Chord RED REFERENCE MK. III Reference CD Player


Collections: Chord CD Players

Type: CD Player

Stunning looks and the incredible resolving power of a harmonious relationship between the reference laser, upsampler, and FPGA digital to analogue converter make the Red Reference Mk. III the ultimate Chord CD Transport.

The latest update to our full sized CD player range now takes the Red Reference to Mk III status. This update makes a major technological change to the disc loading mechanism to incorporate a geared motor drive. The door will now open or close seamlessly at the touch of a button. Additionally the latest USB technology has been added to provide a true asynchronous 192KHz input allowing use of the internal DAC to playback high resolution music stored on a computer. As before the stunning looks and state of the art design remain. The ground breaking DAC technology gives the most accurate reproduction of compact disc or stored media that can be obtained. With internal 176.4KHz upsampling data transfer, selectable RAM buffer clock retiming and now 18000 tap length filtering the RED Reference Mk III earns its reference status in the Chord range.

Find out why the UK’s biggest-selling hi-fi magazine Hi-Fi World awarded this player its top accolade of five globes in the reviews section of the site. Editor Noel Keywood described it as: “A player so advanced there is nothing remotely similar”.


  • Chord Custom FPGA DAC
  • Philips CD Pro 2 Mech
  • Advanced Upsampling
  • HF Switch Mode Power Supply
  • Ultra Clean Power Distribution
  • 192kHz USB Type B Input
  • 192kHz Optical Input
  • 96kHz AES Input
  • Supports up to 192kHz
  • Wordclock Input
  • Convection Cooled
  • 12v Trigger Input
  • Solid Aluminium Chassis
  • IR Remote Control Included

Main Features:

  • 44.1kHz 16bit Normal Operation
  • Built-in up-sampler to 88.2kHz or 176kHz with 4096 Tap Length WTA Filter
  • CNC Milled Aluminium Chassis
  • Remote Control Functionality
  • Word Clock Input – 44.1kHz via BNC 

Switchable Inputs:

  • 1x AES Balanced XLR Input
  • 1x Optical (TOSLink) Input
  • 1x USB Type B Asynchronous 44.1kHz to 192kHz input 

Digital Outputs:

  • 1x BNC Coax Output
  • 1x Optical (TOSLink) Output
  • 2x AES Balanced XLR Outputs (To be configured for dual data 176.4kHz or 192kHz operation) 

Analogue Outputs:

  • 2x Unbalanced RCA Outputs
  • 2x Balanced XLR Outputs

Harmonic Distortion: < -107dB (1kHz, 24bit @ 44.1kHz) – < -115dB (100Hz, 24bit @ 44.1kHz)

Signal to Noise Ratio: >120dB

Channel Separation: 125dB @ 1kHz (>100dB @ 22kHz)

Dynamic Range: 122dB

Output Max: 6v RMS Balanced. 3v RMS Unbalanced.

Output Impedance: 75Ω (Short Circuit Protected)

Power Supply: Universal Input High Frequency Supply – 65v to 265v AC

Dimensions Without Integra Legs: 42omm (w) x 355mm (d) x 150mm (h)

Dimensions With Included Integra Legs: 48omm (w) x 355mm (d) x 190mm (h)

Weight: 14kg


  • 1.5m Type A to Type B USB Cable
  • 1.5m Optical Cable
  • Soft CD Removal Tool
  • 1.5m 10a IEC Mains Power Lead
  • Reference Red Reference Remote
  • Red Reference Owners Manual


Raw solid CNC machined aluminium Integra leg option.
Black anodised solid CNC machined aluminium Integra leg option.
Nickel plated solid CNC machined aluminium Integra leg option.
Gloss black acrylic side block option – replaces aluminium Integra legs.



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