Want to know the best CD player we’ve heard? The answer is depressingly expensive. It’s Chord’s Blu Mk II transport combined with its range topping digital-to-analogue converter, the DAVE. Quality costs – and in this case the price is a hefty £16,000/$21,280 for the pair.
But regardless of price, we haven’t heard a more insightful or transparent CD playing alternative.
We already know the DAVE DAC is brilliant. We reviewed it almost two years ago and, in our opinion, it remains the finest number cruncher around. The Blu MkII transport doesn’t have to be partnered with it though – Chord’s Hugo 2 (£1800/$2394) will work well too.
Build and features
While the transport is capable of working with all DACs, you really need one that will accept sampling rates of 768kHz to make full use of it – and there aren’t many alternatives to the Chord designs in this respect.
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