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 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.

 
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
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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
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CPM 2800 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
  • USB, BNC coax, 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
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CYAN CLICK DIGITAL INTEGRATED AMPLIFIER

  • 60 watt @0.05% distortion into 8Ω and 100 watt into 4Ω
  • One XLR balanced, one RCA unbalanced inputs
  • USB, BNC coax, Toslink optical, and wireless bluetooth digital inputs
  • -93dB signal to noise ratio and -100dB intermodulation distortion all inputs
  • Will power most speakers to room filling levels
  • Compact attractive design
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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
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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
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CPA 5000 PREAMPLIFIER

  • Reference preamplifier with unsurpassed highly resolved sound from state of the art -130 dB ultra low noise circuits
  • 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
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SPM 650 POWER AMPLIFIER

  • 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
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SPM 1050 POWER AMPLIFIER

  • 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
  • More information on the SPM 1050
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SPM 1200E MK2 POWER 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
  • More information on the SPM 1200E MK2
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SPM 4000 MK2 POWER AMPLIFIER

  • 480 watt @0.05% distortion into 8Ω and 750 watt into 4Ω
  • 1200 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
  • Highly regarded and has received excellent reviews
  • Massive power reserves for more dynamic headroom
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SPM 5000 MK2 POWER 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
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SPM 2400 5-CHANNEL POWER AMPLIFIER

  • Chord's affordable high power 5 channel amplifier
  • 135 watt @0.05% distortion into 8Ω per channel
  • 150 watt into 8Ω peak per channel
  • 5 x Balanced XLR and 5 x unbalanced RCA inputs
  • Sliding bias class A/B not class D design
  • "Power amplifier of the year" in 2005 Home Cinema Choice awards
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SPM 3005 5-CHANNEL POWEER AMPLIFIER

  • Chord's highest power 5 channel amplifier
  • 4 x 300W rms and 1 x 350W rms into 8 Ohms
  • 4 x 390W rms and 1 x 440W rms into 8 Ohms peak power
  • 5 x Balanced XLR and 5 x unbalanced RCA inputs
  • Sliding bias class A/B not class D design
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SPM 650MA MONO POWER AMPLIFIER

  • Brand new 300 watt Monoblocks
  • Affordable Monoblocks
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SPM 1400E MK2 MONO POWER 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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SPM 6000 MK2 REFERENCE POWER AMPLIFIER

  • Monoblock power amplifier with spectacular resolution
  • 650 watt @0.05% distortion into 8Ω and 1300 watt into 4Ω
  • 1600 watt into 4Ω peak dynamic headroom
  • XLR balanced and RCA unbalanced inputs
  • Better than -103dB signal to noise ratio A-weighted
  • 30 dB gain
  • Huge power reserves from asynchronous multiple power supplies
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RED STANDARD MK2 CD PLAYER

  • Chord's new full size high performance CD player
  • Performance close to BLU/DAC combo
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RED REFERENCE MK3 CD PLAYER

  • Chord's "eat this" highest performing CD player
  • Exceeds BLU/DAC combo and one to consider if you want the best
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BLU CD TRANSPORT

  • The BLU is Chord's upsampling CD transport
  • Dual data stream outputs from BNC and AES/EBU outputs
  • Reliable Philips pro mechanism
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QBD76 D to A Converter

  • The QBD 76 is Chord's high end DAC with 24/48 USB and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Performance approaches theoretical limit for a 24 bit DAC
  • Stream music from your phone and PC
  • More information on the QBD76
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QBD76 HDSD D to A Converter

  • The QBD76 with added high definition 192kHz USB and DSD connectivity
  • Performance approaches theoretical limit for a 24 bit DAC
  • Stream high definition PCM and DSD music files from your PC
  • More information on the QBD76 HDSD
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DSX 1000 REFERENCE NETWORK PLAYER

  • Wired ethernet streamer with QBD76 DAC and coax(BNC) digital input
  • Very high quality analog volume control enables direct use with power amp as a two-box digital system
  • Front panel headphone socket. Remote control
  • 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
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CODEX NETWORK MUSIC PLAYER

  • Wired ethernet streamer with QuteHD DAC, USB and coax(BNC) digital inputs
  • Very high quality analog volume control enables direct use with power amp
  • Front panel headphone socket. Remote control
  • RCA unbalanced and XLR balanced variable outputs
  • Better than -115dB signal to noise ratio
  • 44.1, 48, 88.2, 176.4, and 192kHz supported sampling frequencies
  • Harmonic distortion ‹-103dB
  • Formats: wma-9, mp3, ACC, Ogg Vorbis, AIFF(96), FLAC and WAV (176.4 and 192), DSD64, with DSD128 and DXD via USB
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SYMPHONIC PHONO STAGE

  • 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
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CHORAL STAND

  • Compact table top system where space is limited
  • Advanced switched mode supplies in all units
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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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HUGO PORTABLE HEADPHONE AMP/DAC

  • Studio quality headphone amplifier and DAC with 3.5mm(2) & 6.3mm headphone sockets, & RCA outputs for stereo system
  • Accepts PCM up to 384kHz and DSD 128 over USB for DXD
  • QBD76 based DAC technology now has FIR filter with 26,000 taps for precise, artifact free waveform reconstruction
  • 110dB SPL ouput into 300 Ω headphone load with advanced reference volume control that does not 'drop bits'
  • Fully compatible with iPhone, iPad, and Android devices (only takes signal data not power over USB)
  • Input, sample rate and volume indication by color-change LEDs
  • 14 hour operation from 2 hour charge time using built in charger
  • More information on HUGO
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Select products in drop down above
CPM 2650
CPM 3350
CPM 2800
CLICK
Chord's integrated amps have very high quality pre-amp stages and may be used as pre-amps. There are balanced inputs and the build quality is very high.
CPA 2500
CPA 3000
CPA 5000
Transparent low noise pre-amps
SPM 650
SPM 1050
SPM 1200E MK2
SPM 4000 MK2
SPM 5000 MK2
Generous power supplies and energy storage togther with Chord's custom MOSFETs helps to drive speakers with great pace and transparency.
SPM 2400
SPM 3005
Chord quality for home theater
SPM 650MA Monoblock
SPM 1400E MK2 Monoblock
SPM 6000 MK2 Monoblock
Chord's agile high power amplifiers deliver muscle with poise
RED STANDARD MK2
RED REFERENCE MK3
BLU Transport
QBD76 DAC
QBD76 HDSD DAC
Chord's CD and DAC technology offers brilliant and natural sounding D to A conversion
DSX 1000
CODEX
These network music players have built in high quality volume control for direct connection to a power amplifier eliminating the need for a preamplifier
SYMPHONIC
Ultra low noise phono stage with external load and gain controls
CHORAL
ASPIRE
Different from anything else on the market
NEW HUGO
Studio quality portable headphone amplifier and DAC