Audio High is proud to have been chosen by Chord Electronics to launch their highly anticipated Chordette line into the United States. Whether you play your music from a music server, PC, MAC, iPhone, iPod, laptop, cell phone, PDA, or stream it from the Internet, Chordette has an affordable system which will allow you to enjoy your music with astonishingly high fidelity.
The new Chordette series from England’s Chord Electronics offers you a completely flexible modular system so you can enjoy your music your way. The system begins with the Chordette Gem, a high quality USB / Bluetooth DAC allowing you to easily take music from your digital sources directly into your stereo. If you don’t have a stereo, Chordette offers a broad range of components and you can select just the ones you need. Finally, a flexible modular stand is available so you can display this stunning system at it’s best.
Though the size of each component is small, nothing has been compromised. The audio response is still state of the art with exceptional performance and low noise levels. Encased in Chord’s trademark solid aluminum billet metalwork chassis, the Chordette looks as terrific as it sounds and shows off its industry leading engineering both inside and out. Below is a description of the available components.
Chordette 2Qute (DSD) DAC
The new 2Qute is a compact, affordable standalone DAC which combines two award-winning products in one: the revolutionary Hugo DAC/headphone amp and the class-leading Qute EX standalone DAC.
The new 2Qute takes the technology from What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision’s 2014 Best DAC – (Hugo) and adds it to What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision’s 2014 Best DAC £700 – £1,000 (Qute EX). The result is a new super-DAC for 2015 with class-leading specification, outstanding technical measurements and proven sonic performance.
2Qute advances the award-winning Qute EX DAC into 2015 with the latest Hugo specification. Essentially a Hugo in a Chordette chassis, it brings the latest FPGA DAC technology into an affordable home-system-orientated unit. 2Qute contains the same high-performance Spartan 6 FPGA that has enabled Hugo to redefine the DAC genre in 2014. The 2Qute also boasts astonishingly low distortion levels of 0.0003%.
The 2Qute offers support for up to 32-bit/384kHz audio via coax and USB, and 24-bit/192kHz over optical. DSD64 is supported on all inputs and DSD128 is supported via coax or USB (all via DoP). The new DAC also gains a handy switch to easily move between coax, optical and USB digital inputs.
The device features a Class 2 USB input which, because of the 2Qute’s home-system orientation compared to Hugo’s more mobile aspirations, has been galvanically isolated for greater sonic performance. This has been achieved using a novel technique which allows for very high data rates of up to 384kHz; the input is driverless on Apple and Android devices, with (ASIO included) drivers for Windows devices.
2Qute key features
– Coax, optical and USB digital inputs with input switch
– Galvanically isolated Class 2 USB input up to 384kHz
– Driverless operation on Apple and Android devices; drivers supplied for Windows
– Support for up to 32-bit/384kHz audio via coax and USB, and 24-bit/192kHz via optical
– DSD64 supported on all inputs, DSD128 supported via coax or USB input (all via DoP)
– Source and sample rate indication/illumination
– 12V 0.5A power supply provided
Chordette Prime is a pre-amplifier designed as the control center for your Chordette or existing hi-fi system. Up to four sources can be connected via the analog inputs and a USB connection allows direct digital connection to a personal computer. The USB input will not only playback music but will also allow you to record the audio from any of the analog inputs directly onto your computer. During playback via USB an optical TOSlink output can act as a digital record monitor or as a digital feel into another DAC or AV system.
Chordette Scamp is a stereo amplifier with control for both digital and analog inputs. It has been designed as a small but extremely capable amplifier. The Scamp delivers 2 x 40 watts and features USB and high gain RCA inputs, a built in DAC, a rotary volume control on the rear and a pair of high quality speaker binding posts.
With it’s own RCA phono inputs, USB input and gain control, this little power house can be used as a stand alone integrated amplifier with a single source or as a power amplifier when combined with the Chordette Prime. This gives great flexibility, but there’s even more; by just pressing a switch on the back the Scamp can also be bridged into a high power 80 watt mono block amplifier!
Although the Scamp is small, very little has been compromised. When bridged, this compact beauty will supply an output in excess of 80 watts rms of pure music power – this truly amazing unit does this without resorting to fatiguing ‘D’ Class digital technology but uses instead an innovative common drain, vertical mosfet design, class ‘AB’ amplifier supplied by a truly innovative 4 transformer 500 kHz unique power supply.
Chordette Dual is a high quality phono amplifier for MC phono cartridges. The Dual features selectable input impedance and gain options that allow for perfect matching to your cartridge. The advanced circuitry gives superior performance and applies the appropriate RIAA equalization for outstanding sound quality. A Rausch slope filter removes rumble from low frequency music.
An onboard analog to digital converter with USB output allows you to record from your vinyl to your PC or MAC. RCA analog and optical TOSlink digital outputs are also provided.