Choral CD Transport

A compact size shouldn’t fool you, the Blu uses technology derived from our flagship Red Reference CD Player and trailblazing up-sampling processes to deliver an outstanding, top level, CD transport.


Range: Choral
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Representing our flagship CD transport, Blu features our most advanced technology and is the perfect companion to our range-topping DAVE DAC as part of a dedicated two-box CD- replay solution. As a state-of-the-art CD transport, Blu takes full advantage of Rob Watts’ advanced WTA filter technology as used in our DACs.

Blu is capable of bit-perfect data extraction from CD and features selectable up-sampling from 44.1 to 176.4kHz to maximise accuracy before the signal is passed to a partnering DAC.

Blu benefits from a suite of high-performance digital outputs including 2x AES/EBU, 2x BNC for the Dual Data output, plus BNC and Toslink optical for standard data output (all selectable via a toggle switch).

Blu is thoughtfully versatile in use, too: all its functions have direct access buttons on the CD transport’s fascia and the unit is also supplied with a fully functioning remote control.

Further features include Chord Electronics’ high-frequency switching power supply, a dedicated CD-only laser mechanism for uncompromising performance music and a self- supporting lid design that automatically stops play when lifted, and also holds the disc puck in perfect place. A dedicated two-shelf Choral equipment support is also available for use with DAVE.

Other accessories & custom options

Precision machined from a solid block of aircraft grade aluminium, a work of art on its own, the Ensemble Stand is irrefutably the most satisfying way to display your Choral system components or stack.

Main Features:

  • 44.1kHz 16bit normal operation
  • Built in up-sampler to 88.2 or 176.4kHz with 4096 Tap Length WTA Filter
  • CNC Milled Aluminium Chassis
  • Remote Control Functionality


  • 1x Coaxial BNC Wordclock Input (44.1kHz)


  • 1x Coaxial BNC Output
  • 1x Dual Data 176.4kHz twin Coaxial BNC Output (ie. For use with Chord Electronics ‘Dave’)
  • 1x Optical Touslink Output
  • 2x AES/EBU XLR or 1x Dual Data AES twin XLR Output


  • 2-Position Dither Selection: 16- or 24-bit
  • 3-Position Sampling Frequency Selector: 44.1kHz/ 88.2kHz/ Dual Data 176.4kHz


  • 335 x 105 x 170 (W x H x D)

Key Features

Philips CD Pro 2 Mech
HF Switch Mode Power Supply
Upsampling to 176.4kHz
Digital AES Output
Convection Cooled
176.4kHz Coax Output
Advanced Upsampling
176.4kHz Optical Output
Solid Aluminium Chassis
IR Remote Control Included

Included Accessories

1.5m 10a IEC Mains Power Lead
Reference Blu Remote
Blu Owners Manual

Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz +/- 0.2dB

Total Harmonic Distortion: <0.003% 20Hz to 20kHz

DAC Architecture: 24bit 192kHz Delta-Sigma 128x Oversampling

Laser Mechanism: Philips CD-Pro2M

Signal to Noise Ratio: 106dB A-Weighted

Channel Separation: 100dB @ 1kHz

Analogue Outputs: 2x Unbalanced RCA and 2x XLR Balanced outputs

Digital Outputs: 1x BNC Digital COAX S/PDIF

Mains Power: 50v AV through to 260v AC auto-line adjust

Dimensions: 335mm x 105mm x 170mm (W x H x D)

Weight: 7kg

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