Chord DAVE DAC
The Chord DAVE DAC is available for demonstration in our Hull Store.
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The Chord DAVE DAC is available for demonstration in our
Hull store. Come and hear how it is a step up from all the other Chord DACs, we
have the full range on display. The musicality and the level of detail achieved
have mesmerised quite a few customers already. Build quality is on another
level. Quite simply the best DAC we have ever had on demonstration.
Chord Electronics has launched their new reference DAC. The
dac has the acronym DAVE, which stands for Digital to Analogue Veritas in Extremis, Chord’s
latest-generation digital-to-analogue convertor features the very best
conversion technology available, using proprietary techniques from Rob Watts
and John Franks that have never been seen before.
The Chord DAVE DAC is a highly advanced reference-grade DAC,
digital preamp and headphone amplifier. Offering superb sound quality and hand-made
in Kent, DAVE is based around a proprietary FPGA (Field Programmable Gate
Array) offering more than ten times the program capacity of its predecessor.
At its heart lies a new LX75 version of the Spartan 6 Field
Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), which has over 1,000x the processing power of the traditional mass-produced DAC chip. The FPGA’s extraordinary capability enables a
number of key sonic benefits including significantly improved timing and the
best noise-shaper performance of any known DAC. Chord Electronics DAVE DAC’s
technology delivers music with unmatched reality and musicality, with an
unrivalled timing response.
Chord Electronics has implemented a brand new WTA (Watts
Transient Aligned) filter with 164,000 taps. WTA filtering is now up to 256 FS
(that's 256-times the sample frequency) — no other DAC has ever FIR filtered at
such a high rate! In order to process signals at this unprecedented rate, DAVE
has massive parallel-processing capacity with 166 separate DSP cores just for
the WTA filtering alone. This enables DAVE to reproduce the original unsampled
analogue signal more accurately than any other DAC.
The output stage has been advanced with a new 20-element
Pulse Array DAC and a unique second-order analogue noise-shaper, which gives
ultra-high-frequency linearity. Its output feeds both balanced XLR and
single-ended RCA outputs, as well as an advanced headphone output with more
than enough capability for the most impedance-challenging headphones.
A key benefit of this DAC is a full-sized LCD display,
showing input, sample frequency and volume, plus set-up and configuration
options. The display, which sits behind the famous Chord porthole, is clearly
visible from a variety of angles and retains the signature colour display for
volume and sample rate as introduced by the landmark Hugo DAC/headphone amp. On
its fascia, DAVE also features a rotary encoder with a large stainless steel
controller and ball buttons, enabling direct interactivity in addition to the
supplied remote control.
As previously mentioned the DAVE is not simply a
digital-to-analogue convertor, though. It also contains a volume control,
meaning you can plug it straight into a power amplifier if you fancy, and there
is a headphone amp circuit with a 6.3mm jack on the front.
Part Exchange Available
As you would expect from Fanthorpes hifi, we offer a generous part exchange against the Chord DAVE DAC. If you have any hifi that you wish to use as part payment against the Chord DAVE DAC then either call us on 01482 223096 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will give you a price to change. This is a fantastic and hassle free way to lower the Chord DAVE price.
Finance Available - No Deposit Required*
Fanthorpes hifi can also offer buy now pay later on the Chord DAVE DAC, allowing you to spread or defer your payments over a year. If you are interested in taking advantage of our payment terms on the Chord DAVE DAC email email@example.com or call us on 01482 223096 and we will email an application form to you
Chord DAVE DAC Specification:
USB B-style 44 kHz to 768 kHz
DXD and Quad DSD
2x optical 44kHz to 192kHz
1 x AES 44kHz to 192kHz
4 x Coax 44kHz to 384kHz
Dual-data mode available
2x ultra-high-speed coax 768kHz dual-data mode (for use with future-unannounced Chord Electronics products)
Maximum output voltage: 6 volts RMS
THD and noise at 2.5 volts: RMS 0.000015 %
THD and noise at 2.5 volts: 127dBA Awt (124dBA into 33 ohms)
Dynamic range at -60 dBFS 1kHz -127 dBA A wt
(No measurable noise floor modulation, no a harmonic distortion)
(Analogue distortion characteristic: no distortion for small signals)
Power requirements: mains power 80 volts to 260 volts; AC 20 watts
Five Year Manufacturers Warranty
- Chord DAVE Manual
* No deposit required on in store purchases only. Minimum 10% deposit required for online applications for the Chord DAVE DAC.