Chord Electronics Hugo 2 - The Legend RemasteredIntroducing the Hugo 2. The world's most advanced transportable digital to analogue converter with headphone amplifier by Chord Electronics. Featuring an all new DAC architecture with over 2x the power of the original Hugo, all new remote operation and filters, and remote operation we can confirm that the original Hugo has been successfully remastered.
DACs Product of the Year - Chord Hugo 2After we declared the Chord Hugo 2 our DAC Product of the Year, Chord asked us to make this video explaining how we reached our conclusions.
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Chord Electronics Hugo 2 - Stuart Hawkes | Metropolis MasteringGrammy nominated mastering engineer Stuart Hawkes from the world renowned Metropolis Studios trusts his craft to the Chord Electronics Hugo 2 DAC and Headphone amplifier, using it on a daily basis for monitoring via loudspeakers and headphones. In this interview Stuart discusses why he loves Hugo 2 and why it gets his wholehearted recommendation.
Having been in audio mastering for over 25-years, Stuart's skills and knowledge put him in great demand as such he has worked with artists such as Ed Sheeran, Amy Winehouse, Rita Ora, Lorde, The Prodigy, Rudimental, Example, Disclosure, Jessie Ware, Katy B and many more.
In 2014, we introduced Hugo, a revolutionary portable DAC and headphone amp that became a landmark product in the audio landscape. Advances in digital technology, including the latest FPGAs and WTA (Watts Transient Aligned) filters, have enabled us to introduce a next-generation version, Hugo 2, featuring flexible new features, plus next-generation technical and sonic performance.
Hugo 2 can be used both at home and on-the-go, either with headphones or within a conventional audio system. Its line-level output and full-function remote control adds real flexibility in full-size and desktop systems.
The device offers four digital inputs (optical, coaxial and HD USB) 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.
A four-function switch filter offers a useful degree of user-selectable frequency-shaping, bringing warm and soft or transparent and incisive presentations, giving additional flexibility and user control. For headphone-listening, Hugo 2 retains the popular digital crossfeed function of the original and offers three operation modes. The system duplicates the effect of listening to speakers and is based on advanced binaural audio research.
Hugo 2 features four spherical control buttons, which illuminate with colour-coding information and control power, input, filtering, plus the unit’s crossfeed functions.
Battery playing time is around seven hours and two modes of automatic charging are included using the dedicated Micro USB charging port; an indicator shows charging and battery-charge status.
Chipset: Chord Electronics custom coded Xilinx Artix 7 (XC7A15T) FPGA
Pulse array: 10 element pulse array design
Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz +/- 0.2dB
Output stage: Class A
Output impedance: 0.025Ω
THD: <0.0001% 1kHz 3v RMS 300Ω
THD and noise at 3v RMS: 120dB at 1kHz 300ohms ‘A’ wighted (reference 5.3v) Noise 2.6 uV ‘A’ weighted: No measurable noise floor modulation
Signal to noise ratio: 126dB ‘A’ Weighted
Channel separation: 135dB at 1kHz 300Ω
Power output @ 1kHz 1% THD: 94mW 300Ω
Dimensions: 130mm (L) x 100mm (W) x 21mm (H)
Boxed Dimensions: 220mm (L) x 122mm (W) x 85mm (H)