Chord Hugo TT 2 DAC & Headphone Amplifier
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Large Shipment of Both Colors Expected Late March 2019
Following the release of the Hugo 2, Chord has announced the second generation of the tabletop version, the Chord Hugo2 TT. The Hugo2 TT is bigger, better and more advanced in every way and it sets a new benchmark for tabletop DACs, eclipsed only by Chord’s flagship DAVE.
The Next Generation of Tabletop DACs
The Chord Hugo2 TT has been radically redesigned from the ground up. It features beautiful new casework by Chief Designer, John Franks, as well as 5 times the processing power of the original Hugo TT &emdash; double that of the multi-award-winning Hugo 2. Hugo2 TT includes over 20 years of digital development by Rob Watts and takes advantage of the very latest technology.
As expected, it delivers radically improved technical specifications and measurements across the board and exhibits drastic sonic benefits over its predecessor with 768kHz PCM and DSD 512 playback. This powerhouse DAC supports most headphones, including harder to drive ones like the Sennheiser HD800S and most planar magnetic headphones, such as the Audeze LCD-3 and LCD-4.
Compared to the 256-tap filters of traditional chip DACs, Hugo2 TT is an infinitely more powerful Xilinx Artix 7 FPGA, custom-coded by Chord Electronics’ Rob Watts with 86x 208MHz cores running in parallel to create an advanced 16FS WTA 1 filter with 98,304-taps. That doubles the power of its multi-award winning transportable brother, Hugo 2 (49,152). Hugo2 TT also upgrades from a 4-element design to a 10-element design, which works in harmony with the radically upgraded FPGA and code to deliver unrivaled audio.
A brand-new, high-powered discrete output stage coupled with second-order noise-shaping integration between the DAC output and filter massively reduce distortion. Further improvements have also been made to the power delivery. Hugo2 TT eschews the Li-Po battery power supply of the original and ushers in six supercapacitors capable of delivering huge linear-dynamic currents when the music demands it with a peak output of 5A, 9.3V RMS.
Hugo2 TT also brings home the beloved four-stage user-selectable filter controls introduced with Hugo 2 and retains the three-stage user-selectable digital crossfeed function for headphone users who want to improve the perception of depth, similar to that of speakers.
The Power of Upscaling
To upgrade your Chord Hugo2 TT to the next level, we recommend adding the Chord Hugo M Scaler.
The M Scaler is an instant upgrade to any existing DAC you have. It has the ability to upgrade your standard definition digital input signals and output them to your DAC at a max resolution of 352.8 or 384kHz via a single BNC SPDIF output or via a 176.4 or 192kHz via an Optical SPDIF output. If you have a Chord Electronics DAC that utilizes Dual Data Digital inputs, such as the Chord Qutest, Hugo2, Hugo TT2 or the Dave, then you can increase this output resolution to 705.6 or 768kHz via the M Scaler Dual BNC SPDIF outputs. The Hugo2 requires a special cable for the 3.5mm dual data input, so we've developed a Black Dragon Mini Coax Cable to connect it to the M Scaler.
Keith Howard wrote a wonderful profile on Rob Watts' theories of why the upsampling filters are so critical to remarkable digital audio playback. Read the Hifi Critic article here.
Precision-machined aluminum casing with steel ball-bearing buttons, gloss black acrylic signal window, glass viewing portal, and dot matrix display. Available in a choice of two colors – silver and satin black
- Tap length filter
- 93,304-tap 16FS WTA 1 – 10 element design
- Connectivity (input)
- 1x USB Type-B, 2x DX (expansion inputs), 2x Coax BNC, 2x Optical & Bluetooth
- Connectivity (output)
- Stereo XLR, Stereo RCA, 2x 6.5mm Headphone jack & 1x 3.5mm Headphone jack
- PCM support
- 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 358.8kHz, and 384kHz
- DSD support
- DSD 64 to DSD 512 – native via Windows
- Volume control
- Line-level mode
- Activated via dual press of Input and Crossfeed upon startup
- Driver support
- Driverless with Mac OS X and Linux, driver required for Windows OS
- Dynamic range
- 127dB ‘A’ weighted
- 4 uV ‘A’ weighted (high gain), 1.7 uV ‘A’ weighted (low gain) with no measurable noise floor modulation
- 0.00008% @ 2.5 V 300Ω; 0.00016% @ 6 W 8Ω
- Output power (unbalanced)
- (@1% THD) 288 mW RMS 300Ω; 7.3 W RMS 8Ω
- Output power (balanced)
- (@1% THD) 1.15 W RMS 300Ω; 18W RMS 8Ω
- Output impedance
- Stereo separation
- 9 V RMS 300Ω -138dB
- 130mm (L) x 100mm (W) x 21mm (H)
- Boxed Dimensions
- 220mm (L) x 122mm (W) x 85mm (H)
- 1.5m 12v Switching power supply
- 1.5m Type A to Type B USB cable
- Toslink Digital Cable
- Compact remote control
- 2 AAA batteries
- Hugo2 TT Owners manual
- 3-Year Warranty
The Chord Products are not Apple MFI certified and do not have Apple Coprocessors in them. Thus a direct connection with 1 cable is not possible. But with the new iPad Pro with USB C you can do a direct connection with this cable for USB C to USB B: https://www.moon-audio.com/silver-dragon-usb-cable.html