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 aspect of DAC design - is essential. Close business relationships enable the realization of the theoretical and prototype into customized FPGA chips or exclusive MOSFET transistors from specialized local fabrication companies that are used by Chord Electronics.

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 Hugo, Hugo TT, and now the Dave reference DAC - a very exciting product indeed.

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 QBD76 DAC was an even bigger leap and this technology was distributed across CD and Streaming players such as the DSX 1000. Such advanced technology is made available to a broader audience at a more affordable price in products like the 2Qute and Hugo.

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

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
  • Black or silver finishes
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HUGO TT AMP/DAC

  • Home based version of HUGO with more features and even better sound
  • Remote control source selection and advanded digital volume
  • 10,000,000 microfarads supercapacitor storage to prolong battery life and improve transients
  • Alphanumeric display of settings and sample rate
  • Fully balanced XLR in addition to RCA outputs
  • Full sized type-B Standard and High Definition galvanically isolated low noise USB inputs
  • Improved ultra low distortion output stage
  • Custom bluetooth fed sirectly into DAC
  • Coax & USB support 32 bit/384 kHz and DSD128(DoP) audio, with 24 bit/192 kHz and DSD64(DoP) audio for optical
  • Spartan 6 FPGA features 26K tap-length WTA filter and massive processing ability for record breaking dynamic range
  • Black or silver finishes
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HUGO LEATHER CASES

  • Stylish luxurious high quality durable leather case protects HUGO and provides means to secure partnering players and phones
  • Well thought out design evolved over months of testing
  • Full access to controls, inputs/outputs and LED indicators
  • Rear webbing straps to secure phones and digital audio players
  • Top thumb loop
  • Side latches provide protection
  • Available in black or natural tan leather
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2QUTE USB DAC

  • Forth generation affordable DAC from Chord Electronics
  • Completely custom designed circuitry based on HUGO
  • Switchable BNC coax, class 2 galvanically isolated USB and TOSlink optical inputs
  • Coax & USB support 32 bit/384 kHz and DSD128(DoP) audio, with 24 bit/192 kHz and DSD64(DoP) audio for optical
  • Spartan 6 FPGA features 26K tap-length WTA filter and massive processing ability for record breaking dynamic range
  • Source and sample rate indicated by color
  • Astonishingly low distion levels of 0.0003%
  • Chord remains one step ahead of the competition at this price level and above. Sublime sound at all sample rates
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CHORDETTE SCAMP AMPLIFIER

  • High quality vertical MOSFET class A/B amplifier
  • Stereo mode: 2 x 40 Watts into 4 ohms @ 0.05% distortion
  • Monoblock mode: 1 x 80 Watts into 4 ohms
  • Freq response: 0.8Hz to 73kHz (-3dB, 4 ohms)
  • Signal to noise: better than -103dB 'A' weighted two thirds
  • USB input: USB 2.0 compliant (44/48 kHz)
  • RCA analog inputs
  • Variable manual volume control and overload protection
  • Ultra quiet fan assisted cooling, external brick power supply
  • 4 high quality gold binding posts
  • Same high quality Chord components in a small box!
  • Stand available
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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 44-384 kHz
  • 1 x AES and 2 x optical 44-192 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
  • Now taking orders
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DSX 1000 REFERENCE 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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CODEX NETWORK MUSIC PLAYER

  • Wired ethernet streamer with BNC coax digital and USB inputs, 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
  • Chord Electronics award winning FPGA DAC technology for exceptional sound
  • 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
  • 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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SPM 650 POWER 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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SPM 1050 POWER 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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SPM 1200E MK2 POWER 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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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
  • Black or silver finishes (upcharge for nickel finish legs)
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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
  • Black or silver finishes (upcharge for nickel finish legs)
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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
  • Black or silver finishes (upcharge for nickel finish legs)
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SPM 3005 5-CHANNEL POWER 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
  • Black or silver finishes (upcharge for nickel finish legs)
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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
  • Weight: 97 Lbs
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SPM 14000 MK2 MONO POWER AMPLIFIER

  • Chord's flagship Monoblock power amplifier
  • 700 watt @0.01% distortion into 8Ω and 1200 watt into 4Ω
  • 2200 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
  • Weight: 165 Lbs
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DIGITAL INTEGRATED 2800 MK11

  • 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
  • Black or silver finishes (upcharge for nickel finish legs)
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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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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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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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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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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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CPA 8000 PREAMPLIFIER

  • Reference preamplifier with unsurpassed highly resolved sound from state of the art -135 dB ultra low noise circuits
  • THD: 0.002% 20 Hz to 20 KHz
  • Channel Separation: 95dB @ 20 KHz; Balance: 0.01 dB
  • Four pairs balanced XLR and two RCA unbalanced inputs with variable gain
  • Three pairs balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA outputs
  • XLR AV bypass output
  • R & L high and low frequency EQ
  • 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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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
  • 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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RED STANDARD MK3 CD PLAYER

  • Chord's high performance CD player with asynchronous USB input
  • Data from the Phillips CD Pro 2 mechanism is sent to the QBD76 based 76-bit DAC with 4K 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: ‹103 dB at 1 Khz (24-bit data)
  • Manual door with phosphor bronze hinges
  • Black or silver finishes (upcharge for nickel finish legs)
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RED REFERENCE MK3 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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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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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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Select products in drop down above
HUGO
HUGO TT
HUGO CASES
Chord's hugely sucessful Hugo and HugoTT offer unbeatable studio quality sound
2QUTE DAC
SCAMP
Incredible performance for the size and cost
new DAVE
Continuing the legacy from the original break through DAC 64, Chord claims the DAVE is the world's best DAC
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
SPM 1200E MK2
SPM 4000 MK2
SPM 5000 MK2
SPM 2400
SPM 3005
Generous power supplies and energy storage togther with Chord's custom MOSFETs helps to drive speakers with great pace and transparency.
SPM 1400E MK2 Monoblock
SPM 6000 MK2 Monoblock
SPM 14000E MK2 Monoblock
Chord's agile high power amplifiers deliver muscle with poise
2800 MK11
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
CPA 8000
SYMPHONIC
Very high quality pre-amp stages with high overload margins and drive for long interconnect runs.
RED STANDARD MK3
RED REFERENCE MK3
BLU Transport
Chord's CD and DAC technology offers brilliant and natural sounding D to A conversion
CHORAL
ASPIRE
Different from anything else on the market