Chord Electronics SPM 1050 MkII

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Chord Electronics SPM 1050 MkII
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Chord Electronics’ new SPM 1050 MkII power amplifier, first unveiled at High End 2016, Munich, is now available worldwide. The new MkII version directly replaces the original and introduces the latest Chord amplifier technology, plus some key aesthetic improvements. The MkII model offers reduced output distortion plus improvements to capacitance for cleaner power delivery. It has better isolation on the mains transformer to reduce interference. In keeping with the original, the SPM 1050 MkII uses Chord’s low-distortion amplifier circuitry and features four proprietary lateral-structure dual-die MOSFETs per channel (eight in total).

It has both balanced XLR and RCA phono inputs, plus two pairs of loudspeaker outputs with gold-plated connections. A single power button offers operational simplicity from stand-by mode and the amplfier’s status is indicated on the faceplate by a simple two-LED sequence showing power and relay functions. The casework is luxuriously Chord: machined from solid aircraft-grade aluminium it offers a rigid environment to house the electronics and damp vibration. Aesthetically, the MkII version includes a new vented aluminium lid, akin to the DSX1000 streamer, plus a piano-black acrylic side-panel option. Additional options include a choice of finish for the established Integra leg system supports, these include: nickel, satin-black anodised and aluminium.

As with all Chord Electronics amplifiers, the new SPM 1050 MkII features Chord’s proprietary 2KW high-frequency switch-mode power supply, which was originally developed for use in aerospace, telecommunications and data processing. Power output is quoted as 200 Watts per channel into 8 Ohms and 350 Watts into four Ohms. The SPM 1050 MkII retails for £4,950.