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HammerSlammer

Member Since 12 Jun 2014
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Is the Limiter in an XLS Series amp the same thing as a Compressor?

13 June 2014 - 02:18 PM

Hi. I've been reading a lot of posts and responses on this site. I must say that I am thoroughly  impressed with the care, politeness, accuracy and simplicity that goes into answering of the user's questions. There are a couple explanations that I have walked away from, having no more understanding than I did when I started reading. One in particular is the explanation of Crest Factor. Some additional reading elsewhere may clear things up for me.

My question is about the built-in limiter in my XLS 2500 and XLS 1000. I just want to get a clear understanding of how it works and how to apply it correctly. I know that a compressor can amplify the quiet parts and surpress the loud parts of pre-recorded music (if I understand it correctly).

Reaching my hands on occasion, has been a bunch of songs  burned on a CD to play at some events. Without a compressor, one song would come through so low that I would have to increase the levels to maintain the right acoustic dB level for the gig. On the same CD, the next song would begin to play and it would be so loud that I'd have to quickly move the levels down. So I either have to have a real quick hand, or use a compressor so I can be on auto-pilot as far as that's concerned.

Does the limiter on the XLS work like this? I'm thinking it does in a way more electrically to protect the speakers, rather than to maintain and even-out the acoustic dBs to be at a certain level. If I do use the limiter in the XLS, then my overall acoustic dB level would be lowered?

Can you explain how this works in a simple way, and also explain how to set the limiter on the XLS?
Will the integrated limiter benefit me in either of the following situations; please explain:
(1) 500W RMS speaker 1000W Program 1500W Peak- with an XLS 1000 bridged (under-powered)
   "        "   "   - with an XLS 2500 bridged (over-powered)