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Chord Ultima Pre 2 Eight Input Reference Preamplifier

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Just as a Reference Preamplifier should, the ULTIMA PRE 2 Reference Preamplifier adds nothing to the original waveform and instead preserves it with zero colouration. This is thanks to our latest advances in switch-mode power supply design, developed from aerospace technologies, and our ultra-low-noise proprietary solid-state circuitry which is both carefully shielded and equipped with premium system components. As a result, the ULTIMA PRE 2 is able to achieve unprecedented noise floor performance of -130dB, meaning your source will always sound like your source and nothing else.

Where connectivity is concerned, the ULTIMA PRE 2 has hi-fi systems (and more!) covered. Featuring eight inputs, four stereo pairs of XLRs for balanced connections and another four RCA for unbalanced connections, each of these can be gain-matched and individually selected. For outputs, a single stereo pair is available via XLR or RCA, to accommodate a single stereo amplifier such as the ULTIMA 5 or a pair of mono blocks such as the ULTIMA 3s. Naturally, headphone users are catered for, too, for personal and late-night listening with the addition of a high-resolution 6.35mm output on the front fascia.

Where system-triggering is important, (allowing the simultaneous start-up of connected equipment from a single button-press), the ULTIMA PRE 2 Reference Preamplifier is equipped with three outputs which should be more than enough for most systems.

 

Inputs & Outputs

8 Stereo Inputs and 1 Stereo Outputs

4x Stereo Balanced XLR Inputs – Line In 1, Line In 2, Line In 3, and Line In 4

4x Stereo Unbalanced RCA Inputs – Line In 5, Line In 6, Tape 1, Tape 2

1x Stereo Output – Either via Balanced XLR or Unbalanced RCA

2x Stereo Outputs – RCA unattenuated for recording loop

1x Stereo Balanced XLR AV Bypass Input

 

Features

HF Switch Mode Power Supply

Blue Velvet ALPS Potentiometer

-115dB Signal to Noise Ratio

Advanced Shielding Technology

Fully Balanced Circuitry

Analogue Signal Pathh

Input/Output Buffering

4x Stereo RCA Inputs

4x Stereo XLR Inputs

1x Stereo RCA Outputt

1x Stereo XLR Output

Convection Cooled

Included Top Light Ring

12v Trigger On/Off Input/Output1

Solid Aluminium Chassis

 

Specifications

Frequency Range: 2.5Hz – 200kHz +/- 3dB

Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.002% 20Hz – 20kHz

Intermodulation Distortion: -115dB on all inputs

Signal to Noise Ratio: -120dB on all inputs

Channel Separation: 20Hz @ 100dB, 1kHz @ 95dB, 10kHz @ 90dB, 20kHz @ 85dB

Channel Balance: 0.01dB

Input Max Voltage: 17v RMS Balanced – 8.5v RMS Unbalanced

Output Max Voltage: 17v RMS Balanced – 8.5v RMS Unbalanced

Output Offset: 0mV (Both Channels)

Potentiometer Performance: 0dB 0.5dB, -20dB 0.2dB, -60dB 0.24dB (13seconds Full Travel)

Nominal Gain: All inputs subject to six levels of switchable gain – x0.5, x1, x1.5, x2, x2.5, and x3

Input Impedance: 100 kΩ Balanced – 50 kΩ Unbalanced

Output Impedance: 100Ω (Short Circuit Protected)

Operating Voltage: 85v – 270v AC (50Hz – 60Hz) Auto Switching

Power Consumption: 30w

Dimensions Without Integra Legs: 420mm (w) x 355mm (d) x 133mm (h)

Dimensions With Included Integra Legs: 480mm (w) x 355mm (d) x 173mm (h)

Weight: 18kG

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