Chord Electronics adds USB input to Blu MkII CD transport

3rd February 2017

Blu MkII brings proprietary upscaling to a wider range of devices thanks to its USB Type-B input

Chord Electronics has added a high-resolution USB Type-B input to its Blu MkII upscaling CD transport. The USB input takes the place of the optical output seen on the prototype at CES and has been implemented following dealer demand for Blu MkII’s upscaling technology to be available to a wider range of digital devices.

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The USB Type-B input is compatible with DSD and PCM data, with DSD upsampled to PCM using proprietary filtering. The converted DSD data can then be output to Chord’s partnering DAVE DAC/preamp at 705.6kHz, using its galvanically isolated twin BNC outputs. The Blu MkII features auto-switching inputs with CD prioritised followed by USB and finally, S/PDIF.


The Blu MkII will be available in March, priced at £7,995

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