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Chord Electronics DAVE – DAC Digital Preamplifier

$18,550.00 inc GST

or from $17,050.00 today & 5 weekly interest-free payments of $300.00 with Laybuy

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Not all DACs are created equal!  

The Chord DAVE is the flagship DAC, a true reference-level product, loaded with our latest-generation FPGA technology. Put simply, it is the most advanced DAC in the world. DAVE is the most advanced DAC we have ever made – and we love it! . Deano has one at home, so ask him what he thinks about it, he is a raving fan!


The Chord DAVE is the flagship DAC, a true reference-level product, loaded with our latest-generation FPGA technology. Put simply, it is the most advanced DAC in the world.

DAVE is the most advanced DAC that Chord have ever made. It features the very best conversion technology available, using proprietary techniques never seen before, making DAVE the most advanced DAC/preamp amplifier in the world. DAVE stands for ‘Digital to Analogue Veritas in Extremis’, a moniker that best reflects the product’s capability; a device so advanced and with so few compromises, that it is absolutely truthful in the extreme — a standard that all other DACs on the market simply cannot hope to match.

The DAC, which is also a reference-level headphone amplifier and ‘digital preamp’, distils twenty years of Chord research, development and advanced engineering into one device. At its heart lies a new version of the advanced Spartan 6 Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) with 1,000x the processing power of the traditional mass-produced chip DAC. DAVE’s FPGA is loaded with over a million lines of code to confront complex timing issues head-on, with speed and precision.

The FPGA’s extraordinary capability enables a number of key sonic benefits, including significantly improved timing and the best noise-shaper performance of any known DAC. DAVE’s technology delivers music with unmatched reality and musicality, with an unrivalled timing response. The device’s lossless digital volume control outputs the signal direct to your power amplifier for the purest experience.

DAVE has a full-sized LCD display, showing input, sample frequency, volume and set-up configurations options, within Chord’s famous porthole design. On its fascia, DAVE also features a rotary encoder with a large stainless steel controller and ball buttons, enabling direct interactivity in addition to the supplied remote control.


  • 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 flat within +/-0.1dB (HF filter off)

THD + N: 127.5dB (AWT)



SAMPLE FREQUENCIES: 44.1Khz – 768Khz DSD64,128,256,512 native DSD + DoP (input dependant)


Chord Custom FPGA DAC
768kHz Type B USB Input
4x 768kHz BNC Coax Inputs
2x 96kHz AES/EBU Inputs
2x 192kHz Optical Inputs
Expandable DXO Inputs
1x Unbalanced RCA Outputs
1x Balanced XLR Outputs
1x ¼” Headphone Output
Supports 800Ω Headphones
Configurable Crossfeed
Standalone Preamp Function
Galvanically Isolated USB
Supports up to 768kHz
Native DSD Supported
DSD 512 (8x) Capable
Solid Aluminium Chassis
IR Remote Control Included

Additional information

Weight 10 kg
Dimensions 25 × 23 × 45 cm

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
Dimensions (including connectors):
333.5mm (W) x 71mm (H) x 154mm (D)

Why buy from us?

Rapallo is an independently owned New Zealand company and with more than 15 years experience, we offer you both technical expertise and superior service.

Rapallo is fully authorized to sell products by all of the manufacturers listed on our website and in our store. In most cases we are more than a reseller, we are a direct dealer who also receives training and where possible we personally test products we sell.

Authorized dealers like us offer peace of mind. Rapallo

  • meets manufacturer’s standards, from sales to service, in order to receive authorized status.
  • often receives training directly from manufacturer representatives and shares that expertise with you.
  • provides  support for all the products they sell.
  • ensures that manufacturer warranties will be honoured.
  • buys directly from big brand manufacturers and guarantee you buy NZ new, (no grey imports or parallel imports).

The Internet is an incredibly convenient information source and a wonderful way to find savings on the products you want. Protect yourself online by buying from authorized dealers, with genuine feedback and reputations.

