Over the years I have enjoyed reading Stereophile. The magazine offers unique ( and comprehensive ) reviews by including Both - Subjective reviews and objective tests - the latter by Editor John Atkinson.
JA has often revealed technical inadequacies or sometimes even poor design or implementation, in the reviewed products.
I was therefore RATHER surprised to see his comments during the Chord 14000 Ultimate Review.
This US $ 75,000 Ultimate Power Amplifier from Chord is (supposed to be ) a 1000 Watt / 2000 Watt power amplifier into 8 ohms / 4 Ohms.
Wallop is certainly part of the design goal, since Paul Bolin in his opening remarks says : "Priced no less than $75,000/ pair, the SPM 14000 is rated to produce power as do very few other amplifiers on the planet: it is very ( emphasis by Paul Bolin) conservatively rated at 1kW into 8 ohm load, 2kW into 4 ohms and will "easily exceed" ( again quotes by PB) 2800W (give or take a few watts) into 2 ohms. "
In the test bench evaluation, here is what John Atkinson said:
" ... Into 8 ohms I measured 525 Watts (27.2dBW) which is almost 3 dB below the specified power of 1 kW ...... The shortfall is probably insignificant in my opinion, ... "
REALLY J.A. ?
525 Watts instead of 1,000 Watts is an "INSIGNIFACANT" short fall in a $ 75,000 power amplifier pair ??