Model:CX and SX 800
Country of Manufacture:USA
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
Wow and Flutter:0.06% at 15 ips, 0.09% at 7½ ips & 0.18% at 3¾ ips
Sound quality rating:8 / 10
Long-term reliability rating: 8 / 10
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.
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