Crown Imperial tape recorders are made up of two different sections, which are the tape transport and the amplifier. The tape transport allows for all sizes of reels to be used, up to and below a 10 1/2" reel. It has tape speeds of 15, 7 1/2, and 3 3/4 ips. The amplifier contains the necessary features for powering the erase and record heads of the recorder. All of the mechanical as well as the electrical functions necessary for the tape drive to operate within this unit are self contained.
The Crown Prince recorder is designed to operate from a 110-120 volt AC, 60 cycle power source. In this unit, dual or full-track recording heads are optional. To select speeds between the unit's 15, 7 1/2, or 3 3/4 ips speeds, the speed shift knob is turned to the desired speed.