Chord Electronics was started back in 1989 as the digital playback format, the compact disc (aka the CD), was becoming the dominant format for music lovers around the world. It should then come to no surprise that Chord manufactures some of the most highly sought after DACs in the world.
With the company's birth in the highly demanding world of aircraft avionics, their products still maintain unprecedented build quality and innovative designs. John Franks, Chord's chief executive, has lead his team since the conception of the company in developing high-end amplifiers, digital sources, and DACs. All their products are designed and manufactured in Kent, England, so you know the build quality and dependability is unbeatable. Though all their products are exceptionally impressive, they are best known for their DACs.
In recent times, the Hugo DAC has made headway as an outstanding performer without costing an arm and a leg. Thinking ahead of the game, Chord has two versions of the Hugo – the Hugo TT and the Hugo Mobile. As the name indicates, the Hugo Mobile can be used on-the-go for those of you out there that want the very best audio reproductions through your headphones when you're out and about in town. While the “TT” version is designed to be used at home as a stand-alone DAC/headphone amplifier; or it can be an essential part of any hi-fi system at all different price points. No matter what Hugo you go for, the musicality of your digital sources will greatly improve.
If you are looking for the very best from your digital sources, then look no further than the newly released DAVE DAC; this is their latest and greatest. DAVE utilises over 20 years of digital to analogue conversion technology that Chord has developed; for example, DAVE offers over ten times the amount of program capacity than any of its predecessors. To get it to this level, Chord has based the DAVE around s proprietary Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) and uses the LX75 version of the Spartan 6 FPGA – what does this all mean to the end-listener? There simply isn't a better DAC out there.
Whatever product you decide to go with from Chord Electronics, you can be assured that it is going to be top in its class and will perform well beyond its price-point.
Having established itself as the definitive DAC/headphone amplifier for both home and portable use, with an exquisite CNC milled aluminium chassis, Hugo owners can now protect their device at home or on the move with the official Chord Electronics leather case. Available in black or tan the case is of the highest quality and sports a hand strap for extra security when on the move. There’s even a series of elastic braces so that you can strap your favourite smartphone or DAP to Hugo and organise your portable system.Learn More
£399.00Chord Electronics is proud to introduce Mojo, the ultimate DAC/Headphone Amplifier for your smartphone. Simply connect Mojo to your iPhone, Android phone, PC, or Mac, plug in your headphones and you can experience crystal clear audio the way you would hear it in the recording studio. Designed for the music loving Smartphone owner. Powerful, but small and comfortable to carry. - Works with your iPhone or Android phone. Compatible with your Mac or PC -Three digital inputs - USB, Coaxial, and Optical. Learn More
Chord Electronics’ new Poly module enables the award-winning Mojo headphone amp/DAC as a fully fledged high-resolution wireless network music player, streamer and SD card playback device, and offers wireless playback and control from smartphones. Poly removes the need for a wired link between phone and Mojo for the first time, and allows a world of content to be decoded and played back using Chord’s proprietary DAC technology.
