Kent, United Kingdom | 2019 – Featuring our all-new circuit topology, ULTIMA 3 is a thoroughly modern amplifier for the high-resolution age.
Our flagship ULTIMA amplifier topology has been integrated into a new mono power amplifier as part of our ongoing 30th-anniversary celebrations, introducing ULTIMA 3.
The new ULTIMA amplifier topology (which to date has been exclusive to the range-topping ULTIMA power amp), is now more affordable than ever before having trickled down into the new ULTIMA 3 mono power amp, which is every bit a Chord Electronics thoroughbred and shares the same winning formula as its range-topping cousin.
The new 480-watt ULTIMA 3 replaces the SPM 1400 MKII and sits in the Full Size range. The amp has been given a remodelled fascia featuring John Franks’ latest design. The precision CNC-machined fascia is made from aircraft-grade aluminium 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 and hidden front panel switch neatly located in the vertical split line, enables the lighting to be dimmed.
Like all of Chord Electronics’ full-size and Reference range amplifiers, the new ULTIMA 3 is available in a choice of Jett Black or Argent Silver finishes. The amplifier can also be specified with either the famous stackable Integra Leg system in Jett Black, Argent Silver or Nickel finishes or the highly polished black acrylic side block option. The amplifier’s rear panel contains both balanced and unbalanced connections, high-quality loudspeaker terminals, a 12V trigger and a C-19-type IEC.
1x Balanced XLR Inverted Input
1x Balanced XLR Non-inverted Input
1x Gold Plated Unbalanced RCA Inverted Input
1x Gold Plated Unbalanced RCA Non-inverted Input
1x 12v Trigger Input – Chord Electronics Auto Start
2x Pair of High Quality, High Current, Gold Plated Type Speaker Terminals (Bi-wireable)
- Class AB Sliding Bias
- HF Switch Mode Power Supply
- Proprietary Chord MOSFETs
- Fully Balanced Circuitry
- Convection Cooled
- Balanced XLR Inverted Input
- Balanced XLR Non-inverted Input
- Unbalanced RCA Inverted Input
- Unbalanced RCA Non-inverted Input
- 12v Trigger On/Off Input
- Dimmable feature lighting
- Included Top Light Ring
- Solid Aluminium Chassis
480w RMS per channel @ 0.05% distortion into 8Ω
-1dB @ 0.2Hz to 46kHz and -3dB 0.1Hz to 200kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio:
Better than -84dB
Better than 90dB
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)