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The big daddy in the 60th Anniversary, Limited Edition Power Amp lineup.
Having recently crossed its 60th year and more than two decades of producing the industry-standard Macro-Tech Series of power amplifiers, Crown International is commemorating both milestones with a special, one-time production of the Crown MA-5002VZAE Macro-Tech Anniversary Power Amp.
This amp is the big Daddy of the three Anniversary models. It features a new, visually striking, copper-plated front panel (including handles, knobs, buttons, etc.) and is shipped in a custom wood crate. A special brochure chronicling the history of the product from its initial concept through today will also accompany this amp. It will also include a specification sheet, detailing the actual benchmarked performance of that specific amplifier, signed and numbered by Crown Senior VP of Research Gerald Stanley, whose patented technologies and innovative design philosophies ultimately made the Macro-Tech Series a global success. A very limited quantity of the MA-5002VZ AE amplifiers will be produced - only 600 in total will be available worldwide.
The Crown MA-5002VZ AE Macro-Tech Anniversary Power Amp is modeled after the Macro-Tech Series of Power amps, that are known to fit applications so well, that they are deemed a classic. The term is synonymous with the Crown Macro-Tech Series of power amplifiers. That product line, and its predecessor Micro-Tech, sparked innovative technologies that provided lower distortion, less thermal stress, higher output power, greater reliability, more power density and amazing audio quality. Like all Crown amps, the defining characteristic of the Macro-Tech Series is sonic accuracy. A tight, rock-solid low end, with smooth, detailed highs and a well-defined midrange. In short, one of the most accurate reproductions, of an audio signal, you've ever heard. Crown puts quality of sound above all else, so their power amplifiers are some of the most coveted in the business.
MA-5002VZ AE Macro-Tech Anniversary Power Amp
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If you have oodles of cash and collect amplifiers the way some people collect stamps, this might be a good amp. We heard it at a trade show and immediately thought something was wrong. Te classical program material they used to demonstrate the amp sounded squashed, like bad FM radio. as it turns out, it was squashed. We asked around and found out that this thing has a compressor circuit built in, NOT to protect speakers, ( although that is ostensibly it function. The compressor does what any compressor does, it changes the transients and dynamic range so that it sounds "Louder" to the untrained ear. That's the same cheap nasty trick commercials use on TV to make them so annoying and artificially LOUD.Crown used to be an American Icon. Harman has ruined that. This anniversary amp is an overpriced power hog. It is the enemy of real quality sound.If you want that fake "corporate" smoothness, and have too much money to waste, this is the amp of choice.I used to love Crown International. they used to represent everything that was right with American technology, engineering expertise, quality manufacturing and ethical business practice.Since being acquired by Harman, Crown is just another corporate-owned "brand name" used to bilk confused consumers out of excess cash.