Copland Introduces CSA70 Integrated Amplifier
Danish audio specialist Copland Audio has announced its more affordable and entry-point CSA70 Integrated Amplifier.
Said to be created for the “dedicated music lover”, the CSA70 is the first integrated amp in the brand's lineup not employing valves in the line stage, unlike its bigger CSA100/CSA150 siblings. The CSA70 preamplifier section uses a solid-state architecture that the company boasts “with vanishingly low distortion.”
Copland Audio's new CSA70 offers four digital inputs (1 x coaxial SP/DIF, 2 x Optical SP/DIF, 1 x USB 24/192), three analogue RCA inputs, line out function, as well as pre-out terminal, and a front-facing 6.3mm headphone output. For the vinyl enthusiast, they've also thoughtfully included a Moving Magnet phono preamplifier.
The amplifier stage offers 70 Watts (8 Ohms) per channel, and Copland says that the “amplifier will surprise users who thought their speakers were power-hungry.” The CSA70 boasts the same power amplifier technology as the CSA100/CSA150, “with a feedback structure inherently faster than conventional amplifiers and a wide large-signal frequency response.”
With rugged construction, measuring 435mm (w) x 135mm (H) x 370mm (D), and weighing in at 13kg, the CSA70 is said to be “designed to deal with the most awkward of dynamic loads that may be presented by the loudspeakers”. The company also says this contributes to the amplifiers excellent transient handling capability.
RF interference and other extraneous noise pickup have been minimised by design thanks to the entire electronics on a single PCB board. A precision audio-grade motorised volume control has been employed, that Copland adds “contrary to most digital volume attenuators, it needs no additional electronics in the signal road.”
Finally, fault protection is built-in, protecting against DC offset, overcurrent conditions and thermal overload.
The Copland Audio CSA70 Integrated Amplifier is available now and sells in Australia for $4,900 RRP.
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