Music Streamer - The Ultimate Streaming Machine
DSX 1000 is Chord's range-topping network music player. With a
full-color screen, remote control and operation via a number of
today's uPnP apps for the iPhone/iPad or Android smart phones, the
DSX 1000 has been designed to make the best of digitally stored
music files. It can play: MP3; WMA; WAV; AAC; ALAC and FLAC with
24/192 support where possible. A custom version of the SongBook app
is also offered to give you full control and set-up functionality
via your smart phone or iPad.
The DSX 1000 offers the same high quality built-in analog volume
control circuit used in Chord's Reference preamplifiers. This gives
highly accurate volume adjustment without the problems and low-level
distortions associated with digital volume controls normally found
in streaming products. It also offers both fixed and variable
outputs, via both balanced XLR and RCA phono connections, so you can
use the DSX 1000 with your existing system or use it directly with
just a power amplifier.
The most important feature, however, is that the streaming engine is
coupled into Chord's flagship QBD76 DAC technology. This design
reclocks all the data, removing all of the jitter issues that can
affect other products where the DAC is coupled into the main
streaming chip. The way in which the digital data is converted to
analog from the network is the most important part and will affect
the sound quality more than any other component. Chord's legendary
DAC expertise and proprietary circuits are what separates this truly
state-of-the-art streamer from all the other ordinary ones. Hear the
incredible DSX 1000 today - it's not just any streamer! Value priced
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RED Reference Mk III CD Player
Building on the success of the Blu and the QBD76, the RED
Reference Mk III CD player now has the latest technological updates
and has been revised with developments to improve performance even
further. The Mk III version includes Chord's High Definition USB
input with the ability to process DSD files.
With stunning looks and state of the art design the RED
utilizes ground breaking technology to give the most accurate
reproduction of compact disc that can be obtained. With internal
176.4 KHz upsampling data transfer, selectable RAM buffer clock
retiming and both 1024 and 4096 tap length filtering, the RED earns
its reference status in the Chord range.
Starting on the outside the RED features the Chord trademark
design and is manufactured from solid aluminum giving a rigid
support structure for the CD mechanism. As in the Mk II version, (shown
above), the Mk III
includes a lens in the CD dome giving a view of the loaded disc and
a powered rather than manual opening. The front panel design
incorporates ball bearing push button control for the commonly used
functions and a dual display showing CD status on one side and
input, buffer and frequency information on the other. Uniquely the
CD mechanism sits at 45 degrees to allow front access even if placed
on a stand or in a rack. At the
rear connections are made via gold plated phono or BNC coax, plastic
optical fiber or balanced XLR style connectors.
"I can hear more into the details of this recording than nearly
any other CD player I've ever encountered. The layers of details
tonally are staggering. The energy of the first movement of this
quartet, which is Beethoven's only real attempt to product a comic
opera, without voices is like the opening of a bottle of champagne.
The player is not varnishing the sound in any way that I could
detect, it's providing a stark no holds-barred version of the
recording. - HiFi World, Five Globe Award Winner, June 2012
Internally the latest CD Pro 2 mechanism from Philips is
re-clocked using a highly accurate crystal oscillator then the
synchronized data is fed to the upsampling and filtering
electronics. In the Mk II an 18,000 tap length WTA filter, (upgraded
from the original 4096), is used to minimize
the transient timing errors and reconstruct the digital data to
either 44.1, 88.2 or 176.4 KHz sampling frequencies.
This data is fed to the rear XLR and optical output connectors
and also via a dual data bus to the digital to analogue conversion
electronics. Now based on the QBD76, (originally DAC64), the digital signal is converted
from 176.4KHz to analogue audio using 18,000 tap filtering and 76 bit
digital signal processing core. This is followed by 64th
bit 7th order noise shaping, 2048 times oversampling
rates and improved pulse width modulated elements. This gives much
better measured performance. better detail resolution with a
smoother more focused sound quality. The DAC also features RAM
buffer technology that sequentially takes in all the data, re-times
it, then sends it out giving jitter free operation. Digital data
from other sources can also be fed into the RED via the optical or
AES balanced XLR connections.
All of the above innovations are implemented in Field
Programmable Gate Arrays that can be reprogrammed by simply changing
the EPROM memory chip, thus future proofing is assured.
The RED Reference Mk III retains its status as a truly unique product. As a standalone CD
player it is able to deliver the best reference CD playback. The
addition of digital inputs and outputs also gives it the ability to
act as both a CD transport and DAC for other audio components making
it completely versatile.
Red Standard CD Player
Chord's entry-level Red CD player has been upgraded to include the
stunning QBD76 D/A technology. Whereas other CD players use a
DAC chip the size of your thumbnail, the QBD76 uses Chord's own
ground-breaking discrete component circuitry.
The QBD76 resolves 40dB more data than the best DAC chips on the
market. Thus the Red offers incredible performance which simply
cannot be matched by other CD players. Outstanding value. Hear one