Copland CSA 70 Integrated Amplifier Review & Comments

ashenfie

Well-known Member
Didn't understand the comments on the Knobbs, they stolen from an 80's egg timer ( in black it looks better)

Entry level at just under 3k seems a little rich of me.
 

Steve Stifler

Well-known Member
@Ed Selley another great review thank you. Would this be a solution for running more power/current hungry speakers like SCM40s do you think?
 

Ed Selley

AVF Reviewer
@Ed Selley another great review thank you. Would this be a solution for running more power/current hungry speakers like SCM40s do you think?

I think that might be borderline as the SCM40 does like to be driven. It's worth a go but, for better or worse, about the lowest powered amp that has really made them sing for me is the Supernait series.

Entry level at just under 3k seems a little rich of me.

It's the entry point of Copland ownership. I would not be so rash as to call three grand as a price point, 'entry level.'
 

The Sound Counsel

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Never heard a bad Copland, nice to see they are still hitting it out of the park.

Dan
 

Steve Stifler

Well-known Member
I think that might be borderline as the SCM40 does like to be driven. It's worth a go but, for better or worse, about the lowest powered amp that has really made them sing for me is the Supernait series.
Thanks @Ed Selley which confirms what I was thinking. The Copland is a really special integrated in the £3K bracket and but for my current ATCs, I’d give this a serious audition. I tried the SN3 which worked really and it was a very close call, but after also trying the Aethos and H190 I went for Exposure pre/power.
 

diesel72

Standard Member
Thanks @Ed Selley for another excellent review - definitely one to consider. As someone who spends a lot of time listening at low to moderate volume I was just wondering how you thought it fared at lower listening levels?
 

Ed Selley

AVF Reviewer
Thanks @Ed Selley for another excellent review - definitely one to consider. As someone who spends a lot of time listening at low to moderate volume I was just wondering how you thought it fared at lower listening levels?

Aside from the pot gearing being quite steep (so there's limited fine adjustment at low levels), the performance is every bit as good.
 

Khankat

Well-known Member
@Ed Selley, thank you for the review. This is an amp that I would seriously consider, were I to replace my current one. But that is someway off.

What interests me at the moment is the Vertere Sabre. Have you reviewed it and if not do you intend to? Earlier in the year, I took the decision, not to go the MC route, but to stay with MM, hence my interest.
 

Ed Selley

AVF Reviewer
There will be a review in HiFi Choice and I've covered it with the Mystic and SG-PTA for an upcoming review in HiFi Critic. The short summary is that it's excellent (although, there are now some other seriously talented MMs on the market too). I'm not averse to doing more cartridge reviews here but;
  • There has to be some interest in me doing so.
  • With the best will in the world, it'll be at a more affordable level than £845.
 

Khankat

Well-known Member
There will be a review in HiFi Choice and I've covered it with the Mystic and SG-PTA for an upcoming review in HiFi Critic. The short summary is that it's excellent (although, there are now some other seriously talented MMs on the market too). I'm not averse to doing more cartridge reviews here but;
  • There has to be some interest in me doing so.
  • With the best will in the world, it'll be at a more affordable level than £845.
Thank you. I look forward to your review in Hifi Choice. I am always interested in cartridge reviews, especially MM & MI.
 

Adam72

Active Member
There will be a review in HiFi Choice and I've covered it with the Mystic and SG-PTA for an upcoming review in HiFi Critic. The short summary is that it's excellent (although, there are now some other seriously talented MMs on the market too). I'm not averse to doing more cartridge reviews here but;
  • There has to be some interest in me doing so.
  • With the best will in the world, it'll be at a more affordable level than £845.
I would be interested in some MM cart reviews, I'll be looking to change my 2m Bronze next year for something more organic sounding.
 

Ed Selley

AVF Reviewer
so this gives a naim supernait 3 and aethos a good run for your money ? (strictly sq speaking)

Yes. It's not as forceful as either of those and it is nowhere near as powerful as the Rega but it can keep them honest sonically (while doing decoding too).
 

Ed Selley

AVF Reviewer
Can't believe they are still knocking amps out with this major flaw. Not mentioned in the review?

It's more a function of conventional volume pots than this amplifier specifically. There are measurement arguments for persisting with them and you could always externally attenuate if you needed to.
 

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