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Friday, February 13, 2015

Chord Electronics has thoroughly updated its ‘digital’ integrated the CPM 2800, to MkII status. The new version adds the FPGA-based D/A convertor from the award-winning Hugo and 2Qute DACs, it will be formally launched at Sound and Vision 2015 (the Bristol show). The 120-watt, aptX Bluetooth-enabled CPM 2800 MkII brings Rob Watts’ latest proprietary DAC technology into an “affordable high-end” Chord amplifier, this combined with the Spartan 6 FPGA from Hugo reduces distortion levels to 0.0003%.

The Hugo/2Qute DAC stage within the CPM 2800 MkII offers support for up to 32-bit/384kHz audio via BNC coax and USB, and 24-bit/192kHz over optical. DSD64 is supported on all inputs and DSD128 is supported via coax or USB (all via DoP). The amp features a Class 2 USB input with galvanic isolation; this has been achieved using a novel technique which allows for data rates of up to 384kHz; the input is driverless on Apple and Android devices, with (ASIO included) drivers for Windows devices. The CPM 2800 MkII also offers wireless connectivity via Chord’s custom-designed aptX Bluetooth receiver, which uses a very simple pairing procedure and has a range of up to 30 meters. A large front-panel screen shows input type and volume information and can easily be seen from a typical listening position. Further features include four heavy-duty gold- plated binding posts, remote control and Chord’s preferred aircraft-grade aluminium chassis and casework.

The CPM 2800 MkII’s power is delivered courtesy of Chord’s proprietary ultra-high-frequency power supply, which has the ability to store energy far more efficiently than linear designs. The technology gives the amplifier section enormous reserves of instantly delivered, precisely controlled power and should drive even the most demanding loudspeaker. For home cinema compatibility, an A/V bypass input is incorporated, so that the CPM 2800MkII can be used in conjunction with an A/V processor without the need for a separate amplifier. The CPM 2800 MkII is available now for £6,690.