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Ultima Pre 3-Preamplifier

Ultima Pre 3-Preamplifier

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In Store Only! The Chord Electronics ULTIMA Pre 3 Preamplifier is an advanced preamp with a slimmer and more streamlined I/O than the ULTIMA 2 model.

The Chord Electronics ULTIMA Pre 3 Preamplifier is an advanced preamp with a slimmer and more streamlined I/O than the ULTIMA 2 model. The ULTIMA 3 is equipped with 5 analog inputs - two balanced and three unbalanced, or single-ended, all of which benefit from individual buffering and are selectively filtered against potential ingress from radio frequency interference.

The ULTIMA 3 Pre 3 works seamlessly in your hi-fi system along with your DAC, power amplifiers, headphones or loudspeakers, streamers, and more. The build quality from Chord is second to none, and the ULTIMA Pre 3 is a true audiophile-grade preamplifier. Just like the Mojo, Qutest, Hugo 2, the ULTIMA Series represents the best that British sound has to offer, and the Ultima Pre 3 is the successor to the popular Ultima Pre 2. Works well with other ULTIMA Series power amps like the Ultima 5 and the Ultima 6 stereo power amplifiers.

5 Stereo Inputs & 1 Stereo Output

- 2 x Stereo Balanced XLR Inputs – Line In 1, Line In 2

- 3 x Stereo Unbalanced RCA Inputs – Line In 3, Line In 4, Line In 5

- 1 x Stereo Output – Either via Balanced XLR or Unbalanced RCA

- 1 x Stereo Balanced XLR AV Bypass Input

A High-End, Modern Preamplifier for Everyday Use

The ULTIMA Pre 3 preamplifier from Chord is literally built from the ground up to take advantage of the very latest developments in advanced low-distortion power supplies. The ULTIMA Pre 3 offers exceptionally low noise and amplification efficiency. Coupled with Chord's latest design developments the ULTIMA Pre 3 offers the latest and greatest in amplifier performance.

Externally, the PRE 3 benefits from a completely redesigned aesthetic with a central circular power sphere flanked by a new volume control and balance/AV bypass selector, both of which benefit from a new ergonomic knob design. Additional features include an AV bypass, plus a 5 V charging USB Type-A port.

Key features

- HF Switch Mode Power Supply

- Blue Velvet ALPS Potentiometer

- Advanced Shielding Technology

- Fully Balanced Circuitry

- Analogue Signal Path

- Convection Cooled

- Included Top Light Ring

- Solid Aluminium Chassis

Inputs 2 x stereo balanced XLR inputs, 3 x stereo unbalanced RCA
Outputs  1 x stereo XLR, 1 x stereo RCA and 1 x 5V charging USB Type-A port, 1x stereo balanced XLR AV bypass input, 1 x 12 V trigger output/input
Frequency Response 10 Hz-200 kHz +/- 3 dB
THD 0.002 % 20Hz-20 kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio -105 dB on all inputs
Input Impedance 100 kΩ
Output Impedance 560 Ω
Input Maximum Voltage 10 V RMS
Output Maximum Voltage 17 V RMS
Gain x 1
Channel separation 100 dB
Operation Voltage 80-250 V AC auto-switching 
Power Consumption 40 W
Dimensions with legs 485 mm ( W ) x 355 mm ( D ) x 130 mm ( H )
Weight 12.7 kg