Chord Electronics amplifiers and processors
British company Chord Electronics has a solid reputation for innovation, technical excellence, reliability, industrial design and superb sound quality across a full range of analog and digital products. To maintain a leading position, Chord frequently develops its own technologies simply because off-the shelf components are too generic and fall short of the required performance. Less ambitious audio companies fine tune customized variants of normal components - but this is only incremental improvement.

True innovation demands getting to the root cause of the limiting factors and understanding what the real requirements are. Collaboration with industry experts such as Robert Watts, whose unique mathematical algorithms for many of the subsystems used in FIR filter, noise-shaping and Pulse Array D to A conversion technology - equally important aspects of DAC design - is essential.

Chord's Hugo M Scaler the the latest example of innovation that leap frogs the competition. Using massive processing power, FPGA-based WTA(Watts Transient Alignment) filtering is now used to pre-process digital signals before they are passed onto the DAC. The precision of the digital information from CD transports and music servers is vastly improved. CD's native 44.1kHz resolution is upscaled to 705.6kHz, with a maximum upscaling to 768kHz for 96kHz/192kHz PCM digital files. While ideal for Chord's own DACs that can process these very high sampling rates, the Hugo M Scaler can also be used with other latest generation DACs. The sonic benefits of better textures, bass definition, and particularly organisation of the sound stage can be easily demonstrated by switching between 'pass through' and 'upscaling' modes.

When the DAC 64 was released at CES 2001, the commentary was not just about technically excellent linearity, low noise floor, jitter and distortion measurements but about the analog like sound and relatively low retail price compared to other far more expensive DACs. Chord's DAC 64 mk2 was one of the few prestigious components bestowed with Stereophile magazine's A+ rating. The creativity, dedication, passion, financial discipline and enthusiasm found in a successful small company like Chord Electronics is what brings exciting new ground breaking products into the market place like the Qutest, Hugo 2 and Hugo TT 2, all using trickle down technology from the Dave reference DAC and proprietory custom coded FPGA chips. The Hugo M Scaler is described as a 'unique and extraordinary' product and a 'digital revelation'.

Chord also takes a trickle down and modular approach with amplification. The SPM 1200E mk2 (often found in recording studios) and SPM 5000 mk2 stereo amplifiers, and super high power SPM 14000 mk2 mono blocks all offer unrestrained power and precision giving a natural clarity of sound across a full range of listening levels - late night minimal volume to full throttle party. Advanced switch mode power supplies with self-compensating virtual gyroscopic-like balanced positive and negative voltage rails respond to sudden transient demands that regular transformers cannot muster. These amplifiers do a better job of conveying all the timing and dynamic information from the latest generation Chord Electronics DACs than most others.

Pride of ownership is enhanced by the distinctive visually interesting industrial design. Aircraft grade aluminum casing and laser etched labels give the products very durable finishes which hold up over years of use, Chord Electronics has professional level components installed in The Royal Opera House London, and many recording studios including EMI's Abbey Road, Sony and Decca in New York, and Skywalker in LA.

Chord Electronics is our highest level electronics line and is a must listen to product for those wanting the very best in sound quality and customer service. Chord products are hand-built to order with typically a 6-8 week lead time. Custom engravings and finish options are available.


 
Chord Electronics

Qutest USB DSD DAC

  • Fifth generation affordable DAC from Chord Electronics that remains one step ahead of the competition at this price level and above. Sublime sound at all sample rates (color-coded)
  • Custom coded Xilinx Artix 7 FPGA features 49K tap-length WTA filter and massive processing ability for record breaking dynamic range
  • High Resolution dual data BNC coax, class 2 galvanically isolated USB-B and TOSlink optical inputs:

    - USB Type-B upto 32 bit/768 kHz, DSD256(DoP)
          upto DSD512(native via windows ASIO driver)

    - 2x BNC Coax upto 24 bit/384 kHz, DSD128(DoP)
         Dual Data upto 24 bit/768 kHz, DSD256(DoP)

