to read up on power amps and how to use them properly.

    Musos Corner there called, they have sold crowns for ages but I think there changing over to Yamaha for power amps soon, and the guy seemed persistent to plug me in to a $1200 Ampeg when my budget was $600. :p
     
  7. warnergt

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    Love my XLS1500. It crushes with no pops.

    And, yes. Turn the power amp on last. And turn it off first.
     
  8. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

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    Read up on gain staging and as always, read the manual. Your amp might have DSP, built in X-overs, etc. These are handy features, but only if you understand how to utilize them properly.
     
  9. Rav

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    I have an XLS, It works perfectly no problems.
     
  10. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

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    I've used atleast half a dozen XLS amps for PA applications, and they've performed very well for me - no complaints here...


    - georgestrings
     
  11. Rick Auricchio

    Rick Auricchio Registered Bass Offender Supporting Member

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    The XLS1000 in our live PA rig and the XLS1500 (maybe it's a 2000) in the band room have been trouble-free.

    A nice feature of the XLS series is the turn-on delay. If you should accidentally turn on everything at once, the amp delays about five seconds before producing sound. By then, the rest of the upstream equipment (mixer and processing boxes) have fully powered up.
     
  12. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

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    I have (2) 1500's and (2) 2500's. No problems at all and the units do not "pop" when powered-up. I do wish the HPF had a setting lower than 50 hz, but that's a minor niggle.

    Riis
     
  13. Mike in Chicago

    Mike in Chicago Supporting Member

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  14. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

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    +1

    I play my XLS2000 almost every day and have never had a problem.

    +1 on Floyd Eye's comment too.... The XLS with DSP is nearly impossible to understand and use effectively without reading the manual.
     
  15. Blues Bass 2

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    +2 same here . No problems . I have the XLS1500 and had a XLS1000 and both have been great .
     
  16. Veldar

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    Hey guys I just got my XLS 1500 today, will it be fine if it's on stereo and I only have on cab on the left side and no connection on the right?

    Cheers, Sam.
     
  17. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

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    Yeah, it will be fine but you might not be getting the full benefit. What enclosure are you feeding?

    Riis
     
  18. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

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    I haven't heard anything about them breaking, popping or even locking.
     
  19. Stone Soup

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    :eek: I see what you did, there. :) :D :cool:

    I've used XLS drivecore amps many times, for rehearsals. Never an issue.
     
  20. Veldar

    Veldar

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    A TC electronic BC 4 x 10, it's working fine, I love the tone.
     
  21. tabdog

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    I have an XLS 202 and it's been great.
    No problems. It powers a GenzBenz
    4X10 just fine,

    Tabdog
     

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