ELKHART, IN - December 2004 -- Crown Xs Series amplifiers have proven to be a solid, cost-effective choice for powering installed sound systems in houses of worship. Jeff Gefke of Calvary Audio Ministry recently chose the Xs Series for Calvary Chapel churches in Visalia, California and Rio Grand, New Mexico. Another install with Xs Series amps by Calvary Audio Ministry is currently underway in Oceanside, California.

The power range and versatility of the Xs Series makes it easy to match amplifier power to the requirements of the various loudspeakers used in an installation. For example at the Visalia location, a single four-channel Xs 4300 and two Xs 700 amps power the JBL AE Series LCR system, with channels to spare for stage and side-fill monitors, and Xs 700 amps power the subs. Commenting on the performance of the system, Gefke said, "During the Grand Opening with over 1000 people attending and a LOUD Christian Rock Band (Tree63), the amps did not even get warm!"

In Rio Grand, Xs 500, Xs 700, and Xs 900 amps collectively power the main, monitor, sub and back-fill loudspeakers, again taken from the JBL AE Series. Both the Visalia and Rio Grand systems also utilize dbx Professional Driverack processors for signal processing. Gefke noted, "The fellowship commented that they didn't know such a large space could possibly sound that good regardless of listener location in the room."

With smaller congregations, reliable, worry-free performance is extremely important, as there are often no technical personnel on site to troubleshoot problems. Xs Series amps are an excellent choice in these situations, with their proven track record of bulletproof reliability backed by the best warranty in the business. "We have experienced 100 percent reliability and as always great tech support whenever we have had questions," added Gefke.

Finally, Gefke observed, "Even though it has nothing to do with performance, we have received comments that the amps 'look cool!' My band teacher in High School always said 90% of the people hear with their eyes! How true!" It appears Crown's Xs Series amps are a cool choice for cost-effective House of Worship installations in more ways than one!

Crown International manufactures amplifiers, microphones, and systems control products for professional audio markets worldwide, with corporate headquarters located in Elkhart, Indiana. For more information, visit Crown online at www.crownaudio.com. Crown is a member of the Harman Professional (HPro) group of Harman International companies. Other HPro audio brands include AKG, BSS Audio, dbx Professional, Lexicon Pro, JBL Professional, Soundcraft, and Studer. Harman International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE: HAR; www.harman.com) is a leading manufacturer of high-quality, high fidelity audio products and electronic systems for the consumer and professional markets.

Calvary Audio Ministry serves the audio needs of Fellowships across the United States, assisting them to improve the quality of their audio, video and lighting ministries. For more information, visit Calvary Audio Ministry online at www.calvaryaudio.com