FIDELITY Award 2022 Chord Electronics Ultima Pre 2

Chord Electronics Ultima Pre 2

FIDELITY Award 2022 Chord Electronics Ultima Pre 2

The design of Chord’s components already gives a hint that the company’s founder, John Franks, used to (co-)design airplanes.

FIDELITY Award 2022 Chord Electronics Ultima Pre 2

Aluminum has always dominated the look of his devices. Apart from a finish that could easily survive a crash or two, he transferred another technology to his audiophile high-end operation: unlike most other manufacturers, all Chord devices are based on ultra-fast RF power supplies.

FIDELITY Award 2022 Chord Electronics Ultima Pre 2
The tubular foot stabilizers are not just for the Pre 2’s looks; the feet were deliberately installed outside the cabinet. If the preamp and power amp are stacked, their circuits influence each other considerably less.

And this speed can be heard – resolution, transparency and an almost iron impulse fidelity characterize the Pre 2 preamplifier.

FIDELITY Award 2022 Chord Electronics Ultima Pre 2

Quite different from what you would expect from the creator of so many outstanding D/A converters (Dave, Hugo, etc.), the preamp is completely analog. Nevertheless, there is not a hint of purism: With eight inputs, loop-through points and various outputs, the Pre 2 is not only an outstanding sound master, but also a versatile control center.

FIDELITY Award 2022 Chord Electronics Ultima Pre 2

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The stated retail price of the reviewed device is valid as of the time of the review and is subject to change.