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Chord Hugo TT 2 DAC & Headphone Amplifier

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$5,795.00

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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.

Awards

2019 What Hi-Fi Awards
Inner Fidelity 2018 Editor's Choice Award

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.

Materials

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

Cable Recommendations

We recommend dual BNC connectors for maximum resolution. Our Silver Dragon Interconnect cables are available with Furutech FP-3-117 (R) connectors and will enable output of the full audio resolution to your Hugo M Scaler, DAVE, or other high resolution device.


Reviews

Chord Magazine Guide
Chord Magazine

Guides & Advice
by Moon Audio

Moon Audio Review
Moon Audio

by Drew Baird
Feb. 2019

What Hi-Fi? Review
What Hi-Fi?

by Staff
Jan. 2019

Hi-Fi World Review
Hi-Fi World

by Noel Keywood
Apr. 2019

Manuals and Guides
pdf
(Size: 1.6 MB)
Chord Electronics Hugo2 TT DAC

Specifications

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
Digital
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
Noise
4 uV ‘A’ weighted (high gain), 1.7 uV ‘A’ weighted (low gain) with no measurable noise floor modulation
Distortion
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
0.042Ω
Stereo separation
9 V RMS 300Ω -138dB
Dimensions
130mm (L) x 100mm (W) x 21mm (H)
Boxed Dimensions
220mm (L) x 122mm (W) x 85mm (H)

INCLUDED ACCESSORIES

  • 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

3-Year Warranty

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I bought this along with the m-scaler. This alone is a very impressive DAC in either a desktop system, because of it’s size, or a home system. Paired with the M-scaler, it is an endgame system for those of us who are mere mortals.
May 8, 2019
Purchased
7 months ago
The TT 2 is everything I expected and more !!
I've had my TT 2 for about (3) months now. I'm still amazed at the sound quality, and can't wait to listen to every chance I get. I use Roon/Tidal and Qobuz on a MacBook Pro, with most of my listening (95%) using the TT 2 direct to a Lexicon amp and SVS Ultra Bookshelf speakers (near-field) set up in my home office. It's a beautifully sounding system! I highly recommend the TT 2 and Moon Audio. Drew was very responsive to my pre-sell questions.
27" 5k monitor connected to my MacBook Pro and the TT 2, surrounded by SVS Ultrabookshelf speakers.
TT 2
It's here !
The TT 2 next to my replaced Oppo Sonica DAC (now using on my iMac/JBL system).
May 4, 2019
Purchased
5 months ago
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can i connect my iphone xs max (tidal), as source, to hugo tt2?
alexander d on Nov 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes using an Apple CCK adapter cable and A USB A to USB B cable as seen here: https://www.moon-audio.com/apple-cck-silver-dragon-usb-cable-bundle.html
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
Can I output using both XLR and RCA at the same time?
Hardeep S on Mar 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Copied from manual:
"DAC Mode can be employed when used within a conventional audio system, where an external amplifier is present. When this mode is selected, a 2.5V RMS line-level signal will be present on all outputs."
What device do you need to add to your system that allows Hugo tt2 to stream music?
Jerome J on Jan 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: One example would be to add a Roon Nucleus as both a storage device, software controller/interface for playing that storage as well as Tidal or Qobuz streaming. Read more here: https://www.moon-audio.com/electronics-brands/roon-labs.html
Can the Chord Hugo TT 2 stream music?
Jerome J on Jan 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It is not a Media Bridge. It has digital inputs like USB that can be connected to devices like Tablets, Computer, Music Servers, Digital Audio Players etc etc that can provide a streaming service.

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