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Munich High-End 2019 : Chord Electronics Huei

Phono Pre amp

No the Qutest from Chord Electronics has not developed a disease! – this is a new Chord Electronics product coming out of Munich High-End 2019.

Pronounced Huey, with no common linguistics to ‘Huawei’, the problematic Chinese firm, it’s a new phono stage pre-amp in a miniature Chord type machined aluminium billet, matching the Qutest design.

It has both Moving Magnet (MM) and Moving Coil (MC) functionality, with comprehensive gain and impedance-matching options; Huei’s high- and low-gain switching settings are easily accessible via front-panel controls.

Chord say ; “Huei’s advanced design offers (for the first time in a Chord Electronics phono preamp) ultra-low-noise microprocessor control of its main features, including a convenient memory function. With multiple options for impedance-matching, seven-stage switchable gain and a switchable rumble filter, Huei’s design offers comprehensive compatibility.”

It features both balanced (RCA) and unbalanced outputs (XLR) with RCA inputs.

It’s a shame it won’t be available in silver variants like the old 2Qute type design but hey ho.

It’s going to be available later this year at a price of £990. Watch this space….

Specifications

  • Input impedance: 30Ω-47kΩ, 50pF-1uF
  • Input noise: 1.1nV/Hz
  • Max output voltage: 10V RMS equalisation
  • Gain range: 0dBV-75dBV
  • Equalisation response: RIAA curve; Equalisation accuracy: +/- 0.1dB
  • Frequency response: RIAA curve = 12Hz to 25kHz
  • Rumble filter: Rausch Slope -24dB per octave below 50Hz
  • Output impedance: 520Ω (resistive)
  • Input power supply: 12V 100V to 240V 50/60Hz PSU
  • Dimensions/weight: 160mm (W) x 43mm (D) x72 (H); 770g

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