Hifi News - Chord Electronics
Chord launch the Qutest DAC
he Chord Qutest at £1,195 can be approached in one of two ways – either as a cut down and cheaper alternative to the Hugo 2 (£1,800) or as an upgraded and direct replacement for the 2Qute. As a cut down Hugo 2 gone are the volume control , remote , headphone amp, rechargeable batteries and Bluetooth - the Qutest is also fixed output so requires a preamp or integrated amp. As an upgraded 2Qute the Qutest has the twice as powerful Hugo 2 chip and Hugo 2 controls and the digital filters. There are three new features in the Qutest which are - a user selectable output voltage of 1, 2 or 3 volts, galvanic isolation for better USB performance, and dual BNC digital inputs, capable of high speed data transport. So if you can’t stretch to a DAVE DAC but can stretch to a Chord Blu II transport the two can be paired together to take advantage of high speed digital transfer rates.
Chord Electronics launches high-quality protective leather case for Mojo and Poly just in time for Christmas
hord Electronics has introduced a high-quality Japanese-made protective leather case for Mojo and Poly. (£120) which is available now. Designed to complement Chord Electronics’ award-winning Mojo DAC/headphone amp and Poly wireless streamer/player, the Poly/Mojo leather case offers stylish protection for on-the-go usage. The case has been styled by Chord Electronics’ John Franks and Fumi Higashi San of VanNuys Inc. and is exclusively manufactured by VanNuys Inc. in Tokyo.
Chord Officially launch Poly - A Streamer for the Mojo DAC
hord Electronics, is empowering smartphones as hi-fi-quality music players with the launch of Poly, an advanced streamer that combines with Mojo to wirelessly stream music from a range of devices, with smartphone control. Poly is available now at £499; the Mojo DAC is £399.
Chord Hugo 2
Chord Electronics announces protective leather case for its award-winning Hugo 2 DAC/headphone amp
ritish high-performance audio specialist, Chord Electronics, has launched a high-quality Japanese-made protective leather case for its new Hugo 2 DAC/head amp which is available now priced at £125.
Chord CPM 2800 MkII
Chord Electronics offers major new styling alternative
hord Electronics has introduced a new styling alternative to its full-size component ranges, Reference and Chord. All double- and quad-height products* in Chord Electronics’ two upper ranges can now be ordered with high-quality solid black acrylic side panels as an alternative to Chord’s traditional Integra Leg System; Chord’s single-height products** will also be available with the new side panels later in 2017.
Chord Blu MkII
Chord launch the Blu MkII - CD transport
f the three new products unveiled by Chord Electronics at CES 2016, the Blu MkII might have been the easiest to predict, as the recently released DAVE DAC has dual high speed digital inputs, one per channel, described as for use by a future Chord Electronics product. Traditionally these high speed digital inputs have been used by CD transports, going all the way back to the Chord Choral Blu and DAC64. So the Blu MkII.
Chord Hugo 2
Chord launch Hugo 2 - A successor to the award winning Hugo - portable USB DAC and headphone amp
hord Electronics have launched the Chord Hugo 2 a redesigned version of the original award winning Hugo, portable headphone amp and DAC. Much of the original functionality of Hugo has been retained in Hugo 2 but there are now sound quality and usability improvements, due to the redesign, and a number of new features have been added. Certain features in Hugo 2 have been “trickled up” from the Chord Mojo, the second micro USB is now just for fast battery charging and Mojo style control spheres are used to much improve the usability of Hugo 2. Hugo 2 is still (no surprises here) based on proprietary Chord Electronics FPGA technology and the Watts Transient Aligned or WTA digital filter. The FPGA chip in Hugo 2 now has double the number of taps which has allowed gains in timing accuracy, noise reduction, headphone amp power and dynamic range.
Chord launch Poly - A plug in streamer for the Chord Mojo portable USB DAC and headphone amp
he Chord Electronics Poly, is a new network plug in module for the Chord Mojo portable USB DAC and headphone amp. Poly acts as a source offering hi-res wireless streaming and SD card music playback to Mojo, and is controlled by a smartphone app.
Chord Electronics Offers Free Mojo Carry Case With All New MOJO Purchases This Holiday Season
hord Electronics is offering a free protective Mojo case* worth £65 with every new Mojo purchased in-store at participating retailers internationally until the 14th of January 2017. The award-winning Mojo DAC/headphone amp from Chord Electronics is being supplied with a free protective case* throughout the holiday season in store at participating retailers, internationally. The promotion offers the high-quality protective case (worth £65) with all new Mojo purchases bought in retail stores up until 14th January 2017.
Chord Electronics Have Launched The Mojo Cable Accessory Pack Complete With Add-On USB Module
hord Electronics has launched a comprehensive Cable Accessory Pack for the Mojo DAC/headphone amp, to include cables, adaptors and a USB adaptor block
Refinements for a classic Chord power amp - the new SPM 1050 MkII launches
hord Electronics has significantly upgraded its popular 200 Watts per channel SPM 1050 power amplifier to the MkII version. The SPM 1050 MkII at £4,995 has numerous internal upgrades, together with a number of aesthetic improvements over the original which it replaces. The SPM 1050 MkII was first unveiled at High End 2016, Munich, and is available now worldwide.
Chord Electronics Launch The Chord Mojo Case
hord Electronics has launched a high-quality protective £65 case for their Mojo portable USB DAC and headphone amp. The new case clips over the outside of the Mojo and has been meticulously designed by Chord Electronics’ owner John Franks to protect the device while allowing full access to its innovative spherical controls and its generous connectivity options.
