Chord Electronics Hugo 2 DAC

£1,800.00 inc.VAT

WHAT HIFI? Award Winner 2018
Product of the Year & Best DAC +£1200

Hugo 2 is a powerful DAC and headphone amp that builds on the ground-breaking original. Designed for both home and mobile use, Hugo 2 transforms headphones and audio systems sound quality with its cutting-edge proprietary DAC technology.

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Chord Electronics Hugo 2 DAC

In 2014, Chord 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 Chord to introduce a next-generation version, the Chord Electronics 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.

The Chord Electronics 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.

About Chord Electronics

Chord Electronics were established in 1989 and have gone on to be one of the worlds leading manufacturers of Highend Audio, under the leadership of their owner John Franks, Chord have always strived to to push forward the world of audio to offer landmark products giving fantastic performance mixed with stunning design and build quality.

Based in Rural Kent on the banks of the River Medway, Chord’s main goals are always to offer innovation and uncompromised audio quality and with customers like Skywalker Sound, Air Studios, and Even Sir Paul McCartney on their books along with stunning reviews that their equipment gets you can be sure that Chord really do offer some of the best products currently available today.


Materials: Clamshell precision machined aluminium casing with polycarbonate buttons, acrylic signal window, and glass viewing portal. Available in a choice of two colours ? natural silver, and satin black Battery: 2x Rechargeable custom Enix Energies 3.7v 9.6Wh Li-ion (lithium-ion (2600mAh) batteries* Tap length filter: 49, 152 ? 10 element Pulse Array design Play time: In excess of seven (7) hours Charging: Nominal four (4) hours via Micro USB at 1.8amps (fast charge) ? Nominal eight (8) hours at 1amp (slow charge) Connectivity (input): Micro USB (White): 44.1kHz ? 768kHz ? 16bit ? 32bit Coax via 3.5mm Jack (Red): 44.1kHz ? 768kHz ? 16bit ? 32bit Optical (Green): 44.1kHz ? 192kHz ? 16bit ? 24bit Connectivity (input wireless): Bluetooth (Apt X) (Blue): 44.1kHz ? 48kHz ? 16bit Connectivity (output): 1x ?? jack headphone output 1x 3.5mm jack headphone output 1x stereo (L & R) RCA output PCM support: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 358.8kHz, 384kHz, 717.6kHz, and 768kHz. DSD support: Native playback supported. DSD64 (Single) to DSD512 (Octa-DSD) Volume control: Digital, activated in 1dB increments. Last known state saved upon shutdown, with exception of line-level mode Line-level mode: Activated via dual press of middle ?Source? and ?Crossfeed? buttons. Line level = 3v via all outputs. Reset by power cycle Power saving mode: Auto-shutdown after ten minutes of input inactivity Driver support: Driverless with Mac OS X and Linux, driver required for Windows OS


Chipset: Chord Electronics custom coded Xilinx Artix 7 (XC7A15T) FPGA Tap-length: 49, 152 Pulse array: 10 element pulse array design Frequency response: 20Hz ? 20kHz /- 0.2dB Output stage: Class A Output impedance: 0.025? THD: <0.0001% 1kHz 3v RMS 300? 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 300? Power output @ 1kHz 1% THD: 94mW 300? 740mW 32? 1050mW 8? Weight: 450g Dimensions: 130mm (L) x 100mm (W) x 21mm (H) Boxed Dimensions: 220mm (L) x 122mm (W) x 85mm (H)


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