The world’s first high quality digital Bluetooth music
Introducing the new Chordette Gem from England’s
Electronics. The Chordette Gem delivers true high end sound from
cell phones, PDAs, PCs and music servers to any hi-fi system –
wirelessly or via it’s USB input. The Gem is a derivative of Chord’s
new $6,000 ultra high end DAC the QBD76.
The Gem is not as feature rich as the QBD76 but it includes all the
same wireless and USB connectivity technology at a consumer friendly
"A2DP" for high quality wireless
Modern phones, PDAs and personal computers now have the ability
to transmit high quality audio using the Bluetooth Advanced Audio
Distribution Profile or A2DP for short. Chord engineers worked with
the originators of Bluetooth in Finland to design a custom Bluetooth
receiver which is able to extract and decrypt the normally unused
digital audio signal from any Bluetooth A2DP enabled phone or PDA,
or any PC or music server with a USB port, and input this directly
into a high quality digital to analog converter.
Chord’s new DACs are the world’s first to use the superior
digital output from Bluetooth. Connection is a breeze thanks to a
very simple pairing procedure and, with a range of up to 100 feet,
you can select your music and control your stereo from your phone,
PC, or PDA from anywhere in the home.
The addition of a USB port also allows direct streaming of audio
from a hard drive. The USB port can be connected to a personal
computer, or music server, and will seamlessly appear as an audio
device by the operating system. Any music played will be digitally
decoded and then converted to a CD quality signal for playback. The
Bluetooth input and USB can be selected using a simple switch on the
rear of the device. Audio outputs connections are made via two gold
plated RCA phono sockets.
All Bluetooth A2DP devices contain a digital signal and an
analog signal. The digital signal is such high quality that the Gem
is able to reproduce music transmitted wirelessly literally at CD
quality. Chord’s new generation of DACs are the world’s first to
unlock and use the digital signal. Therefore the Gem will sound
substantially better than all other devices which can only access
the analog audio output of Bluetooth. The Gem is truly a
breakthrough product delivering previously unimagined, and currently
unmatched, high quality sound from cell phones, PCs, PDAs or music
The Gem is available in silver, black,
purple and blue. Retail price is $695.
" This is as good as disc-free hi-fi
gets, sounding better than any iPod dock out there...
... the Gem teases out sounds as well as CD players twice the
price, provided you use lossless or high-quality digital files." -
Mail on Sunday, July 2008