Chord Electronics Ltd is a world-leading manufacturer of high-end audio products. Since 1989, under the leadership of proprietor John Franks, Chord Electronics has been pushing the boundaries of innovation, creating some of the planet’s finest hi-fi, home cinema and professional audio equipment. A technology-driven leader, Chord Electronics’ philosophy of ongoing evolution and refinement continues to deliver landmark audio products with extraordinary performance and unrivalled design features.
Born from the highly demanding world of aircraft avionics, Chord Electronics maintains a commitment to exemplary engineering, cutting-edge technology and exceptional build quality. Ingeniously designed for high performance over the long term, Chord products are renowned internationally for their advanced technology which is amongst the best in the world. Since 1996, Chord’s collaboration with Robert Watts, a digital design genius with 30 years’ DAC technology development experience, has produced a number of advanced digital products that are, quite simply, without equal.
Chord’s achievements have been recognised in the media, too, with magazines and websites from around the world awarding Chord products the highest accolades. Chord’s passion for sound quality and exemplary engineering continue to produce audio equipment with exceptional insight into recorded music. Sparkling clarity, unrivalled transparency and huge reserves of high-quality power are trademarks that have become synonymous with the brand. Chord is trusted and admired internationally, and its global customer base includes: the BBC; EMI’s Abbey Road Studios (London); Sony Music Studios (New York) and Skywalker Sound to name but a few.
Why not discover for yourself what Chord Electronics can do for your favourite music? Our web pages can help you learn more about our product ranges and find retailers of exceptional ability, who will take time to help you find the product that’s right for the way you listen. Welcome to Chord.
The world's biggest hi-fi magazine, What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision, award the QBD76 HDSD DAC five stars
Our flagship DAC, the QBD76 HDSD, has been awarded top marks by the world's biggest hi-fi magazine, What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision. In a huge three-page 'Temptations' (The world's most desirable kit) feature in the new May issue, the QBD76 HDSD is reviewed complete with stunning photography,lid-off annotated shots and a lengthy quote from Chord Electronics' owner John Franks.
The review opens: "We reviewed the original QBD76 at the end of 2008. It was terrific. It has remained our favourite high-end DAC since then, despite the arrival of even higher priced rivals." The article went on to say: "We're huge fans of this converter. In a fast-improving market it remains a top-class performer...it deserves to be on the shortlist of anyone wanting a high-end DAC."
Across three pages, the review covered various connection features, our proprietary FPGA circuit technology and our buffer system, noting: "The beautifully built Chord uses proprietary parts - and it shows in its fine performance." Summing up in the verdict box, the QBD76HDSD received top honours of five stars with the magazine concluding: "Chord's QBD76 HDSD is a top-class digital-to-analogue convertor that delivers a brilliant sound from a well-built package."
Grab a copy of the new May issue to discover the full story. In the meantime, you can take a sneak peak at feature here and we hope to point you to an online version soon.
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