The fully modernised ULTIMA PRE 2 is built to complement stereo systems of the highest order and represents the finest
Chord Electronics engineering inside and out.
Just as a preamplifier should, the ULTIMA PRE 2 adds nothing to the original waveform and instead preserves it with zero colouration.
This is thanks to our latest advances in switch-mode power supply design, developed from aerospace technologies, and our
ultra-low-noise proprietary solid-state circuitry which is both carefully shielded and equipped with premium system components.
As a result, the ULTIMA PRE 2 is able to achieve unprecedented noise floor performance of -130dB, meaning your source will always
sound like your source and nothing else.
Where connectivity is concerned, the ULTIMA PRE 2 has hi-fi systems (and more!) covered. Featuring eight inputs, four stereo pairs of
XLRs for balanced connections and another four RCA for unbalanced connections, each of these can be gain-matched and individually selected.
For outputs, a single stereo pair is available via XLR or RCA, to accommodate a single stereo amplifier such as the ULTIMA 5 or a pair of
mono blocks such as the ULTIMA 3s. Naturally, headphone users are catered for, too, for personal and late-night listening with the addition
of a high-resolution 6.35mm output on the front fascia.
Where system-triggering is important, (allowing the simultaneous start-up of connected equipment from a single button-press), the ULTIMA PRE 2 is
equipped with three outputs which should be more than enough for most systems.
Inputs & Outputs:
8 Stereo Inputs and 1 Stereo Outputs
- 4x Stereo Balanced XLR Inputs – Line In 1, Line In 2, Line In 3, and Line In 4
- 4x Stereo Unbalanced RCA Inputs – Line In 5, Line In 6, Tape 1, Tape 2
- 1x Stereo Output – Either via Balanced XLR or Unbalanced RCA
- 2x Stereo Outputs – RCA unattenuated for recording loop
- 1x Stereo Balanced XLR AV Bypass Input
10Hz – 200kHz +/- 3dB
0.002% 20Hz – 20 kHz
Signal to noise ratio
-102dB on all inputs
Input maximum voltage
Output maximum voltage
x0.5, x1, x1.5, x2, x2.5, and x3
80-250V AC auto-switching
Dimensions Without Integra Legs:
420mm (w) x 355mm (d) x 133mm (h)
Dimensions With Included Integra Legs:
480mm (w) x 355mm (d) x 173mm (h)