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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.
*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
The differences from Hugo to TT:
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.
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.
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.
Improved reference circuitry - lower impedance and noise. This has benefit of reducing THD and noise by 4 dB at full output.
Chassis machined from solid block - reduces effects of vibration.
Plus you have the usual features, remote control, balanced OP for power amps etc.
Hugo TT also has memory recall of the input selection after switching off.
The blue tooth reception has been increased to a ninety feet maximum.
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 Explained:
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.
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.
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.
Can this DAC be run on battery power for short periods of time, or not at all?
by Lorenzo1 years and 2 months ago ago00
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The HUGO TT runs off of batteries. It never sees AC power as it utilizes a trickle charger and as power is depleted it will then recharge.
It always runs on DC power, which is why it is so quiet.
by Moon Audio1 years and 2 months ago ago00
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
- 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
- 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
- 1x3.5mm headphone jack - 2x6.35mm (1/4-inch) headphone jack - 1x (pair) stereo RCA phono output - Fully balanced via XLR connectors
- 235mm x 45mm x 225mm (WxDx H) - Weight 3Kg
- 3 years
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