Chord Hugo Vs Hugo 2 Comparison

Chord Hugo First Generation

Chord Electronics released the Chord Hugo reference-level portable headphone amplifier three years ago at CES 2014. The Chord Hugo was a GAMECHANGER in Dac technology and sound as referenced here in my original blog post.  

Chord continues to focus on creating a more convincing sonic replication for the listener, and the new Chord Hugo 2 is another example of their sound advancements.  The Hugo 2 is now available for pre-order

This video explains Chord Electronics FPGA DAC Technology:

Chord Hugo 2 Next Generation

At CES 2017, Chord Electronics unveiled Hugo 2 and introduced the latest proprietary Chord Electronics FPGA technology amongst other exciting new features.

Hugo 2 nearly doubles the Tap-length to 49,152 and upgrades to a 10 element pulse array design (previously 26,368 tap-length and 4-element Pulse Array design in the original Hugo).

Hugo 2 Inputs Outputs

Hugo 2 Upgrades

Thanks to recent advances in digital technology, Chord’s Hugo 2 continues their cutting-edge technical and sonic performance while ensuring continuity with the much-loved original.

Aircraft-grade Aluminium Casework

Hugo 2 has a much sharper, lower profile design with four spherical polycarbonate control buttons.

Hugo 2 Top Aluminium Casing

Technical Performance

The Hugo 2 offers better timing accuracy, noise reduction, headphone amp power and dynamic range.

Hugo 2 Connections


  • 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)Hugo 2 USB Input


  • 1x 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 1x 6.35mm (¼ inch) headphone jack
  • 1x (pair) stereo RCA phono outputHugo 2 Inputs

More User Control with Hugo 2

The Hugo 2 offers four different filtering options, three operation modes with the popular digital crossfeed function, and a remote control.

Filters - Offering user-selectable frequency-shaping 

  • Hugo (Ultimate Reference) (White)
  • Hugo HF+ (High Frequency roll off) (Green)
  • Mojo (‘Smooth’) (Orange)
  • Mojo HF+ (High Frequency roll off) (Red)

Crossfeed - The system duplicates the effects of listening to speakers 

  • Level I - Light
  • Level 2 - Medium
  • Level 3 - Heavy

Hugo versus Hugo 2 Comparison

Chord Hugo versus Hugo 2 Comparison

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