The new Chord Electronics 2GO is finally in and shipping! Learn about all the features of the 2GO and 2YU, figure out how they work and turn your high fidelity system into a portable sonic powerhouse...[read more]
New Features Bring the Hugo 2 DAC Into the World of Wireless
Ricky Kovacs / Blog / Mar 30, 2020
The Chord 2GO adds IOs and ergonomic expansion to the Hugo 2, so if you already have one, it should be a no-brainer that the 2GO would compliment your system nicely. The Chord 2YU on the other hand offers four digital outputs so it can be connected to any DAC or any other device with a digital input, and it can be connected to Chord's own Hugo M Scaler / Hugo TT2 to create a state-of-the-art streaming system. In order for the 2YU to be used with other DACs it must be in combination with the 2GO. The 2GO provides the network or Bluetooth connection (the 2YU cannot be used without the 2GO).
But there’s a lot more to these little devices. Let’s get into some more specifics...
Adding the 2GO to the Hugo 2
With the arrival of the Chord 2GO you can now turn your Chord Hugo 2 into a high-performance streamer and server via wi-fi or ethernet-enabled device. The 2GO is similar to what the Chord Poly is for the Chord Mojo, but supercharged.
In addition to its wireless music streaming abilities, the 2GO offers wi-fi and Bluetooth WLAN as well as wired LAN for a much more stable connection. Let’s face it, no wireless connection is flawless and can have blips and dropouts. We always recommend a wired connection if at all possible. With up to 4TB of SD card music storage (x2 microSD card slots, supporting up to 2TB card capacities), 2GO also functions as a high-capacity digital music server using MPD. The Chord Poly only has 1 microSD card slot, so this is a nice upgrade. When powered from its battery alone, the Hugo/2GO delivers the ultimate in purist audio.
The 2GO is controlled by the same Go Figure App used to control the Poly. 2GO contains highly advanced, miniaturized electronic engineering and is the most technically and sonically advanced compact music stream available today. 2GO combines wireless convenience (2.4GHz Wi-Fi and A2DP Bluetooth) and plug-and-play operation with the stability and performance of wired (gigabit) ethernet connectivity. There has been an important update to the configuration app, Gofigure, and all 2GO users will need a fresh install to control their device/s. Poly users are also advised to undertake a fresh install, to exploit the full potential of the updated app. Please delete the old GoFigure app and reinstall. The App will not auto update.
2GO also benefits from comprehensive audio interfacing and offers Tidal, Qobuz, and internet radio playback with Spotify and other services. Earmarked for the future, 2GO is also Roon ready, offers gapless audio and DoP/Bit Perfect support, as well as being fully DLNA-compliant (server/renderer) and AirPlay-ready.
Charging the 2GO
NOTE: Charging each device separately will greatly decrease charge time if you own two chargers.
Adding the 2YU to the Hugo 2
The Chord 2YU is not connected to the Hugo 2 in the same way the 2GO is. It is a digital interface that connects to the Chord 2GO effectively turning the 2GO-2YU into a full-fledged standalone music streamer / server. It is only a direct interface for the 2GO. The digital outputs can be used in combination with other Chord and Non-Chord DACs to provide a WLAN or LAN connections.
The Chord 2YU offers four digital outputs so it can be connected to the Chord's own Hugo M Scaler / Hugo TT2 to create a state-of-the-art streaming system. We would recommend the Black Dragon Mini Coax Digital Cable 75ohm to connect the 2GO-2YU together with the Hugo 2. Why add it? As it provides a way to connect the 2GO-2YU to multiple DACs in a 2 channel setup. For example, you can use the Hugo 2 as your primary headphone amplifier and send another digital output to your 2 channel or Home Theater system.
GoFigure App Update
Chord released the latest updated version of their companion app, GoFigure, so include several critical updates to accompany the release of the 2GO. These improvements include better music streaming, performance and playback for both Mojo/Poly and Hugo/2Go pairings. The latest update can be downloaded for iOS and Android in their respective app stores.
4/7/20 - The latest version, Android 1.2.81 and iOS 2.04, benefits from an updated user interface for greater ease of use, an easy-to-access music tab to navigate to the quick play radio/SD card playlist playback, plus greatly improved device discovery on Bluetooth. In addition, Android users can benefit from Wi-Fi configuration, a feature which will follow later on iOS.
What equipment is the 2GO compatible with?
The Chord 2GO is designed to work with the Hugo 2 DAC to create a high-fidelity music streaming device. It is also compatible with the 2YU to provide a digital output media bridge solution for adding a Roon EndPoint to any DAC.
How does the 2Go work with the Hugo 2?
The 2GO connects to the Hugo 2 DAC to enable the device to stream music wirelessly from your source to your connected headphones. The 2Go is form-factored to fit flush with your Hugo 2 DAC and connects securely to the device.
Like the Hugo, the 2GO is battery powered and is controlled wireless via Chord’s Go Figure App.
Who is the 2GO for?
The Chord 2GO is great for those looking for portable high-fidelity solutions. If you’re on the road or even wanting to use your Hugo 2 in a grab-and-go environment, then the 2GO will allow the user to connect to their music library wherever they are.
What if I already have a Poly/Mojo?
The Chord 2GO and Hugo 2 pairing are for audiophiles who want more meat, body and depth to their music. Of course, the Mojo and Poly are smaller, but they can’t compete with the powerhouse and definition that the Hugo 2 and 2GO can provide.
