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darren

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I'm borrowing a Copland CSA28 for the week
« on: July 03, 2007, 09:06:27 PM »
I'm borrowing this amp for a week or so.



I've only had a brief listen so far but the difference in presentation to my other one million amps is interesting.

I'll update this section over the coming days... :)

shrink

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I'm borrowing a Copland CSA28 for the week
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2007, 09:22:35 PM »
looks gorgeous.. reminds me of an old 70's pioneer i used to have (but in a good way)

darren

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« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2007, 11:13:56 PM »
yum yum yum

Norah Jones is seducing me; perhaps the best I've heard it in "my" system.

However... this is such a typical HiFi shop CD and always sounds decent, so I'll have to progress to some hard stuff later...

So far though, the amp is very good! :D:D:D:D

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I'm borrowing a Copland CSA28 for the week
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2007, 11:52:18 PM »
be interested to see how this compares to BC!!

darren

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« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2007, 11:59:59 PM »
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be interested to see how this compares to BC!!
This is a completely different amp! A bit of background... it's a hybrid amp, so valve pre section.

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« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2007, 12:57:20 AM »
interesting.. but many comments of the BC say it sounds quite tube like in some aspects, most notably the areas of texture and detail retreival. What kinda power has it got on the amp section darren? and what kinda price for something like that?

darren

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« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2007, 08:55:14 AM »
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interesting.. but many comments of the BC say it sounds quite tube like in some aspects, most notably the areas of texture and detail retreival. What kinda power has it got on the amp section darren? and what kinda price for something like that?
It's 60 watts into 8ohms, so about the same as an Argos boombox.

I couldn't find many specs online.

They're worth about 1500 new and maybe 500 second hand?

This doesn't sound like a Bel Canto though. The BC is richer than you'd expect a digital amp to be, but it's still open and clean and punchy. This amp is interesting... :)

shrink

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I'm borrowing a Copland CSA28 for the week
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2007, 12:11:19 PM »
maybe too rich for dyns?

darren

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« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2007, 12:34:51 PM »
Perhaps perhaps, but not so much as I thought.

I'm at work now so I'll have to listen tonight.

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« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2007, 01:32:05 PM »
ok man.. enjoy... im off to clean the V6 to take my mum to her wedding.

off tomorrow to get some 16" V6 alloys for it (and not the 15" ones that are on now)

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« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2007, 10:15:08 PM »
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off tomorrow to get some 16" V6 alloys for it (and not the 15" ones that are on now)
Chav, innit ;) lol



Anyway...


I'm listening to this amplifier again right now. Sadly I haven't given it much of a work out yet as I've had to socialise :( ..... :P

So...

As I've said, the amp excels with Norah Jones - simple female acousitc. I've played a few of albums through a many times now and find it the best I've heard for her music. That's all well and good, but I have more than those three CDs, and the amp needs to be able to play everything well!

I've moved onto some modern Indie music to see if these 'polite' valves can also rock. :cool::cool:

Spinning the Arctic Monkeys' debut, the presentation of the Copland is apparent. Midrange is emphasised, pushing the instruments forward. Timbre is excellent and there is a lot of midrange detail.

The recording is typically very compressed and the Copland's characterisitics do this no favours IMO. Treble is quite rolled-off, soundstage is slightly flat and it isn't particuarly dynamic or punchy. Bass extends low and is full, but despite the amp isn't slow; the timing is excellent, it's really very good, one of the best amps I've heard! This is strange to me, as I imagined a smooth amp like this to be slow and time averagely, especially considering bass is quite extended.

The amp is interesting because it ignores many "hifi" attributes (especially a spacious, separated soundstage in this genre of music) and doesn't seem initially exciting, but when you tune into it things are really quite enjoyable and very listenable.

I need to listen to more CDs now :)

darren

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« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2007, 06:56:56 PM »
Trying the CSA 8 now - solid state version:





Nobs: ;)




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« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2007, 07:23:08 PM »
I would think the Copland/Copland combination would partner a pair of Mi1 Signatures very nicely :cool:........................dededumdedumdedumdede

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« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2007, 07:26:54 PM »
I think you're right... and there are some for sale... :o

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« Reply #14 on: September 07, 2007, 07:28:14 PM »
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I think you're right... and there are some for sale... :o
Yeap there is!!! Do not come up often ;)
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