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Chord Electronics CPA 5000 Reference Pre-Amplifier
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Chord Electronics CPA 5000 Reference Pre-Amplifier

High End Transparency, Works without any sonic intrusion with the very best sources and speakers

£10,791.67 Exc. VAT |  
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Chord Electronics CPA 5000 Reference Pre-Amplifier 

  • Please Note: This product is not available for online purchase (click and collect only). Please call or e-mail us for a demonstration or to make an order
  • Available in Black or Silver 

We can offer customers wishing to upgrade their existing Chord equipment generous trade in allowances. Other manufacturers equipment is also considered.   

Chord Electronics is pleased to announce the latest edition to our product range, the CPA5000 Reference Preamplifier. 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. Extra flexibility is now offered with four pairs of fully balanced XLR style inputs and an additional four pairs of RCA style unbalanced inputs with two completely independent tape/recording loops. Selection can be made manually via the front panel or using the supplied remote control. Each input has six levels of gain that can be individually selected to prevent large changes in volume when switching between inputs. All settings are stored via the microprocessor even if power is removed.


Not only can the CPA5000 be used in a traditional stereo setup but fully balanced AV Bypass circuitry will allow direct connection to an AV processor at full signal level routing the signal directly from input to output avoiding the volume control. This gives a truly flexible system for the purest two channel stereo reproduction converting for use in a multichannel AV system with a simple press of a switch.

Signal detection indicators have been replaced with highly accurate visually stunning VU meters incorporated into the front panel display. These give both clear signal detection and accurate input level. Naturally these may be selected or disabled as required. 

Headphone connectivity has been retained with two low distortion, low noise headphone output jack socket easily accessible on the front panel. Remote triggering outputs are available at the rear of the unit to activate power amplifiers or AV processors as soon as you press the aluminium power switch on the front of the CPA5000.

As with all Chord products each piece of metal work is machined from solid aluminium giving a superb rigid construction that gives unsurpassed vibration damping with stunning looks to match.



  • 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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