Impressed with a Crown XLi 2500 class A/B amplifier

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    Trying out a new Crown XLi 2500 amplifier for my JBL 250Tis and I am very impressed with it's sound quality. I expected it to control the speakers well and it does with the bass lines more prominent and controlled. But I was hoping that it would be very revealing as well and it is, which I did not expect. This amplifier is 500 watts per channel of class A/B sound not class D as some other Crown amps are. Weighs in about 30 pounds with a HUGE torroidal transformer inside. Must allow a couple of weeks of break in to come to full clarity as it sounds rather closed in right out of the box. I am thrilled at the sound of this amplifier and for $399 delivered it is a no brainer. It may well be replacing my Parasound A23 which is a very fine amp also. Highly recommended.



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    How loud are the fans?
     
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    Very light Class A bias if it's really class A/B good for 500 watts and only 30lbs... The Adcom GFA-555 is 34lbs and "only" good for 200 watts in to 8 ohms. Likely over-rated like many modern Crown amps. Not saying it's bad by any stretch, just probably not 500 watts.
     
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    In my audio cabinet, I have never heard the fans.
     
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    Over-rated, you have example?

    I recently measured one of the 9lb XLS 1000s. Rated power 215wpc, I measured 227. A reputable company in pro audio will not be around long if their amps do not do what they are advertised to do.
     
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    Nice, I ask because I've thinking in one of those for my HT... Thanks for the heads up!
     
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    I bought the Xli 800 for $229.00 delivered from Amazon as a temporary amp to power my Polk SDA 2B...if it sucked I'd send it back. It dosnt and I didn't. Very responsive to cable and power cord changes. I only hear the fan whisper with my head right against the amp.
     
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    Crown XLS 1502 here, no complaints, never heard the fans. Use it everyday for HT & 2 channel. It's no Krell but damn sure does work and sounds good to me for $ to power ratio.
     
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    Run a XLS 2500 driving a pair of KEF LS50's. After reading some posts be I think Mr Mobious (sp) he was driving some hi end speakers with a XLS series amp. So one came up om Barter Town NIB $300. That was a WOW moment, replaces a Mac 2100. Never heard the fans come on, the amp is in a enclose space with little ventilation, I just open the door when the amp is running, it will run for hours without the fans coming on. Amazing amps always on the lookout for another.

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