Congratulations to Chord Electronics, who has dominated the DACs (Digital to Analogue Converter) category in the 2018 What Hi-Fi? Awards, the industry’s biggest event.
The Kent-based company, who is renowned for using proprietary DAC technology and insisting upon UK design, engineering and manufacturing, has won three ‘Best DAC’ awards, with selected products winning a second (or even fourth) time in succession.
Chord Electronics’ smallest DAC/headphone amplifier, Mojo, won Best DAC £300 to £500, for an incredible fourth year in a row. The January-launched Qutest DAC won Best DAC £500 to £1200 and the Hugo 2 DAC/headphone amplifier won Best DAC over £1200, for the second successive year.
The company’s historical dominance of the DAC category in the What Hi-Fi? Awards is widely attributed to Chord Electronics’ use of custom-coded FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays), high-powered, high-performance processors which are coded by Chord Electronics’ renowned Digital Design Consultant, Rob Watts. Watts’ unique digital coding, some 35-years in the making, gives Chord Electronics’ DACs a proven technical advantage, making then the most advanced of their kind in the world. A jubilant John Franks, Chord Electronics’ Chief Designer, Owner and MD said: “I feel totally tri-umphant!”
The Chord Electronics Mojo (£399), Qutest (£1195) and Hugo 2 (£1800) are all available now.