Originally Posted by adept777
Ok guys as promised my comparative results on the Crown XLS 1000 and the Outlaw Audio Model 2200/200 as follows: First and foremost, I am no audiophile or anything close to that but I am also not exaggerating. So, please feel free to correct any technicalities if you may. FYI - this is simply IMHO:
Outlaw Audio M2200/M200 produces a more lively sound than the Crown XLS 1000. The vocals sounds amazingly transparent as though the singer is singing right in front of you in the room, the bass sounds tight and detailed, treble is clean and pleasant to listen to. Overall it brings nuances and detail to my system.
As for the Crown XLS 1000 most importantly it is much smaller in width and length but not the height, it is way lighter in weight than the Outlaw. As for the sound stage; it does produce more "sound" and even the panning is more realistic as sound moves around the room. You will definitely know it's loud but it will not hurt your ears, it is clean. I did not notice any fan noise as claimed by some users. As a matter of fact I think the fan does not even click in. And the amp is super cool even after two movies in a row!!
Overall, I think they both stand tall in their own respective ways and it is definitely a listeners choice between sound and detail. I personally prefer the Outlaw only because of some of the details I hear from them when it comes to music. And I am not a big fan of shinning led lights distracting my otherwise dark home theater! I like the clean black look of the outlaw better. But that was definitely not the biggest reason in deciding to keep it! IMHO anyone looking to get either one should listen to them both before deciding on one.
Did you use the Crown in bridged mono or have it drive 2 speakers? I assumed bridged mono for an equal comparison.
Where did you purchase the Crown from that allowed it to be returned? It seems Outlaw has a 30 day money back for their purchases.
The Crown seems very interesting for it's dual speaker configuration and it's cheaper than the Outlaw.
Does the Crown have any trigger on it? I dug through the manual but can't seem to find anything or is it a manual turn on each time. It seems the outlaw has this cool 3 watt standby mode so you don't have to worry about it.