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Chord Hugo TT DAC & Headphone Amp

$4,795.00
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Chord Hugo TT2 is here!

We recommend the Chord Hugo TT 2 DAC, coming Fall 2018.


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The Hugo TT expanded the Chord Electronics Hugo range with a better equipped table top or desktop version.

The TT features improved connectivity and performance, support for up to 32-bit/384kHz audio via coaxial and USB, and 24-bit/192kHz over optical, as well as DSD64 across all inputs and DSD128 via coaxial or USB.

Key Features

  • Stream music wirelessly with an A2DP aptX Bluetooth capability provided by a custom-made module
  • Remote control allowing input (source) selection and volume control
  • Alphanumeric LED display to show settings
  • Double the battery capacity of Hugo
  • 10,000,000uF (microfarads) of supercapacitor energy storage
  • Fully balanced outputs using XLR connectors
  • Single-ended RCA outputs
  • BNC coaxial digital input
  • Optical TOSLink input
  • Full-sized B-type USB inputs for both SD USB and HD USB feeds
  • Full galvanic isolation on the HD USB input right up to 384kHz
  • Improved analogue stage output current for low distortion into low impedance loads
  • 2x Quarter-inch jack headphone outputs
  • 1x 3.5mm jack headphone output

Hugo v. Hugo tt

  1. Galvanic isolation on the USB. This stops RF noise from the source creating noise floor modulation within the analog electronics. It also prevents signal correlated but distorted ground currents from corrupting the small signal distortion performance. The SQ benefits are smoother and warmer SQ with better instrument separation and focus, and better sound-stage depth. Our galvanic isolation runs through all resolutions whereas a lot of isolators will only run up to 96k.
  2. Beefed up OP stage - increased bias current. This means that with lower impedance headphones it will be in Class A for more time, making it sound smoother.
  3. Beefed up power supply - double the batteries of Hugo and addition of super caps (10,000,000uF (microfarads) of supercapacitor energy storage) reducing power supply impedance.
  4. Improved reference circuitry - lower impedance and noise. This has benefit of reducing THD and noise by 4 dB at full output.
  5. Chassis machined from solid block - reduces effects of vibration.
  6. Plus you have the usual features, remote control, balanced OP for power amps etc.
  7. Hugo TT also has memory recall of the input selection after switching off.
  8. The bluetooth reception has been increased to a ninety feet maximum.
  9. There were also changes to the reference voltage power supply's of the pulse arrays, but no changes to any program algorithms.

Chord Electronics FPGA DAC Technology

Building on the extraordinary success of Chord's genre-defining Hugo DAC/headphone amplifier, Hugo TT (table top) is a new larger, desktop design offering greater connectivity including a USB-B input, XLR outputs, two quarter inch headphone outputs, plus improved performance and features.

Compared to the more mobile Hugo, the Hugo TT gains a new larger chassis, remote control, an alphanumeric LED display with input/sample rate data, and improved sonic performance thanks to supercapacitors.

Advanced sample rate capability

The Hugo TT is ready to take advantage of today's advanced studio-master-quality (DXD) music files allowing music lovers to experience music in true high definition, along with the best possible reproduction of CD-quality music. Hugo TT supports up to 32-bit/384kHz audio via coax and USB, and 24-bit/192kHz over optical, plus DSD64 on all inputs and DSD128 via coax or USB (all via DoP).

In a key upgrade over the original Hugo, the Hugo TT benefits from a high-quality asynchronous B-type USB connection for both the SD and HD USB input. With two further digital inputs: a (new) BNC coaxial and optical (TOSLink), any connected component with a digital output can benefit from the Hugo TT's advanced sound quality.

Bluetooth

To fully integrate with today's digitally stored media, the new Hugo TT also has A2DP Bluetooth capability and uses a custom-made module with the aptX codec to feed a digital signal directly into the DAC circuitry, so even without cables, music can still be enjoyed.

Spartan 6 FPGA

The Hugo TT retains the same high-performance Spartan 6 FPGA that enabled Hugo to redefine the DAC genre in 2014. It has the same specification and measured performance as its mobile sibling, a device that "broke all records" for dynamic range in leading UK hi-fi magazine, Hi-Fi World, in the summer of 2014.

Supercapacitors

Being a home-orientated device, the Hugo TT has been designed to run continuously from the supplied charger, however Chord's engineers have also improved the battery and added Supercap energy storage, a technology seen in F1 where supercacitors back-up the cars batteries by sharing the load and charge demands, thereby protecting them. They serve a similar purpose in the Hugo TT, extending the battery life as well as improving dynamics and demanding transients in recorded music.

The Power of Upscaling

To upgrade your Chord Hugo 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 aBlack 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.

Hugo TT key features

  • Remote control allowing input (source) selection and volume control
  • Alphanumeric LED display to show settings
  • Double the battery capacity of Hugo
  • 10,000,000uF (microfarads) of supercapacitor energy storage
  • Fully balanced outputs using XLR connectors
  • Single-ended RCA outputs
  • BNC coaxial digital input
  • Optical TOSLink input
  • Full-sized B-type USB inputs for both SD USB and HD USB feeds
  • Full galvanic isolation on the HD USB input right up to 384kHz
  • Improved analogue stage output current for low distortion into low impedance loads
  • 2x Quarter-inch jack headphone outputs
  • 1x 3.5mm jack headphone output

Reviews

HiFi+ Review September 2016

Stereophile Review October 2015

What HiFi? Review August 2015

6Moons Review January 2015

Manuals and Guides
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Chord Electronics Hugo TT DAC

Specifications

  • Advanced digital volume control
  • Crossfeed filter network
  • Battery-powered for power supply isolation
  • Input selection identification and remote volume up or down indication is via alphanumeric display and colour-changing LED display
  • 26K tap-length filter
  • THD: 140dB
  • Headphone output: 110dB SPL into a 300ohm headphone load

Inputs

  • 1x Optical TOSLink 24-bit/192KHz-capable
  • 1x BNC coaxial input 32-bit/384kHz -capable
  • 1x HD/SD USB B-type input up to 32-bit/384kHz

Outputs

  • 1x3.5mm headphone jack
  • 2x6.35mm (1/4-inch) headphone jack
  • 1x (pair) stereo RCA phono output
  • Fully balanced via XLR connectors

Dimensions

  • 235mm x 45mm x 225mm (WxDx H)
  • Weight 3Kg

Warranty

  • 3 years

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