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Chord Electronics has taken the technology inside the Award-winning Hugo and 2Qute DACs and combined it with the company's proprietary amplification to create the new CPM 2800 MkII integrated amp.

The first generation of the company's flagship amplifier made its debut in 2009 and its successor – the MkII – is set to be formally launched at next week's Bristol Show [20th-22nd February] with a price tag of £6690.

In this latest version Chord has added the digital-to-analogue circuitry from the Hugo and 2Qute in order to give the new amp greater flexibility.

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The CPM 2800 MkII delivers 120W of power per channel and comes with Bluetooth connectivity, with the Hugo/2Qute DAC stage offering support for up to 32-bit/384kHz audio over BNC coaxial and USB, or 24-bit/192kHz via optical.

DSD64 is supported across all inputs and DSD128 support is provided via the coaxial and USB connections. Meanwhile, there is a Class 2 USB input for Apple, Android and Windows devices (the necessary drivers for Windows products are provided).

The exterior of the amp includes a large panel screen – somewhat different from standard Chord amplifiers – that shows the input selected and volume. Further features include gold-plated binding posts and a remote control.

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steve_1979's picture

When it comes to expensive

When it comes to expensive overpriced hifi gear do you think the designers think to themselves "Right. What can I do to make this box of electronics as ugly as possible?"

DocG's picture

Which amplification?

It's a "digital amplifier", whatever that means (if I understand correctly, it's driven by the analogue output of a DAC-chip - how is that digital then?Nea). Any news on what modules it uses? ICE? Hypex UcD? Other?

Audio_ELF's picture

It's not a "digital amplifier

It's not a "digital amplifier" in that sense.  It's a standard Class A/B type amplifier with digital inputs - is you look at internal pictures (on other sites) you can clearly see the board out of a Qute (presumable now 2Qute) DAC.

Actually it appears most of the pictures online of the MkII are actually MkI pictures.