Listening for another evening with the RDC Cones in place under the Chord, I can hear more clearly what's happening. Apart from the overall improvement in clarity, they have markedly reduced bass overhang. Bass is now very tight indeed and there is greater differentiation between those recordings which have potent bass and the ones which only play at having bass.
I may have to review the amount of port stuffing in my speakers, but meanwhile this is very pleasing. The amount of transient edge impact is approaching that of John's system, which sets a very high bar.
Funnily enough, Martin, the only other Chord power amp I borrowed was the SPM-4000 and it sounded virtually identical to the 1200E. My previous 1200C was not quite as open and potent.
I can't speak for the rest of the range, especially the new small dinky models. From speaking with John Franks, I got the idea that the 1200 Mk.II (a slight refresh of the 1200E) is the epitome of their stereo power amp designs and may never be replaced. Further up the range, they are all monoblocks.
I haven't been to the Bristol show for the last couple of years, Dale. This would indicate a remarkable turn-around as Chord have been singular in their crapness at demonstrating their own equipment. It didn't help that they used to use those bloody awful Wilson Benesch speakers for so long, but I have never heard a Chord system really sing at a show. Very annoying considering I hold my power amp in high regard when people keep asking me why they sound so shite!
Martin dragged his ancient Chord around to MM towers for us to compare to my Naim. No competition. Has to be Naim. I was sorry I was wasting his time. Surprised, well a bit more than that. To my ears the Chord out performed the Naim rather well. Martin agreed, but then he was biased Swapped around a bit, confirmed.... damn
I picked up a 2nd hand 1200E for just over £2000 Checked Martin didn't have the golden sample... Nope, this one also out performed the 500 as well
I'd say it was a damned sight better than anything I've ever heard
Music. Better kit gives more music Played last :
Moby -Big Black -Shellac -2Cellos -X Press-2 -Huey Lewis & the News -Gerry Rafferty -Banco de Gaia -Carmel -Velvet Underground -Thin Lizzy -Jon Hopkins -Peter and the test Tube Babies -Awolnation -Caribou -Bajofondo -Bent -Level 42 -Steve Hackett -Bill Nelson -Grease Band -Sonic Youth -Sonny Landreth -Art Brut -Low -Roy Harper -Fragile State -Ry Cooder -Chris Rea -Rick Springfield -Jeff Beck -Cream TAD / Technics / Coherent
Bonjour , j'ai 2 spm 1200 e depuis 2001 et j'en suis tres tres satisfait , jamais je ne changerais pour autre chose , par contre je voulais signaler et éventuellement avoir une explication car sur l'un des 2 à l'allumage il y a en particulier avant le bruit du relais de temporisation des petits bruits à l'intérieur de l'ampli ( sorte de petit tic ) . j'ai aussi remarqué que ces petits bruits se produisaient quand je posais la main sur la grille du hublot .( électricité statique ? ) . Ce qui m'inquiete le plus c'est que sur l'autre spm 1200 e il n'y a rien te tout cela . Merci de vos réponses espérant etre rassurantes .