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£1,195.00Qutest is the latest evolution of Chord Electronics’ most affordable standalone DAC, the multi-award-winning 2Qute, which it directly replaces. Qutest is uniquely equipped to bring the benefits of Chord Electronics’ acclaimed proprietary hardware and software technology to a wide range of connected devices. It features a galvanically isolated USB-B, optical and dual coaxial digital inputs, giving an instant upgrade to everyday audio devices plus the ability to modernise ageing digital source components. It also features RCA analogue outputs for connection to integrated amplifiers, preamps and headphone amps, plus high-resolution 768kHz-capable dual-data digital inputs for connection to Chord Electronics’ devices including the 705/768kHz-ready M-Scaler-technology BLU MKII digital/CD transport. Learn More
Whether you have a single component, or a partial or full Choral system, we’ve created the Ensemble stand to be a modular affair and, stereotypically Chord, tank proof. Simply place your Dave, Blue, or whatever it may be, within the slanted guide for a secure friction fit. Likewise, there’s no worrying about whether the height of the Ensemble Stand will work for your system, because when you place your order we will custom fix the height to your requirements, and there’s a range of colour options available.Learn More
Available in Black or Silver Available as a floor standing stand or a shelf stand with unit options. Chord now offer a newly designed modular equipment support system for the high-performance Choral range. The new Choral Modular system has been completely redesigned by Chord's engineering team to offer a more elegant and flexible solution to housing the Choral electronics. The new modular approach, allows Choral owners to obtain a neat and purpose-built support, while offering the potential to extend the system should new Choral products be added at a future date.Learn More
Chord now offer a newly designed modular equipment support system for the high-performance Choral range. The new Choral Modular system has been completely redesigned by Chord's engineering team to offer a more elegant and flexible solution to housing the Choral electronics. The new modular approach, allows Choral owners to obtain a neat and purpose-built support, while offering the potential to extend the system should new Choral products be added at a future date.Learn More
Featuring a newly designed precision-machined aircraft-grade aluminium case, Hugo 2 is distinct from its predecessor with its sharper, lower profile design and four spherical control buttons. The spheres, which are top-mounted to allow for possible future expansion side-modules, illuminate with colour-coding information and control power, input, filtering and crossfeed functions. The top-mounted volume-control sphere has been retained and made larger for more intuitive operation.Learn More
The ‘Mezzo 75’ Power Amplifier is Chords very latest power amplifier design – using four of the new Ultra High Frequency power supplies to give massive power and headroom within a brand-new “double-sized” Choral series chassis.
Mezzo 75 can also be run in bridged mono to provide a huge amount of power on demand. A special Automatic Bridging mode enables bridging without using extra cable.Learn More
Nestling in the Choral range, the Symphonic is our flagship MC phono stage, offering a range of advanced features over the entry-level Dual. The high-performance Symphonic uses our latest high-frequency power supply technology to exploit vinyl’s full potential, along with many new key features, to bring the performance levels in line with the Choral range, home of the DAVE DAC/preamp. The Symphonic offers an almost infinite number of input impedance and gain options as well as balanced and unbalanced input options to the cartridge, making it a highly flexible device for integrating high-quality turntables into Chord systems. The comprehensive settings options are all externally selectable, with selections signified internally with illuminating LEDs.Learn More
The TToby has been designed to complement our desktop DAC/headphone amplifier, the Hugo TT and shares the same compact form factor as its stablemate. The combination of Hugo TT and TToby provides a high-quality hi-fi system, with desktop dimensions and a space-saving footprint. Despite its size, the TToby sets new standards for small amplifiers and takes full advantage of Chord Electronics’ proprietary amplification technology and design know-how.
The addition of TToby, enables owners of the Hugo TT to fully exploit the device as a ‘digital preamp’, effortlessly driving a wide variety of loudspeakers, large or small, in addition to the Hugo TT’s headphone prowess. The TToby is a 100-watt design, featuring both an unbalanced and balanced input, to take advantage of the Hugo TT’s XLR output.Learn More
Hugo M Scaler uses the world’s most advanced filter technology to upscale standard 44.1kHz digital audio up to 705.6kHz (16x CD’s 44.1kHz native resolution), ready to be passed to a suitable DAC; Hugo M Scaler extends its upscaling performance to 768kHz (from 96kHz input data) for dual-BNC-input Chord Electronics DACs: DAVE, Qutest and the new Hugo TT 2.
Expected to be available this Autumn.Learn More
The SPM 650 is our most affordable full-width stereo power amplifier and yet it benefits from a range of proprietary technologies common to all of our amplifiers. The entry-level SPM 650 is ideal where space is tight: its compact chassis allows easy positioning in conventional equipment support racks, for an easy-install Chord power amp solution.
