Chord's new shorting plug aims to 'bridge' the sound quality gap in your system

Chord Company Bridge
(Image credit: Chord Company)

While arguably better known for its excellent speaker and interconnect cables (such as the RumourX and C-Screen), British high-end audio specialist Chord has now released a shorting plug that promises to "reduce high-frequency noise interference in high-performance hi-fi equipment".

The new Chord Company Bridge pledges noise protection for devices with unused power supply upgrade ports (the British firm is quick to list Naim Audio’s NDX and NDX 2 audiophile network music players as top examples), working to reduce high-frequency noise on the critical signal ground. Chord says it will offer an instant upgrade over the basic unshielded shorting plugs supplied with your audio equipment.

Benefitting from a machined aluminium chassis for both acoustic and electrical isolation, the Bridge also offers the Wiltshire firm’s flagship proprietary Taylon insulation material (as found in its flagship ChordMusic and Sarum T cables) throughout the internal wiring. Resin-damped internals further increase acoustic isolation.

Chord says a "strictly limited" number of Chord Company Bridges have been manufactured. How much? £500 – while stocks last.


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Chord Company Bridge

(Image credit: Chord Company)

Becky has been a full-time staff writer at What Hi-Fi? since March 2019. Prior to gaining her MA in Journalism in 2018, she freelanced as an arts critic alongside a 20-year career as a professional dancer and aerialist – any love of dance is of course tethered to a love of music. Becky has previously contributed to Stuff, FourFourTwo, This is Cabaret and The Stage. When not writing, she dances, spins in the air, drinks coffee, watches football or surfs in Cornwall with her other half – a football writer whose talent knows no bounds.