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BRISTOL SHOW 2012: Chord Electronics unveils its first network music player

Chord Electronics has unveiled its first network music player today at the Bristol Sound & Vision Show.

The all-new Index joins Chord's Chordette range and is a compact music streamer and internet radio source selling for £990.

Index will find and play stored music, whether on a NAS drive, networked computer or a USB drive. It can handle almost any audio format including FLAC, WMA, AAC, WAV and MP3.

Watch our video report on the Chord Index

It also offers access to more than 10,000 internet radio stations via the vTuner service.

Users can control the device using a tablet or smartphone app, with the diplay showing full-colour artwork and track info. An infra-red remote control is supplied as standard.

There's wi-fi or wired ethernet connectivity, DLNA compatibility, plus a fascia-mounted USB input, coaxial and optical digital outputs and RCA analogue outs.

A 128x64 dot matrix display and four-way navigation keys complete the spec list. Chord says the Chordette Index will be available in the UK at the end of February.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.