COPLAND CSA70 > Stereonet America – Applause Award
Copland’s new CSA70 is a solid-state amplifier delivering a claimed 70W per channel into 8 ohms and 130W into 4 ohms. It sports three unbalanced analogue line inputs, MM phono stage, coaxial, optical, and USB digital inputs via a built-in DAC, plus a headphone socket. Unlike the company’s other integrated amps, the entry-level CSA70 is not a tube/transistor hybrid. If you want a valve line stage, you’ll need to look at the pricier 100W CSA100 or 150W CSA150 models.
Copland’s new CSA70 came as something of a nice surprise to me. It’s an ‘entry level high end’ product from a highly regarded company but not well known for affordable audiophile designs at this price. I found it to be a gorgeous little integrated that sounds every bit as good as it looks. For those wanting a stripped minimalist design, this offers just about everything you need, and nothing you don’t. I predict it’s set to make many friends for Copland; it could be a very happy new year for this Danish company.