From UK high-end audio specialist Chord Electronics comes a true crossover product, a digital audio convertor expressly designed to become the missing link between a mobile phone and a stereo hi-fi system.

The Chordette Gem resembles a scaled-down version of Chord's respected QBD 76 digital-to-analogue convertor (DAC). While the QBD 76 - priced at £3000 - uses proprietary conversion techniques to raise its game against strong audiophile competition, the Chordette Gem uses less expensive convertor technologies, and is limited to two types of input connection.

It can accept digital audio either through Bluetooth, using the advanced audio distribution profile (A2DP), or via USB.

Once paired with a mobile phone, Mac or PC, any MP3 or similar music files can be beamed through the aether and received via the Chordette Gem's folding rubber antenna. We found the Chordette Gem's range to extend up to around 8 metres before drop-outs became audible, so should work well in most people's living rooms.

The Chordette Gem unit is milled from high-quality aluminium in a choice of six colourful anodised finishes, and features the company's trademark ‘porthole' window on top, allowing you to see the LED-illuminated electronics within.

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