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Chord Release MKII power amps

Chord Electronics’ Standard Series power amplifiers get upgraded to MkII status
with a raft of engineering refinements, the upgrade introduces significant improvements taken
from the Reference Series to a more affordable line up, which includes what is
considered by many to be the classic Chord Electronics power amp, the SPM 1200
MkII, which made its UK debut at the 2013 Sound and Vision show.

Four models have been updated: three stereo power amps and one monoblock, all
revised to include a variety of engineering refinements implemented to increase
sonic performance, flexibility and lifespan. The revisions have been implemented to
the following stereo models: SPM 1200MkII (350 watts); SPM 4000MkII (480 watts);
SPM 5000MkII (500 watts), plus the SPM 1400MkII monoblock (480 watts).

On the outside, the new MkII models sport a stunning new front-panel design and
rear connector plate, featuring new British-designed, heavy-duty, gold-plated
insulated speaker terminals. The new rear connector plate also enables third-party
power connectors to be used. New lighting further complements the design.

On the inside, the refinements are abundant and include: a new power-control and
sequencing board for simpler operation and better visual indication; refinements to
the filter components to ensure greater high-speed performance and overall
stability; plus a plethora of circuit board and earthing changes to improve high-
current power flow. Driver circuitry improvements have also been implemented,
giving a faster overall response and improved high-frequency response.

Around twenty-five years of research and development knowledge have gone into
Chord Electronics’ fifth-generation power supply, which proudly utilises spread
spectrum, phased clocking, high-frequency auxiliary and other advanced
technologies not usually found outside of the aerospace industry. The result is a
virtually noiseless amplifier with huge reserves of effortless power and astonishingly
low distortion.

The Standard Series MkII power amps are available now

SPM 1200MkII: 350-watt stereo power amp
SPM 4000MkII: 480-watt stereo power amp
SPM 5000MkII: 500-watt stereo power amp
SPM 1400MkII: 480-watt mono power amp

Product specifications

(SPM 1200MkII)

Output power: 2x 350W RMS into 8 Ohms; 2x 620W RMS into 4 Ohms; 2x
750W RMS into 2 Ohms
Output connections: 8x gold-plated WBT output connectors
Input connections: 2x XLR balanced inputs; 2 x RCA phono single-ended
Dimensions: 420x140x355mm (WxHxD)
Weight: 18 kg

(SPM 4000MkII)

Output power: 2x 480W RMS into 8 Ohms; 2x 750W RMS into 4 Ohms; 2x
950W RMS into 2 Ohms
Output connections: 8x gold-plated WBT output connectors
Input connections: 2x XLR balanced inputs; 2x RCA phono single-ended
Dimensions: 420x310x355mm (WxHxD)
Weight: 45 kg

(SPM 5000MkII)
Output power: 2x 560W RMS into 8 Ohms; 2x 1,020W RMS into 4 Ohms; 2x
950W RMS into 2 Ohms
Output connections: 4x gold-plated WBT output connectors
Input connections: 2x XLR balanced inputs; 2x RCA phono single-ended
Dimensions: 480x400x310mm (WxHxD)
Weight: 45 kg
(SPM 1400MkII mono)

Output power: 480W RMS into 8 Ohms; 800W RMS into 4 Ohms; 1,000W
RMS into 2 Ohms
Output connections: 4x gold-plated WBT output connectors
Input connections: 2x XLR balanced inputs; 2x RCA phono single-ended inputs
Dimensions: 420x140x355mm (WxHxD)
Weight: 18kg

 

http://www.chordelectronics.co.uk/

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