Chord Electronics’ 2yu Ready 2go
Chord Electronics' 2yu digital interface is now available and, with the 2go, creates a networked audio bridge.
The Chord Electronics 2yu digital interface was announced back in February 2020 and launched at the Bristol Show. 2yu has been designed for the company's 2go streamer/server and together create a network bridge to be used with DACs, DAC-equipped A/V devices and, of course, Chord Electronics' Hugo M Scaler.
The 2yu/ 2go network bridge offers high-resolution streaming from wired Ethernet and wireless sources (using 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi or A2DP Bluetooth), including such popular streaming services as Qobuz, Tidal and Internet radio; the combination is also Roon Ready.
Additionally, it can utilise 2go's 2x 2 TB-rated SD card slots to become an audiophile-grade music server, says Chord Electronics.
2yu sports several connectivity options, including optical, S/PDIF coaxial and BNC (50 and 75 ohms, respectively) digital outputs, plus a “highly flexible” USB-A output.
The 2go/2yu also benefits from gapless audio, DoP/Bit Perfect support and AirPlay support and is fully DLNA-compliant (server/renderer). 2yu boasts 2,000 MIPS (million instructions per second) of processing power, automatic downsampling (for use with sample rate-limited legacy DACs), plus a low-jitter audio phase lock loop.
The 2go/ 2yu pairing can be controlled by any of the popular UPnP apps available for Android and iOS devices. Chord Electronic's own Gofigure adds additional set-up convenience, management features and a library playback option. 2yu's handmade aircraft-grade aluminium casing also features four polychromatic spherical controls for output selection, power, mute and dim functions.
Of course, the 2go/2yu combo will receive over-the-air firmware updates when they occur and ships with Chord Electronics' latest 2go update (v. 1.5.0), which introduces new radio-listening and SD card album playback features, plus improved stability. The new firmware follows the release of the latest version of Gofigure, Chord Electronics' set-up and configuration app companion.
Chord Electronics' 2yu is available now and priced at US$595. To create the network bridge, you will also need the US$1,295 2go.
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