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Chord Electronics UTLIMA PRE 3 preamplifier

Sale price£6,000.00
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Chord Electronics UTLIMA PRE 3 preamplifier Jett black

Chord Electronics UTLIMA PRE 3 preamplifier

Jett black

Doug Brady HiFi

Pickup also available, usually ready in 1 hour

Kingsway Studios
Kingsway North
Warrington WA1 3NU
United Kingdom


Chord Electronics has launched an all-new ground-up design analogue preamplifier, the ULTIMA PRE 3. The new preamp is an entirely fresh design both inside and out, and benefits from the latest unique Chord Electronics’ preamplifier technologies, plus a striking new fascia design, all masterminded by the company’s founder-owner John Franks.  

The ULTIMA PRE 3 harnesses more than 30 years of British amplifier-building expertise and takes advantage of the very latest developments in advanced low-distortion power supplies. These new devices offer exceptionally low noise and outstanding amplifier operation. Coupled with the company’s latest circuit design, the ULTIMA PRE 3 offers new levels of preamplifier performance

Benefiting from five analogue inputs (two balanced and three unbalanced), plus a separate AV bypass input, all five of the ULTIMA PRE 3’s inputs enjoy individual buffering and are selectively filtered against potential ingress from radio frequency interference. Selection switching is performed via sealed relays, controlled by microprocessors.

Externally, the ULTIMA PRE 3 benefits from a completely redesigned front panel. The new fascia offers a perfectly symmetrical design, centered on a circular power on/off sphere, using the company’s familiar polychromatic indicator lighting, giving a clear and simple indication of the amplifier’s playing status. The power sphere is flanked by a newly designed volume and input selector control knob, plus a combined balance and AV bypass control.


Inputs: 2x stereo balanced XLR inputs, 3x stereo unbalanced RCA

Outputs: 1x stereo XLR, 1x stereo RCA and 1x 5 V charging USB Type-A port

1x stereo balanced XLR AV bypass input

1 x 12 V trigger output/input


 ULTIMA PRE 3 Quickstart guide

 Safety instructions

 10A Mains IEC cable

 IR system remote control

 2x AAA batteries


Frequency response

10 Hz-200 kHz +/- 3 dB


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



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)


12.7 kg


Chord Electronics UTLIMA PRE 3 preamplifier Jett black
Chord Electronics UTLIMA PRE 3 preamplifier Sale price£6,000.00