British company Chord Electronics has launched the Hugo TT and Chordette 2Qute at CES 2015 and 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 usually requires getting to the root cause of the limiting factors and understanding what the real requirements are.
It may require collaboration with industry experts such as Robert Watts, whose unique mathematical algorithms for many of the subsystems used in QBD76 DAC
technology realize the full potential of the FIR filter and Pulse Array D to A conversion.
Built from the ground up this highly specialized approach becomes a reality only by utilizing the very latest massive FPGA chips.
It may come about by porting over military grade electronic solutions or specialized fabrication companies that make custom MOSFET transistors especially for Chord Electronics.
Creativity, dedication, passion, and financial discipline are essential and more often found in an enthusiastic small company.
Such advanced engineered building blocks can then be applied to a number of products.
QBD76 DAC technology is not only used in the flagship DAC but also in the
Red Reference CD player and DSX 1000 Reference level network streamer.
The original DAC 64 was one of the few prestigious components ever to occupy Stereophile 's A+ component rank.
In these high end products measured linearity, noise floor, jitter and distortion are some of the lowest in the industry.
But Chord also believes in making this expensive technology available for more affordable and portable products such as the QuteHD DAC and new HUGO headphone amplifier.
These contain technology years ahead of the competition at the same price.
The advanced switch mode power supplies containing virtual gyroscopic-like balanced positive and negative voltage rails that self compensate in response to sudden transient
demands is another unique Chord Electronics technology that is both modularized and trickled down across products at different price points.
From the affordable SPM 1050 and SPM 1200E (often found in recording studios), to the SPM 5000 stereo amplifier and super high power SPM 14000E 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.
Regular transformers are simply too sluggish and noisy, especially in larger sizes, to capture the dynamics and details across the huge dynamic range of real live and engaging music.
With casings machined from highest grade aluminum, the products are very durable, with a visually interesting and distinctive industrial design.
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 product line and is a must listen to product for those wanting the very best.
Chord products are hand-built to order - custom engravings and finish options are available.