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Chord Electronics Chordette Gem review

£399 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Chord Electronics

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

High-end audio specialist Chord Electronics has the world’s first stereo Bluetooth audio adaptor

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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Chord Electronics Chordette Gem Expert Verdict »

Digital-to-analogue convertor (DAC) with Bluetooth and USB inputs
stereo unbalanced audio output
Bluetooth A2DP protocol
USB type B input
compatible with 16-bit to 24-bit, 44.1kHz–96kHz sample frequency PCM digital audio
2V output
external power adaptor
112mm folding radio antenna
available in natural silver, black, purple, yellow, red and green anodised finishes
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 6 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 6 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

At around £400, this is not a cheap solution to hearing music from your mobile phone or PC. But aside from a second string to its bow – USB audio playback – it stands as only the world’s second such product that can retrieve music wirelessly from your A2DP Bluetooth-equipped mobile phone. The first is the company’s own QBD 76 DAC, at nearly eight times the price.

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