Power Play, Beefing Up
Forget working on your abs or your arms – for a real power play, a
mobile entertainer wants to beef up his or her amps! Thanks to
advances in sound technology, you no longer have to choose between
bulk and power – or economy and power. Today, you can have it all
– an amp that packs a punch that won’t break your back when you lift
it – or break your budget when you buy it. In light of this, Tom Freret, National Sales Manager of American Audio, says it’s time for
mobile entertainers to reassess their amps.
So you think it’s time for
DJs to take a new look at amps?
“Yes, because technology has changed the rules of the game when it
comes to amps.”
How is that?
“There have always been DJs who preferred passive speakers with amps
to active speakers, because they felt it created a purer, cleaner
sound. This is, of course, subjective, but the fact is that there
always were – and probably always will be – DJs who prefer one
option over the other.
“In the past, some of the DJs who wanted to use passive speakers
with amps faced a dilemma – the amps that provided the ideal level
of power for their speakers were heavy and expensive. As a result,
some DJs who wanted passive speakers went to active, because they
could avoid these issues, while others – in my opinion – used amps
that were too small for their speakers, especially when they
played in a room that was a little larger than their normal
Can you explain why that
was a mistake on their part?
“It all comes down to sound, as it always does with audio. Having an
underpowered amp results in distortion. You also end up with the
amp overheating as it tries to keep up with the speakers’ demand for
power, which compromises the sound even further, not to mention the
damage it causes to the amp.”
So, what about the new XLT
Series of power amps from American Audio?
“This series consists of four very portable lightweight professional
audio amplifiers that deliver enough wattage to power any mobile
sound applications – and since they are lightweight and rugged
they’re ideal for road warriors!”
What are the four models?
“The series features the
— four highly portable professional audio amplifiers that represent
a major breakthrough in weight and affordability versus power. These
budget-priced high-performance amplifiers are capable of delivering
enough wattage to power any mobile sound application, making them
great for DJs, bands, entertainers on the go and even small clubs
So is the XLT900 the
smallest product in the series?
“Yes it is -- the
XLT900 Power Amplifier
outputs 200 watts of pure, clean power per channel (RMS @ 8 ohms, 1K
Hz, 1% THD). It weighs just 13 lbs. (5.9kg) and has a small footprint
as well, taking up only four rack spaces and measuring 23.5" long by
18.25" wide by 6.75" high (595 x 460 x 170mm).”
What about the XLT1200?
“The more powerful and only slightly larger
XLT1200 Power Amplifier
delivers 310 watts per channel (RMS @ 8 ohms, 1K Hz, 1% THD) and
weighs only 15 lbs. (6.8kg). Suitable for small and medium-size mobile
applications, the XLT1200 takes up four rack spaces and measures
23.5" long by 20" wide by 6.75 high (595 x 510 x 170mm).”
And the XLT2000?
“It offers even greater wattage is available in the
XLT2000 Power Amplifier,
which outputs 450 watts per channel (RMS @ 8 ohms, 1K Hz, 1% THD)
and weighs just 20 lbs. (9.1kg). Also a four-rack-space unit, the
XLT2000 measures 23.5" long by 20" wide by 6.75" high (595 x 510 x
You know our next question
– can you tell us a little about the XLT2500?
“I love this one! It cranks out 600 watts per channel (RMS @ 8 ohms,
1K Hz, 1% THD), making it the perfect power source in even the most
demanding audio applications. It has the same weight and dimensions
as the XLT2000 — measuring 23.5" by 20" by 6.75" and weighing just
20 lbs. (9.1kg) — so it’s easy to transport despite its enormous output, and
it won’t take up too much space in your mobile rack.”
So is it safe to say
you’re excited about this whole series?
“We are incredibly excited about introducing these groundbreaking
products. Our brand has been built on providing affordable solutions
to mobile entertainers, so they can get the tools they want to raise
their performance without breaking their budgets. We delivered on
this promise with the XLT series – for those DJs who want to use
amps with power speakers, it’s everything they want.”
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