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Brand: Crown

Model:CX and SX 800

Category:Super High Fidelity


Electronic:Solid State

Country of Manufacture:USA

Release dates:1969 - 1972

Tracks:1/2 Rec/PB

Speeds: 3 3/4, 7 1/2, 15

Max Reel Size("): 10.5"

Number of heads: 3

Head Composition: Permalloy

Head Configuration: Stereo

# Motors: 3

Auto Reverse?:No

Voltage(s): 110-120v

Frequency Response:

Wow and Flutter:0.06% at 15 ips, 0.09% at 7½ ips & 0.18% at 3¾ ips

Signal-to-Noise Ratio:

Sound quality rating:8 / 10

Long-term reliability rating: 8 / 10

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From Phil Van Praag’s book “Evolution of the Audio Recorder” “…

This was a machine with “quality” displayed all over it.  With a massive brushed front panel, oversize knobs, large VU meters, and about the finest tape threading path in the industry, this was a recorder that commanded instant respect. Crown International of Elkhart, Indiana never marketed a large number of recorder models, but
every one that did come to market was a gem…”

In late ’60s, Crown released the 800 series, the successor to the 700 series transport.  Two versions of the electronics were offered: the “SX” series and the “CX” series.

Additional Info

Speed accuracy: 99.8% / Crosstalk rejection: -55dB minimum / Total harmonic distortion: less than 1.5% for “0” VU at 1 kHz / Bias frequency: 100 kHz / Start time: less than 0.1 seconds to full speed / Stop time: 2″ at 15 ips. 1″ at 7½ ips and 0.5″ at 3¾ ips / Fast wind speed: 38 seconds for 1200 ft, 58 seconds for 2400ft on 10½ inch reel / Inputs: four 100K unbalanced line / Dimensions: 17½ x 19 x 8″ (444.5 x 483 x 203mm) / Weight: 50lbs without case (22.7kg) / half or quarter-track stereo versions


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