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Chord DAVE DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter)

$10,900

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The Chord DAVE is a DAC with preamp and amplifier capabilities. It is equipped with a new version of the advanced Spartan 6 Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) with 1,000x the processing power of the traditional mass-produced chip DAC. The FPGA is loaded with over a million lines of code to confront complex timing issues head-on, with speed and precision.

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 unrivaled timing response. The device’s lossless digital volume control outputs the signal direct to your power amplifier for the purest experience. Finally, DAVE comes with a full-sized LCD display, showing input, sample frequency, volume and set-up configurations options, within Chord’s famous porthole design. 

Specs:

  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz flat within +/-0.1dB (HF filter off)
  • Tap length filter: 164,000
  • THD + N: 127.5dB (AWT)
  • Channel separation: >125dB @ 1KHz
  • Dynamic range: 127.5dB (AWT)
  • Sample frequencies: 44.1Khz – 768Khz (16 – 32bit) and DSD64 to DSD512 native DSD + DoP (input dependant)
  • Digital inputs:
    • 4x 75Ω S/PDIF BNC Coax – 44.1kHz to 384kHz
    • 1x AES XLR – 44.1kHz to 96kHz
    • 2x Fibre Optic TOSLINK – 44.1kHz to 96kHz
    • 1x USB Type B – 44.1kHz to 768kHz (16 – 32bit) – PCM and DSD
  • Analogue outputs:
    • 1x Stereo Pair of Unbalanced RCA
    • 1x Stereo Pair of Balanced XLR
    • 1x ¼” TRS Jack Headphone Output
  • THD +N: -127.5dB (AWT)
  • Channel Separation: >125dB @ 1kHz
  • Dynamic Range: 127.5dB (AWT)
  • Headphone Output:
    • 1% THD 6.8v RMS with 300Ω (154mW)
    • 1% THD 6.8v RMS with 33Ω (1.4w)
  • Output Impedance: 0.055Ω (short circuit protected)
  • Operating voltage: 90v AC – 250v AV auto switching 50Hz – 60Hz
  • Dimensions (including connectors): 7.8cm (H) 33.5cm (W) 15.2cm (D)
  • Weight: 5kg

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