Chord Electronics

Chord DAVE DAC

Chord DAVE DAC
Chord Electronics

Chord DAVE DAC

£8,499.00

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Chord DAVE DAC

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 shop@fanthorpes.co.uk and we will give you a price to change. This is a fantastic and hassle free way of making the Chord DAVE DAC more affordable.


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 shop@fanthorpes.co.uk or call us on 01482 223096 and we will email an application form to you

Chord DAVE DAC Specification:

  • Digital Inputs:
  • 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
  • Outputs digital:
  • 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

* No deposit required on in store purchases only. Minimum 10% deposit required for online applications for the Chord DAVE DAC.

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Chord Electronics At Fanthorpes

Chord Electronics have been manufacturing high end HiFi components using precision engineering and attention to detail for uncompromising audio quality since 1989. Since that time their customers include Skywalker Sound (California), Abbey Road Studios (London), Sony Music Studios (New York), the Royal Opera House (London) and many more locations where reliability and superb sound quality is important.

Seamlessly blending the latest technology with their own visionary cosmetic designs, Chord has an impressive portfolio of audio products that continues to win the hearts and minds of professionals and audiophiles alike.

What sets them apart from its competators is Chords Digital to Analogue (DAC) Technology. Chord Electronics have collaboration with Robert Watts, a digital design genius with 30 years' DAC technology development experience. This partnership has produced a number of advanced digital products that are, quite simply, without equal.