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Chord Anni Desktop Integrated Amplifier Offers ULTIMA Technology

The Chord Anni Desktop Integrated Amplifier completes the circle and delivers their award-winning ULTIMA technology for high-sensitivity speakers.

Chord Anni Desktop Integrated Amplifier

If you’re interested in desktop audio, this new product introduction from Chord is definitely worth a listen. The Chord Anni Desktop Integrated Amplifier completes the circle for the British manufacturer adding an amplifier capable of driving far more loudspeakers than its modest power rating would suggest.

Capable of driving both headphones and compact loudspeakers, the Qutest-sized Anni benefits from the company’s proprietary ULTIMA circuit topology and is perfectly positioned to exploit the full potential of today’s high-performance headphones, desktop monitors and high-resolution audio sources. 

Chord Huei, Qutest and Anni Stack with Kef Bookshelf Speaker
Top to bottom: Chord Huei, Chord Qutest and Chord Anni

The new 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 which we reviewed in August.

As a system, the Qutest components provide an unrivalled desktop audio solution, offering class-leading digital and analogue technologies for the modern music lover. The company’s compact QSS (Qutest Stand System) modular equipment rack provides the perfect support, too. 

Chord Huei, Chord Qutest and Chord Anni Front
Top to bottom: Chord Huei, Chord Qutest and Chord Anni

Anni offers Chord Electronics’ recently announced dual-feed-forward error-correction circuit topology whether using headphones or compact loudspeakers. Anni’s advanced technology allows it to drive any headphone load, error-monitored and compensated amplification at all times. 

Chord Huei, Qutest and Anni Stack Rear
Top to bottom: Chord Huei, Chord Qutest and Chord Anni

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 Chord Electronics-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.

10 watts might not seem like a lot of power, but in a desktop scenario with high sensitivity loudspeakers — you are unlikely to require a lot of power.

A two-stage gain control for loudspeakers provides additional flexibility with a wide range of desktop monitors.  

Chord Anni Headphone Amplifier Front
Chord Anni

Anni benefits from the same UK-made precision CNC-machined high-grade aluminium casework common to all Chord Electronics’ products, and is entirely designed, engineered and built in the UK. The company’s trademark polychromatic control spheres govern the power and gain controls, complementing the fascia-mounted volume control/input selector.

Chord Anni Headphone Amplifier Rear
Chord Anni

Anni is powered by a 15 volt external power supply and benefits from a 12 V DC output, capable of powering the Qutest DAC and Huei phono stage when used with the new Qutest range power adaptor (supplied). 

Price and Availability

Chord Anni is shipping now (black only); $1,795 (US) / £1,195 (UK).

Chord Qutest DAC – $1,795 at Audio46

Chord Huei Phono Stage – $1,495 at Audio46

Chord Anni Headphone Amplifier with Qutest DAC, MacBook and Sennheiser Headphones
Chord Qutest DAC & Anni Headphone Amp Combo
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