Rarely does a “State of the Art” product like this come onto the used market. This is one of my all time favourite products and for very good reason. In a nutshell it is a QBD 76 DAC coupled to a streamer and a digital preamp based on Chord’s $50,000.00 reference preamp, all in the one box.
And just for the ultimate in appearance it comes with the optional nickel feet.
Now for the technical stuff
The DSX1000 is a high-performance digital network streamer that at its heart, boasts (Chord’s) Robert Watts’ world-renowned proprietary DAC technology. The latest-generation Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) architecture found inside the DSX1000, is the same advanced technology used in the highly acclaimed QBD76 HDSD DAC and the Red Reference MkIII CD player, giving the DSX1000 a significant sonic advantage over ordinary network players with off-the-shelf DAC chips.
The FPGA handles all the digital data decoding, clocking, WTA filtering and the 5th generation Pulse Array DAC. Improvements to the Pulse Array DAC have been further complimented with an enhanced power supply design and layout, giving the very best digital-to-analogue conversion available. The DSX1000’s streaming engine is directly coupled to their own DAC technology, which carefully re-clocks all data, removing many of the jitter issues that can affect other products where the DAC is coupled into the main streaming chip.
The DSX1000 features UPnP/DLNA access and control and is capable of transforming the sound of MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC, ALAC and FLAC files, with 24-bit/192kHz support where available. Key features include an inbuilt analogue volume control circuit, as used in the Reference preamp, which gives highly accurate volume adjustment without the problems and low-level distortions associated with digital volume controls normally found in streaming products.
The player also boasts both volume-controlled and line-level analogue outputs which feature both balanced XLR and RCA phono connections. The network connection is via a fixed-wired ethernet port due to the bandwidth limitations of Wi-Fi for 24/192kHz support (ethernet-over-mains connections can also be used if required). A digital coaxial input also enables the DSX1000 to act as an advanced digital ‘hub’ within a high-performance hi-fi system.
The DSX10000 has a full-colour 3.5-inch TFT front-panel display showing album artwork, set up options etc. and conventional control is via a unique front-panel cursor button that illuminates depending on the button pressed. The unit can also be enjoyed using many of the UPnP apps for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
As with all Chord products, the DSX1000 is carefully made by hand in Kent with an advanced chassis and casework machined from aircraft-grade aluminium. The unit’s top-plate has been carefully machined to reveal the technology beneath and an elegant internal lighting system compliments the aesthetic.
This unit was traded on a combination Chord DAVE and a BHK signature preamp.
$8,499.00 is half its current retail cost and is a superb bargain.