Chord Electronics

Chord Blu MKII CD Transport

Chord Blu MKII CD Transport
Chord Electronics

Chord Blu MKII CD Transport


Chord Blu MKII CD Transport

The Chord Blu MKII CD Transport is available for demonstration in our Hull store.

Chord Electronics has set new standards for CD sound quality with its new Chord Blu MkII, an upscaling CD transport which uses the very latest FPGA technology to implement advanced proprietary filtering and upscaling techniques.

Chord Electronics’ Digital Consultant, Rob Watts, has harnessed the power of the new Xilinx XC7A200T FPGA, which has a standout 740 DSP cores, to develop sophisticated WTA (Watts Transient Alignment) filtering and upscaling algorithms which can output digital data at 705.6kHz (16 x CD’s 44.1kHz native resolution). When the Chord Blu MKII CD Transport is partnered with the critically acclaimed DAVE DAC/preamp, with its 705.6kHz-capable digital inputs, the Blu MkII CD Transport sets a new technical benchmark for CD performance, while redefining sound quality from the medium.

At the heart of the Chord Blu MkII CD transport, lies Rob Watts’ new WTA M-Scaler technology, which incorporates the most advanced filter of its kind in the world. Rob Watts has developed completely new filter architecture for the Chord Blu MkII, to ensure maximum memory efficiency and to allow the FPGA to run with sufficient speed.

The enormous processing power of the Xilinx XC7A200T FPGA has enabled a key breakthrough in tap-length (the technical indicator of how complex the interpolation filter is). To perfectly reconstruct an analogue signal, an infinite tap-length filter is required. The original Chord DAC 64 (1999) had 1,024 taps; Hugo (2013) 26,000 and DAVE (2015) 164,000. Each successive increase in tap-length, together with continuous improvements to the WTA algorithm, has given significantly better sound quality.

The Chord Blu MkII CD Transport offers an incredible 1,015,808 taps! The Chord Blu MKII remarkable capability takes transient accuracy to a completely unprecedented level: it becomes simpler to perceive the leading edge of transient notes, creating a life-like sound-field. The Chord Blu MKII delivers massively improved bass deinfition, with greater ability to follow the tune. Sound-staging, instrument separation and focus are also noticeably better, along with vastly improved variation in instrument timbre.

The Xilinx XC7A200T consumes an enormous 10 amps of current, so it couldn’t be implemented in DAVE as the sheer amount of current could upset DAVE’s comprehensive signal-processing. The engineering solution was to isolate this new FPGA and employ an external scaler — The Chord Blu MkII CD Transport has (RF-isolated) 705.6kHz outputs to feed DAVE directly. The combination has created the world’s most advanced CD playback system.

The Chord Blu MkII CD Transport has also undergone extensive revisions on the outside. Chord’s Chief Designer, John Franks, has streamlined the aesthetic with a beautiful new top-plate that simply features the most commonly used functions. A useful display gives track information etc. and Chord’s elegant hinged self-supporting lid design offers a touch of class when loading/removing discs and positions the disc-puck perfectly. The Chord Blu MKII CD Transport also automatically stops play when the lid is lifted. A full remote offers further control options.

A comprehensive suite of high-performance connectivity is offered with the Chord Blu MKII CD Transport, including (for the digital outputs): AES (to 176.4KHz); single optical, single S/PDIF and dual BNC S/PDIF; the dual BNC S/PDIF output transmits up to 768kHz into Chord’s DAVE DAC/preamp using twin cables.

The Chord Blu MkII Transport 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, such as streamers, in addition to its primary function as a CD transport. This enables a digitally connected device to benefit from the Blu MkII’s advanced FPGA technology and if deployed, DAVE’s class-leading digital-to-analogue conversion. There is also a USB B input capable of handling sample rates up to 768 KHZ

Further features on the Chord Blu MKII CD Transport include Chord Electronics’ legendary proprietary high-frequency switching power supply and a dedicated CD-only laser mechanism for an uncompromising performance. A dedicated equipment support (in the Chord Blu MkII and DAVE image) is also available for a supplement.

Like all Chord Electronics’ products, the Chord Blu MkII CD Transort is hand-made in the UK and features a precision-milled chassis, crafted from aircraft-grade aluminium.

Part Exchange Available

As you would expect from Fanthorpes hifi, we offer a generous part exchange against the Chord Blu MKII CD Transport. If you have any hifi that you wish to use as part payment against the Chord Blu MKII CD Transport then either call us on 01482 223096 or email us at and we will give you a price to change. This is a fantastic and hassle free way of making the Chord Blu MKII CD Transport more affordable.

Finance Available - No Deposit Required

Fanthorpes hifi can also offer buy now pay later on the Chord Blu MKII CD Transport, allowing you to spread or defer your payments over a year. If you are interested in taking advantage of our payment terms on the Chord Blu MKII CD Transport email or call us on 01482 223096 and we will email an application form to you

Chord Blu MKII CD Transport Specification:

  • CD Resolution: 44.1kHz – 705.6kHz (user configurable)
  • Connectivity IN:1x USB input: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz, 705.6kHz, & 768kHz
  • 1x BNC S/PDIF: 44.1kHz – 384kHz (upsampled)
  • Connectivity out:
  • 1x Single AES Option: 44.1kHz & 88.2kHz
  • 1x Dual AES Option: 88.2kHz & 176.4kHz
  • 1x Single BNC S/PDIF Mode: 88.2kHz, 176kHz, & 352.8kHz
  • 1x Dual BNC S/PDIF Mode: 176.4kHz, 352.8kHz, & 705.6kH
  • Chipset: Custom coded Xilinx XC7A200T FPGA
  • Tap-length: 1,015,808 (16FS filter)
  • FPGA current draw: 10amps
  • 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
  • Weight:7kg
  • WxHxD:334x99x142
  • Finished in Silver and Black

* No deposit required on in store purchases only. Minimum 10% deposit required for online applications on the Chord Blu MKII CD Transport.


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Chord Electronics At Fanthorpes

Chord Electronics have been manufacturing high end HiFi components using precision engineering and attention to detail for uncompromising audio quality since 1989. Since that time their customers include Skywalker Sound (California), Abbey Road Studios (London), Sony Music Studios (New York), the Royal Opera House (London) and many more locations where reliability and superb sound quality is important.

Seamlessly blending the latest technology with their own visionary cosmetic designs, Chord has an impressive portfolio of audio products that continues to win the hearts and minds of professionals and audiophiles alike.

What sets them apart from its competators is Chords Digital to Analogue (DAC) Technology. Chord Electronics have collaboration with Robert Watts, a digital design genius with 30 years' DAC technology development experience. This partnership has produced a number of advanced digital products that are, quite simply, without equal.