    - 1x Optical upto 24 bit/192 kHz, DSD64(DoP)
  • Class A output - 3 levels (1v, 2v, and 3v)
  • Four different FPGA processing filter options
  • Astonishingly low distortion levels of less than 0.0001%
  • Full 768kHz M Scaler compatibility
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Hugo 2 Portable DAC/Headphone Amp

  • Studio quality DAC/headphone amplifier with 3.5mm & 6.3mm headphone sockets, & RCA outputs for home stereo system.
    Fully compatible with iPhone, iPad, and Android devices
  • Chord proprietory DAC technology now has FIR filter with 49,152 taps for precise, artifact free waveform reconstruction.
  • Digital inputs:
    - Micro USB upto 32 bit/768 kHz, DSD512(native)
    - 2x Digi Coax upto 24 bit/384 kHz (Dual Data upto 24 bit/768 kHz)
    - 1x Optical upto 24 bit/192 kHz
    - Extended range Apt X bluetooth (pairing code 0000)
  • Output: 94mW RMS into 300Ω, 1.05 W RMS into 8Ω
  • Dynamic range: 126dB 'A' weighted
    - Noise: 2.6uV 'A' weighted
    - Distortion: 0.0001% @ 3.0V RMS into 300Ω
  • Input, sample rate and volume indication by color-change LEDs
    User-selectable crossfeed and filter controls
  • 7 hour plus operation from 4-hour fast charge or 8-hour charge time via dedicated USB charging port
  • Black or silver finishes; supplied with remote control
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Hugo TT 2 DAC/Preamplifier/Headphone Amp

  • Digital inputs:
    - USB Type-B upto 32 bit/768 kHz, DSD256(DoP) & DSD512(native)
    - 2x Coax BNC upto 24 bit/384 kHz (Dual Data upto 24 bit/768 kHz)
    - 2x Optical upto 24 bit/192 kHz
    - Custom AptX Bluetooth fed directly into DAC
  • Outputs:
    - 288mW(1.15W balanced) RMS into 300Ω (headphones)
    - 7.3 W (18W balanced) RMS into 8Ω (high efficiency speakers)
    - Six supercapacitors provide peak output of 5A 9.3V RMS
  • Custom coded FPGA DAC chip: Xilinx Artix 7 (86 x 208MHz cores)
  • Filter: Advanced 98,000 tap, 10-element 16FS WTA 1 filter
  • Noise shaping: Second-order
  • User-selectable crossfeed and filter controls
  • Dynamic range: 127dB 'A' weighted
    - Noise: 4uV(high gain), 1.7uV (low gain) 'A' weighted
    - Distortion: 0.00008% @ 2.5V; 0.00016% @ 6W 8Ω
  • Remote control source selection and advanced digital volume
  • Black or silver finishes
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Hugo M Scaler

  • Standalone 1M-tap digital upscaling device featuring the most advanced digital filter in the world
  • Digital inputs:
    - USB Type-B upto 32 bit/768 kHz, DSD256(upsampled to PCM)
    - 2x Coax BNC upto 24 bit/384 kHz (Dual Data upto 24 bit/768 kHz)
    - 2x Optical upto 24 bit/192 kHz
  • Outputs:
    - 1x S/DIF BNC upto 24 bit/384 kHz
    - 1x Dual Date Coax BNC for max resolution 768kHz from 96kHz data
    - 1x Optical upto 24 bit/192 kHz
  • Custom coded FPGA DAC chip: Xilinx Artix 7 (528 cores)
  • Special video mode for lower latency
  • 'DX' controls for future product
  • Pass-thru mode (demonstrates upsampling difference)
  • Remote control
  • Available in black or natural tan leather
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Chord Electronics DAVE Reference DAC

