posted on Monday, 8th October 2012 by Steve May
UK high-end audio specialist Chord Electronics has updated its line of Reference Series power amplifiers. The new MkII monoblock amps, the 650w (into 8ohms) SPM 6000MkII and 700w SPM 14000 MkII (pictured above), boast a variety of "engineering refinements" said to improve fidelity and flexibility.
Most obviously, they feature a revised front-panel design and rear connector plate, featuring heavy-duty gold-plated insulated speaker terminals and universal power connector. Beneath the hood, new power-control and sequencing board promise simpler operation while refinements to filter components, circuit board and earthing improve overall clarity.
Chord's Reference Series amplifiers have long served as flag-bearers for the company, featuring technology refined by the Kent-based operation over 25 years. "The result is a virtually noiseless amplifier with huge reserves of effortless power and astonishingly low distortion," they say. The monoblocks are hi-fi heavyweights in every sense: the former tips the scales at 40kg, the latter at 75kg. The SPM 6000MkII and SPM 14000MkII retail for £13,950 and £24,480 respectively.
In related news, Chord has also launched two new equipment supports for its mid-priced Choral and entry-level Chordette ranges.
The Chordette Coupé Carry system is still hewn from aircraft-grade aluminium, but ingeniously uses Velcro to hold kit securely in place. The result is "cleaner lines and a less cluttered aesthetic." It's also significantly cheaper than its predecessor, at £420. The Coupé Carry can house up to four units.
The static Choral Modular stand allows consumers to add new Choral products at a future date. Once again machined from aircraft-grade aluminium, the Choral Modular stand is available in silver or black and has two base options - a 'Shelf' base designed for use on bookshelves or desktops, or a 'Stand' base with four Chord Integra 'legs' designed to match Chord's larger, standard-size units. It retails for £1,600.
Steve is a veteran of the UK consumer electronics
industry, having covered it for
various media outlets for more than 20 years.
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