Chord Electronics M-Scaler (Silver)

Offered by: Fanthorpes HiFi, Hull - United Kingdom

Chord Electronics M-Scaler (Silver)

This product is listed as Used

Price: £2,695 Buy It Now!

Advert reference: 23753

Listed in: Digital format converters

This item comes with:

  • Original packing
  • Original manual
  • All original accessories

We have this preowned Chord Electronics M Scaler in silver available for sale at £2995.


The Chord M Scaler is complete with original box, manual, remote, 2 BNC cables, 1 usb cable, 1 optical cable, power supply and full 3 year Chord Electronics Warranty 


Using technology first seen in the flagship BLU MKII digital/CD transport, the Hugo M Scaler is a standalone upscaling device containing the world’s most advanced digital filter. When used with a dual-BNC-input Chord Electronics DAC, it is capable of redefining digital audio sound quality.


Chord M Scaler


Chord M Scaler uses the world’s most advanced filter technology to upscale standard 44.1kHz digital audio up to 705.6kHz (16x CD’s 44.1kHz native resolution), ready to be passed to a suitable DAC; Chord M Scaler extends its upscaling performance to 768kHz (from 96kHz input data) for dual-BNC-input Chord Electronics DACs: DAVE, Qutest and the new Hugo TT 2.


35 years in the making, the Chord M Scaler brings the unrivalled advantages of Rob Watts’ (Chord Electronics’ Digital Design Consultant) ground-breaking FPGA-based WTA (Watts Transient Alignment) filtering technology to digitally connected audio devices, dramatically improving sound quality.


Although optimised for use with selected Chord Electronics DACs (for the maximum 768kHz upscaling/decoding benefit), the Chord Electronics Hugo M Scaler can be used with other DACs with suitable inputs, subject to their decoding capability. Chord M Scaler’s advanced upscaling technology can improve the sound quality of all (digital-source) set-ups, whether headphone or desktop-based or within conventional hi-fi systems.


Chord M Scaler features five digital inputs (2x BNC, 2x optical, plus a galvanically isolated USB Type-B) offering wide-ranging digital connectivity; the USB-B input is compatible with DSD and PCM data (up to DSD 256), with DSD upsampled to PCM using proprietary filtering, which has much better attenuation of DSD noise and distortion.


Chord Electronics Hugo M Scaler’s outputs include optical, S/PDIF and galvanically isolated dual BNC, the latter of which enable upscaling to the maximum resolution (768kHz from 96kHz data) for direct connection to the 768kHz-capable dual BNC digital inputs featured on the DAVE DAC/pre/headphone amp, the recently announced Hugo TT 2 DAC/pre/head amp and the Qutest standalone DAC.


The Hugo M Scaler’s compact form factor aligns with the TT series and has been designed to be stackable with other units in the range, including the TToby stereo power amp and the aforementioned Hugo TT 2, to form a highly advanced yet space-saving system.


In line with other models in the Hugo and Hugo TT series, the Chord M Scaler features a number of illuminable fascia-mounted spherical controls, governing input selection, output sample rate and video mode for lower latency. As with previous Chord Electronics digital devices, the control spheres display data visually including input source and the incoming sample rate, using a polychromatic scale. The Hugo M Scaler also features front-panel ‘DX’ controls which have been included for use with future products.


The Chord Electronics Hugo M Scaler benefits from an adjustable sample rate output (with pass-thru mode) enabling user-defined control, subject to the technical limitations of the output type: 192kHz optical; 384kHz BNC and 768kHz dual BNC), plus a video mode for lower latency, bringing useful flexibility with a wide range of partnering components. Further extending the Chord M Scaler functionality is auto video and source selection.


Featuring technology previously exclusive to the BLU MKII upscaling digital/CD transport (£7,995), the extraordinary upscaling ability of the Hugo M Scaler brings the benefits of Rob Watts’ proprietary FPGA-based tech to a much wider audience, given its £3,495 price point.


When partnered with either of Chord Electronics’ 768kHz-capable dual-BNC-input DACs, the Hugo M Scaler sets an astonishing technical benchmark for digital audio performance at it price point, redefining sound quality from digital audio.


Chord Electronics M Scaler Specification:

FPGA:Xilinx XC7A200T

Filter tap length:1,015,808 WTA taps

Power consumption: Full power – 30 W, Standby – 10 W

Dimensions:4cm (H) 23.5cm (W) 23.8cm (D)




Tap-length filter: 1,015,808 (16FS filter)

Connectivity (input): 1x Galvanically isolated Type-B USB, 2x Coax BNC and 2x Optical

Connectivity (output): 1x Galvanically isolated dual BNC (enables upscaling to the maximum 768kHz), 1x BNC S/PDIF and 1x Optical

PCM support: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz, 717.6kHz, and 768kHz. 16 – 32bit

Driver support: Driverless with Mac OS X and Linux, driver required for Windows OS


Additional features: 

The most advanced digital filter in the world

Adjustable sample rate output (with pass-thru mode)

Video mode (for lower latency)

Auto video and source selection

‘DX’ controls for a future product design

Unit Serial Number: 54337


Free Mainland UK Delivery


Any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.



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Fanthorpes HiFi

6 Hepworth
Silver Street
United Kingdom

Phone: 01482 223096

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