Chord SPM 1200c Amplifiers

5/5 (7 Reviews) MSRP : $6250.00


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315 watts


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Asoapovo a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 12, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Caveat: My review is actually for the Chord 1200E which is a 350 Watts into 8 ohms product.

In a word I can summarize the Chord 1200E: AMAZING.

Nuances Revealed!
The evening that I plugged in my new amp I immediately starting hearing nuances in beloved old recordings that I had never heard before. The extra roll of a cymbal here and the slight vibration of vocal chords there. That was the obvious stuff, but what floored me was the fact that I could finally here the muscianship of performers coming through. Case in point was listening to the Police's "One World (Not Three)" and hearing the band start playing more intensely after the first chorus. Mind you, they didn't start playing faster, but with a greater passion and the entire band did so in unison. This is something that the Chord immediately brought to light. Pulling back the abstruse layers of a piece of music and hearing the raw humanity of a performance is what buying high end equipment is all about.

Imaging:
The Chord brought an extra dimension to my already impressive imaging. My B&W Nautilus 802s are renowned for their imaging and formerly I had awesome detailed imaging, but only in two dimensions. That is, I could place instruments in the sound stage perfectly left to right and top to bottom. But there was no front to back - until Chord, that is. Now I hear beautiful detailed full three dimensional imagery. Curtis Mayfield's "Move On Up" was revelatory and you could place Mayfield easily in front of his drummer, instead of on top of the drummer.

Spectacular Low-End:
My 1200E also brings out the full rubbery richness of deep bass. Larry Graham's bass (of Family Stone fame) finally sounds like the real thing. What is more drums normally have a snap to them or a peak sound that was previously not reproduced well on my system, but now they are there in full rich technicolor. Live, that is, real bass sounds are very complicated and the quality of a single note changes slowly as it decays and most stereos do not reproduce bass in a warm fashion. My old system was boomy.

Power:
In short, the Chord is very neutral and very powerful, consequently you hear music.

Comparisons:
I travelled around the country a bit and listened to many other amps before selecting the Chord. Most folks that I talked to recommended Mark Levinson (which is more expensive by the way). The Levinson was the proverbial analytical amplifier. I was listening to "Let Down" by Radiohead wherein Thom Yorke (singer) is pouring is guts out for the listener and even my old Adcom revealed the raw emotion. But the Levinson was absolutely lifeless. I was hearing everything, but not feeling everything.

Conclusion:
With the Chord I am no longer thinking about my componentry and instead am obsessing about the soul of the musicians. Its like casting a spell and commanding history's best performers to play for you in your living room. I must commend my fellow reviewers on this site who mentioned that the Chord 1200E was the ideal mate for B&W Nautilus 802s as that is my speaker of choice and the match is flawless.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $7750.00

Purchased At:   Dallas Audio Concept



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ervin a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2002

Bottom Line:   
this is actually a review of the spm1200e which is the latest version of this model. i've tried out krell and bryston before and found these two sounding hard and unmusical. mark levinson was better but i found the yba more natural sounding though it was short of power at times. the chord however, beat all these in terms of speed, detail, control and musicality. the spm1200e sounded as if it wasn't there at all! this is the only amp i've heard so far that managed that. though the krell and bryston had more bass slam but i think it was not natural as the bass didn't gel well with the rest of the music and when it came to the mids and highs the chord was superior in every aspect. i guess this is the reason why chord amps are used by the world's leading studios

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ervin a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2002

Bottom Line:   
this is actually a review of the spm1200e which is the latest version of this model. i've tried out krell and bryston before and found these two sounding hard and unmusical. mark levinson was better but i found the yba more natural sounding though it was short of power at times. the chord however, beat all these in terms of speed, detail, control and musicality. the spm1200e sounded as if it wasn't there at all! this is the only amp i've heard so far that managed that. though the krell and bryston had more bass slam but i think it was not natural as the bass didn't gel well with the rest of the music and when it came to the mids and highs the chord was superior in every aspect. i guess this is the reason why chord amps are used by the world's leading studios

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John Matin a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: October 26, 2000

Bottom Line:   
I have borrowed this amp from my friend. After connected the amp, I am very impressed by detail resolution and control which is far better to my krell. it has big power which no require for more. The sound just absolutly exellent. I nerver heard the amp has much detail, tranperent and control at this price before

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   1999



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by SM a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: May 7, 2000

Bottom Line:   
I have used Chord amplification from one form or another for the last 6 years or so. Initially I started out with the 1000B model. This is a very good product , producing 200W per channel. I then moved onto the 1200C about 2 years ago. This produces 340 watts into 8 Ohms.

I had been using Tannoy D700 speakers for a while now. These speakers are power and current hungery, but the Chords had no problems delivering that.

The Chords are essentially very very neutral and has lots of power and has no character at all. Recently the speakers were updated to B & W Nautilus 802. This is a marriage made in heaven!

Great snergy!. No wonder this combination and above is used by Abbey Road for their mastering suite.

I have no hesitation in recommending Chords. They are finished suberbly, and the company's after sales is exemplary. Check out their website for more infor www.chordelectronics.co.uk

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1998




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