Product Summary:The Anni desktop integrated amplifier from Chord Electronics brings ULTIMA technology from Chord's reference amplifiers to a desktop format for the first time and is also capable of powering both high-performance headphones and desktop and high-efficiency loudspeakers with 10 watts of power.... Click To Read More
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Anni Integrated Amplifier with Headphone Amp by Chord Electronics
The Anni desktop integrated amplifier from Chord Electronics brings ULTIMA technology from Chord’s reference amplifiers to a desktop format for the first time and is also capable of powering both high-performance headphones and desktop and high-efficiency loudspeakers with 10 watts of power.
Anni is the first-ever desktop integrated amplifier. Perfect for driving headphones, compact desktop speakers, and high-efficiency speakers in a full system. Anni benefits from the company’s proprietary ULTIMA circuit topology (their reference amplifiers) and is perfectly positioned to exploit the full potential of today’s high-performance gear from a tiny footprint.
The Anni desktop integrated amplifier forms part of the Qutest range and seamlessly complements the resolving abilities of the multi-award-winning Qutest standalone DAC and Huei phono stage. As a system, the Qutest components provide an unrivaled compact audio solution, offering class-leading digital and analog technologies for the modern music lover. The optional QSS (Qutest Stand System) modular equipment rack provides the perfect support.
Anni offers the recently announced dual-feed-forward error-correction circuit topology whether using headphones or high-efficiency loudspeakers. Anni’s advanced technology allows it to drive any headphone load, error-monitored, and compensated amplification at all times.
Benefitting from both 3.5 mm headphone outputs and ¼-inch (6.35 mm) outputs, so two can listen simultaneously, plus 4 mm banana-type loudspeaker outputs, Anni delivers 10 watts of quality ULTIMA amplification, controlled by a fascia-mounted volume control that also doubles as an input selector switch for Anni’s two line-level inputs. A two-stage gain control for loudspeakers provides additional flexibility with a wide range of systems.
- Compact CNC-milled chassis: (Robust high-grade aluminum)
- Dual-feed-forward error-correction topology: (Correcting any distortion in the signal by the amplifier)
- 10 W of ULTIMA amplification: (Capable of driving any headphones as well as powering high-efficiency loudspeakers with error-monitoring)
- Two-stage gain control: (Provides extra flexibility with a wide range of desktop monitors)
- Qutest range power adaptor: (Used to power Qutest and Huei from a single power source when used as a full system)
“There’s no doubt that the Chord Anni is a niche product. While it’s tempting to think of it as a conventional high-end Chord amplifier on the cheap, it isn’t that unless you have a very small room or unusually sensitive speakers. Use it as a desktop amplifier as intended and it shines. Sure, there are operational quirks – something that’s proving to be a Chord trait – but when the Anni sounds this good we can forgive a lot.”
“It turns out that the Qutest/Anni pairing fully justify their price premium thanks to a more composed and insightful presentation that offers notably more when it comes to low-end authority, dynamic punch and tonal richness.”
It feels like it politely elevates quality, understanding how to conserve the original character of your headphones or speakers while still tightening things up and extending some sonic flare. If you want a balance of warmth and cleanliness along with some added width and depth to imaging, the Anni definitely rises to the challenge.
- Power Output: 10 W 8 ohms
- THD: 0.02%
- Signal to Noise: -92 dB
- Noise floor: -110 dB
- Frequency response: 5 Hz – 60 Khz (-3 dB)
- Dimensions: 160 mm (W) x 42.50 (H) mm x 96.60 (D) mm
- Weight: 625 g
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