Chord Electronics Hugo TT DAC / Headphone Amplifier Silver
Introduced at this years CES, and already causing a ruckus around the HiFi world!
"The Hugo TT version sets new standards at its price. It builds on the considerable strengths of the original model adding extra clarity, stronger dynamics and improved authority in the process. It’s a terrific product and highly recommended."
Introducing the simply astonishing bigger brother to the world acclaimed Chord Hugo portable DAC & HPA, the Chord Hugo TT desktop DAC and headphone amplifier. The Hugo TT (or Table Top) follows on from the portable Hugo and offers state of the art digital conversion technology for your mobile smartphone and gives you the best possible audio performance for your headphones and also your hifi system.
The Hugo TT offers balanced XLR outputs for connection to your hifi along side a pair of standard RCA connectors. The biggest difference is that it has galvanically isolated USB inputs. The capability of native DSD and DXD conversion makes the Hugo TT a true world class DAC, and alongside Chord's prestigious reputation for digital audio this really is an exquisitely made piece of desktop equipment.
Unlike the portable Hugo the TT has been specifically designed to be permanently left on and continuously run from the supplied charger. Using technology more at home in Formula 1 the Hugo TT uses supercapicitors that are usually used to back-up the car’s batteries by sharing the load and charge demands, thereby protecting them. They serve a similar purpose in the Hugo TT, extending the battery life as well as improving dynamics and demanding transients in recorded music.
Another added extra is the inclusion of a remote control that offers you the ability to control all of the functions of the DAC whilst not having to move from arm chair. The DAC can also be used wirelessly using CSR's aptX bluetooth technology.
Chord Electronics' founder John Franks says: "The original Hugo was not optimised for home use: a minority of audiophile cables with the largest RCA and USB terminations sometimes proved difficult to accommodate, and the shorter range of the Bluetooth pairing distance could sometimes cause problems in larger homes.
"The upgrades we've made would not have been possible within the existing Hugo's smaller dimensions, but fit comfortably within the larger Hugo TT."