Chord Electronics Hugo Mobile DAC/Headphone Amplifier - Audio T Recommends


Reg. price £1,400.00

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Hugo from Chord Electronics is a miracle of mobile audio engineeing. Awesome sound quality and build on this headphone amplifier/DAC, supporting USB digital connection on all Android and iPhones. Hugo for where You-Go!

Best DAC £1000+ 2014

Chord Electronics claim Hugo is the world’s most advanced headphone amp/DAC and the most advanced 32-bit DAC they have ever made.

Hugo has a wealth of inputs including five digital inputs along with A2DP aptX Bluetooth and advanced 384kHz PCM and DSD 128 playback for today’s high-resolution DXD (Digital eXtreme Definition) music files allowing audiophiles to experience music in true high definition, along with the best possible reproduction of CD-quality music.

Most importantly Hugo can be used as both a portable headphone amp/DAC as well as a reference-level standalone DAC at home. It is possible using the built in volume control to play directly into active speakers for a minimalist high quality system.

Thanks to two additional digital inputs, coaxial and optical, any connected component with a digital output will also benefit from Hugo’s advanced technology. Hugo 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, high-quality music can still be enjoyed. In addition to 384kHz PCM files, the Hugo can also process DSD 128 data using the latest DSD-over-PCM standard (DoP).

Hugo has a built-in battery-charging circuit, with a full charge reached in approximately two hours allowing up to 14 hours playback time. Further features include an advanced reference-grade digital volume control that does not lose digital information and changes colour with volume changes. The casework is precision- machined from aircraft-grade aluminium, with a bright silver hard-anodised finish.

Finally it features a top-mounted ‘porthole’ that gives users an intriguing insight into the internal circuitry, which changes colour with differing incoming sample rates.

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Read the HiFi + Magazine Review Here

• Optical TOSLink 24-bit/192kHz-capable
• RCA coaxial input 24-bit/384kHz-capable
• Driverless USB input 16-bit/48kHz-capable (designed for tablets/phones)
• HD USB input 32-bit/384KHz and DSD128-capable (for computer/laptop playback; see driver details below)

• On a PC (Vista, Win 7 or 8) Hugo will playback music up to 384KHz and support both DSD64 and DSD128, but for this you must install the supplied driver which comes in the box and is also available on this product page.

• On Apple Mac OS, iOS for iPhone/iPad and Android, no drivers are required and Hugo will work up to 384KHz and DSD64/128 if your playback software/app can support it.

• 2x3.5mm headphone jacks
• 1x6.35mm (1/4 inch) headphone jack
• 1x (pair) stereo RCA phono output

Technical specs

• Advanced digital volume control
• Crossfeed filter network
• Battery powered for approximately 14 hours operation
• Input, sample rate and volume level indication by colour-change LEDs
• 26K tap-length filter (more than double when compared to the QuteHD DAC)
• Headphone output: 110dB SPL into a 300ohm headphone load
• Output power – 1KHz 1V sinewave both channels driven 0.1% distortion
• 600 ohms 35mW
• 300 ohms 70mW
• 56 ohms 320mW
• 32 ohms 600mW
• 8 ohms 720mW
• THD – 1KHz 3V output: 0.0005%
• Dynamic Range: 120dB
• Output impedance: 0.075 ohms
• Damping factor >100
• Weight: 0.4kg
• Dimensions: 100x20x132mm (WxHxD)


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