Chord Hugo 2 DAC headphone amp
Both Hugo 2 colors are In Stock.
Chord Electronics advances the revolutionary Hugo digital to analog converter (DAC) and portable headphone amplifier with the next generation Chord Hugo 2.
Perfect for on-the-go high fidelity, while being comfortable in support of a conventional audio system, Chord’s new Hugo 2 rocks.
- 3-Year Warranty
- 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
- 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
- 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 (Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR with APTX) (Blue): 44.1kHz – 48kHz – 16bit
- Connectivity (output):
- 1x ¼” 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|
|Pulse array:||10 element pulse array design|
|Frequency response:||20Hz – 20kHz +/- 0.2dB|
|Output stage:||Class A|
|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)|
7 months ago
11 months ago
I started the week at the quiet folk/jazz end of my listening preferences. I prefer to listen to albums such as Elton John’s Madman Across the River, U2’s Joshua Tree, Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, and Sweet Baby James by James Taylor when evaluating new gear. These albums and a handful of others etched such grooves in my brain hearing what new equipment is/isnot doing becomes easier.
Chord’s Hugo 2 has cojones.
There isn’t a musical transition, dynamic reach, or sudden musical shift the Hugo 2 can’t handle and smooth if ever so slightly. I only understood a fraction of Drew’s explanation about why the Hugo 2 more than doubled the detail, clarity, and smoothness from its immediate predecessor the Chord Hugo. There was something about “tap count” and then I lost the thread.
I may not be as smart as Drew, but my ears know what they like. My ears and brain LOVE the Hugo 2. It’s rare to find a DAC capable of helping both ends of the sound spectrum. Usually, DACs good at shaving brittleness from digital sound are limited when it comes to speed or support for dynamic range. Not so much with Chord Hugo sequel.
Capable of keeping up with Edge’s guitar on Joshua Tree, Cannonball Adderley’s baritone saxophone on Kind of Blue and Mud Slide Slim (James Taylor), the Hugo 2 delivers subtle muscle. “Subtle muscle” sounds like an oxymoron, but you’ll recognize it when you hear it. Bono’s Joshua Tree voice has never sounded warmer, more complete and present. Edge’s guitar raspier smooth and Larry Mullen’s drums more supportive.
The Chord Hugo 2 agrees with Bono, “You have to scream without raising your voice”. Too Good!
Paired with the right headphones the H2 shines like no other DAC/AMP I've ever heard. Maybe one day, I'll go for its older brother, the Dave. But for now, with my more modest budget, the H2 is a wonder that I'll enjoy for years to come.
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