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Chord Electronics Releases New Ultima Integrated Amplifier

The 125-watt amplifier features advanced error-correction topology that monitors and corrects signals before the output stage.

Five years since the introduction of Ultima, Chord Electronics’ most accomplished amplifier topology, the Kent company has trickled the technology down into an integrated amplifier for the first time.

Chord Electronics Ultima Integrated Amplifier - Front

The new Ultima Integrated is a 125-watt amplifier designed by Chord Electronics’ founder, owner, and chief engineer, John Franks. Franks’ advanced error-correction topology, which monitors and immediately corrects signals before the output stage, is key to the four-input Ultima Integrated, and offers astonishing signal accuracy for unrivalled fidelity from a one-box integrated device.

The Ultima Integrated also takes advantage of the very latest developments in advanced low-distortion power supplies —offering low noise and outstanding amplifier operation.

All four of the Ultima Integrated’s inputs — one fully balanced and three unbalanced — enjoy individual buffering and are selectively filtered against potential ingress from radio frequency interference; selection switching is via microprocessor-controlled sealed relays. In addition, the amplifier benefits from an AV bypass input, plus a balanced preamp output for connection to additional power amplifiers.

Chord Electronics Ultima Integrated Amplifier - Rear

The new Ultima Integrated is the first new Chord Electronics integrated amplifier for seven years and is the only full-width model in the company’s range (Anni, from the Qutest range, is the company’s only other integrated amplifier).

Industrial Design

The new Ultima Integrated shares the same all-new 28-mm-thick front panel seen in John Franks’ recently introduced Ultima Pre 3 preamp. The new frontage offers a perfectly symmetrical aesthetic, centered on a spherical power on/off control that uses the company’s familiar (dimmable) polychromatic lighting, giving a clear and simple indication of the amplifier’s playing status. The power sphere is flanked by a newly designed combined volume and input selector, plus a combined balance and AV bypass control.

All of the metalwork is precision-machined from solid aircraft-grade aluminium, including Chord Electronics’ Integra Legs. The upper panel (lid) features Chord Electronics’ established vented design, with a newly redesigned logo-engraved dimmable LED light ring, giving distinctive visual appeal day or night.

Like all of Chord Electronics’ full-size and Reference range amplifiers, the new Ultima Integrated is available in a choice of Jett Black or Argent Silver. The amplifier can also be specified with a highly polished black acrylic side block option at no additional cost.

In addition to its four inputs, AV bypass and balanced outputs, the amplifier’s rear panel also contains high-quality loudspeaker terminals, a 12 V trigger and a 10 A C-19-type IEC.

Technical specifications

  • Output power: 125 W into 8 ohms
  • Frequency response: 10 Hz-200 kHz +/- 3 dB
  • Input impedance: 100 kohms
  • Input maximum voltage: 3 V RMS (single-ended)
  • Output maximum voltage: 35 V RMS
  • Channel separation: 100 dB
  • Operation voltage: 80-250 V AC auto-switching
  • Power consumption: 200 W

Price and availability

The Ultima Integrated is available to pre-order from Chord Electronics’ Ultima dealers now (expected in September) for £8500.

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