Chord Electronics SPM 1050 MkII: what’s new about this stunning high-end Hi-Fi amp?

posted on Friday, 26th August 2016 by Steve May

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Chord Electronics has formally announced the SPM 1050 MKII stereo power amplifier. This new iteration features a variety of internal upgrades says the brand, plus a number of aesthetic improvements over its predecessor. 

First glimpsed at Munich's High End 2016 show, this new MkII promises reduced output distortion, with enhanced isolation on the mains transformer to reduce interference. As before, the amplifier uses Chord’s low-distortion amplifier circuitry and features four proprietary lateral-structure dual-die MOSFETs per channel. Whatever your loudspeaker choice, this power amp should drive them. 

SPM1050M2BLKFront WHT Front

SPM1050M2SILrear WHT (1) Rear

Niceties include balanced XLR and RCA phono inputs, plus two pairs of loudspeaker outputs with gold-plated connections (pictured above). The casework is machined from solid aircraft-grade aluminium.

Aesthetically new is a vented aluminium lid, plus a new piano-black acrylic side-panel option. Additional cosmetics include a choice of finish for the established Integra leg system supports, these include: nickel, satin-black anodised and aluminium.

The SPM 1050 Mk II features a proprietary 2KW high-frequency switch-mode power supply. Explains the company: “The technology allows instantaneous power to be taken from both power rails simultaneously when the audio track demands, giving perfect balance and dynamic precision for music.”

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This is complemented by a bank of energy storage capacitors effectively ‘recharged’ by the power supply many thousands of times a second, giving the amplifier the ability to react effortlessly to any signal, for greater dynamics. 

The SPM 1050 MKII power amp retails for £4,950.

Steve May

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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