Chord Electronics Huei MM/MC Phono stage

Chord Huei switchable MM and MC phono amplifier.


What we Say:

The Chord Electronics Huei is their latest phono stage. It is a great sounding, compact flexible phono stage. It can be set to suit any MM or MC cartridge using four buttons on the front. These change colour to indicate the current setting. The Huei comes with a card that shows which colour is needed for each setting. As a result Huei is quick and easy to set up.

The Huei is one of two components in the Qutest range. The form factor is very compact but the products feel substantial due to their clamshell aluminium casework. The Huei has a single ended input on RCA connectors and both balanced and single ended outputs. Output on the balanced connection is slightly higher than on RCA.

MM input gain is adjustable between 21 and 42dB in 8 steps.

MC gain is adjustable between 49 and 68dB in 8 steps.

If you are using an MM cartridge the input impedance is fixed at 47k. If you are using an MC cartridge the impedance is adjustable between 100 and 3700 ohms in 12 steps.

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What they say:

Entirely conceived, engineered and manufactured in Great Britain, Huei has been carefully designed to provide turntables with the same high standards of amplification that Chord Electronics has become known for over the past 30 years.

Benefitting from both Moving Magnet and Moving Coil functionality, Huei offers compatibility with a huge range of cartridges thanks to comprehensive gain and impedance-matching options; Huei’s high- and low-gain switching settings are easily accessible via front-panel controls, introducing welcome flexibility.

Huei’s advanced design offers (for the first time in a Chord Electronics phono preamp) ultra-low-noise microprocessor control of its main features, including a convenient memory function. With multiple options for impedance-matching, seven-stage switchable gain and a switchable rumble filter, Huei’s design offers comprehensive compatibility.

Precision-machined from solid aircraft-grade aluminium billet, Huei has a similar form factor to the company’s Qutest DAC and also offers a top-mounted viewing window into the illuminated electronics within. The design also shares the same polychromatic control spheres the company has become known for in its digital products. The illuminated front-panel spheres offer direct access to Huei’s gain and impedance settings, selection for MM/MC cartridges and access to the on-board rumble filter.

Huei is a stylish, practical and high-performance solution for integrating turntables into Chord Electronics’ (and other) systems and features both unbalanced (RCA) and balanced outputs (XLR) with RCA inputs. A high-quality 12V external power supply is also supplied.

Supported cartridges:

Moving magnet and moving coil


1x Stereo unbalanced RCA input


1x Stereo unbalanced RCA output

1x Stereo balanced XLR output


Huei user manual

Safety instructions

Drawstring bag

12V 2A Switching barrel type power supply

Grounding plate

Gain/impedance reference card

Input Impedance:

Moving magnet: 47,000Ω

Moving coil: 100Ω – 3,700Ω, 12-step user selectable

Gain Range:

Moving magnet: 21dB – 42dB, 8-step user selectable

Moving coil: 49dB – 68dB, 8-step user selectable

Input Noise:


Max Output Voltage RMS:

20v RMS

Equalisation Response:

RIAA Curve

Equalisation Accuracy:

+/- 0.1dB

Frequency Response:

RIAA Curve = 12Hz to 25kHz

Rumble Filter:

Rausch Slope -24dB per octave below 50Hz

Output Impedance:

520Ω (resistive)

Input Power Supply:

12v – 100v to 240v 50/60Hz PSU


41mm (H) x 160mm (W), 72mm (D)