car54

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  1. I understand your concern, but I have a Crown Power Base 2 that has been installed in my aircraft hangar for music and paging since 1998. I take it apart and blow the dust out every year or so (continuous fan on this model), but except for that hour it is apart, it runs continuously 24/7 for over a decade powering some Community XLT-47's I just picked up a new XTI4002 to run my srx728s subwoofer in my home theater, and was extremely disappointed to see it's not made in USA like the XTI2000's I have running the system now. I had another chinese crown xls that was nothing but problems and repair bills until the day I tossed it in the scrap metal pile. Hopefully the xti4002 can take the heat. fingers crossed.
  2. Ok, after some more testing, driving only channel 1 Fan cuts on at 55C and ramps up to full and the channel continues heating up until it reaches 85C and output is limited. Thermal light never came on (I had it in diagnostics, so maybe that did it?) Same song, same speaker same levels channel 2 finishes the 4 minute song with fan coming on at 55C and holding temp in the low 50's without ever reaching full speed. 4 ohm load, tried three different speakers, different wires, even opened the amp up and looked for anything loose or obstructing the air. Nothing. Driving channel 2 the amp air is hot but with channel 1 thermal protect, the air is cool and PS never breaks 23C. Any ideas before I box it up?
  3. My XTI 2000 is overheating on channel 1. 81C is what I saw. PS and ch2 never go higher than 56 or so. upgraded to latest firmware. Low volume allows ch1 to go into thermal protect before the fan even kicks on. Is there something that may have come loose? I'm regretting the praise I gave the xti. For now, its a powerful, versatile, DSP filled paperweight.
  4. Both amps are excellent choices. They are at the lower end of crowns product offering, but crown makes a great product. Ive been using them for over 20 years and the only thing more important than the reliability is the service they offer. To narrow down your choice, you might want to check out the rebate crown is offering on the XLS line right now. I believe its $135 on the XLS 602. Considering the rebate, and the fact that otherwise the amps arent all that much different, I'd go with the XLS.
  5. You listed XTi twice and no Itech.. simple mistake, or has crown discontinued them due to the quick death experienced by .001% of the units sold? =)
  6. This info is not on the website, product box, or any other product literature as far as I can tell. I really think it should be. I had to crawl behind the amp rack at guitar center to answer this very question. I was aware that crown was making some products overseas, but wasnt sure which when I was shopping for an emergency amp when my power base 1 failed. I ended up with an XTI because of where it was made, over a QSC RMX or Crown XLS from elsewhere. I really think you should plaster the box and website with this. I guess it really doesnt matter that much as I'm a sure a high percentage of components inside are made overseas, but its still somthing I took into consideration when shopping for an amp, and if Crown is at all proud of where it makes stuff, you sure do have a weird way of showing it. And thanks for that power base amp.. maybe you should have made it a little better so it would last longer than 12+ years of daily abuse! 4914[/snapback] The one main reason we do not list them as being built overseas is that they are our designs that are manufactured overseas for us so as to be cost effective - unlike some other manufactures that buy an amp from overseas manufactures flagged with their name on it. 4923[/snapback] I don't really think that much matters. When I buy anything I look for made in America. If it's not on the box, it don't come into my house. I'm really sick of the way most manufactures have sold out the USA. I'm sick of foreign tech support, mostly I guess I'm sick of corporate greed! So I agree, Crown should be proud that they still believe in the USA. If I were you I'd plaster everywhere! I have tried to buy American for the last 5 years, and I'll continue to do so. 4931[/snapback] I know we are all getting online with the same computers that are made with 100% china/hong kong/taiwan components. I'm guessing most of our computers were assembled in the USA with foreign components.. just like anything these days, I'd be willing to bet ALL crown amps contain 80%+ foreign components, regardless of who assembles them. My point is, even if the only difference between an american and chinese Crown is the language spoken in the factory, I still prefer to buy american whenever possible. I know I cannot do it 100% of the time, and if crown went to all chinese assembled products I would probably still buy crown, but in the meantime I will stick with the american built product lines. Its somthing I looked for when purchasing, and somthing I feel should be advertised more readily. As long as crown is paying american wages to put their stuff together, why not be proud of it and put it on everything? The only place I have found it is on the serial number stickers.
  7. My XTi Is similar. In system architect, the inputs are at 100% with an occasional clip meanwhile the outputs read around 40-60% on the scale. Ive also noticed that occasionally I dont get a -10 light, but a -20 and then clip on the peaks, but Ive never used the amp in bridge mono, always stereo into 8 ohm speakers.
  8. This info is not on the website, product box, or any other product literature as far as I can tell. I really think it should be. I had to crawl behind the amp rack at guitar center to answer this very question. I was aware that crown was making some products overseas, but wasnt sure which when I was shopping for an emergency amp when my power base 1 failed. I ended up with an XTI because of where it was made, over a QSC RMX or Crown XLS from elsewhere. I really think you should plaster the box and website with this. I guess it really doesnt matter that much as I'm a sure a high percentage of components inside are made overseas, but its still somthing I took into consideration when shopping for an amp, and if Crown is at all proud of where it makes stuff, you sure do have a weird way of showing it. And thanks for that power base amp.. maybe you should have made it a little better so it would last longer than 12+ years of daily abuse!
  9. Crown will have to help you. Shane Fleming 4829[/snapback] Okay, thank you Shane. 4830[/snapback] To Crown, Okay, I have this diagnosed to be an issue with the onboard DSP. Based on my low level hardware expertise and what I am getting out of the amp, it's an issue with the onboard DSP. I don't have the time to mess with all of this. I've never had issues with QSC and this is my first experience with crown. It's not a good one. The amp is going back and I'm going back to QSC. That's why I play through a known good 1969 fender amp. Quality is everything and this amp with it's onboard DSP isn't cutting it for a professional musician. I cannot afford to have two or three 1K amps setting around just in case. I play out with a power amp or two and they have to work. 3 QSC 2000's was all I ever needed and with not a single hickup. This is a brand new xti 4000 amp and it's popping at low volumes with DSP off. I'm out of here. If I want a computer in my amp, I'll let you know. So far it acts like it's running windows. I prefer linux, I prefer quality. This isn't it, bottom line. Thanx. L8R rjs 4833[/snapback] My XTI's also pop when your in the temp diagnostics.. so I just dont check temps in the middle of a show! The amps cooling system works just fine and my hand usually tells me how things are running... My only complaint: I REALLY wish the XTI's used ethernet rather than USB. Oh well... manufacturers NEVER give you everything you want.
  10. both of my Xti-2000's went to lo-line after firmware update reboot, and the software never got to the serial number stage. I know I dont have a voltage problem, it must be somthing with the amps. Both worked great after cycling the power and the firmware update worked fine.
  11. I just unpacked my new XTi 2000 a few days ago, and after lots of playing with it, found that the crossover and subsynth only work on one channel. Ive applied the same settings to both channels in every way I can figure out, and it seems channel 2 always plays full range. I don't know if its the amp or me missing somthing. This is my first time using the system architect, and ive been applying EQ settings manually to each channel.. is there an easier way to apply identical settings to both channels at the same time? Otherwise, its a great amp that brings much more bling to the power base rack. Thanks for your help!