A price too good to be true, usually is.
If you’ve ever searched for a product on a shopping engine (such as Priceme/Pricespy) you may have asked yourself, “Why are some stores charging so much less than other stores?”

Our customers often share these stories with us, so we thought we would share a few with you, in hopes that you don’t fall prey to any of these unscrupulous sales tactics.

  • Goods may be grey market/parallel imported. They may state that the product includes the manufacturer warranty, but not tell you that the warranty is valid only in Europe, Japan, or South America, and NOT in NZ.
  • You may be asked to buy an expensive extended warranty. In many cases if you do not purchase the warranty, your purchase will be denied. (The product is now out of stock, your card does not go through, etc.)
  • Included parts may be sold to you separately. Some resellers will open boxes and charge extra for parts that are normally included by the manufacturer.
  • Hidden charges which don’t show up until your credit card statement arrives, these charges only show up when your credit card statement is sent to you.
  • When something goes wrong, faulty, late delivery, doesn’t matter how many times you try to email, they don’t get back.
  • There are so many scamming online sellers today, “buyer beware” protect yourself!

Think you have a better price from someone in NZ (authorised dealer)? Call us, we’ll see what we can do.

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Concerned About Fraud?

The internet has become a more popular source for online shopping, regrettably we have seen more and more instances of fraud affecting online shoppers. Companies trading under many  different names, loading warranties and charging for them as extras when often they are included from the manufacturer. Parallel imports or personal imports where the NZ supplier refuses to repair when things go wrong is often alarming to the unsuspecting purchaser. Inflated freight charges, customs and GST at the border are often forgotten as a buyer is tempted by a lower price. Constantly we hear all these stories, once bitten it’s all to late looking for that refund or replacement. The stories are outrageous at times, customers from Trademe and ebay with no place to turn, time consuming and very frustrating….

So how do you protect yourself from online fraud?

  • Buy from an authorized reseller. If you are at all suspicious, contact the manufacturer directly and ask if a company is authorized to sell their products.
  • Make sure you get a company invoice with GST clearly marked.
  • Make sure you buy from someone who has a phone number and an address on their website, not a P.O.Box number
  • Read customer feedback, you can usually tell if it’s genuine or not.

We hope that you will become our next happy customer. And we promise to offer you superior service before, during and after your purchase.

REVIEW 2 August 2017 Lucky enough to audition Chord DAVE in a mid priced hifi system and with Blu mk11 with SPM1050 mk11. One could easily write many positive adjectives extolling the capabilities of DAVE and make futile criticisms that have nothing to do with the purpose. One could debate the source pros and cons, vinyl vs digital; clearly no point. I don't think you could tell the difference. In any case it's all about the rendition of what the artist, producer and sound engineer intended, a faithful and musical sound reproduction to the listener. Chord DAVE makes this happen because the result is enjoyable, relaxing, emotional, exciting and entertaining which is what music is, that's why we listen to it. Chord DAVE fulfills the task of converting digital to analogue so precisely whereby it's the other components including the cabling that are vital in allowing the music to sound as intended. A superb piece of engineering that demands respect as far as the accompanying components that make up the rest of the system. Though DAVE did make a huge beneficial difference to the mid priced system. As far as the Blu mk11 and SPM1050 mk11 c/w a pair of reference studio stand mount speakers, top end subwoofer and Chord Sarum T cables audition was concerned. It was musical fun, excitement and just like the musicians were in the room with you. It's not just what you hear, it's also what you don't hear that is important. The clarity, detail, coherence, dynamics and sound stage were just outstanding to the point where a musician could recognise a Steinway or Stradivarius yet enjoyment was key to everything irrespective of what music was being played. One wasn't listening to the system at all because the sound coming out of the speakers was pure delight. I just wanted to listen to more and more music from all genres and artists. Whatever one put on the sound emanating from the speakers was the best recording I'd ever heard from Carmina Burana to Dave Brubeck, Pink Floyd, Norah Jones, Yes, Beatles and so many more. I don't think it gets much better than this wonderfully musical experience. Without doubt for great musical enjoyment it's all about striking the right Chords.
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