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Ultima 5 Solid State Power Amplifier by Chord Electronics
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The Chord Electronics ULTIMA 5 has ascended from a long and venerable heritage to become the most popular Chord stereo power amplifier.... Click To Read More
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Ultima 5 Solid State Power Amplifier by Chord Electronics


The Chord Electronics ULTIMA 5 has ascended from a long and venerable heritage to become the most popular Chord stereo power amplifier.


Product Description

The ULTIMA 5 is a progression of the most famous Chord power amplifier, the legendary SPM 1200 MK II (widely considered to be the definitive Chord Electronics amplifier).

Now incorporating the latest-generation ULTIMA circuit topology, the new ULTIMA 5 is set to become a future classic. Considered to offer the ideal balance between performance and price, the ULTIMA 5 offers an impressively affordable 300 watts – enough to drive the most demanding loudspeakers.

The ULTIMA 5 has built upon the inherent strengths of the SPM 1200 MK II and taken performance to the next level. By implementing advanced dual-feed-forward error-correction topology which incorporates advanced concepts in ultra-high-frequency power supplies the ULTIMA 5 delivers supremely fast and powerful performance, with an extraordinarily high peak output current (the speed at which dynamic peaks can be delivered), bringing astonishing dynamics, timing accuracy and, as a result, unrivaled musicality.

Add to that low-distortion amplifier circuitry with proprietary lateral-structure dual-die MOSFETs and the ULTIMA 5 is able to drive loudspeaker loads effortlessly, with clarity and precision. The ULTIMA 5 has an incredible 32 proprietary MOSFET power devices which demand the most advanced and refined drive circuitry, suitably devoid of sound-degrading components.

ULTIMA is a truly unprecedented amplifier topology with exceptional performance and is one of the most advanced amplifier technologies in the world.

Benefiting from a redesigned fascia featuring John Franks’ latest aesthetic, the precision CNC-machined fascia is made from aircraft-grade aluminum and features a reassuringly solid 28-mm thick front panel, enhanced by a recessed spherical polycarbonate power button that illuminates for standby and operation modes; a discreet, hidden front panel switch, located in the vertical split line, enables dimmable lighting.

The amplifier’s rear panels contain both balanced and unbalanced connections, high-quality loudspeaker terminals, a 12 V trigger, and a C-19-type IEC.


  • Class AB Sliding Bias
  • HF Switch Mode Power Supply
  • Proprietary Chord MOSFETs
  • Fully Balanced Circuitry
  • Convection Cooled
  • 12v Trigger On/Off Input
  • Dimmable feature lighting
  • Included Top Light Ring
  • Solid Aluminum Chassis
  • Inputs:
    • 1x Stereo Pair of Gold Plated Unbalanced RCA Inputs
    • 1x Stereo Pair of Gold Plated Balanced XLR Inputs
    • 1x 12v Trigger Input – Chord Electronics Auto Start
  • Outputs:
    • 1x Pair of High Quality, High Current, Gold Plated Type Speaker Terminals


The Chord Ultima 5 is not an overtly characterful amplifier; it doesn’t try to sound ‘musical’. All it does is attempt to pass on the signal as cleanly as possible. And in that aim, it’s hugely successful.

Chord Electronics’ ULTIMA 5 is monumentally capable. It has a reasonably uncommon combination of on-paper promise (all that innovative engineering, all those colossal numbers), visual drama (especially if you’re into the whole steampunk/Alan Moore aesthetic) and implacable performance that makes the asking price look as if entirely reasonable. It certainly doesn’t make any demands of you in terms of the type of music you prefer to listen to; the ULTIMA 5 plays no favourites and is as happy to explain the motivations of a king-sized symphony orchestra in full attack mode, as it is those of a rapper with a sampler and an 808.


  • Output Power:
    • 300w RMS per channel @ 0.005% distortion into 8Ω
  • THD: 0.005% distortion
  • Frequency Response: -1dB – 0.5Hz – 100kHz
  • Dimensions With Included Integra Legs: 18cm (H) x 48cm (W) x 36cm (D)
  • Dimensions with Optional Side Blocks: 15cm (H) x 42cm (W) x 36cm (D)
  • Weight: 22.4kG




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