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Chord Electronics Dave Reference-level DAC, Preamplifier and Headphone Amplifier

SKU 47099
Original price £10,495.00 - Original price £10,495.00
Original price
£10,495.00 - £10,495.00
Current price £10,495.00
In stock
In stock

In Store Item Only

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  • In Store Item Only

    Available at our Nottingham Store

  • Hassle-Free Returns Within 30 Days

    Hassle-Free Returns Within 30 Days

  • 1 Year Warranty

    1 Year Warranty for Peaceful Ownership

Chord DAVE DAC/Preamp Amplifier: Unparalleled Audio Excellence

Chord Electronics presents DAVE, the epitome of digital-to-analogue perfection. Featuring cutting-edge conversion technology and proprietary techniques, DAVE sets a new standard for DAC innovation.

Revolutionary Technology

At the core of DAVE lies the advanced Spartan 6 Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), boasting 1,000x the processing power of traditional chip DACs. Loaded with over a million lines of code, DAVE's FPGA confronts complex timing issues with unprecedented speed and precision, resulting in significantly improved timing and unrivalled noise-shaper performance for an unparalleled musical experience.

Reference-Level Performance

DAVE isn't just a DAC – it's also a reference-level headphone amplifier and digital preamp, combining over two decades of Chord Electronics' research and engineering expertise into one groundbreaking device. Its lossless digital volume control ensures pure signal transmission to your power amplifier, preserving the integrity of your audio.

Intuitive Design

Experience seamless interaction with DAVE's intuitive design, featuring a large LC display showcasing input, sample frequency, volume, and setup configurations. The rotary encoder with a stainless steel controller and ball buttons on the fascia provide direct control, complemented by the included remote for added convenience.

Frequency Response:

  • Flat from 20Hz to 20kHz within +/-0.1dB (HF filter off)

Tap Length Filter:

  • 164,000

Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise (THD + N):

  • 127.5dB (AWT)

Channel Separation:

  • Greater than 125dB @ 1kHz

Dynamic Range:

  • 127.5dB (AWT)

Sample Frequencies:

  • 44.1kHz – 768kHz (16 – 32bit)
  • 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 Fibre Optic TOSLINK – 44.1kHz to 96kHz
  • 1x USB Type B – 44.1kHz to 768kHz (16 – 32bit) – PCM and DSD

Analogue Outputs:

  • 1x Stereo Pair of Unbalanced RCA
  • 1x Stereo Pair of Balanced XLR
  • 1x ¼” TRS Jack Headphone Output

Frequency Response20Hz to 20kHz +/- 0.1dB
THD +N-127.5dB (AWT)
Channel Separation>125dB @ 1kHz
Dynamic Range127.5dB (AWT)
Headphone Output1% THD 6.8v RMS with 300Ω (154mW)
1% THD 6.8v RMS with 33Ω (1.4w)
Output Impedance0.055Ω (short circuit protected)
Operating Voltage90v AC – 250v AV auto switching 50Hz – 60Hz
Power ConsumptionFull power – 40 W
Standby – 10 W
Dimensions (including connectors)7.8cm (H) x 33.5cm (W) x 15.2cm (D)

  • 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

Delivery is made by common carrier next working day. Delivery is FREE for orders in-stock and over £100 or £9.99 for orders less than £100 or special delivery items.

Statutory Cancellation Right

You have the statutory right to cancel your order for any reason within 14 days beginning with the day you receive the item (please see clause 2 of our Conditions of Sale for the full instructions on cancellation and further information on your right of cancellation). We only accept cancellations via phone - 0115 975 8613, email - or post - Superfi Returns, DB House, Rani Drive, Nottingham, NG5 1RF, United Kingdom.

Our Voluntary Returns Policy

As well as your statutory cancellation rights described above, you can return most products within 30 days of receipt of the products if the products are complete and are in an unused and undamaged condition. We only accept returns via phone - 0115 975 8613 or post - Superfi Returns, DB House, Rani Drive, Nottingham, NG5 1RF, United Kingdom.

Please note that this returns policy doesn't affect your statutory rights and therefore doesn't affect your right of cancellation as described above.

Please note that you must return each item in the same condition in which you received it. This means that new items must be returned new, unused and complete (including all accessories). Refunds for returned items that are not received in this condition, may be reduced.

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