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Chord DAVE is the flagship DAC of Chord’s lineup. Chord Electronics created a true reference-level product and built it with the newest FPGA technology. In terms of technology, this is one of the most advanced DACs out there.


Featuring premium conversion technology, Chord DAVEs creators uses proprietary techniques to craft an exceptional DAC.  Chord Electronics nicknamed it DAVE… and for good reason. DAVE stands for Digital to Analogue Veritas in Extremis which best reflects the product’s capacity. A DAC that pure yet extreme and sets the standard for  other DACs on the market.


Chord DAVE is both a reference-level headphone amplifier and digital preamp. This DAC encompasses twenty years of Chord Electronics research and development as well as breakthrough engineering in a single piece of equipment. At its core, DAVE houses an upgraded version of the advanced Spartan 6 Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) with 1,000 times the processing power of the traditional and mass-produced chip DAC. Chord addresses timing issues by incorporating over a million lines of code in its FPGA.


Among the FPGA’s auditory benefits are it’s greatly improved timing and the best noise-shaper performance of any known DAC. DAVE’s technology delivers sound with unmatched authenticity and musicality, with an unrivaled timing response.


DAVE is equipped with full-sized LCD display, sample frequency, showing input, volume and set-up configurations options, all housed in Chord’s iconic porthole design. Chord DAVE also features a rotary encoder with a large stainless steel controller and ball buttons.This enables direct interactivity above and beyond the standard remote.



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


Dave Chord Product Manual.pdf – 1979.764 kb, PDF – 1555.789 kb, .zip

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