Originally Posted by kbarnes701
Yes, the XLS series is 2ch only so you'd need 6 of them to power 11 channels. Of course, some may not have the space for that, but for those who do they really are a viable alternative. When I was running my own XLS amp pretty hard, I never once heard the fan come on. Remember these are Pro amps designed for a hard life, running close to flat out for hours on end, so they have fans to cater for that. In a domestic environment they really don't work very hard so the fans rarely, if ever, cut in, as others have testified to.
The stack of amps would require the same power as any other amp/s working to the same level.
I'm not trying to persuade you to switch to XLS amps BTW! Your amp choice is for you alone - just offering a POV and pointing out that XLS amps really are outstanding value for money on a $ per watt basis. And they are small and light too which can also be an advantage in some setups.
Hehe, you couldnt persuade me if you tried, i am my own man ;-).. That said, i did test 3 different class D amps from the pro segment out before i settled on Emotiva and the "classic" amp build, as the ones i had home to test was horribly loud. Granted,none of them were Crown,but with 3 different brands all had extremely loud fans..So i just gave up testing anymore and moved to fanless design instead.
Emotiva feels like really good build quality,and since power amps dont have moving parts, theoretically it should last forever, but ofcourse nothing does,and if i am ever in need of new amps good class d will be the first choise because these behemoths are too heavy to move around if you need to.
I dont care what they look like,but i do care about LED's you cant turn off,or loud fans etc. Like SVS PB-2000 why oh why did they put an extremely bright blue led in the front of the subwoofer,it is VERY annoying and one have to put black electric tape over it to not get distracted when watching movies.
Isn't the crown and other class d amps much more efficient,and thus require LESS power to output same as conventional amps?