Giant-Killing MM/MC Phono Preamplifier Devised, Engineered, and Made in Great Britain: Chord Electronics Huei Offers Excellent Compatibility, Features Microprocessor Control
Chord Electronics, the company that permanently changed the face of audiophile-grade DACs, has now done the same for MM/MC phono preamplifiers courtesy of the stellar-sounding Huei.
Completely conceived, engineered, and manufactured in Great Britain, and harboring 30 years of the company's profound amplifier expertise, the conveniently compact analog instrument mirrors the form of the Qutest DAC and offers a top-mounted viewing window into the illuminated electronics that make everything tick. Speaking of the components, Huei features ultra-low-noise microprocessor control of its main functions, which include a user-friendly memory function. Multiple options for impedance matching, a seven-stage switchable gain, and a built-in rumble filter further attest to the 1.7-pound device's versatility.
Most importantly, Huei helps convey the true sound of your vinyl with immersive warmth, detail, presence, and liveliness. It performs with ultimate practicality without ever sacrificing a modicum of style. Housed in a case precision-machined from solid aircraft-spec aluminum billet, it affords you incredible compatibility with an immense range of cartridges due to its comprehensive gain and impedance settings – all the while high- and low-gain settings can be accessed from the front-panel controls. Chord Electronics' acclaimed polychromatic control spheres are also here. Balanced and unbalanced outputs, along with RCA inputs and a 12V external power supply, round out this 6.3 x 1.7 x 2.8-inch (WDH) giant killer.
Superb all-in-house build quality, Chord Electronics' proven track record, and our 100% Music Direct Satisfaction Guarantee mean you have nothing to lose with a risk-free audition.
"On every metric I can think of, it seems too good for the money – it is built superbly, has a versatile feature set, a sophisticated and distinctive user interface and also sounds a blast. ...[If] you like hearing your LP records as nature intended, then right now Bartlett's new baby is the best you can do on a reasonable budget."
– David Price, Stereonet, Applause Award
"Many phono stages truncate the width, depth or height of a recording. Many high-end models somehow also tend toward flattening the ‘pan pot and delay' staging made in most studio albums. The Huei does neither of these things, and instead just plays the soundstage on the record."
– Alan Sircom, Hi-Fi+
Moving magnet: 47kΩ
Moving coil: 30Ω – 47kΩ, 16-step user selectable
Moving magnet: 25dB – 35dB, 8-step user selectable
Moving coil: 48dB – 70dB, 8-step user selectable
Input Noise: 1.1nV/Hz
Max Output Voltage RMS: 10v RMS
Equalization Response: RIAA Curve
Equalization Accuracy: +/- 0.1dB
Frequency Response: RIAA Curve = 12Hz to 25kHz
Rumble Filter: Rausch Slope -24dB per octave below 50Hz
Output Impedance: 520Ω (resistive)
Input Power Supply: 12v – 100v to 240v 50/60Hz PSU
Dimensions (HWD): 1.6" x 6.3" x 2.8"
Weight: 1.4 lbs.