Chord CodeX: "The world's most advanced network music player"

Chord has officially launched the CodeX, "the world's most advanced uPnP network music player", with a price tag of £4495.

The most recent addition to the Choral streaming range, the Chord CodeX supports DSD 128 playback and 384kHz PCM decoding over USB, and sports a high-end proprietary DAC.

Borrowing technology from the Chord QuteHD DAC, CPA8000 Reference preamp and DSX1000 streamer, the CodeX joins the QBD76 HDSD DAC at the top of Chord's high-performance audio range.

The CodeX is one of the very first streaming products to support both DSD 128 playback and PCM decoding up to 384kHz over USB.

It's a wired-only Ethernet connection meanwhile, supporting streaming files up to DSD 64 and 192kHz PCM. Elsewhere, AAC, ALAC, FLAC, MP3, WAV and WMA file formats are also supported.

USB and coaxial inputs do the digital donkey work, feeing the same DAC as found in the QuteHD. As well as Chord's latest-generation Pulse Array DAC, which re-clocks all incoming data to minimise jitter, the CodeX benefits from an enhanced power supply and circuit layout.

In terms of control, a remote is supplied or you can use Chord Electronics' own iOS app. Go back to basics and use the controls on the the unit itself and you'll see Chord's own remote motor-controlled analogue volume adjustment, as seen on the £25k CPA8000 preamp.

Constructed from aircraft-grade aluminium, the Chord CodeX is hand-built to order at Chord Electronics' factory in Kent, UK. Dedicated stands and supports are also available in a range of sizes.

Available in silver or black as standard – special finishes are available – the Chord CodeX will be available in August for £4495.

MORE: Chord QBD76 HDSD review

by Joe Cox

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Joe is Content Director for T3 and What Hi-Fi?, having previously been the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across the print magazine and website for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features on everything from turntables to TVs, headphones to hi-fi separates. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung; reported from CES, the Bristol Show, and Munich High End for many years; and written for sites such as the BBC, Stuff, and the Guardian. In his spare time, he enjoys expanding his vinyl collection and cycling (not at the same time).