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.