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Review and Measurements of Crown XLS 1502 Amp

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The Wyred4Sound ST1000 mkii should do it.
It's probably hard for them to mess up an ICEpower design, but after seeing that DAC review...

Personally, I feel the ATI/Monoprice Monolith is the known-good, value leader around $1k, at least for buyers in the USA. (Because of the modular design, I'd buy 3 or 5 channels. Only $100 extra each...) Audioholics ran AP tests a while back, and the current versions add XLR inputs. The major drawback is size/weight from the traditional AB design.

March Audio's P502 stereo amp for $1000 would do it as well.
Those look fantastic, too. It's good to see Ncore without tweaky buffers, etc.
 

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those old Crown are better, golden days, but all units on the market are used, need to change caps
 

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so how do I hook up RCA cables into it from a RCA pre-amp?
 

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It's probably hard for them to mess up an ICEpower design, but after seeing that DAC review...

Personally, I feel the ATI/Monoprice Monolith is the known-good, value leader around $1k, at least for buyers in the USA. (Because of the modular design, I'd buy 3 or 5 channels. Only $100 extra each...) Audioholics ran AP tests a while back, and the current versions add XLR inputs. The major drawback is size/weight from the traditional AB design.


Those look fantastic, too. It's good to see Ncore without tweaky buffers, etc.
I've the Wyred4Sound ST500. I use it on Soundlab Aura ESLs. You need quite the amp to play those well. These ST500 play them with aplomb and with good sound. I've had some much more expensive amps on them and none equal the ST500. A friend had the ST1000 and switched to the Bel Canto Reference 1000 monos. They might be better, but I'm not sure. Bel Canto has a darker sound that seems just a little too dark to me. I've used some Classe 25 (also slightly dark IMO), some of the large C-J FET amps (beautiful sound, but not quite transparent), and heard another pair of Soundlabs with bridged Classe 25's. The latter was the only thing that seemed to handle the Soundlab about as well.

The Hypex NC400s should be better still.
 

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