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Chord Ultima Pre

Regular price $46,200.00 USD
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Flagship reference-level preamp

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



Designed to be entirely uncompromising, the ULTIMA PRE 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 PRE 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, the ULTIMA PRE 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 PRE 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.



  • 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



 ULTIMA PRE Quickstart guide

 Safety instructions

 10A Mains IEC cable
 Metal IR system remote control

 2x AAA batteries


Chord Ultima PrelPOWEY

"The look is unmistakably Chord - and thus a matter of taste - but it's hard to argue with the sheer power and control on offer here. The preamp is perhaps a bit fussier than we'd like, and the lR remote somewhat obstructive until you learn its foibles, but if you're after no-comprom ise amplification able to bring a ny' speaker firmly to heel, the Ultima pre/power combination is rvonthi of very serious consideration." -  Andrew Everard 



Inputs & Outputs 8 Stereo Inputs and 3 Stereo Outputs
4x Stereo Unbalanced RCA Inputs – Line In 5, Line In 6, Tape 1, and Tape 2
4x Stereo Balanced XLR Inputs – Line In 1, Line In 2, Line In 3, and Line In 4

3x Stereo Outputs – Selectable – Either via Balanced XLR or Unbalanced RCA

1x Stereo Balanced XLR AV Bypass Input

Frequency Response 10 Hz – 200 kHz +/- 3dB
THD 0.002 % 20 Hz – 20 kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio -102dB on all inputs
Input Impedance 100 kΩ
Output Impedance 100 Ω
Input maximum voltage 10 V RMS
Output maximum voltage 17 V RMS
Selectable gain x0.5, x1, x1.5, x2, x2.5, and x3 
Channel separation 100 dB
Operation voltage 80-250 V AC auto-switching 
Power consumption 60 W
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