DSX1000 Reference network music player
The new DSX1000 is a high-performance digital network streamer that
at its heart, boasts (Chord's) Robert Watts' world-renowned proprietary
DAC technology. The latest-generation Field Programmable Gate Array
(FPGA) architecture found inside the DSX1000, is the same advanced
technology used in the highly acclaimed QBD76 HDSD DAC and the Red
Reference MkIII CD player, giving the DSX1000 a significant sonic
advantage over ordinary network players with off-the-shelf DAC chips.
FPGA handles all the digital data decoding, clocking, WTA filtering and
the 5th generation Pulse Array DAC. Improvements to the Pulse Array DAC
have been further complimented with an enhanced power supply design and
layout, giving the very best digital-to-analogue conversion available.
The DSX1000's streaming engine is directly coupled into our own DAC
technology, which carefully re-clocks all data, removing many of the
jitter issues that can affect other products where the DAC is coupled
into the main streaming chip.
The DSX1000 features UPnP/DLNA
access and control and is capable of transforming the sound of MP3, WMA,
WAV, AAC, ALAC and FLAC files, with 24-bit/192kHz support where
available, and follows the success of our debut streamer, the Chordette
Index. Key features include an inbuilt analogue volume control circuit,
as used in our CPA8000 Reference preamp, which gives highly accurate
volume adjustment without the problems and low-level distortions
associated with digital volume controls normally found in streaming
The player also boasts both volume-controlled and
line-level analogue outputs which feature both balanced XLR and RCA
phono connections. The network connection is via a fixed-wired ethernet
port due to the bandwidth limitations of Wi-Fi for 24/192kHz support
(ethernet-over-mains connections can also be used if required). A
digital coaxial input also enables the DSX1000 to act as an advanced
digital 'hub' within a high-performance hi-fi system.
DSX10000 has a full-colour 3.5-inch TFT front-panel display showing
album artwork, set up options etc. and conventional control is via a
unique front-panel cursor button that illuminates depending on the
button pressed. Remote control is also available. The unit can also be
enjoyed using many of the UPnP apps for the iPhone, iPad and Android
devices. We will also be offering a custom version of SongBook for the
DSX1000, which will be available to download from iTunes soon. An
Android version may also be available later on.
As with all of
our products, the DSX1000 is carefully made by hand in Kent with an
advanced chassis and casework machined from aircraft-grade aluminium.
The unit's top-plate has been carefully machined to reveal the
technology beneath and an elegant internal lighting system compliments