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Chord Dave DAC Preamp Headphone Amplifier

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    DAVE is the most advanced DAC we have 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; a device so advanced and with so few compromises, that it is absolutely truthful in the extreme — a standard that all other DACs on the market simply cannot hope to match.

    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.

    Not all DACs are created equal. Using proprietary technologies painstakingly developed by Robert Watts over the past twenty-years, DAVE is our most advanced FPGA DAC to date.

    Handling the conversion of your music with absolute precision, and exceptionally low noise, yields an organic performance that simply cannot be matched.

    Key Features:

    • 164k tap FPGA DAC
    • 2x 96kHz Optical Inputs
    • 1x ¼" Headphone Output
    • Galvanically Isolated USB
    • Solid Aluminum Chassis
    • 768kHz Type B USB Input
    • Expandable DXO Inputs
    • Supports 800Ω Headphones
    • Supports up to 768kHz
    • 4x 768kHz BNC Coax Inputs
    • 1x Unbalanced RCA Outputs
    • Configurable Crossfeed
    • Native DSD Supported
    • 2x 96kHz AES/EBU Inputs
    • 1x Balanced XLR Outputs
    • Standalone Preamp Function
    • DSD 512 (8x) Capable
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    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 dependent)
    Digital inputs:
    75Ω S/PDIF BNC Coax – 44.1kHz to 384kHz 4x
    AES XLR – 44.1kHz to 96kHz 1x
    Fiber Optic TOSLINK – 44.1kHz to 96kHz 2x
    USB Type B – 44.1kHz to 768kHz (16 – 32bit) – PCM and DSD 1x
    Analogue outputs:
    Stereo Pair of Unbalanced RCA 1x
    Stereo Pair of Balanced XLR 1x
    ¼” TRS Jack Headphone Output 1x
    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
    Included Accessories DAVE Quickstart guide, Safety instructions, 10A Mains IEC cable, IR Remote control, Type-A USB to Type-B USB cable, Optical cable, 2x AAA batteries