Should I get the 2GO or the 2YU?
It depends on what you want to do. Both are streamers, but the 2GO is specifically designed to pair with the Hugo 2 DAC for streaming music solutions to your headphones. The 2YU on the other hand is designed to pair with the 2GO, effectively creating a standalone streamer, and utilizing the digital outs of the 2YU to your output. Note that the 2YU cannot be connected directly to the Hugo 2.
What are the benefits of using the 2GO?
The Chord 2GO is designed to transform one of the best DACs on the market, the Chord Hugo 2, into a fully portable music streaming setup. The Hugo 2 + 2GO pairing is going to deliver much more performance and fidelity than Chord’s previous portable pairing, the Chord Mojo + Poly.
More about the Products:
Chord Electronics 2GO
2go is a high-performance streamer / server that transforms the Hugo 2 into a full-featured Wi-Fi- and Ethernet-enabled device.
In addition to its music streaming abilities, because 2GO has up to 4 TB of SD card music storage it also functions as a high-capacity digital music server (using MPD). When being powered from its battery alone the Hugo/2GO delivers the ultimate in purist audio.
2GO contains highly advanced miniaturized electronic engineering and is the most technically and sonically advanced compact music streamer available today.
Wireless convenience (2.4GHz Wi-Fi and A2DP Bluetooth) combine with the stability and performance of wired (Gigabit) Ethernet connectivity, the latter offering set-up-free plug and play operation. 2GO also benefits from comprehensive audio interfacing and offers Tidal, Qobuz and Internet radio playback with Spotify (and others) earmarked for the future. 2GO is also Roon Ready, offers gapless audio and DoP/Bit Perfect support, as well as being fully DLNA-compliant (server/renderer) and AirPlay-ready.
A key feature of 2GO is its auto-switching input function: every audio interface is always on, therefore switching between inputs is as easy as hitting ‘play’ on the chosen control point app; 2GO convenience-switches between all its inputs automatically, giving a seamless user experience when playing music from different sources or even streaming services.
In order for 2go to perform as a fully functional streamer, a connection with Hugo 2 (DAC/Preamp/Headphone amp) or 2YU is required.
Long-range 2.4GHz WiFi allows 2GO to connect to an existing 2.4GHz WiFi network. Hotspot mode (activated within the Gofigure app), allows 2GO to broadcast its own WiFi network with SSID and password in the eventuality that the device cannot connect to a static network.
2GO can also be connected via Bluetooth 4.1 A2Dp.
- Power supply: Internal battery with up-to 8hr playback. Desktop mode activated upon insertion of Micro USB charging cable).
- PCM and DSD Support: 44.1kHz – 768kHZ (16bit – 32bit) | DSD 64 to DSD 256 (via DoP)
- File format support: ACC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, OGG VORBIS, ALAC, WMA, MP3 and more…
- Initial setup, configuration, and updates: Via free Gofigure app available on iOS and Google Play store
- Music storage: 2x Onboard Micro SD card slots (up-to 4TB of total storage)
- Wireless connectivity: Long-range 2.4GHz WiFi
Bluetooth 4.1 A2Dp
- Wired connectivity: Gigabit (GbE) ethernet
- Playback: Roon (Endpoint), DLNA (server and render), AirPlay, Bluetooth audio (A2DP), Tidal, Qobuz, Internet radio and more coming…
- Gapless playback: Supported
Chord Electronics 2YU
2yu is a digital interface that connects to 2GO effectively turning the 2GO + 2YU into a full-function standalone music streamer / server.
2YU offers four digital outputs so it can be connected to any DAC or any other device with a digital input, and it can be connected to Chord's own Hugo M Scaler / Hugo TT2 to create a state-of-the-art streaming system.
2YU connects directly to 2GO to add TOSLINK optical S/PDIF, coaxial and BNC (both 75 ohms) digital outputs, plus a cleverly integrated USB-A output.
2YU boasts 2,000 MIPS (million instructions per second) of processing power, an integrated sample rate converter, plus a low-jitter audio phase lock loop. Highly flexible in its potential applications, 2GO with 2YU is also ideal for installers wishing to create a discreet remote Roon streaming solution: the duo can be wired into an Ethernet port to provide streaming to a system in any room. 2yu alone can also be used with PCs and Macs via USB to create a high-quality USB-to-digital-audio converter for audio.
Like 2GO, 2YU is also hand-made in the UK using aircraft-grade aluminum and the same high-quality manufacturing processes inherent in all Chord Electronics products. Like the Hugo 2, 2yu features four polychromatic spherical controls governing output selection, power, mute and dim functions.
- Compatibility: In order for 2yu to inherit streaming/music transport capabilities or function as an audio interface, a connection with 2go is required.
- Power supply: Micro USB (5v 1amp minimum required)
- PCM and DSD support: 44.1kHz – 768kHZ (16bit – 32bit) | DSD 64 to DSD 256 (via DoP)
- Sample rate converter: Integrated, automatic downsampling is provided if a higher sample rate is being played than the output can support.
- Digital audio outputs: USB Type-A (up-to 768kHz or DSD 256), BNC or RCA coax (up-to 384kHz or DSD 128) and Optical (up-to 96kHz or DSD 64)
- Processing power: 2000MIPS