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Product Description

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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.
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A reference-level device containing the latest-generation FPGA technology. Put simply, it is the most advanced DAC in the world
INPUTS
SPDIF BNC Coax, AEX XLR, Toslink, USB Type B
CHANNEL SEPERATION
>125dB @ 1KHz
FREQUENCY RESPONSE
20Hz to 20kHz +/- 0.1dB
CHIP TYPE
164k tap FPGA DAC
DIMENSIONS
7.8cm (H) 33.5cm (W) 15.2cm (D)
FLAGSHIP
A reference-level device containing the latest-generation FPGA technology. Put simply, it is the most advanced DAC in the world
INPUTS
SPDIF BNC Coax, AEX XLR, Toslink, USB Type B
CHANNEL SEPERATION
>125dB @ 1KHz
FREQUENCY RESPONSE
20Hz to 20kHz +/- 0.1dB
CHIP TYPE
164k tap FPGA DAC
DIMENSIONS
7.8cm (H) 33.5cm (W) 15.2cm (D)

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If you’re looking for the best DAC money can buy, the DAVE is a superb place to start. We haven’t heard anything that sounds so natural or insightful

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A True Reference-level Product

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.

Features:

  • Tap length filter: 164,000
  • Sample frequencies: 44.1Khz – 768Khz (16 – 32bit) and DSD64 to DSD512 native DSD + DoP (input dependent)
  • Digital Inputs:
    • 4x 75Ω S/PDIF BNC Coax – 44.1kHz to 384kHz
    • 1x AES XLR – 44.1kHz to 96kHz
    • 2x Fiber Optic TOSLINK – 44.1kHz to 96kHz
    • 1x USB Type B – 44.1kHz to 768kHz (16 – 32bit) – PCM and DSD
  • Analog Outputs:
    • 1x Stereo Pair of Unbalanced RCA
    • 1x Stereo Pair of Balanced XLR
    • 1x 1/4" TRS Jack Headphone Output
  • Supports 800Ω Headphones
  • Configurable Crossfeed
  • Standalone Pre-amp Function
  • Galvanically Isolated USB
  • Supports up to 768kHz
  • Native DSD (Direct Stream Digital) Supported
  • DSD 512 (8x) Capable
  • Solid Aluminum Chassis
  • IR Remote Control (Included)

Technical Specifications:

  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz flat within +/-0.1dB (HF filter off)
  • THD + N: 127.5dB (AWT)
  • Channel separation: >125dB @ 1KHz
  • Dynamic range: 127.5dB (AWT)
  • 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

User Manual

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Jesus
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The DAVE is amazing. A true stand along dac. I am using the B&W 802 D4's and I am hearing more details than ever before.

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Product Description

Line Circle
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.
Get the Details
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Features & Specs Line Circle

FLAGSHIP
A reference-level device containing the latest-generation FPGA technology. Put simply, it is the most advanced DAC in the world
INPUTS
SPDIF BNC Coax, AEX XLR, Toslink, USB Type B
CHANNEL SEPERATION
>125dB @ 1KHz
FREQUENCY RESPONSE
20Hz to 20kHz +/- 0.1dB
CHIP TYPE
164k tap FPGA DAC
DIMENSIONS
7.8cm (H) 33.5cm (W) 15.2cm (D)
FLAGSHIP
A reference-level device containing the latest-generation FPGA technology. Put simply, it is the most advanced DAC in the world
INPUTS
SPDIF BNC Coax, AEX XLR, Toslink, USB Type B
CHANNEL SEPERATION
>125dB @ 1KHz
FREQUENCY RESPONSE
20Hz to 20kHz +/- 0.1dB
CHIP TYPE
164k tap FPGA DAC
DIMENSIONS
7.8cm (H) 33.5cm (W) 15.2cm (D)
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Expert Insight

Line Circle

If you’re looking for the best DAC money can buy, the DAVE is a superb place to start. We haven’t heard anything that sounds so natural or insightful

Expert Img
What Hi-Fi?
Hi-Fi Reviews
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Details

Line Circle

A True Reference-level Product

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.

Features:

  • Tap length filter: 164,000
  • Sample frequencies: 44.1Khz – 768Khz (16 – 32bit) and DSD64 to DSD512 native DSD + DoP (input dependent)
  • Digital Inputs:
    • 4x 75Ω S/PDIF BNC Coax – 44.1kHz to 384kHz
    • 1x AES XLR – 44.1kHz to 96kHz
    • 2x Fiber Optic TOSLINK – 44.1kHz to 96kHz
    • 1x USB Type B – 44.1kHz to 768kHz (16 – 32bit) – PCM and DSD
  • Analog Outputs:
    • 1x Stereo Pair of Unbalanced RCA
    • 1x Stereo Pair of Balanced XLR
    • 1x 1/4" TRS Jack Headphone Output
  • Supports 800Ω Headphones
  • Configurable Crossfeed
  • Standalone Pre-amp Function
  • Galvanically Isolated USB
  • Supports up to 768kHz
  • Native DSD (Direct Stream Digital) Supported
  • DSD 512 (8x) Capable
  • Solid Aluminum Chassis
  • IR Remote Control (Included)

Technical Specifications:

  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz flat within +/-0.1dB (HF filter off)
  • THD + N: 127.5dB (AWT)
  • Channel separation: >125dB @ 1KHz
  • Dynamic range: 127.5dB (AWT)
  • 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

User Manual

Quick Start

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Reviews

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Customer Reviews
5.0 Based on 1 Reviews
5 ★
100% 
1
4 ★
0% 
0
3 ★
0% 
0
2 ★
0% 
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Filter Reviews:
J
12/08/2023
Jesus
Nebraska

Amazing Sound

The DAVE is amazing. A true stand along dac. I am using the B&W 802 D4's and I am hearing more details than ever before.

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