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Chord Electronics' Reference power amps upgraded to MkII status

We had a very large delivery yesterday, with the arrival of a pair of blue flight cases from Chord Electronics.

Inside each one was Chord's brand-new MkII version of its Reference Series SPM 14000 mono power amplifier, yours for £24,480.

To say they look impressive is an understatement. On the outside there's a new front-panel design and rear connector plate, featuring heavy-duty, gold-plated speaker terminals. And when the amps are switched on, there's a beautiful blue glow from within.

Inside, there are numerous engineering refinements: a new power-control and sequencing board for simpler operation; refinements to the filter components to ensure greater high-speed performance and overall stability; and a plethora of circuit board and earthing changes to improve high-current power flow.

Power delivery from the SPM 14000MkII is 700W, while the SPM6000MkII outputs 650W and costs a (slightly) more affordable £13,950.

Our Chord SPM 14000MkII monoblocs were delivered along with a £25,500 CPA8000 preamp. We'll be reviewing the full combo in a forthcoming issue of What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision.

And look out soon for video footage of the entire system being installed in our hi-fi test room.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.