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We Love to Listen

3rd December 2015 -

We're really enjoying the new Chord Dave DAC

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DAVE (Digital to Analogue Veritas in Extremis) is Chord Electronics' most advanced DAC to date. It features a digital preamplifier and a headphone amp for £7995.

Chord's newest arrival features a proprietary FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) and a high-grade filter with enhanced processing power and full high-res audio support, including DSD and DXD files up to 768kHz. 

Outputs include XLR and standard RCA connectors, plus an advanced headphone output. Inputs include USB Type-B, two optical and four coaxial digital sockets.

Chord Electronics has launched its most advanced DAC to date. Given the acronym DAVE, 
Chord''s latest-generation digital-to-analogue convertor features the very best conversion technology available, using proprietary techniques never seen before.

DAVE is a highly advanced reference-grade DAC, digital preamp and headphone amplifier. 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 (and in electronics terms, huge) LX75 version of the Spartan 6 Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA). 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. DAVE''s technology delivers music with unmatched reality and musicality, with an unrivalled timing response. 


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