February 15, 2017
Chord Electronics' Blu MkII Upscaling Transport Makes UK Debut
Chord Electronics will have the UK debut of its CES-launched Blu MkII digital transport at the show. Offering a new benchmark in CD sound quality, Chord Electronics’ Digital Consultant, Rob Watts, has implemented the latest FPGA technology into a next-generation upscaling transport, capable of transforming the sound of CD and digital audio streams from USB-connected devices. The new Blu MkII incorporates a powerful new FPGA core with extraordinary capability.
Rob Watts has harnessed the abilities 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 partnered with the critically acclaimed 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.
Chord has recently added a high-resolution USB Type-B input bringing Blu MkII’s ground-breaking upscaling technology to a wider range of digital devices. The USB Type-B input is compatible with DSD and PCM data, with DSD upsampled to PCM using proprietary filtering, which has much better attenuation of DSD noise and distortion.
Hear the Blu MkII/DAVE in the SS Great Britain 1 Suite on the Ground Floor.