Copland CSA70 Integrated Amplifier
29 March 2022
Nothing causes more consternation than a product seemingly 180 degrees at odds with a company’s core philosophy, whether hi-fi, cars, watches, what-have-you. Audio Research dealt with the repercussions of its first solid-state amp… but an all-transistor amp from the equally tube-centric Copland? Not its first – these were the mid-’90s CSA8/CSA18 – so the CSA70 probably won’t cause too much of a ruckus despite the absence of bottles.
Either way, like Japan’s sublime Air Tight and other mystifyingly low-key brands, Copland merits greater fame. Undoubtedly, this £2988 unit could serve perfectly as an intro to the brand and is ideally suited to those considering new hardware at mid-level.