Chord Electronics Huei Phono Stage now available
Chord Electronics' Huei phono stage is now available following its international launch in May at High End Munich.
StereoNET was there when Chord Electronics revealed its Huei (pronounced Huey) phono stage in Munich.
The British firm's new high-performance phono preamp shares design features and a form factor with the StereoNET Applause Award-winning Qutest DAC.
Small and Flexible
It might be squeezed into a space-saving chassis, but Huei still sports Moving Magnet and Moving Coil functionality.
Additionally, Huei offers compatibility with a vast range of cartridges thanks to comprehensive gain and impedance-matching options. The unit's high- and low-gain switching settings are easily accessible via the typically Chord-tastic spherical front-panel controls.
Huei also receives Chord Electronics' ultra-low-noise microprocessor to control its main features, including a convenient memory function. That happens to be a first for a Chord Electronics phono stage.
With multiple options for impedance-matching, seven-stage switchable gain plus a switchable rumble filter, Huei features comprehensive system compatibility.
Strong and Versatile
Precision-machined from aircraft-grade aluminium billet, Huei has the 'Qutest' form factor and benefits from a top-mounted viewing window into the illuminated custom electronics within.
Huei is a highly versatile, high-performance solution for integrating turntables into high-quality audio systems and features both balanced (RCA) and unbalanced outputs (XLR) with RCA inputs. A 12V external power supply is also supplied.
Price and availability
Huei is priced at £990 and is available now in Henry Ford's favourite colour options - black.
For more information, go to Chord Electronics.
- Input impedance: 47kOhm (MM), 30Ohm-47kOhm (MC) 12-step user selectable
- Input noise: 1.1nV/Hz
- Max output voltage: 10V RMS
- Gain range: MM: 25dB – 35dB, 8-step user selectable; MC 48dB – 70dB, 8-step u/s
- Equalisation response: RIAA curve
- Equalisation accuracy: +/- 0.1dB
- Frequency response: RIAA curve 12Hz-25kHz
- Rumble filter: Rausch Slope -24dB per octave below 50Hz
- Output impedance: 520Ohm (resistive)
- Input power supply: 12V-100V to 240V 50/60Hz PSU
- Dimensions/weight: 160mm (W) x 72mm (D) x41 (H); 657g
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