Striking a Chord
Sitting on top of the amplifier, in the middle of the stack in the photograph, was Chord's CPA 5000 preamplifier ($20,000) which features 4 pairs of balanced inputs, all switching via relays, AV bypass for home theater, and front-panel meters with BBC ballistics. Sitting on top of the stack was Chord's CD Red Reference player ($25,000). Like Chord's DSX1000 digital streamer ($13,000), the CD Red Reference CD player uses the DAC circuitry from the QBD 76, which John claimed was 40dB quieter than any other DAC on the market.Larry Greenhill
Jason Victor Serinus comments: Having recently auditioned Chord products in an exceedingly dark, damped acoustic, it was ear-opening to discover, when mated with Peak Consult InCognito XII loudspeakers and Van den Hul cabling, how much captivating air and depth they can produce in a different space. To Larry’s write-up of the chord SPM 1200 MkII, I would add that the unit, which replaces the SPM 1200E yet costs a little lesssurprise!is a fully balanced design with single-ended and balanced outputs. (John Franks prefers balanced.) And in an age when many products no longer offer speaker outputs that accept banana plugs, Chord smiles at both bananas and spades connectors.