Here comes another of those awesome devices that still wont go over well in the Hi-Fi market. Lets face it, nobody wants to listen to digitally screwed up music over a Hi-Fi sytem. So shelling out nearing $900 for a wireless receiver to do just that seems a little silly. But, if the price was lower, a lot lower, this would be a great little toy.
TORONTO, ONTARIO, Oct 01, 2008 -
Introducing the new Chordette Gem from England’s Chord Electronics. The Chordette Gem delivers true high end sound from cell phones, PDAs, PCs and music servers to any hi-fi system – wirelessly or via it’s USB input. The Gem is a derivative of Chord’s new $6,000 ultra high end DAC the QBD76, (center unit next page). The Gem is not as feature rich as the QBD76 but it includes all the same wireless and USB connectivity technology at a consumer friendly $895.
Modern phones, PDAs and personal computers now have the ability to transmit high quality audio using the Bluetooth Advanced Audio Distribution Profile or A2DP for short. Chord engineers worked with the originators of Bluetooth in Finland to design a custom Bluetooth receiver which is able to extract and decrypt the normally unused digital audio signal from any Bluetooth A2DP enabled phone or PDA, or any PC or music server with a USB port, and input this directly into a high quality digital to analog converter.
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source: Market Watch | Chordette