High End 2013

Chord Electronics has combined the streaming technology of its DSX-1000 with the DAC found in the QuteHD to create the Codex, a 4500 streamer with balanced and single-ended analog outputs. It has digital inputs and outputs, including USB, and incorporates a "high-quality" headphone amplifier. According to Chord supremo John Franks, there are also future plans to have it stream DSD via Ethernet.

The company also introduced a new style of casework for its full-size components that's dubbed "piano blocks," a look that inspired one visitor to buy the range-topping amplifier system at the event, or so we were told.

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