Chord Hugo M Scaler
Using technology first seen in the flagship BLU MKII digital/CD transport, the Hugo M Scaler is a standalone upscaling device containing the world’s most advanced digital filter. When used with a dual-BNC-input Chord Electronics DAC, it is capable of redefining digital audio sound quality.
- 2x BNC
- 2x optical
- 1x galvanically isolated USB Type-B compatible with DSD and PCM data (up to DSD 256); with DSD upsampled to PCM
- 1x optical
- 1x S/PDIF
- 1x galvanically isolated dual BNC (enables upscaling to the maximum resolution (768kHz from 96kHz data)
- The most advanced digital filter in the world
- Adjustable sample rate output (with pass-thru mode)
- Video mode (for lower latency)
- Auto video and source selection
- ‘DX’ controls for future product
- Designed, engineered and entirely made in the UK
- Precision-milled chassis, crafted from aircraft-grade aluminum
- Mains Power Adapter
- IR Remote Control
- M Scaler User Manual
- 3-Year Warranty
- FPGA: Xilinx XC7A200T
- Filter tap length: 1,015,808 WTA taps
- Dimensions: 235 x 40.5 x 236mm (WxHxD)
Compatible with Android, Apple IOS, Windows, OSX, and Linux.
My library is managed by JRiver Media Center, a Qnap 4 bay NAS, a DIY HTCP with a SOtM tX-USBexp PCI express USB 3.0 host interface card that connects to my Chord M Scaler, which in turn attaches to my Chord Hugo TT 2. My current configuration utilizes Peach Tree M-25 powered speakers but I’m making another change to include a pair of Bryston Mini A 3-way bookshelf speakers powered by a Mytek Brooklyn AMP. Dual Silver Dragon BNC interconnects between the M Scaler and TT2 certainly add a level of detail as do the Black Dragon RCA interconnects to my powered speakers. I use an Audioquest Carbon USB cable between my HTPC and the M Scaler.
There was a distinct benefit to listening to music using either My Audeze LCD-MX4 or Focal Utopia headphones. Music sounds much more luscious, engaging and non-fatiguing.
If you can afford the price of the M Scaler I can whole heartedly endorse it as a valuable addition to you system, at least in a configuration similar to mine.
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