Meet DAVE the DAC

CHORD DAVE FRONTChord Electronics brought you Hugo and 2Qute but now they have announced the highly anticipated Chord Electronics DAVE.

Following in the extremely impressive footprints of Hugo and HUGO TT Chord has just announced the QBD76HDSD replacement with DAVE.

Before you think that Chord has gone completely bonkers or have just picked a name out of a hat at random, DAVE actually stands for Digital to Analogue Veritas in Extremis. Now, I don’t know which came first, calling in DAVE and then finding words to fit or the other way around.

dave dacDAVE has been officially launched at Munich High End 2015 and features the most advanced chipset to date from the Kent based company.

Clocking in with a mere 164000 taps it has considerably more than the Hugo series of hardware. In order to process all of the data in the taps DAVE powers up with an immense 166 separate DSP cores just for the WTA Filter alone

CHORD DAVE REARAlso on board DAVE you’ll find a dedicated quarter inch jack socket for your headphones and high quality pre amplifier to plug straight into your power amplifier or active speakers.

Available for delivery this autumn and pre orders start soon. Get DAVE in your home for just £7995.

  • 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