As with its stablemates, the SPM 650 features our proprietary high-frequency power supplies plus our own proprietary lateral-structure dual-die MOSFETs. The SPM 650 is a full-size design and despite its svelte appearance, it is capable of driving a wide range of loudspeakers, including low-impedance models.Learn More
The CPA 2500 is our entry-level preamp and represents the most affordable way into Chord pre/power ownership. A full-width design and the perfect complement to our SPM 650 power amp, the CPA 2500 allows the direct connection of up to six ancillary devices via its unbalanced RCA inputs. For high-performance connections and longer cable runs between pre/power amps, the CPA 2500 is equipped with two pairs of balanced outputs and one pair of unbalanced RCA outputs. Although suitably minimalist in its configuration, the CPA 2500’s balanced output amplifier section utilises a highly accurate, high-performance design, capable of delivering the transparency that Chord amplification has become internationally known for.Learn More
Developed from the multi-award-winning transportable Hugo 2, the Chord Hugo TT 2 is bigger, better and more advanced in every way. TT 2 sets a new benchmark for table top DACs, eclipsed only by the flagship DAVE.
Hugo TT 2 has been radically redesigned from the ground up, not only with beautiful new casework by Chief Designer, John Franks, but with 5x the processing power of the original Hugo TT and double that of the multi-award-winning Hugo 2. Hugo TT 2 distils over 20 years of digital development by Rob Watts and takes advantage of the very latest technology.Learn More
Precision-machined from solid aircraft-grade aluminium billet, the Prima offers both remote control and front panel operation. Prima’s fascia offers volume and balance controls while its push-button controls atop the unit, offer input selection and tape line selection, the latter enabling its tape outputs to be selected for recording from source components. Further design features include a top panel display, offering input choice and volume information, plus a clever porthole which enables the internal circuit board to be seen.Learn More
One of a kind, the One CD player from our stylish Choral range, home of the legendary DAVE DAC/headphone amp, is a beautifully designed disc player with all the Chord Electronics sound and build quality trademarks you’d come to expect. The One is our entry-level CD player and remains the most affordable way to into Chord CD player ownership. In keeping with our flagship Blu transport, the One retains our unique, professionally die-cast top-loading disc mechanism, setting it apart from the conventional.Learn More
The CodeX is one of the world’s first streaming products to offer the very latest DSD 128 playback over USB and DSD 64, plus 192kHz PCM over Ethernet. It also offers PCM decoding at up to 384kHz, making it fully compatible with the latest ultra-high-resolution music files. With our proprietary DAC technology inside, the CodeX has a significant sonic advantage over ordinary network players with off-the-shelf DAC chips. Highly flexible, the new CodeX also boasts both USB and coaxial digital inputs which can be used to take full advantage of the device’s bespoke DAC stage. It also offers our proprietary remote motor-controlled analogue volume potentiometer, which gives highly accurate volume adjustment without the problems and low-level distortions associated with digital volume controls normally found in streaming products. With app and remote control, the CodeX is simple to use, too.Learn More
The SPM 1050 MkII is one of our most recent stereo amplifiers and introduces a number of benefits over the entry-level SPM 650. Most noticeably, it enjoys MkII status, which offers a number of refinements over the original design; the SPM 1050 MkII also takes power output up to 200 watts from the SPM 650’s 130.
The SPM 1050 MkII uses our proprietary 2KW high-frequency switch-mode power supply and low-distortion amplifier circuitry, featuring four proprietary lateral-structure dual-die MOSFETs per channel (eight in total), enabling even the most demanding loudspeakers to be driven with clarity and precision.Learn More
The CPM 2650 is our entry level stereo integrated amplifier and is the most affordable way into full-size Chord Electronics amplification. Its design uses trickle-down technology and construction techniques from our CPA 2500 preamp and SPM 650 power amp, making it a thoroughbred Chord amplifier in a compact, one-box chassis. Highly flexible, the 120-watt CPM 2650 has all the flexibility of its bigger 250-watt stablemate, the CPM 3350, but with a more modest power output. The CPM 2650 enables line-level connection of up to six external components using RCA connections, with a further high-performance XLR balanced input option across two of the inputs. The amp also offers a bi-amping function and a preamp function, via a separately switchable preamplifier output. Two tape loop outputs are also provided.Learn More
Blu is capable of bit-perfect data extraction from CD and features selectable up-sampling from 44.1 to 176.4kHz to maximise accuracy before the signal is passed to a partnering DAC. Blu benefits from a suite of high-performance digital outputs including 2x AES/EBU, 2x BNC for the Dual Data output, plus BNC and Toslink optical for standard data output (all selectable via a toggle switch).Learn More
The CPA 3000 shares many of the features found in the entry-level CPA 2500, but also draws on technologies found in our flagship Reference range preamps. Compared to its CPA 2500 sibling, the CPA 3000 introduces four balanced inputs with three unbalanced RCA inputs and, on the output side, there are one pair of balanced XLR outputs and a single pair of unbalanced RCA outputs.