  • The world's most advanced digital to analog converter with advanced digital volume control and headphone amplifier
  • LX75 Spartan 6 FPGA with massive parallel processing; 166 DSP cores for the 164K tap-length WTA filter alone which operates at 256 times the sample rate.
  • 20 element pulse-array DAC with unique second-order analog noise shaper gives better timing than any known DAC
  • 1 x USB class 2 type-b 44-768 kHz
  • 4 x BNC coax 44.1-384 kHz (2 x 88.2-768 kHz in dual data mode)
  • 1 x AES and 2 x optical 44.1-192 kHz
  • 2 x ultra high speed 768 kHz BNC coax dual-data mode digital outputs for future Chord products
  • THD and Noise at 2.5 volts: RMS 0.000015%
  • Dynamic range: -127 dBA A weighting at -60 dBFS 1 kHz
  • Large LCD display and remote control; Optional stand available
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Chord Electronics DSX 1000 Network Player

  • Wired ethernet streamer with BNC coax digital input, front panel headphone socket, LCD display, direct compass control, and remote control
  • Very high quality analog volume control enables direct use with power amp in a two-box digital system
  • Award winning QBD76 FPGA DAC technology for exceptional sound
  • RCA unbalanced and XLR balanced direct and variable outputs
  • Better than -120dB signal to noise ratio
  • 44.1, 48, 88.2, 176.4, and 192kHz supported sampling frequencies
  • Harmonic distortion ‹-103dB @1KHz and ‹-110dB @100Hz
  • Formats: wma-9, mp3, ACC, Ogg Vorbis, AIFF(96), FLAC and WAV (176.4 and 192), DSD64
  • More information on the DSX 1000
  • Black or silver finishes (upcharge for nickel finish legs)
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Chord Electronics Codex Network Player

  • Discontinued
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Chord Electronics SPM 650 Stereo Amplifier

  • High quality class A/B amplifier using Chord Electronics custom MOSFET transistors and highly advanced switched mode power supplies
  • 130 watt @0.05% distortion into 8Ω and 170 watt into 4Ω
  • 400 watt per channel into 2Ω peak dynamic headroom
  • One pair XLR balanced, one pair RCA unbalanced inputs
  • Better than -103dB signal to noise ratio A-weighted
  • 30 dB gain
  • Highly refined 130 watt open sounding amplifier
  • Black or silver finishes (upcharge for nickel finish legs)
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Chord Electronics SPM 1050 MKII
Stereo Amplifier

  • High quality medium power class A/B amplifier using Chord Electronics custom MOSFET transistors and highly advanced switched mode power supplies
  • 200 watt @0.05% distortion into 8Ω and 350 watt into 4Ω
  • 400 watt per channel into 2Ω peak dynamic headroom
  • One pair XLR balanced, one pair RCA unbalanced inputs
  • Better than -103dB signal to noise ratio A-weighted
  • 30 dB gain
  • Great punchy yet smooth 200 watt amplifier
  • Black or silver finishes (upcharge for nickel finish legs)
  • More information on the SPM 1050
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Chord Electronics SPM 1200E MKII
Stereo Amplifier

  • Significantly smoother sounding than the SPM1050 the SPM1200E MK2 is Chord's most popular amplifier
  • 350 watt @0.05% distortion into 8Ω and 620 watt into 4Ω
  • 750 watt per channel into 2Ω peak dynamic headroom
  • One pair XLR balanced, one pair RCA unbalanced inputs
  • Better than -103dB signal to noise ratio A-weighted
  • 30 dB gain
  • Chord's most popular amplifier
  • Rich harmonics and a fully resolved bass that knows where its going
  • Black or silver finishes (upcharge for nickel finish legs)
  • More information on the SPM 1200E MK2
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Chord Electronics SPM 5000 MKII
Stereo Amplifier

  • 560 watt @0.05% distortion into 8Ω and 1020 watt into 4Ω
  • 1600 watt per channel into 4Ω peak dynamic headroom
  • One pair XLR balanced, one pair RCA unbalanced inputs
  • Better than -103dB signal to noise ratio A-weighted
  • 30 dB gain
  • Massive power reserves for more dynamic headroom
  • Black or silver finishes (upcharge for nickel finish legs)
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Chord Electronics SPM 1400E MKII
Monoblock Amplifier

