At Winter NAMM 2003 Crown International showed improved versions of its popular XLS Series power amplifiers. Designed with hard-working DJs and musicians in mind, the newly re-engineered XLS 202, 402 and 602 offer compact 2U (instead of 3U) designs, lighter weights, and lower price points than their predecessors.
"To be able to offer XLS in a package that requires less rack space and is lighter, cooler looking, and even more affordable than before is just plain awesome," says Bob"Lichty, Crown International market director for MI and recording. "The former XLS models have been rock-solid in terms of reliability and sonic performance and we know the 'NextGen' versions will carry on this trend. We also have the latest XLS models available in all line voltages, so they're ready for export markets as well."
The two-channel XLS 202, 402, and 602 are housed in rugged, all-steel chassis and employ forced-air fans to prevent excessive thermal buildup. Front panels sport dual, precision-detented level controls, a power switch and four LEDs, which indicate clip for each channel, power, and fault conditions. Rear panel connections include two electronically balanced XLR inputs as well as touch-proof binding post and Speakon outputs.
The new XLS models also employ extensive protection and diagnostics capabilities, including output current limiting, DC protection, circuit breaker, and special thermal protection of the units' transformers.