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Chord Electronics - Blu Mk. 2 - The Official Thread

Discussion in 'High-end Audio Forum' started by ChordElectronics, Jan 5, 2017.
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  1. TheAttorney
    I'll bet money that at least some new Hugo M-scaler owners will declare that they get further improvements by adding ferrites to their BNC cables, or by replacing the stock BNC cables with audiophile versions.
  2. Crgreen
    For some, unferrited digital cable of any kind is a sin and should be punished accordingly.
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  3. TheAttorney
    For the avoidance of doubt, I didn't mean my bet in a sarcastic way. I genuinely expect that the output from the M-scaler can be improved upon, because nothing is 100% perfect. I'd be delighted to be proved wrong and we can all be totally satisfied with the stock BNC cable, so we can save ourselves money and anguish - I'm just betting that it won't happen like that :)
  4. marcmccalmont
    Perhaps but Robs comment was (if my memory is correct)he found smd ferrites that better targeted 2 GHz
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2018
  5. Triode User
    And it sort of depends on what ferrites you use on the Blu2 dual cables, how many, how tight they are on the cables and how well they target the 2GHz as to whether the new MScaler isolation is better or the same. And obviously it will come as no surprise that I will have a play when I get my hands on a HMScaler to see what happens with various cables . . . .
  6. marcmccalmont
    Let’s hope there is a daughter board upgrade
  7. BallisticGT3
    Carrying on from my mini review of Triode User's WAVE BNC cables; now that I've spent more time auditioning them, I can't praise enough just how good these cables are and what an improvement they have made to my system over the Chord Signature that I was using previously - I've certainly spent more for less. IMO they really do bring out the best of a Blu2/DAVE combination.
    Re-visiting some of my favourite tracks, I'm now hearing more detail with a richness and musicality that just wasn't there before, and no sibilance or harshness.

    The thing is that without having joined this great forum, I would never have been aware of the Blu2/Dave RF issue and that there is now a solution. I would have been happily enjoying my new gear, thinking that this is as good as it gets.

    For folks not yet convinced there's a great review of how these cables compare to many other current BNC cables over on Audio-Bacon.

    Nick's cables can be found at www.wavehighfidelity.com

    I'm now in the process of evaluating different USB cables and will report back.
  8. auded33
    Just cancelled my order for Blu Mk II and replaced with Hugo M Scaler. Seems like a no brainer as I don't use cd. Just hope there aren't any emerging issues with the M Scaler, such as like the Blu Mk II ferrites issue.
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  9. Deftone
    No you won’t need those expensive ferrite cables with MScaler, so not only is it much cheaper it’s also far better improved by robs great effort to eliminate the need for ferrites.
  10. oscarnr
    I hope you are a patient person:slight_smile:
  11. auded33
    I'm not a doctor or nurse if that's what you mean.
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  12. yakaway
    Everyone is all in on the M scaler yet we have no real comparisons or opinions on its performance vs. Blu/dave. Also, we don't have a release date. Keep in mind you'll likely receive it months after you place the order.
    I waited 4 months from my time of purchase for blu2 (black model).

    I have blu/dave and I couldn't be happier.

    I'm using reference silver bnc cables with suppressors (ferrites) installed during the build process. There are two on each cable near the termination.

    I couldn't be happier thus far.

    I plan to do a more thorough review of my system in the weeks to come and I encourage those who have this pair to do the same.

    I have no issues or complaints about EMI or ground noise. The two are remarkably revealing and I look forward to comparing/contrasting playback from the transport vs. Usb streaming.
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  13. oscarnr
    I simply state that the waiting time for the M scaler could be longer than the "this autumn" announced. Only that
  14. ZappaMan
    Rob says it’s the same as blu2, except without a CD player. So any opinions you see in regards, passing digital audio into blu2, should be the ball park for mscaler.
  15. marcmccalmont
    If you look at the trend in Robs designs they get better and better Im hoping a world class drive (ProJect) plus the HMS equals or exceeds Blu2. But time will tell.
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