Crown Straight Line Two
Stereo Pre Amplifier (1983)
Frequency response: 10Hz to 50kHz
Total harmonic distortion: 0.009%
Gain: 30dB (MM), 20dB (line)
Input sensitivity: 250mV (line)
Output: 250mV (line), 2.5V (Pre out)
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Reviewed Feb 18th, 2016 by John Buckham
The Crown Straight Line Two is an preamp from the golden age of Hi-Fi stereo. It's high build quality and nearly flawless sound along with 1 RU size makes this pre-amp quite attractive. It's got all the features you would expect, a decent phono pre-amp, tape dubbing facilities for two decks and and auxiliary input. The tone control section can be bypassed with a push of a button., it's also got a rumble indicator to tell you when to turn the rumble filter on. These are vinyl-centric features and work very well. The only issue is that the rotary switches aren't the very highest quality and require cleaning every couple of years, no worse than any other stereo equipment from this era, perhaps better than some. It's worth consideration if you are looking for a full featured all analog audio on everything preamp of this vintage. The only downside is that it does not support remote control operation.