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Chord Hugo Reviews

Chord Hugo

You don’t have to go far to find words and phrases such as “audio nirvana” and “outstanding” in reviews of the revolutionary Chord Hugo portable headphone amp and Digital Analog Converter (DAC). Listening to founder Drew Baird, the Chord Hugo’s father Rob Watts explain why the Chord is a revolution in digital sound can make your head hurt.

One favorite customer review came from JR Garcia. JR took a giant leap of faith buying his Chord without an audition. Here is what JR had to say:

You Have To Hear It To Believe It!

"I never had a chance to audition the Chord Hugo before I purchased it. I was dependent on reviews and comments posted on various tech and audio websites as well as Head-Fi threads.

I was quite surprised at the overwhelmingly positive feedback this little unit was receiving. Now I understand why. Suffice to say the Chord Hugo has made my music better! I'm currently using my iPad with a Silver Dragon usb connection, listening through HD600's and Noble K10 ciems. Sound Quality is fantastic. The Hugo’s sound is full bodied yet naturally detailed with the depth, power and clarity of a desktop system all wrapped in a beautifully constructed, precision made aluminum body.

It all spells quality, front to back, top to bottom! So much has been said about the sound quality, the only thing I can add is an affirmative that you won't be disappointed by the musicality it brings to all your favorite tunes!"

- JR Garcia

A great Hugo vs. Mojo comparison review:

Hugo vs. Mojo

"I'm coming from the Mojo and have been using the Hugo for several weeks now. For me the improvement in detail and grip on the music (especially the bottom end) is not subtle. Biggest surprise: how sumptuous 16bit sounds through the Hugo."

- Gil

The Chord Hugo’s quality comes from creators Rob Watts and James Frank. Rob Watt is a digital music designing genius. Watching videos of Rob you realize how much goes into creating a portable revolution in sound. Rob’s hard work to make digital music sound more “musical” and less “harsh” is paying huge dividends in the Chord Hugo.

Rob’s technical genius is equally matched by Chord Electronics founder James Franks’ attention to design detail. Franks looks to architects such as Richard Rogers, Frank Lloyd Wright and Antoni Gaudi. You hear Watts’ genius and see Franks’ love of architecture and hisi former life working on fighter jets in the Chord Hugo’s clean lines, simple layout and award winning design.

Hugo + Dragons = Best

After hearing the Chord Hugo several years ago at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Drew and the Hack Your Headphones team began working on new Silver Dragon and Black Dragon USB connections for Chord Hugo.

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