Hugo Review Winner October 2015

Chord Hugo

Michael Ford, a.k.a. The Old Mad Dog
Moon Audio Ambassador

"This is absolutely a sound investment to use as a reference point for years to come!"

I won't mimic all of the Hugo reviews. At my ripe age of 64 (that's a little more than 9 dog years), I have tried virtually everything and I'll leave it as this...

With the Fostex TH900 / Silver Dragon V3, this is as good as it gets. The only system I've owned that was better was a Goldmund Turntable with Straight Line Tracking, Mark Levinson Class A Amps and Preamp and the infamous Levinson modified Quad Speaker system. But that's comparing a system which cost well over 40 times as much as the Hugo and that was 30 years ago!

I'm sold and a believer in a solid product which matches the reviews and doesn't need the hype.

– Michael Ford, a.k.a. The Old Mad Dog

Chord Hugo with Fostex TH900 & Silver Dragon

Chord Hugo with Fostex TH900 Headphones & Silver Dragon Headphone Cable V3


I wrote another review under the name of The Old Mad Dog but I feel compelled to write another because I've spent time with Hugo and now understand all of its little nuances.

First, Toslink out of an Apple is great. But, now having received the Silver Dragon USB, even better.

Second, the crossfeed switch. I've had devices with such switches before or crossfeed built in - and so what? They all sound like 1970's Quadrophonic sound. HOWEVER, Hugo has a crossfeed switch that not only works, it works on the fly as you're listening. And, it's use - AMAZING. The spatial tonality and instrument separation is unlike anything you've ever heard before. It's just like being in the 8th row of a concert setting. Only you don't have to stand through the whole thing with a BIC lighter in your hand.

I thought the Fostex TH900 headphones were pretty good. Then I got the Hugo and thought they were great. Then I got the Silver Dragon USB cable and figured out Hugo's crossfeed switch and I am 100% set (at least until I go to Drew's booth at next year's RMAF CanJam).

This is absolutely a sound investment to use as a reference point for years to come!

– Michael Ford, a.k.a. The Old Mad Dog


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