ULTIMA PRE

Flagship reference-quality eight input preamp

Our flagship preamp, ULTIMA, neither adds to or takes away from, the precious incoming signal

Range: Reference
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Designed to be entirely uncompromising, the ULTIMA preamp is a world-class amplifier with advanced proprietary Chord Electronics technology. A product of three decades of research, design and engineering here in the UK, it benefits from true dual-mono construction with separate ultra-high-frequency power supplies for each channel, giving the best possible separation. With the addition of valuable low-noise circuitry, the noise floor performance is exceptional, at beyond -117dB.

Featuring impressive double-height dimensions, the ULTIMA preamp has been created to perfectly complement the flagship ULTIMA mono power amplifier, also the most advanced in the company’s 30-year history. With wide-ranging inputs and outputs, including balanced connectivity, ULTIMA offers complete flexibility for high-performance partnering equipment, enhanced further by the fascia-mounted separate frequency EQ adjust controls for the left and right channels. Headphone outputs offer further flexibility for late-night and personal listening in style.

Each ULTIMA preamp is hand-made in the Kent factory, with the various stages of build and production carefully overseen by one highly skilled technician. Sensitive internal circuit features are protected by solid milled aluminium shielding to prevent RF interference and Chord Electronics’ legendary UK-produced aircraft-grade aluminium provides a solid and resonance-eliminating enclosure for the electronics within, complemented by the famous Integra Leg System.

ULTIMA is the ultimate expression of the finest high-performance, ultra-fast, ultra-high-power amplifier technology available today.

Other accessories & custom options

Argent silver Integra leg option

Jett black Integra leg option

Gloss black acrylic side block option (replaces aluminium Integra legs)

Inputs & Outputs:

8 Stereo Inputs and 3 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, and Tape 2
  • 3x Stereo Outputs – Selectable – Either via Balanced XLR or Unbalanced RCA
  • 1x Stereo Balanced XLR AV Bypass Input

Key Features

HF Switch Mode Power Supply
Blue Velvet ALPS Potentiometer
-125dB Signal to Noise Ratio
Advanced Shielding Technology
Fully Balanced Circuitry
Analogue Signal Path
Input/Output Buffering
4x Stereo RCA Inputs
4x Stereo XLR Inputs
3x Stereo RCA Outputs
3x Stereo XLR Outputs
Convection Cooled
Included Top Light Ring
12v Trigger On/Off Input/Output
Solid Aluminium Chassis

Included Accessories

ULTIMA PRE Quickstart guide
Safety instructions
10A Mains IEC cable
Metal IR system remote control
2x AAA batteries

Frequency response

10Hz – 200kHz +/- 3dB

THD

0.002% 20Hz – 20 kHz

Signal to noise ratio

-102dB on all inputs

Input Impedance

100 kΩ

Output impedance

100Ω

Input maximum voltage

10V RMS

Output maximum voltage

17V RMS

Selectable gain

x0.5, x1, x1.5, x2, x2.5, and x3 

Channel separation

100dB

Operation voltage

80-250V AC auto-switching 

Power consumption

60W

Dimensions Without Integra Legs:

420mm (w) x 355mm (d) x 310mm (h)

Dimensions With Included Integra Legs:

480mm (w) x 355mm (d) x 350mm (h)

Weight:

30kG