Chord Electronics has launched its most advanced DAC to date. Given the acronym DAVE,
Chord''s latest-generation digital-to-analogue convertor features the very best conversion technology available, using proprietary techniques never seen before.
DAVE is a highly advanced reference-grade DAC, digital preamp and headphone amplifier. Hand-made in Kent, DAVE is based around a proprietary FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) offering more than ten times the program capacity of its predecessor.
At its heart lies a new (and in electronics terms, huge) LX75 version of the Spartan 6 Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA). The FPGA''s extraordinary capability enables a number of key sonic benefits including significantly improved timing and the best noise-shaper performance of any known DAC. DAVE''s technology delivers music with unmatched reality and musicality, with an unrivalled timing response.
USB B-style: 44 kHz to 768 kHz - DXD and Quad DSD
2x optical: 44kHz to 192kHz
1 x AES: 44kHz to 192kHz
4 x Coax: 44kHz to 384kHz
Dual-data mode available
2x ultra-high-speed coax 768kHz dual-data mode for use with future-unannounced Chord Electronics products.
Maximum output voltage: 6 volts RMS
THD and noise at 2.5 volts: RMS 0.000015 %
THD and noise at 2.5 volts: 127dBA Awt (124dBA into 33 ohms)
Dynamic range at -60 dBFS 1kHz -127 dBA A wt
(No measurable noise floor modulation, no a harmonic distortion)
(Analogue distortion characteristic: no distortion for small signals)
Power requirements: mains power 80 volts to 260 volts; AC 20 watts
DSX 1000 Music Streamer
The DSX 1000 is Chord's range-topping network music player. With a full-color screen, remote control and operation via a number of today's uPnP apps for the iPhone/iPad or Android smart phones, the DSX 1000 has been designed to make the best of digitally stored music files. It can play: MP3; WMA; WAV; AAC; ALAC and FLAC with 24/192 support where possible. A custom version of the SongBook app is also offered to give you full control and set-up functionality via your smart phone or iPad.
The DSX 1000 offers the same high quality built-in analog volume control circuit used in Chord's Reference preamplifiers. This gives highly accurate volume adjustment without the problems and low-level distortions associated with digital volume controls normally found in streaming products. It also offers both fixed and variable outputs, via both balanced XLR and RCA phono connections, so you can use the DSX 1000 with your existing system or use it directly with just a power amplifier.
The most important feature, however, is that the streaming engine is coupled into Chord's flagship QBD76 DAC technology. This design reclocks all the data, removing all of the jitter issues that can affect other products where the DAC is coupled into the main streaming chip. The way in which the digital data is converted to analog from the network is the most important part and will affect the sound quality more than any other component. Chord's legendary DAC expertise and proprietary circuits are what separates this truly state-of-the-art streamer from all the other ordinary ones. Hear the incredible DSX 1000 today - it's not just any streamer! Value priced at $13,000.
A FEW OF MY FAVORITE CHORD POWER AMPLIFIERS ARESHOWN BELOW-BUT THERE ARE MANY MORE AT BOTH THE MORE ECONOMICAL AND HIGHER POWERED END OF THE SPECTRUM!
SPM 1200 MkII
New in 2012. The SPM 1200 MkII is an updated version of the SPM 1200E, Chord's most popular stereo amplifier. The SPM 1200 MkII delivers 350 watts of heart-stopping power and a completely involving musical performance. The SPM 1200 MkII exemplifies Chord's innovative technology which allows delicate signals to be controlled with the absolute minimum of interference and coloration.
SPM 1400 MkII
This 480 watt mono-block provides all the benefits of mono amplification while retaining all of the much loved qualities of Chord amplifiers. Improvements in capacitor technology have boosted secondary reservoir levels to 94,000 uF storing over 381 Joules of energy. A "Superamp" in all but dimensions, this amplifier is for those whose goal is direct comparison between live and recorded music, a sentiment echoed by reviewers and customers alike.
Output is 480 watts into 8ohms, 800 into 4, and 1000 into 2. Connections are 4 gold plated WBT output connectors, 2 XLR balanced inputs and 2 RCA-Phono single ended inputs. Dimensions 19" x 7" x 14" (W x H x D). Weight 36 lbs. This is the consumer version of the amplifier of choice at leading studios around the world including Skywalker, Sony, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon and Abbey Road.
