CPA 8000

Eight Input Reference Preamplifier

When routing and attenuating signals, a Chord preamplifier both has flexible input and output options, and delivers the purest audio experience with absolutely no colouration and minimal distortion.

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The CPA 8000 is our flagship preamp. It represents our best preamplifier to date and combined with our Reference power amplifiers, provides a world-class amplification solution with cutting edge proprietary technology. Featuring double-height dimensions, the CPA 8000 is the perfect partner to our SPM 14000 MkII monoblock power amplifiers and benefits from a true dual-mono construction with separate ultra-high-frequency power supplies for each channel, to give the best possible channel separation. With the addition of our low-noise circuitry, noise floor performance has been improved to beyond -135dB.

The highly advanced CPA 8000 includes three pairs of fully balanced outputs and three unbalanced outputs; inputs include four unbalanced and four balanced with six-step gain adjustment, with selection made via the remote control or the distinctive fascia, which also uniquely features separate frequency EQ adjust controls for the left and right channels.

Internally, each of the power supplies and the sensitive volume, balance and EQ controls are surrounded by solid milled aluminium shielding to prevent RF interference. Fully balanced A/V bypass circuitry allows direct connection to A/V processors and further features include defeatable front panel VU meters with BBC ballistics, two low-distortion, low-noise front-panel headphone output jacks and 12V remote triggering outputs.

Inputs & Outputs:

8 Stereo Inputs and 3 Stereo Outputs

  • 4x Stereo Balanced XLR Inputs – Line In 1, Line In 2, Line In 3, and Line In 4
  • 4x Stereo Unbalanced RCA Inputs – Line In 5, Line In 6, Tape 1, and Tape 2
  • 3x Stereo Outputs – Selectable – Either via Balanced XLR or Unbalanced RCA
  • 1x Stereo Balanced XLR AV Bypass Input

Key Features

HF Switch Mode Power Supply
Blue Velvet ALPS Potentiometer
-125dB Signal to Noise Ratio
Advanced Shielding Technology
Fully Balanced Circuitry
Analogue Signal Path
Input/Output Buffering
4x Stereo RCA Inputs
4x Stereo XLR Inputs
3x Stereo RCA Outputs
3x Stereo XLR Outputs
Convection Cooled
IR Remote Control Included
Included Top Light Ring
12v Trigger On/Off Input/Output
Solid Aluminium Chassis

Included Accessories

1.5m 10a IEC Mains Power Lead
Reference CPA 8000 Remote
CPA 8000 Owners Manual

Other accessories & custom options

Raw solid CNC machined aluminium Integra leg option.

Black anodised solid CNC machined aluminium Integra leg option.

Nickel plated solid CNC machined aluminium Integra leg option.

Gloss black acrylic side block option – replaces aluminium Integra legs.

Frequency Range:

2.5Hz – 200kHz +/- 3dB

Total Harmonic Distortion:

0.002% 20Hz – 20kHz

Intermodulation Distortion:

-125dB on all inputs

Signal to Noise Ratio:

-125dB on all inputs

Channel Separation:

20Hz @ 110dB, 1kHz @ 105dB, 10kHz @ 100dB, 20kHz @ 95dB

Channel Balance:

0.01dB

Input Max Voltage:

17v RMS Balanced – 8.5v RMS Unbalanced

Output Max Voltage:

17v RMS Balanced – 8.5v RMS Unbalanced

Output Offset:

0mV (Both Channels)

Potentiometer Performance:

0dB 0.5dB, -20dB 0.2dB, -60dB 0.24dB (13seconds Full Travel)

Nominal Gain:

All inputs subject to six levels of switchable gain (x0.5, x1, x1.5, x2, x2.5, x3)

Input Impedance:

100 kΩ Balanced – 50 kΩ Unbalanced

Output Impedance:

100Ω (Short Circuit Protected)

Operating Voltage:

85v – 270v AC (50Hz – 60Hz) Auto Switching

Power Consumption:

60w

Dimensions Without Integra Legs:

420mm (w) x 355mm (d) x 310mm (h)

Dimensions With Included Integra Legs:

480mm (w) x 355mm (d) x 350mm (h)

Weight:

30kG

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