Chord Blu MkII FPGA-Based Upsampling CD Transport

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Chord Blu MkII FPGA-Based Upsampling CD Transport

Chord Blu MkII FPGA-Based Upsampling CD Transport

$9,988.00

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Chord Blu MkII FPGA-Based Upsampling CD Transport

$9,988.00

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    MY TAKE: The Blu Mk II takes CD replay to an entirely new level of performance. Play your CDs on a Blu Mk II and hear them like never before! - Galen Carol

     

    The Blu MkII is a compact, FPGA-based upsampling CD transport which offers the world’s most advanced filter technology. Used with DAVE, the combination delivers class-leading CD sound quality and technical performance.

    The Blu MkII upscaling CD transport sets new standards for CD sound quality by using the very latest FPGA technology to implement advanced proprietary filtering and upscaling techniques. This next-generation CD transport incorporates a powerful new FPGA core with extraordinary capability.

    Blu MkII’s sophisticated WTA (Watts Transient Alignment) filtering and upscaling algorithms can output digital data at 705.6kHz (16 x CD’s 44.1kHz native resolution). When partnered with the DAVE DAC/preamp, with its 705.6kHz-capable digital inputs, the Blu MkII sets a new technical benchmark for CD performance, while redefining sound quality from the medium.

    At the heart of the Blu MkII lies an enormously powerful Xilinx FPGA. Rob Watts’ (Chord’s Digital Design Consultant) has used this to create his exclusive WTA M-Scaler technology, which incorporates the most advanced filter of its kind in the world. The Xilinx FPGA has also enabled a key breakthrough in tap-length (the technical indicator of how complex the interpolation filter is) taking Blu MkII to an unprecedented 1,015,808 taps.

    A comprehensive suite of high-performance connectivity is offered and the Blu MkII also features a BNC S/PDIF digital input, meaning that it can also be used a standalone high-performance upsampler, for use with other digital sources.

    Further features include Chord Electronics’ legendary proprietary high-frequency switching power supply and a dedicated CD-only laser mechanism for an uncompromising performance.


    FEATURES:
     

    Materials: Precision machined Choral aluminum casing designed by John Franks

    CD Resolution: 44.1kHz – 705.6kHz (user configurable)

    Connectivity (input): 1x BNC S/PDIF: 44.1kHz – 384kHz (upsampled)

    Connectivity (output):
    1x Single AES Option 44.1kHz & 88.2kHz

    1x Dual AES Option88.2kHz & 176.4kHz

    1x Optical44.1kHz, 88.2kHz, & 176.4kHz

    1x Single BNC S/PDIF Mode88.2kHz, 176kHz, & 352.8kHz

    1x Dual BNC S/PDIF Mode176.4kHz, 352.8kHz, & 705.6kHz

     

    USER CONFIGURABLE OPTIONS:

    Selectable upsampling: 1x selectable switch providing three sample rates

    Dither: On/Off (Only operational with 16bit source)

     

    TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:

    Chipset: Chord Electronics custom coded Xilinx XC7A200T FPGA

    Tap-length: 1,015,808 (16FS filter)

    Frequency response: 0Hz (DC) – 20kHz +/- 0.0000001dB

    In-band ripple 0Hz-20kHz: +/- 0.0000002dB

    Stop band rejection: -135dB

    THD and noise (24bit input): -144dB

    Noise 2.6 uV ‘A’ weighted: No measurable noise floor modulation

    Signal to noise ratio:  126dB ‘A’ Weighted

    Power supply: 90v AC – 24v AC Auto-Switching

    Power consumption: 30w

    Weight:  7kg

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Chord Blu MkII FPGA-Based Upsampling CD Transport

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Description


 

MY TAKE: The Blu Mk II takes CD replay to an entirely new level of performance. Play your CDs on a Blu Mk II and hear them like never before! - Galen Carol

 

The Blu MkII is a compact, FPGA-based upsampling CD transport which offers the world’s most advanced filter technology. Used with DAVE, the combination delivers class-leading CD sound quality and technical performance.

The Blu MkII upscaling CD transport sets new standards for CD sound quality by using the very latest FPGA technology to implement advanced proprietary filtering and upscaling techniques. This next-generation CD transport incorporates a powerful new FPGA core with extraordinary capability.

Blu MkII’s sophisticated WTA (Watts Transient Alignment) filtering and upscaling algorithms can output digital data at 705.6kHz (16 x CD’s 44.1kHz native resolution). When partnered with the DAVE DAC/preamp, with its 705.6kHz-capable digital inputs, the Blu MkII sets a new technical benchmark for CD performance, while redefining sound quality from the medium.

At the heart of the Blu MkII lies an enormously powerful Xilinx FPGA. Rob Watts’ (Chord’s Digital Design Consultant) has used this to create his exclusive WTA M-Scaler technology, which incorporates the most advanced filter of its kind in the world. The Xilinx FPGA has also enabled a key breakthrough in tap-length (the technical indicator of how complex the interpolation filter is) taking Blu MkII to an unprecedented 1,015,808 taps.

A comprehensive suite of high-performance connectivity is offered and the Blu MkII also features a BNC S/PDIF digital input, meaning that it can also be used a standalone high-performance upsampler, for use with other digital sources.

Further features include Chord Electronics’ legendary proprietary high-frequency switching power supply and a dedicated CD-only laser mechanism for an uncompromising performance.


FEATURES:
 

Materials: Precision machined Choral aluminum casing designed by John Franks

CD Resolution: 44.1kHz – 705.6kHz (user configurable)

Connectivity (input): 1x BNC S/PDIF: 44.1kHz – 384kHz (upsampled)

Connectivity (output):
1x Single AES Option 44.1kHz & 88.2kHz

1x Dual AES Option88.2kHz & 176.4kHz

1x Optical44.1kHz, 88.2kHz, & 176.4kHz

1x Single BNC S/PDIF Mode88.2kHz, 176kHz, & 352.8kHz

1x Dual BNC S/PDIF Mode176.4kHz, 352.8kHz, & 705.6kHz

 

USER CONFIGURABLE OPTIONS:

Selectable upsampling: 1x selectable switch providing three sample rates

Dither: On/Off (Only operational with 16bit source)

 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:

Chipset: Chord Electronics custom coded Xilinx XC7A200T FPGA

Tap-length: 1,015,808 (16FS filter)

Frequency response: 0Hz (DC) – 20kHz +/- 0.0000001dB

In-band ripple 0Hz-20kHz: +/- 0.0000002dB

Stop band rejection: -135dB

THD and noise (24bit input): -144dB

Noise 2.6 uV ‘A’ weighted: No measurable noise floor modulation

Signal to noise ratio:  126dB ‘A’ Weighted

Power supply: 90v AC – 24v AC Auto-Switching

Power consumption: 30w

Weight:  7kg