SPM 6000 MkII
The Chord SPM 6000 mono power amplifier has been designed with the same no compromise philosophy as the Chord flagship Reference mono amplifier, the SPM 14000. The SPM 6000 is built with a performance that is truly spectacular. The secret to this level of musical performance and dynamic ability is the power supply.
Output is 750 watts into 8ohms, 1500 into 4, and 3000 into 2. Connections are 4 gold plated High Current WBT output connectors, 2 XLR balanced inputs and 2 RCA-Phono single ended inputs. Dimensions 19" x 7" x 26"(W x H x D). Weight 77 lbs.
FOR THE MORE BUDGET MINDED CHORD MAKES A WONDERFULL POWER AMP THAT EASILY LEADS THE FIELD IN ITS PRICE CLASS:THE SPM 1050
The SPM 1050, below, was the first of the new MkII generation of Chord amplifiers. It utilizes trickle-down design innovations developed for Chord's SPM 14000 Reference monoblock amplifiers. This amplifier uses Chord’s latest low distortion amplifier circuitry and proprietary lateral structure dual-die MOSFETs. As a result the SPM 1050 is able to drive more difficult loudspeaker loads with ease, grace and control.
The heart of the amplifier is powered using Chord’s 2KW high frequency switch mode power supply and unique dynamic coupling design. This allows instantaneous power to be taken from both power rails simultaneously when the music demands, resulting in perfect balance and dynamic precision. This technology is complemented by a large bank of energy storage capacitors that are recharged by the power supply many thousands of times per second, giving the amplifier huge reserves and the ability to react effortlessly to any signal.
The SPM 1050 comfortably delivers 200 watts into 8 ohms, or 350w into 4, and connectivity is achieved via true balanced XLR style or RCA phono inputs and two pairs of gold plated loudspeaker binding posts. As with all Chord products each unit is machined from solid aluminum for a superb rigid construction that gives unsurpassed vibration damping with stunning looks to match.
WHILE THEY MAKE A NUMBER OF FINE PREAMPS ,NONE SPEAK TO ME QUITE AS MUCH AS :
CPA 5000 Reference Preamplifier
The CPA 5000 Reference pre-amplifier features Chord's latest Ultra High Frequency power supplies, a completely re-designed short signal path, ultra low noise circuit and solid milled aluminum shielding to prevent RF interference. The result of these enhancements is an amazingly low noise floor - below -130dB!
The functionality has been expanded to include: four pairs of fully balanced XLR inputs, four pairs of RCA unbalanced inputs, two completely independent tape/recording loops, six levels of gain which can be independently selected and stored for each input, and two low distortion, low noise headphone output jacks which are easily accessible on the front panel.
A fully balanced AV Bypass circuit allows direct connection to an AV processor at full signal level, routing the signal directly from input to output avoiding the volume control, and remote triggering outputs are available to activate power amplifiers or AV processors automatically when the pre-amp is powered up.
The signal detection indicators have been replaced with highly accurate VU meters. These give clear signal detection and level indication and can be easily enabled or disabled by a button on the front panel. As with all chord products each piece of metal work is machined from solid aluminum giving a superb rigid construction that gives unsurpassed vibration damping with stunning looks to match.
BELIEVING THAT EVERYONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO OWN A CHORD PREAMP THE FOLKS IN THE UK ALSO MAKE
The fully balanced CPA 3000 is the newest of Chord’s new generation pre-amplifiers. Utilizing innovative techniques and technology from the highly successful CPA 5000 reference pre-amplifier, the CPA 3000 features Chord’s latest Ultra High Frequency power supplies, a completely re-designed short signal path and ultra low noise circuit to give the very best noise floor performance.
The CPA 3000 is feature rich with four pair of XLR inputs, two pair of RCA inputs, tape loop, and fully balanced AV Bypass circuitry that allows for direct connection to an AV processor. The result is a completely flexible system capable of the purest two channel applications and converting for use in a multichannel AV system with a simple press of a button. Remote triggering outputs are also included.
"High end audio can be good value, and this pre-amp proves it by delivering true world class performance with the industry’s most competitive value proposition."
Introducing Chord Electronics
A world leader in high-end audio
England's Chord Electronics is an engineering firm with a passion to make the world's best sounding audio products. Chord has developed many highly innovative proprietary technologies which simply cannot be copied. When the very best components available limit performance Chord engineers design their own, thus leading the state-of-the-art.
