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#1 dits

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 02:58 PM

Its been a long time since i wanted to make this post.
It was in my head for many months but time was not
on my side .
Now that Xmas are approaching fast
and at last i found some time for my beloved hobby
here is a topic about the well known amongst Boombox
collectors-afficionados and vintage electronics cycles
for the bassiest units ever produced in the early 80s. :-)  :-D 

I am not going to keep you in secrecy as i am talking for
the CROWN Radio Corpotration a Japanese company that no longer exists
but left us some relics to appreciate and admire.

I am trying to finish a goal to collect all that pictured below(i have most of them tbh :-) )

which are the most desirable ones
and in my humble opinion the Hi End -TOP of the Line and most beautiful ones.

They are mostly from their CSC- 9.. and CSC 8.. series and some of the sleekest
Boomboxes ever made.

Here are some pics :

 

Crown CSC -110 (The black grilled mini)

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Crown CSC -110 (The silver grilled mini)

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Crown CSC-250

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Crown CSC-300

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Crown CSC-350

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Crown CSC-840

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Crown CSC-850

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Crown CSC-925

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Crown CSC-928

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Crown CSC-935

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Crown CSC-938

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Crown CSC-945

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Crown CSC-948

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Crown CSC-950

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Crown CSC-960

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Crown CSC-970

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Crown CSC-980

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(pics are from various sites from the internet)

A week ago a guy that finds boomers for me brought me the CSC-928
and couldnt help but notice how brilliant designers and creative minds
working for Crown that Golden Era where. Not only they produced units that
were attractive and pleasing to the eye they even produced machines that
were very serious about how to deliver sound.
One who knows has to admit that the Crowns you own are bassy machines.
I also found out how they cared about looks of their boomers because they
have models like the (925-928 945-948 935-938) which are different in appearance
with silver speaker grills and blue tuner dials or vus instead of black grills and grey dials.
There is Crown Suitcase boombox which for sure makes this list which i cant remember
the model number right now but member Reli has one and i d be obliged if he would add it here. :-) 

Crown whereabouts now are a bit obsure as in time they produced cheaper
consumer electronics like washing machines and microwave ovens. Intenting to hit
a target group with not so many to spend.
So their name in younger generations mostly is a synonym with
low budget electronics.

Recently i went to a big store here in Athens and saw some LCD TVs badged with
their Logo but i dont really know if they are the same company plus there is an American
company producing amplifiers and sound products based in California USA which
are definitely not the same company.

This topic will be enriched with more info and pics(from my collection definitely)
in the Future as its a never ending
quest for me to find out more about this fascinating Japanese corporation.
Any of you that might want to add more
(like brochures, adverts of the era or tech specs etc on those machines)
are so very welcomed. Knowledge is to be shared after all eh?

For now the KING is Back !! :-D

 

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#2 Nickeccles

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 03:41 PM

Love the silver grilled mini!! Love Crowns from the golden years, they look & sound beautiful!

#3 T-STER

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 03:46 PM

Argh that 970  :drool:  :drool:  :drool:  :drool:

 

Lovely to see someone talking about these glorious boxes Deech, makes a nice change from the usual suspects and your are right to celebrate such beauty's. Dont get me wrong i love all boxes but there is so much variety to celebrate.

 

Great Thread.



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Posted 04 December 2017 - 04:19 PM

I am very much a fan of all the models with the dual VU Meters. They most certainly had some really well designed models. My favorites were the 300 / 850 and 950 and like T-STER I like the 970 too. But I'd take them all  :-D



#5 Brutus442

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 05:14 PM

That 970 is astounding!!!!!!! It's got the classic boombox look :drool:  :rock:



#6 JVC Floyd

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 05:22 PM

Those crowns are beautiful, I like the 980 the most .

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 07:29 AM

Very cool!!

#8 Nickeccles

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Posted 05 December 2017 - 04:45 PM

I have the 850 & 950 - Sold my 960 to a fellow member, too similar to the 950 so it went to a good home!

 

Would like a 980 though.............Reno send me yours lad :yes:  :yes:  :yes: 



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Posted 10 December 2017 - 05:08 PM

There is another Crown which is in my collection and missed this list
and for sure it deserves to be mentioned because its a hybrid 
of the CSC-850 and some models from the CSC - 9.. Series
(Note the tweeter grills which are the same as the 850
plus 2 Led VU Meters)
but i really cant remember its model number right now.
I have a pic though .

 

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I am also adding a pic from the ''Crown Tower'' i made about 3 years ago.
I really need to update this Tower soon. :)

 

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Posted 10 December 2017 - 06:10 PM

Wanted to post a pic of this Juice extractor i had in my home back from the 1980s
which is still in its box just to point out that Crown made all kind of home appliances back in the day. :)

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#11 Northerner

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Posted 11 December 2017 - 12:42 AM

A NIB Crown...nice :-)

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Posted 11 December 2017 - 03:19 AM

Enjoyed reading this! Own the 850, 950 and 980 myself. Didn't realise there where so many models in the end. The 980 is most definately one of my favorites soundwise, but the 850 beats it by looks (Those VU's rock!). To me Crown stands out from the rest in look and feel, you simply can tell straight away it's a Crown. The chrome, metal, stainless steel knobs etc. It just breathes quality!

 

Would like to see some more pictures and you updating the collection of your Royal family! 

 

Here's my 850 when I took it out last summer for some fresh air!

 

 

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Posted 12 December 2017 - 05:25 AM

A nib Crown !!! :-D  :lol:

That one above Hurb is one very clean example !

Its funny that most of the Crowns i find have the sign with the red and green line

and most crowns from USA or Europe are badged simply CROWN.



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Posted 16 December 2017 - 12:44 AM

I've heard good things about the H-905 Crown Juice Extractor over on the juicer forums  :lol:



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Posted 16 December 2017 - 01:44 PM

I've heard good things about the H-905 Crown Juice Extractor over on the juicer forums  :lol:

:-D  :cool:  :cool:  

It is not used yet !! :-D

 

I remember a pic with a Crown CSC-850 and a very cool vintage illuminated Crown Sign . 

It was yellow and it featured the sign with the Red and Green Line.

Maybe it was Reli;s but i am not sure. Cant find it anywhere on my hard drive or the web.



#16 JVC Floyd

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Posted 16 December 2017 - 03:18 PM

I like that CSC 840 it looks like a really solid smaller mid size box.