  • 480 watt @0.05% distortion into 8Ω and 800 watt into 4Ω
  • 900 watt into 4Ω peak dynamic headroom
  • XLR balanced and RCA unbalanced inputs
  • Better than -103dB signal to noise ratio A-weighted
  • 30 dB gain
  • Near reference level monoblock with wide soundstage and unrestrained dynamics
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Chord Electronics CPM 2800 MKII Digital
Integrated Amplifier

  • 120 watt @0.05% distortion into 8Ω and 170 watt into 4Ω
  • Two XLR balanced, three RCA unbalanced inputs
  • RCA AV bypass output
  • 2Qute/Hugo based proprietory DAC technology
  • USB & BNC (upto 32bit/384 kHz), Toslink, and wireless bluetooth digital inputs
  • -93dB signal to noise ratio and -100dB intermodulation distortion
  • Maybe used as a preamp, on its own, or with a power amp for bi-amping. The quality of the preamp section may be fully apreciated with the addition of a bigger power amplifier using the preamp out
  • Versatile platform with distinctive industrial design
  • Black or silver finishes (upcharge for nickel finish legs)
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Chord Electronics CPM 2650 Integrated Amplifier

  • 120 watt @0.05% distortion into 8Ω and 170 watt into 4Ω
  • Two XLR balanced, six RCA unbalanced inputs
  • -93dB signal to noise ratio and -100dB intermodulation distortion all inputs
  • Tremendous open airy sound
  • Maybe used as a preamp, on its own, or with a power amp for bi-amping. The quality of the preamp section may be fully apreciated with the addition of a bigger power amplifier using the preamp out
  • Chord's distinctive industrial design at affordable entry price level
  • Black or silver finishes (upcharge for nickel finish legs)
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Chord Electronics CPM 3350 Integrated Amplifier

  • 220 watt @0.05% distortion into 8Ω and 300 watt into 4Ω
  • Two XLR balanced, six RCA unbalanced inputs with adjustable gain
  • -93dB signal to noise ratio and -100dB intermodulation distortion all inputs
  • Frequency response: 2.5 Hz to 200 KHz
  • Powerful integrated amp based on CPA 3200E and SPM 1050
  • Suits a wide range of speakers and applications
  • Black or silver finishes (upcharge for nickel finish legs)
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Chord Electronics CPA 2500 Preamplifier

  • Six RCA unbalanced inputs
  • Two sets of balanced XLR for biamping
  • One set of RCA unbalanced outputs for amps without XLR
  • Two tape recording monitor outputs each on its own Bus for monitoring two independent sources
  • Gain 1v in to 1.3v out
  • Large easy to read display
  • Black or silver finishes (upcharge for nickel finish legs)
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Chord Electronics CPA 3000 Preamplifier

  • New preamplifier based on CPA5000
  • Four pair balanced XLR and two RCA unbalanced inputs
  • One set balanced XLR and one set unbalanced RCA outputs
  • XLR AV bypass output
  • Two tape recording monitor outputs each on its own Bus for monitoring two independent sources
  • Gain fixed at 1.1
  • Large easy to read display
  • Black or silver finishes (upcharge for nickel finish legs)
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Chord Electronics CPA 5000 Preamplifier

  • Reference preamplifier with unsurpassed highly resolved sound from state of the art -130 dB ultra low noise circuits
  • THD: 0.002% 20 Hz to 20 KHz
  • Channel Separation: 85dB @ 20 KHz; Balance: 0.01 dB
  • Four pair balanced XLR and two RCA unbalanced inputs with variable gain
  • One set balanced XLR and one set unbalanced RCA outputs
  • XLR AV bypass output
  • Two tape recording monitor outputs each on its own Bus for monitoring two independent sources
  • Two headphone outputs
  • Black or silver finishes (upcharge for nickel finish legs)
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Chord Electronics Symphonic Phonostage