Chord Electronics' amplifiers deliver the subtlety and musicality of the finest tube designs with the punch and accuracy of the world's best solid state. The latest generation of Chord power amplifiers are the result of over twenty years of extensive research and development and provide both excellent sound quality and very high reliability.
A world leader in Pro audio
Professional users of power amplification demand accuracy, neutrality and perfect timbre-matched tonality. That's why Chord is the choice for the sound professionals at Skywalker Sound, BBC, Abbey Road, Sony NY, Decca, Quad, Dolby Labs, Toshiba-EMI Japan, MCA Studios, CBC, Ray Charles Productions, Air Studios, The Royal Opera House London, Herbie Hancock, Deutsche Grammophon and many more.
Chord offers a broad range of high-end amplification and digital conversion products including: CD players, digital to analog converters, music streamers, integrated amplifiers, pre-amplifiers, stereo power amplifiers, mono power amplifiers, five channel amplifiers, an MC phono stage and the high-performance "lifestyle" Choral and Chordette product ranges.
Chord Electronics is a small company comprised of highly skilled engineers who are passionate about great music. Every Chord product is handcrafted in England by people dedicated to making the very best possible. Naturally support and service are second to none. May we build one for you?
CDS ARE A DYING FORMAT SAY MANY AUDIO PUNDITS.PLEASE DON'T TELL THA TO CHORD WHICH HAS RECENTLY INTRODUCED ONE OF THEFINEST CD PLAYERS EVER MADE
RED Reference Mk III CD Player
Building on the success of the Blu and the QBD76, the RED Reference Mk III CD player now has the latest technological updates and has been revised with developments to improve performance even further. The Mk III version includes Chord's High Definition USB input with the ability to process DSD files.
With stunning looks and state of the art design the RED utilizes ground breaking technology to give the most accurate reproduction of compact disc that can be obtained. With internal 176.4 KHz upsampling data transfer, selectable RAM buffer clock retiming and both 1024 and 4096 tap length filtering, the RED earns its reference status in the Chord range.
Starting on the outside the RED features the Chord trademark design and is manufactured from solid aluminum giving a rigid support structure for the CD mechanism. As in the Mk II version, (shown above), the Mk III includes a lens in the CD dome giving a view of the loaded disc and a powered rather than manual opening. The front panel design incorporates ball bearing push button control for the commonly used functions and a dual display showing CD status on one side and input, buffer and frequency information on the other. Uniquely the CD mechanism sits at 45 degrees to allow front access even if placed on a stand or in a rack. At the rear connections are made via gold plated phono or BNC coax, plastic optical fiber or balanced XLR style connectors.
"I can hear more into the details of this recording than nearly any other CD player I've ever encountered. The layers of details tonally are staggering. The energy of the first movement of this quartet, which is Beethoven's only real attempt to product a comic opera, without voices is like the opening of a bottle of champagne. The player is not varnishing the sound in any way that I could detect, it's providing a stark no holds-barred version of the recording. - HiFi World, Five Globe Award Winner, June 2012
Internally the latest CD Pro 2 mechanism from Philips is re-clocked using a highly accurate crystal oscillator then the synchronized data is fed to the upsampling and filtering electronics. In the Mk II an 18,000 tap length WTA filter, (upgraded from the original 4096), is used to minimize the transient timing errors and reconstruct the digital data to either 44.1, 88.2 or 176.4 KHz sampling frequencies.
This data is fed to the rear XLR and optical output connectors and also via a dual data bus to the digital to analogue conversion electronics. Now based on the QBD76, (originally DAC64), the digital signal is converted from 176.4KHz to analogue audio using 18,000 tap filtering and 76 bit digital signal processing core. This is followed by 64th bit 7th order noise shaping, 2048 times oversampling rates and improved pulse width modulated elements. This gives much better measured performance. better detail resolution with a smoother more focused sound quality. The DAC also features RAM buffer technology that sequentially takes in all the data, re-times it, then sends it out giving jitter free operation. Digital data from other sources can also be fed into the RED via the optical or AES balanced XLR connections.
All of the above innovations are implemented in Field Programmable Gate Arrays that can be reprogrammed by simply changing the EPROM memory chip, thus future proofing is assured.
The RED Reference Mk III retains its status as a truly unique product. As a standalone CD player it is able to deliver the best reference CD playback. The addition of digital inputs and outputs also gives it the ability to act as both a CD transport and DAC for other audio components making it completely versatile
WARNING: if you hear one you will need one.