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Chord Electronics launches new Choral Etude power amplifier

The Choral Etude (£3900) is a significant piece of kit for the Chord brand - it brings with it the first major change to Chord's amplifier design in 30 years.

Chord claim the new internals "heralds a new era for powerful, wide bandwidth, low noise and low distortion amplifiers".

Etude has been designed to be a potential partner for Chord's own DAC/pre-amp, DAVE. Etude features new error-correction amplifier technology and uses a more intelligent system of power delivery to maximise sound quality.

Power is rated at 150 watts into four ohms and 300 watts in bridged mono mode. Connections include balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA inputs and gold-plated speaker binding posts.

As part of Chord's Choral range, the Etude features the same aerospace-grade machined aluminium chassis and casework, plus the option of either a silver or black finish.

The Etude looks set to cost around £3900 when it goes on sale in the Autumn.

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Andy Madden

Andy is Deputy Editor of What Hi-Fi? and a consumer electronics journalist with nearly 20 years of experience writing news, reviews and features. Over the years he's also contributed to a number of other outlets, including The Sunday Times, the BBC, Stuff, and BA High Life Magazine. Premium wireless earbuds are his passion but he's also keen on car tech and in-car audio systems and can often be found cruising the countryside testing the latest set-ups. In his spare time Andy is a keen golfer and gamer.