  • Low noise moving coil phono stage with externally adjustable impedance and gain
  • Impedance 33Ω to 47KΩ (66Ω to 94KΩ for balanced)
  • Gain 58 - 85 dB
  • Capacitance 50pF or 200pF
  • Input noise 1.5 nV/Hz (approximate - absolute still air)
  • RIAA accuracy +/- 0.1dB
  • Balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA inputs and outputs
  • Internal LEDs viewable through porthole verify settings
  • Neutral phono stage with silent noise floor
  • Can be used as stand alone unit, or as part of complete space saving Choral system (see Choral Line)
  • Black or silver standard finishes other custom finishes available
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Chord Electronics Red Reference MKIII
CD Player

  • Chord's highest performing CD player with asynchronous USB input
  • The Phillips CD Pro 2 mechanism is reclocked and the data resampled to 44.1, 88.2 or 176.4 kHz using a 18K tap-length filter and passed on to QBD76 based 76-bit DAC also with 18K tap-length filter. Subsequent noise shaping is by 64-bit 7th order with 2048 oversampling
  • Switchable RAM buffering
  • Dynamic range: 122 dB
  • Signal to noise ration: ›120 dB
  • Channel separation: ›125 dB at 1 kHz and ›100 dB at 22 kHz
  • Distortion: ‹107 dB at 1 Khz (24-bit data)
  • Motorized door with phosphor bronze hinges
  • Black or silver finishes (upcharge for nickel finish legs)
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Chord Electronics BLU MKII CD Transport

  • The BLU MKII uses an enormously powerful Xilinx FPGA chip architecturally configured with a 105K tap WTA M-Scaler filter. This interpolation filter is the most advanced in the world to date and maintains transient rise times that play an important part in perceived separation and 3D location of sound
  • CD's native 16-bit/44.1khz data is upscaled to 706.5kHz to take best advantage of Chord's DAVE DAC (using dual BNC inputs) for unparalleled CD reproduction.
  • A USB digital input is also provided so other digital sources can take advantage of the upscaling technology which provides a superior method of managing digital data prior to digital to analog conversion.
  • A dedicated CD only laser mechanism is used that is highly tuned to digital data configuration of CD's versus other digital discs such as DVD and Blu-Ray.
  • S/N -126dB 'A' weighted with no measurable noise floor modulation
  • Single or dual data outputs (BNC S/PDIF: 88.2kHz, 176kHz, 352.8kHz or 176.4kHz, 368kHz, 705.6kHz in dual data mode)
  • Black or silver standard finishes other custom finishes available
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CHORAL ESSEMBLE

  • Modular Choral equipment support system basec on 30mm thick aircraft-grade aluminum plate and stackable 50mm integra legs
  • Enables full cross range system building (i.e. choral component with full-size component)
  • Rubber damping between levels
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ASPIRE STAND

  • Stunning floor standing rack based system
  • Designed to house Mezzo 140 amp and other choral components
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Chord Electronics BLU CD Transport

  • The BLU is Chord's upsampling CD transport
  • Selectable dual data stream outputs from BNC and AES/EBU outputs
  • The Phillips CD Pro 2 mechanism is reclocked and the data resampled to 44.1, 88.2 or 176.4 kHz using a 4K tap-length filter 80 bit WTA filter
  • 16 or 24 bit dithering
  • 1 x BNC Word clock synchronization
  • Many direct access front panel controls including tracks 1-9
  • Can be used as stand alone unit, or as part of complete space saving Choral system (see Choral Line)
  • Solid build using single billet of aluminum
  • Black or silver standard finishes other custom finishes available
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Chord Electronics SPM 1050 Stereo Amplifier

  • High quality medium power class A/B amplifier using Chord Electronics custom MOSFET transistors and highly advanced switched mode power supplies
  • 200 watt @0.05% distortion into 8Ω and 350 watt into 4Ω
  • 400 watt per channel into 2Ω peak dynamic headroom
  • One pair XLR balanced, one pair RCA unbalanced inputs
  • Better than -103dB signal to noise ratio A-weighted
  • 30 dB gain
  • Great punchy yet smooth 200 watt amplifier
  • Black or silver finishes (upcharge for nickel finish legs)
  • More information on the SPM 1050
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Chord Electronics CPM 2500 Integrated Amplifier

