After being unveiled at the Munich High End Show earlier in 2019, Chord Electronics Huei phono preamp has gone on sale
Chord Electronics’ Huei (£990) is a new high-performance phono preamp that packs in both Moving Magnet (MM) and Moving Coil (MC) functionality.
Chord Electronics says the Huei is “a highly versatile, high-performance solution”, intended to integrate turntables into high-quality audio systems.
Designed and manufactured in the UK, the Huei shares features and looks with the Qutest DAC, is constructed out of aircraft-grade aluminium billet and like the aforementioned Qutest, has a viewing window so you can see the preamp’s illuminated internals.
And for the first time in a Chord Electronics phono preamp, the Huei offers ultra-low-noise microprocessor control of its main features. Chord Electronics’ claims the Huei features comprehensive system compatibility, with multiple options for impedance-matching, seven-stage switchable gain and a switchable rumble filter.
The high and low-gain switching, rumble, MM/MC switching and impedance settings can be found via the colourful circular controls – or polychromatic control spheres – on the front panel.
Around the back are balanced (RCA) and unbalanced outputs (XLR) with RCA inputs. A 12V external power supply is also bundled in.
Priced at £990, the Huei phono preamp comes in a black finish, and is available to buy now.