Article Index
Chord DAVE
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page 3
page 4, sound quality
page 5, conclusion
page 6, measured performance
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The raised rotary dial in the centre controls volume when the Chord is used in pre-amp mode, while the four buttons around it control input and the various selection settings. Dave is the most sophisticated example of  this philosophy they have ever produced. The FPGA chip, for example, is the LX 75 version of Xilinx’s Spartan-6 – which is said to have around ten times the processing power of that used in Chord’s previous QBD76 flagship.



This, in turn, allows for the most advanced iteration of the WTA filter - with 164000 taps making use of 166 DSP taps.

It’s all heady stuff and allows Dave to accept just about any size of digital file you currently have or may purchase in the future. The four electrical S/PDIF co-axial inputs on the rear accept sample rates up to 384kHz, while the Toslink handles up to 96kHz and USB can process PCM at 768kHz. The latter may not sound very useful at the moment - but who knows in the future?

It will also process DSD64,128,256 and 512, plus there’s a (rarely provided on domestic equipment) AES/EBU balanced digital input.



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