Chord CPA 5000 Pre Amplifier


The CPA5000 builds on the already advanced CPA4000 with the latest Ultra High Frequency power supply and ultra low noise circuitry giving an amazing noise floor performance below -130dB. It also utilises solid milled aluminium shielding to prevent RF interference.

The functionality has been expanded to include:-

Four pairs of fully balanced XLR style inputs, four pairs of RCA style unbalanced inputs including two completely independant tape/recording loops.

Highly accurate visually stunning VU meters have been incorporated into the front panel display giving both clear signal detection and level. Naturally these may be selected or disabled as required.

A pair of AV Bypass inputs that are fully balanced to allow direct connection to an AV processor at full signal level.

Two low distortion, low noise headphone outputs.

Product Specification:

  • Unbalanced Inputs: Line 5, Line 6, Tape 1, Tape 2. 4 x pairs RCA Phono style, goldplated with Teflon dielectric insulation.
  • Balanced Inputs: Line 1 to Line 4. 3-pin female pairs of female Neutrik XLR inputs.
  • Outputs: 1 x pair of 3-pin male Neutrik XLR output with 1 x pair of goldplated, RCA Phono wired asymmetrically in parallel, AV Bypass input: 1 x pair female 3-pin Neutrik XLR input
  • Intermodulation Distortion: -120dB all inputs
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: -120dB all inputs
  • Average Noise Floor: -130dB
  • Frequency Range: 2.5Hz – 200kHz (-3dB)
  • Nominal Gain: All inputs subject to 6 levels of switchable gain (x0.5, x1, x1.5, x2, x2.5, x3)
  • THD: 0.002% 20Hz – 20KHz
  • Channel Separation: 20 Hz 100dB, 1kHz 95dB, 10kHz 90dB, 20kHz 85dB
  • Channel Balance: 0.01dB
  • Input impedance: Unbalanced 50kOhms, Balanced 100kOhms
  • Output impedance: 100 Ohms short circuit protected
  • Output Offset: 0mVDC both channels
  • Max Input Voltage: 17Vrms balanced, 8.5V rms unbalanced
  • Max Output Voltage: 17V rms balanced, 8.5V rms unbalanced
  • Volume Performance: 0dB 0.5dB, -20dB 0.2dB, -60dB 0.24dB ( 13 secs for full travel )
  • VU Meter: Accurate to 0.5dB, 30 steps to VU Specification
  • DC Ouput triggers: 12V active high x 3
  • Power Consumption: 30W
  • Operating Voltage: 85 – 270V AC (50-60Hz) auto switching
  • Dimensions: 420mm (w) x 355mm (d) x 133mm (h)
  • Weight: 18Kg

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