The Chord Electronics DAVE DAC/Pre Amplifier is the most advanced DAC ever built by Chord Electronics. Chord have used proprietary techniques never seen before. Featuring the very best conversion technology available, DAVE is the most advanced DAC/preamp amplifier in the world.

DAVE stands for ‘Digital to Analogue Veritas in Extremis’ meaning absolute truth in the extreme. No other DAC on the market is quite like it.

Twenty years of chord research, development and advanced engineering has been smoothed out and tightly packed into one device, The DAVE can also be used as a reference-level headphone amplifier and a digital pre-amplifier.

The Chord Electronics DAVE uses a new version of the advanced Spartan 6 FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) this is equipped with over a million lines of code to confront complex timing issues with speed never seen before, with extraordinary capabilities, it has significantly improved timing and the best noise-shaper performance of any known DAC.

DAVE features a full sized LCD display showing a variety of information including set-up configuration settings, input sample frequency and volume. DAVE also features a rotary encoder on its fascia with a large stainless steel controller and ball buttons. This enables direct interaction with the device as oppose to using the supplied remote control.

Weight 8 kg
Dimensions 340 × 145 × 150 mm


4x 75Ω S/PDIF BNC Coax – 44.1kHz to 384kHz
1x AES XLR – 44.1kHz to 96kHz
2x Fibre Optic TOSLINK – 44.1kHz to 192kHz
1x USB Type B – 44.1kHz to 768kHz – PCM and DSD


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

Frequency Response

20Hz to 20kHz +/- 0.1dB


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

0.0055Ω (short circuit protected)

Operating voltage

90v AC – 250v AV auto switching 50Hz – 60Hz


34 (w) x 14.5 (d) x 15 (h)




Black, Silver

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