Copland CSA 28 Integrated Amplifiers

4.82/5 (11 Reviews)


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Philhjobim a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 17, 2009

Bottom Line:   
Its a stunning amp if you want to hear whats on the recording and very little else. The CSA28 is not going to add much, nor is it going to take much away. If you want to hear the vocal quality, the instrument tone, the ambience of the recording room and microphones, this amp will deliver it through the right speakers. If the recording is poor, or the production has been unbalanced, the amp will do nothing to warm it back up. I went to listening rooms in 2001 and listened to many products to replace the hifi I used to have as a student. That first hifi had a Rega Planar 2 turntable, Lux solid state amp and Tangent TM1 speakers. It rocked, sucked you in, and sung sweetly ! I had listened to many CD systems, and they had a certain clarity, but often sounded brittle, dry or clinical. A few products seemed to resolve some of these problems, Marantz CD players, Arcam and Naim amps, B&W speakers, or the amazing Elac 310 speakers. After a lot of listening I decided that I liked the clarity in the mid tone of B&W CDM1-SEs, but they still sounded a bit dry with the Arcam and Naim amps. Enter the Copland - after a few hours in a listening room I complained to the salesman that the music still sounded fragmented, unintegrated and a little lifeless. Ah he laughed - why didnt you say so - I thought you came in here to buy hifi, but actually you want music. Away went the Arcams out came the Copland and suddenly the sound is sweet and smooth and clear and one piece. Swap the standard CD player for a Micromega T-Drive and T-DAC. And finally add some Transparent cables. Dont forget the last step - the change is remarkable. The speaker cabinets disappear and the recording is left hanging in the air. Thats the magic of the Copland. I cant tell you precisely what the frequency stuff is, I dont have enough experience to compare. It sometimes sounds a little thin and over polite at the very top end, but sometimes it doesnt. The bass and slam are stunning, the mid range is breathtaking, also guitar and percussion. Brass and strings sometimes sound a little nice, but it depends a lot on how they are recorded, and I suspect the effect is mostly in the B&Ws not the Copland. Some rock bands with simplified sounds simply dont work well with the clarity of this system, REM is a particular example. But any music that is rich in tone, dynamic, texture, etc from Faure to Floyd will come flying out the speakers and move your heart - which is what I am looking for in a system. Worth every penny.
£1100 in 2001.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by gbuonomi a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: January 20, 2004

Bottom Line:   
I patially agree whith alan9:
Csa28 is a fine integrated amp (for the money), but not a definitive one. It's strenghts lies in clear and open midrange and detailed, but not over agressive treble. Slight dissapointment could be a bit lean and weak bass region, limited dynamics and not as firm, detailed and deep soundstage, as it could be (regarding price). A bit of middle-of-the-road performer, who won't offend anyone, but on the other side, won't pump your adrenaline either.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Private



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by 21-8 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 21, 2003

Bottom Line:   
after listening meridian 507 cyrus cd8 and arcam cd 33 I say it is the best in everthing.
I've read reviews about this copland cda 822 and it is all true!My systeem is bw 804 speakers and copland cda 822 cd player and a arcam a85 integrated will be soon change that for something with heavy power about 200watts!
the copland is something very special go and listen for your self

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Purchased At:   holland



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Alan9 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: January 1, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Csa28 is a fine integrated amp (for the money), but not a definitive one. It's strenghts lies in clear and open midrange and detailed, but not over agressive treble. Slight dissapointment could be a bit lean and weak bass region, limited dynamics and not as firm, detailed and deep soundstage, as it could be (regarding price). A bit of middle-of-the-road performer, who won't offend anyone, but on the other side, won't pump your adrenaline either. Maybe to polite for some (my) tastes.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Corrado, Kranj, Slov



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by MartinSabag a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 17, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Amazing integrated amp !!!
I can't talk enough about this gem.
What made me choose this amp over others was it's mid range which is warm and so natural.
Very accurate, it will sound the way your source sound - very transparent !

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Cloney Audio




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Copland CSA 28 powering Harbeth HL Compact 7 speakers

Would appreciate if you ppl could give me an opinion on the above match, or the Copland amp coupled to a pair of Spendor 3, or couples to a pair of Dynaudio Reference 42? Grateful if those who have these set ups to give a review as detailed as possible. This is my first amp and I am trying to get ... Read More »

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