The CPA 3000 also retains the record output facility shared with the CPA 2500: a single tape loop is available for playback and also to record from any of the connected sources. The CPA 3000 also benefits from features such as our proprietary high-frequency switch-mode power supply and ultra-low-noise circuitry, to give the very best noise floor performance.Learn More
Our versatile CPM 2800 MkII stereo integrated amplifier is differentiated from its two integrated stablemates by the implementation of an advanced DAC with multiple digital inputs. The CPM 2800 MkII is quite a proposition, as it features both our proprietary amplifier technologies and our proprietary FPGA DAC technology in one unit!
Now in Mk II form, the CPM 2800 MkII adds the FPGA-based D/A convertor from the award-winning 2Qute DAC, to create an amplifier of unrivalled flexibility. The amp integrates our proprietary DAC technology into an affordable yet high-end solution and introduces a high-performance Spartan 6 FPGA chip to the DAC stage, with astonishingly low distortion levels of 0.0003%.Learn More
Put simply, the Blu MkII upscaling CD transport sets new standards for CD sound quality by using the very latest FPGA technology to implement advanced proprietary filtering and upscaling techniques. Our next-generation CD transport incorporates a powerful new FPGA core with extraordinary capability.
Available early 2017.Learn More
The DSX1000 is our flagship music streamer. A high-performance design, the DSX1000 directly benefits from our world-renowned proprietary DAC technology. The advanced FPGA architecture found inside the DSX1000, is the same technology as used in our DACs and CD players, giving the DSX1000 a significant sonic advantage over ordinary streamers with off-the-shelf DAC chips. The DSX1000 naturally features UPnP/DLNA access and control, and because of its FPGA architecture, it is capable of transforming the sound of MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC, ALAC and FLAC files, with 24-bit/192kHz and DSD64 support where available. The DSX1000’s streaming engine is directly coupled into our own DAC technology, which carefully re-clocks all data and removes unwanted jitter.Learn More
The DAC, which is also a reference-level headphone amplifier and ‘digital preamp’, distils twenty years of Chord research, development and advanced engineering into one device. At its heart lies a new version of the advanced Spartan 6 Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) with 1,000x the processing power of the traditional mass-produced chip DAC. DAVE’s FPGA is loaded with over a million lines of code to confront complex timing issues head-on, with speed and precision.Learn More
The SPM 1200 MkII is widely regarded as our most famous power amp and one that neatly combines great performance and fine value for money. The 350-watt powerhouse offers huge reserves of instantly delivered, precisely controlled power.
Using the latest low-distortion amplifier circuitry with our own proprietary lateral-structure dual-die MOSFETs (16 x 150 watt devices per channel), the SPM1200MkII is able to drive more difficult loudspeaker loads effortlessly, with clarity and precision.Learn More
The CPM 3350 is our high-power stereo integrated amplifier and offers a conservative 250 watts of power, compared to our entry-level amp, the CPM 2650, which offers 120 watts. Like its sibling, the CPM 2650, the design uses trickle-down technology and construction techniques from our pre and power amps, in this instance, the CPA 3000 preamp and SPM1050 MkII power amplifier, distilled down into a neat, one-box solution.