Chord Reveal The TToby - A Matching Power Amp For The Chord Hugo TT
he Chord TToby - A matching Power Amp For The Chord Hugo TT (pictured) has been revealed by Chord Electronics but there are no pictures available yet. Chord Electronics are showing two new proprietary-tech amplifiers at the Munich High End HiFi Show 2016, the first of these, the TToby is the complementary power amp for the Chord Hugo TT USB DAC / Headphone amp. The TToby is a new desktop stereo power amplifier designed to complement the Chord Hugo TT DAC and take advantage of its high-quality digital preamp functionality. The TToby has been created using the same form factor (i.e. in a matching sized case) as the Chord Hugo TT. The TToby will enable desktop audio lovers to create a high-performance Chord system where space is tight.
Chord Reveal The Chord SPM 1050 MkII Power Amp
he new Chord SPM 1050 MkII is an improved version of the Chord SPM1050. The SPM1050MkII is also a 200-watt stereo power amp that introduces a raft of internal upgrades, plus a number of aesthetic improvements over its predecessor. The new MkII version, which will be priced at £4,995, benefits from reduced output distortion and improvements to capacitance for a bigger, cleaner power delivery. The new SPM1050MkII uses the latest low-distortion amplifier circuitry and features four proprietary lateral-structure dual-die MOSFETs, enabling the amp to drive a wide range of difficult loudspeaker loads with ease. The MkII version also includes greater isolation on the mains transformer, to reduce interference.
Chord Mojo - More Video Info From DAR
he £399 Chord Mojo – A portable USB DAC and headphone amp is the subject of a number of more information videos by DAR. As they say the Mojo doesn’t attempt to stream itself, instead it relies on your existing smartphone to do this and supply the Mojo with a digital signal. The videos introduce the Mojo, shows how to connect the Mojo to both iOS and Android devices, and deals with some of the issues when bricking the Mojo. Bricking involves using a smartphone / external DAC as one unit, often connecting both devices together with rubber bands as a “brick”.
Chord Electronics Launch Mojo - A USB DAC And Headphone Amp
ojo is Chord's mystery product which at £399 is a smartphone sized USB DAC and headphone amp. Mojo which is an abbreviation of "Mobile Joy" only offers headphone output. The concept behind Mojo is that a portable music player that can offer a bit perfect signal to a DAC can be bought quite cheaply now. The difficult part of decoding the signal and amplifying for headphone listening at Hi-Res Audio quality is where Mojo comes in.
Chord Electronic's Mystery Product
hord Electronics are unveiling a mystery, and game changing product at a Shard launch event in London on 14th of October 2015, at 2pm GMT. Looks like this is heavily embargoed, so much so that we at HiFi Enthusiast haven't even seen any more, so are free to speculate !
Chord Electronics DAVE - More Video Info From Chord
YouTube video with more info from Chord Electronics on their new and ultimate USB DAC, Headphone Amp, and Digital Preamp - called DAVE. The YouTube video is presented by Rob Watts the DAVE software designer. As such there's a focus on the digital to analogue processing in DAVE and interesting mentions about how DAVE evolves on from Chord's achievements with Hugo, utilising the extra hardware available in the new Xilinix FPGA chip used in DAVE.
Chord Electronics Launch DAVE - A USB DAC, Headphone Amp and Digital Preamp
he £7,995 Chord Electronics DAVE is a reference grade (and their most advanced to date) USB DAC, digital preamp and headphone amp all in the one box. True to Chord Electronics traditions it doesn’t use an off the shelf DAC chip but at its heart is a proprietary FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) as used in the Chord Hugo. Unlike the Hugo though DAVE uses a much more powerful LX75 version of the Spartan 6 Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) which offers over ten times the program capacity of its predecessor. This extra processing power and the extra taps on hand has allowed Chord Electronics to develop their most advanced version of the WTA (Watts Transient Aligned) filter at the heart of the digital decoding process.
Chord 2Qute - USB DAC - Now Shipping
irst seen at International CES 2015 in January and later at the Bristol HiFi Show 2015, Chord Electronics’ latest proprietary USB DAC, the 2Qute (priced at £995), is shipping globally. Now in full production at Chord’s riverside headquarters in Kent, the hand-made 2Qute is arriving in dealerships around the world. Would be 2Qute purchasers can find their nearest Chord Electronics retailer via Chord’s dealer locator tool, found via the first link below.
Chord 2 HD
Chord 2 HD - A new control app for the DSX 1000 and Codex Streamers
hord Electronics have released Chord 2 HD a new iOS Control App for two of their streamers. The streamers benefiting from Chord 2 HD are the DSX 1000 (£7,500) and the CodeX (£4,500). The app will soon be available for Android devices too. The app is free and provides a number of benefits over the previous version. The previous version, Chord HD, will remain available to support other Chord Electronics streamers.
Chord CPM 2800 MkII
Chord Electronics Launch the Chord CPM 2800 MkII - Integrated Amp With Internal Hugo
he £6,690 Chord CPM 2800 MkII digital integrated amp is a combination of Chord Electronics proprietary power supply technology in an integrated amplifier with digital inputs. The digital inputs are to a DAC section based on the award winning Chord Hugo.
Chord Electronics Launch the Chord 2Qute USB DAC
he £995 Chord Electronics 2Qute USB DAC is the DAC section of the Chord Hugo in the existing Qute EX DAC’s outer casing. The Chord 2Qute USB DAC is a fixed output DAC so the volume control from the Chord Hugo has gone along with the battery as the 2Qute is mains powered. The USB input is now USB 2.0 type B rather than micro USB. The DAC section of the Chord 2Qute is the Xilinix Spartan 6 F.P.G.A. chip and Rob Watts WTA decoding algorithms as found in the Hugo. To accommodate these into the existing Qute required a significant redesign of the Qute’s circuit boards to maintain Hugo performance with the mobile features gone.
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