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Chord Announce Epic Power Lead – Promotions Available

Chord Company Epic Power is a high-specification mains cable for hi-fi and audiovisual systems. Hand-built in the UK, the design incorporates our unique ARAY conductor technology, originally created for our flagship products but now enhancing the performance of our other ranges.

Epic Power is part of the widely acclaimed and extensive Epic range of analogue and digital interconnects, HDMI and speaker cables.

  • High purity multi-strand copper conductors with unique ARAY technology.
  • PVC internal and external insulation with high mechanical damping factor.
  • Dual layer high frequency effective braid and foil combination shield.
  • High density vibration damping outer jacket.
  • Available fitted with high-spec 10 or 16 amp IEC or Fig8 connectors and UK / Euro / US / AUS mains connectors.
  • Standard lengths: 1m, 1.5m, 2m and 3m. Custom lengths and terminations are available to order.

Contact us to discuss this cable and find out about our introductory offers.

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New Chord Signature X Power Leads – Promotional Offer

Chord has announced an upgrade to its renowned Signature Power Lead. Signature X Power cable is designed, hand built and tested in the UK and benefits from the latest XLPE insulation. Consistently high-quality performance in any environment and across all audio/video applications. Alongside the unique Chord Company ARAY geometry this upgraded mains cable features significantly heavier-gauge conductors meaning less resistance and greater efficiency.

We are pleased to be offer these at an introductory price. Please contact us for more information.

 

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GroundARAY Demonstration – It really works!

 

On 5th May we were privileged to have a demonstration of the new Chord GroundARAY that is announced this week. This was part of a wider demonstration of Speaker Cables and Interconnects. See demonstration details here. We have not been able to share our experiences with the GroundARAY until now!

For the GroundARAY demonstration we used the following system elements, complemented by Chord Sarum Interconnects and Speaker cables:

  • Naim NDX2 with Chord Bridge fitted and connected through English Electric 8Switch
  • Naim NAC 282 preamp with HiCap DR Power Supply
  • Naim NAP 250 DR Power Amplifier
  • Focal Sopra No2 Speakers
  • Music Works Power Block with Chord Shawline Mains Leads

Our first listening was with the GroundARAY connected to one of the inputs on the NDX2. Immediately we noticed a wider dynamic range, more detail in lower frequency vocals and a significantly quieter background. These devices really do work!

Moving forward we added a second GroundARAY to the NAC 282 and this added even more benefits to those already experienced with the GroundARAY used on only the NDX2.

We tried positioning the GroundARAY on a range of equipment and, by and large, the more GroundARAYs the greater the improvement, so we can certainly support Chord’s recommendation of starting with the source and adding more when you want to.

For more information and/or to arrange a demo please Contact us.

 

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Replacement speaker links are a significant upgrade.

Given recent additions to my system, I do not expect to be making any major changes to any of the main system components for quite a while. I am interested, however, in exploring other upgrades to see if I can improve and optimise the quality and musical enjoyment of the system I already have. This has led to many discussions with Ross and Pete at Acoustica who are always happy to advise and help. These discussions led to Acoustica lending me the Chord Sarum T speaker links featured in this blog.

The Chord literature describes the Sarum T speaker links as “more than just the final link for a system full of Sarum cables. They are an easy way of getting the last ounce of performance from any high-resolution speaker system, regardless of the speaker cable you’re using”.

I have had my current loudspeakers, Audiovector R3 Arretés, just over a year, having upgraded from some Audiovector SR3 Signatures that I purchased approx. 10 years previously. And the R3 Arretés did not disappoint. Soundstage was wider, coherence was better and overall sound from deep, well controlled, bass, to floating high frequencies was significantly improved. I really like them!

Whilst I was interested in the concept of the Sarum T speaker links, therefore, given I really liked the sound I have, I was sceptical that changing the links could improve the sound. I was to be proved wrong! Replacing the standard links led to an immediate and noticeable improvement of coherence across the different drive units with significantly more detail in the treble with less “noise” in the background. A much more natural and revealing listening experience has been delivered. These are certainly now on my shopping list!

Here are some images of the speaker connections, before and after.