Crown InternationalMacro ReferenceCrown International Macro Reference 745 Watts of power. Stereophile B RatingThis is now below trade-in price and I will include a set of speaker cables one end will need banana replaced. This legendary amplifier is in very good condition and is listed as 7/10 for age only...700.00

Crown International Macro Reference 745 Watts of power. Stereophile B Rating [Expired]


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This is now below trade-in price and I will include a set of speaker cables one end will need banana replaced.  This legendary amplifier is in very good condition and is listed as 7/10 for age only and it has had some modifications made to it by Clarke Johnson from the Absolute Sound and there are a few scratches on it. I am the second owner of this amp. I have owned it since the mid 90's where it saw use in my system and then to power monitors in my recording studio.   I no longer need it. This amp is priced below the Audiogon Blue Book values average.   

Modifications. The cheap power cord was replaced with a heavy duty cord that was around 250.00 at the time it was installed. In order to cut down on hash & noise in the circuit, the crown light and the volume controls were disconnected by Clarke J. Clarke also coated the circuit board and inside to dampen vibrations. SInce I purchased it the spongy type foam had deteriorate and was removed from the grill. 

Sonically this was rated a solid class B in Stereophile. It puts a clamp on the bass and articulates it very well. I have used this on a set of Bass Scoops with 18" in a live PA and this thing will kick you square in the chest. Here are some links to read more about the amp as described by the golden eared pros. 

  • Stereophile: Nov 1993, vol 16, iss 11, Lipnick
  • Absolute Sound: Jul 1992, vol 17, iss 81, Gindi
  • Absolute Sound: Jun 1995, vol 20, iss 103, Silverton
  • Stereophile http://stereophile.com/solidpoweramps/1292crown
  • Stereophile: Dec 1992, vol 15, iss 12, Tellig and Lipnick
Description: Solid-state stereo power amplifier. Power output: 760Wpc into 8 ohms (28.8dBW), 1160Wpc into 4 ohms (27.6dBW), 1500Wpc into 2 ohms (25.75dBW), all at <0.02% THD, both channels driven. Input sensitivities: Studio version: switchable between 775mV for full output and 26dB voltage gain. Esoteric version: switchable between 1.4V for full output and 26dB voltage gain. Input impedance: 10k ohms (balanced), 5k ohms (unbalanced). S/N ratio: >120dB (A-weighted) below rated output at 26dB gain. Bandwidth: 3Hz–100kHz. Damping factor: >20,000, 10–200Hz; 1800 at 1kHz.
Dimensions: 19" W by 7" H by 18.75" D. Weight: 56.5 lbs. Warranty: 3 years.
Prices: $3850, Studio, $3995, Esoteric (1993); no longer available (2008). Approximate number of dealers: 50.
Manufacturer: Crown International (a division of Harman Internationsl), P.O. Box 1000, 1718 Mishawaka Road, Elkhart, IN 46515-1000. Tel: (574) 294-8000. Fax: (574) 294-8329. Web: www.crownaudio.comDescription: Solid-state stereo power amplifier. Power output: 760Wpc into 8 ohms (28.8dBW), 1160Wpc into 4 ohms (27.6dBW), 1500Wpc into 2 ohms (25.75dBW), all at <0.02% THD, both channels driven. Input sensitivities: Studio version: switchable between 775mV for full output and 26dB voltage gain. Esoteric version: switchable between 1.4V for full output and 26dB voltage gain. Input impedance: 10k ohms (balanced), 5k ohms (unbalanced). S/N ratio: >120dB (A-weighted) below rated output at 26dB gain. Bandwidth: 3Hz–100kHz. Damping factor: >20,000, 10–200Hz; 1800 at 1kHz.
Dimensions: 19" W by 7" H by 18.75" D. Weight: 56.5 lbs.
Prices: $3850, Studio, $3995, Esoteric (1993); no longer available (2008). Approximate number of dealers: 50.
Manufacturer: Crown International (a division of Harman Internationsl), P.O. Box 1000, 1718 Mishawaka Road, Elkhart, IN 46515-1000. Tel: (574) 294-8000. Fax: (574) 294-8329. Web: www.crownaudio.com.
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