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Chord DAVE DAC / Preamplifier / Headphone Amplifier

Chord DAVE DAC / Preamplifier / Headphone Amplifier

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  • Kat Reviews Dave DAC with Designer, Rob Watts

    No one in the world knows Chord DACs better than their designer, Rob Watts, the digital design consultant for Chord Electronics. Kat talks to him about his magnum opus, the mighty DAVE. Chord's flagship DAC, preamp, and headphone amp is built on the latest generation FPGA technology with 1,000 times the processing power of a traditional DAC chip. Let Rob explain how this fixes complex timing issues and greatly drops noise, leading to incredible detail and musicality.

Chord DAVE DAC / Preamplifier / Headphone Amplifier

DAVE is the most advanced DAC Chord has ever made. It features the very best conversion technology available, using proprietary techniques never seen before, making DAVE the most advanced DAC/preamp amplifier in the world. DAVE stands for ‘Digital to Analogue Veritas in Extremis’, a moniker that best reflects the product’s capability

The DAC, which is also a reference-level headphone amplifier and ‘digital preamp’, distils twenty years of Chord research, development and advanced engineering into one device. At its heart lies 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. DAVE’s 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 unrivalled timing response. The device’s lossless digital volume control outputs the signal direct to your power amplifier for the purest experience.

DAVE has a full-sized LCD display, showing input, sample frequency, volume and set-up configurations options, within Chord’s famous porthole design. On its fascia, DAVE also features a rotary encoder with a large stainless steel controller and ball buttons, enabling direct interactivity in addition to the supplied remote control.


Frequency response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz flat within +/-0.1 dB (HF filter off)

Tap length filter: 164,000

Sample frequencies: 44.1 kHz – 768 kHz (16 – 32 bit), DSD64 to DSD512 native DSD + DoP (input dependant)

4 x 75 Ω S/PDIF BNC Coax (44.1 kHz to 384 kHz)
1 x AES XLR (44.1 kHz to 96 kHz)
2 x Fibre Optic TOSLINK (44.1 kHz to 96 kHz)
1 x USB Type B (44.1 kHz to 768 kHz) PCM and DSD

1x stereo pair unbalanced RCA
1x stereo pair balanced XLR
1x ¼” TRS headphone output

Dimensions (HWD): 3.1" x 13.2 x 6" (7.8 x 33.5 x 15.2 cm)

Weight: 11 lb (5 kg) 


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