Ultima Pre 3 Preamplifier


Built from the ground up, the UTLIMA PRE 3 takes advantage of the very latest developments in a… More details

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Built from the ground up, the UTLIMA PRE 3 takes advantage of the very latest developments in advanced low-distortion power supplies. These advanced devices offer exceptionally low noise and outstanding amplifier operation. Coupled with our latest design developments, the PRE 3 offers new levels of preamplifier performance.

The UTLIMA PRE 3 is equipped with five analogue inputs (two balanced and three unbalanced) all of which benefit from individual buffering and are selectively filtered against potential ingress from radio frequency interference.

Externally, the PRE 3 benefits from a completely redesigned aesthetic with a central circular power sphere flanked by a new volume control and balance/AV bypass selector, both of which benefit from a new ergonomic knob design.

Additional features include an AV bypass, plus a 5 V charging USB Type-A port.


  • HF Switch Mode Power Supply
  • Blue Velvet ALPS Potentiometer
  • Advanced Shielding Technology
  • Fully Balanced Circuitry
  • Analogue Signal Path
  • Convection Cooled
  • Included Top Light Ring
  • Solid Aluminium Chassis

What's in the Box?

  • ULTIMA PRE 3 Quickstart guide
  • Safety instructions
  • 10A Mains IEC cable
  • IR system remote control
  • 2x AAA batteries

Press and Reviews

Chord Ultima Pre 3 Forbes Review
Ultima Pre 3 Review

by Forbes
May. 2022

Inputs2x 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
Frequency response10 Hz-200 kHz +/- 3 dB
THD0.002 % 20Hz-20 kHz
Signal to noise ratio-105 dB on all inputs
Input impedance100 kΩ
Output impedance560 Ω
Input maximum voltage10 V RMS
Output maximum voltage17 V RMS
Channel separation100 dB
Operation voltage80-250 V AC auto-switching 
Power consumption40 W
Dimensions with legs:485 mm (w) x 355 mm (d) x 130 mm (h)
Weight:12.7 kg



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