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Chord Electronics Hugo 2 Portable DAC / Headphone Amplifier
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Chord Electronics Hugo 2 Portable DAC / Headphone Amplifier

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Manufacturer:  Chord Electronics

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Chord Electronics Hugo 2 Portable DAC / Headphone Amplifier

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The Chord Hugo 2 is a powerful DAC and headphone amp that builds on the ground-breaking original Hugo. It is designed for both home and mobile use, Hugo 2 transforms headphones and audio systems sound quality with its cutting-edge proprietary DAC technology. It features all new casework, flexbile new features, plus next-generation technical and sonic performance. The battery playing time is around seven hours and two modes of automatic charging are now included using the dedicated Micro USB charging port: fast (1.8 amperes) and slow (less than one ampere). 

Sleek new aircraft-grade aluminium casework

Featuring a newly designed precision-machined aircraft - grade aluminium case, Hugo 2 is distinct from its predecessor with its sharper, lower profile design and four spherical control buttons. The spheres, which are top-mounted to allow for possible future expansion side-modules, illuminate with colour-coding information and control power, input, filtering and crossfeed functions.

New levels of technical performance

The latest FPGA and advanced WTA (Watts Transient Aligned) filters have been implemented in the Hugo 2, bringing a wide variety of performance improvements in a number of areas. Performance gains have been made in timing accuracy, noise reduction, headphone amp power and dynamic range.

Four digital inputs

Hugo 2's connections and switches now feature laser-ablated function-lettering for improved ease-of-use. The device offers four digital inputs (optical, coaxial and HD UBS plus extended-range Bluetooth, with high resolution file playback up to 768kHz and up to DSD512 (Octa DSD), via its HD USB input. Analogue outputs include 2x RCA, plus 3.5mm and 6.35mm headphone outputs.

Crossfeed features

For headphone-listening, Hugo 2 retains the popular digital crossfeed function of the original and offers three operation modes from its dedicated control sphere. The system cross-feeds a paetial 400 millisecond-delayed and shaped signal from each left and right output to the opposite channel. The system duplicates the effect of listening to speakers and is based on advanced binaural audio research.

Technical Features

  • Advanced digital volume control
  • Crossfeed filter network
  • Four-stage frequency-shaping filter
  • Fast-charging batteries via Micro USB giving c.14 hours operation
  • 49,195K tap-length filter (near double the original the Hugo)

Technical specifications

INPUT

  • 1x Optical TOSLink 24-bit/192kHz-capable

  • 1x RCA coaxial input 24-bit/384kHz-capable

  • 1x HD USB input 32-bit/768kHz and DSD512-capable

  • 1x aptX Bluetooth (extended range)

OUTPUT

  • 1x 3.5mm headphone jack

  • 1x 6.35mm (1/4 inch) headphone jack

  • 1x (pair) stereo RCA phono output

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz +/- 0.2dB

  • Total Harmonic Distortion: <0.0001% 1kHz 3V RMS 300 ohms

  • THD and noise at 3V RMS Ref 5.3V: 120dB @ 1kHz 300 ohms A Wt

  • Noise 2.6 uV A Wt: no measurable noise floor modulation

  • Signal to noise ratio: 126dB A-weighted

  • Channel separation: 135dB @ 1kHz 300 ohms

  • Maximum output level (to clipping at 1% distortion): 94 mW 300 ohms; 740 mW 33 ohms; 1050 mW (8)

  • Output impedance: 25 milliohms (0.025 ohms)

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