Chord Red Standard Mk III
Red Standard Mk III CD Player
The RED Standard CD Mk III player combines conventional CD playback with the addition of QBD 76 conversion technology to give optimum performance at 44.1KHz sample frequencies. It is able to reproduce considerable clarity with the transient timings accurately reproduced via the 76 bit DSP core and 4096 tap digital WTA filter. It now features the addition of an asynchronous USB input which will play PCM data from 44Khz to 192KHz and also DSD64 in DoP format.
Based on the same trademark concept as our other products the RED Standard uses the same solid aluminium support structure for the CD mechanism. No compromise has been made on the front panel design and the RED Standard features the same ball bearing push button control and dual display system as the RED Reference. CD status is shown on one display and input, buffer and frequency information on the other. The unique 45 degree mechanism placement remains to allow front access even if placed on a stand or in a rack. Access to the CD is at the touch of a button operating a solenoid controlled fluid damped door. Rear connections are made via gold plated phono, plastic optical fibre or balanced XLR style connections.
Using the CD Pro 2 mechanism from Philips the standard sample rate digital output is taken via shielded cabling to the digital to analogue conversion electronics. Here using QBD76 technology the digital signal is converted from 44.1KHz to analogue audio using 4096 tap filtering and 76 bit digital signal processing core. The 76 bit 7th order noise shaping, 2048 times oversampling and improved pulse width modulated elements give better measured performance, more detailed resolution and a smoother more focused sound quality. RAM buffer technology can be used to give jitter free operation by sequentially taking in all the data, re-timing, it and sending it out. The three settings minimum, maximum and off can be selected via the front panel and status is clearly shown on the display.
Should you wish the RED Standard also features an AES Balanced and plastic optical fibre digital input to allow other source components to benefit from the QBD76 digital to analogue conversion. This can be especially useful where multiple digital sources are in a system as it removes the requirement for an additional external DAC. Again the inputs are easily selected from the front panel.
The RED Standard is an innovative product. It combines state of the art digital to analogue conversion with the build quality and looks to match. Used as a standalone CD player or as a combined DAC and player, it is able to deliver benchmark CD reproduction and is only bettered by the fully featured RED Reference player.
1 x Plastic Optical Fibre (TOSLink)
1 x Asynchronous USB (44Khz - 192KHz)
2 X BALANCED XLR
Position 2 � Minimum Buffering
Position 3 � Maximum Buffering