  • 120 watt @0.05% distortion into 8Ω and 170 watt into 4Ω
  • Two XLR balanced, three RCA unbalanced inputs
  • -93dB signal to noise ratio and -100dB intermodulation distortion
  • Maybe used as a preamp, on its own, or with a power amp for bi-amping. The quality of the preamp section may be fully apreciated with the addition of a bigger power amplifier using the preamp out
  • Versatile platform with distinctive industrial design
  • Silver finish
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Chord Electronics CPA 3200E Preamplifier

  • Dual bus star earth design
  • Four pair balanced XLR and two RCA unbalanced inputs
  • One set balanced XLR and one set unbalanced RCA outputs
  • XLR AV bypass output
  • Two tape recording monitor outputs each on its own Bus for monitoring two independent sources
  • Four Gain settings
  • Large easy to read display
  • Silver finish
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Chord Electronics SPM 1200B Stereo Amplifier

  • High quality medium power class A/B amplifier using Chord Electronics custom MOSFET transistors and highly advanced switched mode power supplies
  • 250 watt @0.05% distortion into 8Ω and 350 watt into 4Ω
  • 350 watt per channel into 2Ω peak dynamic headroom
  • One pair XLR balanced, one pair RCA unbalanced inputs
  • Better than -103dB signal to noise ratio A-weighted
  • 30 dB gain
  • Great punchy yet smooth 200 watt amplifier
  • Silver finish
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Chord Electronics CPA 4000E Preamplifier

  • Dual bus star earth design
  • Four pair balanced XLR and two RCA unbalanced inputs
  • One set balanced XLR and one set unbalanced RCA outputs
  • XLR AV bypass output
  • Two tape recording monitor outputs each on its own Bus for monitoring two independent sources
  • Four Gain settings
  • Large easy to read display
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Chord Electronics SPM 603 Three Channel Amplifier

  • High quality medium power class A/B amplifier using Chord Electronics custom MOSFET transistors and highly advanced switched mode power supplies
  • 120 watt stereo + 200 watt center @0.05% distortion into 8Ω
  • one pair RCA unbalanced inputs
  • Better than -103dB signal to noise ratio A-weighted
  • 30 dB gain
  • Great punchy yet smooth 200 watt amplifier
  • Black finish
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Chord Electronics DAC 64

  • 64bit FPGA DAC with balnaced outputs
  • Silver finish
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Chord Electronics DAC 64 MKII

  • 64bit FPGA DAC with balnaced outputs
  • Silver finish
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Select products in drop down above
Qutest DAC
Hugo 2
New Hugo TT 2
New Hugo M Scaler
Dave
Chord's hugely sucessful DAC family offers unbeatable studio quality sound
DSX 1000
Codex
Network music players with built in high quality volume control for direct connection to a power amplifier eliminating the need for a preamplifier
SPM 650
SPM 1050 MKII
SPM 1200E MKII
SPM 5000 MKII
SPM 1400E MKII
Generous power supplies and energy storage togther with Chord's custom MOSFETs helps to drive speakers with great pace and transparency.
CPM 2800 MKII
CPM 2650
CPM 3350
Some of the world's best integrated amps that can be expanded with additional power amps
CPA 2500
CPA 3000
CPA 5000
SYMPHONIC
Very high quality pre-amp stages with high overload margins and drive for long interconnect runs.
RED Reference MKIII
BLU MK2 Transport
Chord's BLU MK2 can output digital data at 705.6kHz to the DAVE DAC
Choral
Aspire
Different from anything else on the market
BLU Transport
SPM 1050
CPM 2500
CPA 3200E
SPM 1200B
CPA 4000
SPM 603
DAC 64
DAC 64 MKII
Different from anything else on the market