CHORD ELECTRONICS HUEI PHONO STAGE IS THE QUTEST
Chord Electronics has unveiled Huei, an all-new phono preamp that distils three decades of amplifier development into a high-performance Qutest-sized chassis.
Entirely conceived, engineered and manufactured in Great Britain, Huei rocks both Moving Magnet and Moving Coil functionality. Thanks to comprehensive gain and impedance-matching options Huei offers excellent compatibility with a vast array of cartridges.
Huei's advanced design offers (for the first time in a Chord Electronics phono preamp) ultra-low-noise microprocessor control of its main features, including a useful memory function. With multiple options for impedance-matching, seven-stage switchable gain and a switchable rumble filter, Huei boasts excellent compatibility.
Precision-machined from solid aircraft-grade aluminium billet, Huei has a similar form factor to the company's Qutest DAC and also offers a top-mounted viewing window into the illuminated electronics within. The design also shares the same polychromatic control spheres the company has become known for in its digital products.
Huei is a stylish, practical and high-performance solution for integrating turntables into Chord Electronics' (and other) systems and features both balanced (RCA) and unbalanced outputs (XLR) with RCA inputs. A high-quality 12V external power supply is also supplied.
Price and availability
Huei is priced at £990 and will be available in late summer (black only)
- Input impedance: 30ohm-47kohms, 50pF-1uF
- Input noise: 1.1nV/Hz
- Max output voltage: 10V RMS equalisation
- Gain range: 0dBV-75dBV
- Equalisation response: RIAA curve; Equalisation accuracy: +/- 0.1dB
- Frequency response: RIAA curve = 12Hz to 25kHz
- Rumble filter: Rausch Slope -24dB per octave below 50Hz
- Output impedance: 520ohms (resistive)
- Input power supply: 12V 100V to 240V 50/60Hz PSU
- Dimensions/weight: 160mm (W) x 43mm (D) x72 (H); 770g
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