The CPA 5000 Reference pre-amplifier features Chord's latest Ultra High Frequency power supplies, a completely re-designed short signal path, ultra low noise circuit and solid milled aluminum shielding to prevent RF interference. The result of these enhancements is an amazingly low noise floor - below -130dB!

The functionality has been expanded to include: four pairs of fully balanced XLR inputs, four pairs of RCA unbalanced inputs, two completely independent tape/recording loops, six levels of gain which can be independently selected and stored for each input, and two low distortion, low noise headphone output jacks which are easily accessible on the front panel.

A fully balanced AV Bypass circuit allows direct connection to an AV processor at full signal level, routing the signal directly from input to output avoiding the volume control, and remote triggering outputs are available to activate power amplifiers or AV processors automatically when the pre-amp is powered up.

The signal detection indicators have been replaced with highly accurate VU meters. These give clear signal detection and level indication and can be easily enabled or disabled by a button on the front panel. As with all chord products each piece of metal work is machined from solid aluminum giving a superb rigid construction that gives unsurpassed vibration damping with stunning looks to match.


Unbalanced inputs: 4 pairs RCA phono style, gold plated with Teflon dielectric insulation.
Balanced inputs: 4 pairs, Neutrik XLR inputs.
Outputs: 1 pair Neutrik XLR, 1 pair RCA Phono wired asymmetrically in parallel.
AV bypass input: 1 pair Neutrik XLR
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: 10Hz 110dB, 1kHz 110dB, 10kHz 100dB, 20kHz 90dB
Channel balance: 0.01 dB
Input impedance: Unbalanced 50kOhms, Balanced 100kOhms
Output impedance: 100 Ohms short circuit protected
Output offset: 0m VDC both channels
Max input voltage: 17V rms balanced, 8.5V rms unbalanced
Max output voltage: 17V rms balanced, 8.5V rms unbalanced
Volume performance: 0dB 0.5dB, -20dB 0.2dB, -60dB 0.2dB (13 seconds for full travel)
VU meter: Accurate to 0.5dB, 30 steps to VU specification
DC output triggers: 12V active high x 3
Power consumption: 30W
Operating Voltage: 85 – 270V AC (50-60Hz) auto switching
Dimensions: 19” x 14” x 7” (w/d/h)
Weight: 42 lbs.


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