The amp offers great flexibility across its inputs, with adjustable input-gain — individual gains can be selected to prevent unwanted swings in volume when switching between inputs. The CPM 3350 enables line-level connection of up to six external components using RCA connections, with a further XLR balanced input option across two of the inputs. The amp also offers a bi-amping function and a preamp function, via a separately switchable preamplifier output. Two tape loop outputs are also provided.Learn More
With Chord Electronics Limited’s considerable experience in the design and manufacture of the world’s best consumer and professional amplifiers, we are proud to announce our latest design of power amplifier utilising our high frequency power supply techniques and our own proprietary lateral structure dual-die MOSFETs. This amplifier provides all the benefits of mono amplification whilst retaining all of the much loved qualities of Chord Electronics amplifiers. Improvements in capacitor technology have boosted secondary reservoir levels to 94,000 µF 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 reviewer and customers alike.Learn More
The CPA 5000 is one of two ultra-high-performance models in the flagship Reference range, representing our finest preamp engineering. The CPA 5000 offers a substantially larger chassis than our Standard Series preamps and contains the latest proprietary ultra-high-frequency power supply. When combined with our ultra-low-noise circuitry, the technologies give the CPA 5000 an incredible noise floor performance of below -130dB. It offers four pairs of fully balanced inputs, four pairs unbalanced inputs, plus two completely independent tape/recording loops. Each input has six levels of gain that can be individually selected to prevent large changes in volume when switching between inputs and all settings are stored via a microprocessor, even if power is removed. The CPA 5000 also includes two low-distortion, low-noise front panel headphone outputs to exploit the full potential of today’s high-quality headphones and give added flexibility for late-night or personal listening.Learn More
The Chord SPM 6000MkII Mono power amplifier has been designed with the same no compromise philosophy as the Chord Flagship Reference Amplifier the SPM 12000MkII. Following the styling of the SPM 12000MkII the SPM 6000MkII is the largest mono amplifier we have ever built with a performance that is truly spectacular. Standing 20cm tall and 66cm deep this amp delivers a performance comparable to the SPM 12000MkII. The secret to this level of musical performance and dynamic ability is the power supply.Learn More
The SPM 5000 MkII is our range-topping stereo power amplifier and our most powerful stereo amplifier to date. Featuring double-height dimensions, the amp was conceived due to demand for a larger stereo power amplifier. Using the latest low-distortion amplifier circuitry with our own proprietary lateral structure dual-die MOSFETs, naturally, the SPM5000 Mk II is able to drive extremely difficult loudspeaker loads with clarity and precision.
It offers a substantial 560 watts into 8 ohms and is comfortable driving larger loudspeakers, including those with challenging loads. Now in MkII form, numerous engineering refinements have been made to increase its sonic performance, flexibility and lifespan.Learn More
The latest update to our full sized CD player range now takes the Red Reference to Mk III status. This update makes a major technological change to the disc loading mechanism to incorporate a geared motor drive. The door will now open or close seamlessly at the touch of a button. Additionally the latest USB technology has been added to provide a true asynchronous 192KHz input allowing use of the internal DAC to playback high resolution music stored on a computer. As before the stunning looks and state of the art design remain. The ground breaking DAC technology gives the most accurate reproduction of compact disc or stored media that can be obtained. With internal 176.4KHz upsampling data transfer, selectable RAM buffer clock retiming and now 18000 tap length filtering the RED Reference Mk III earns its reference status in the Chord range.Learn More
The CPA 8000 is our flagship preamp. It represents our best preamplifier to date and combined with our Reference power amplifiers, provides a world-class amplification solution with cutting edge proprietary technology. Featuring double-height dimensions, the CPA 8000 is the perfect partner to our SPM 14000 MkII monoblock power amplifiers and benefits from a true dual-mono construction with separate ultra-high-frequency power supplies for each channel, to give the best possible channel separation. With the addition of our low-noise circuitry, noise floor performance has been improved to beyond -135dB.
The highly advanced CPA 8000 includes three pairs of fully balanced outputs and three unbalanced outputs; inputs include four unbalanced and four balanced with six-step gain adjustment, with selection made via the remote control or the distinctive fascia, which also uniquely features separate frequency EQ adjust controls for the left and right channels.Learn More