Originally Posted by jpmst3
Doesn't sound like a bad deal really. The 1200 can be had new for $599, so used should be a real steal.
They (XS1200) can currently be found at Musicians Friend for $499 refurb, the XS900 for $449. But, both pop up on ebay on a regular basis. I jumped on the XS900/new for $400 because it was located in Ft Lauderdale and I knew Chuck could pick it up and test it, therefore requiring only one-way shipping.
What design/class is the output stage?
Class H, supposedly.
This amp shows some power, quality distortion figures, excellent S/N ratio, and frequency response, but like some others the power figures fall short of manufacturer's specifications and claims when using these stringent tests.
I'd say it actually does very well when compared to its specs. For instance, it put out an average of 746W per channel at 20Hz @ 4ohms @ .14% THD. While the watts are 17% less than advertised, the spec allowed for THD to .5%. It fares even better at 2ohms a channel, where it pretty much meets specs, if not exceeds them (average of 1186W per channel @ 20Hz @ .234% THD) while the spec stated 1200W @ .5% THD.
At any rate, I am very pleased so far with the results. The good thing is, there is one more amp in the lineup which is rated higher than the 900 and it can readily be found on forums, ebay, etc for a pretty good deal IMO.
Chuck deserves all the credit here. He, without hesitation, said he'd happily pick up the amp for me. And to test it like this on the weekend is wonderful. He just picked up the amp a few days ago! And finally the community has some objective data on these Crown XS amps.