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Chord Electronics Hugo 2 Headphone Amplifier
Chord Electronics custom coded Xilinx Artix 7 (XC7A15T) FPGA
Class A Output stage
Optical, Coaxial and HD USB
7 hour + battery life
Native playback supported DSD64 (Single) to DSD512 (Octa-DSD)
Chord have seen outstanding success with their compact and portable DAC/headphone amplifier the 'Hugo', and their range of audiophile micro components the 'Chordette' series are often regarded higher than similarly priced and even more expensive models on the market today; despite their compact sound.
Chord's original Hugo set the benchmark not only for high-resolution portable audio but also for stand-alone DAC technology as a whole, a reputation they have been able to uphold with this single product without fail for a number of years. Taking 2017 by storm, Chord have launched a newly revised and improved successor to what was already a superlative product, appropriately dubbed the Hugo 2.
As digital technology has advanced, Chord has kept up to speed. The new Hugo is designed and engineered primarily around this next-generation digital tech, including state of the art FPGAs and WTA (Watts Transient Aligned) filters, while also seeing the integration of a variety of flexible new features and functions. The Hugo 2 remains an ideal solution for the digital audio enthusiast both on the move and at home.
Hugo 2 has four digital inputs in total, catering for optical, coaxial and HD USB sources as well as extended-range aptX lossless Bluetooth for wirelessly streaming directly to the Hugo 2. Capable of high-resolution playback up to 768kHz and up to DSD512 (Octa DSD) from its HD USB input, the Hugo 2 is also ideal for those listeners who appreciate music via desktop from a PC. Outputs of the Hugo 2 include 2 x RCA, 3.5mm and 6.35mm headphone outputs.
The Hugo 2 allows for sound filtration too, via a four-function switch that effectively allows you to shape the frequency being played. This means that you are able to cater the sound to your personal requirements and preferences, whether you prefer a warmer sound or a more clinical, transparent listening experience. The Hugo 2's colour-coded buttons represent information regarding the device's status including control power, input, filtering and the unit's crossfeed options.
The Hugo will play uninterrupted for around seven hours from a full charge and features two auto-charge modes via Micro USB. An indicator shows you the charging and battery-charge status of your Hugo 2.
Who is Chord Electronics?
Chord Electronics (not to be confused with Chord Company cables) are a quality manufacturer of hifi components based in Kent, UK. Chord has seen renowned success, especially in the digital market, for their build quality, sound quality and aesthetic design. Chord Electronics hifi products incorporate a signature look and all feature the same design philosophy of reproducing the best and most accurate level of sound quality possible for the price.
Chipset Chord Electronics custom coded
Xilinx Artix 7 (XC7A15T) FPGA
Tap-length 49,152 Pulse array 10 element pulse array design Frequency response 20Hz – 20kHz +/- 0.2dB Output stage Class A Output impedance 0.025Ω THD <0.0001% 1kHz 3v RMS 300Ω THD and noise at 3v RMS 120dB at 1kHz 300ohms ‘A’ wighted (reference 5.3v) Noise 2.6 uV ‘A’ weighted No measurable noise floor modulation Signal to noise ratio 126dB ‘A’ Weighted Channel separation 135dB at 1kHz 300Ω Power output @ 1kHz 1% THD 94mW 300Ω
Weight 450g Dimensions 130mm (L) x 100mm (W) x 21mm (H) Boxed Dimensions 220mm (L) x 122mm (W) x 85mm (H)
Providing your item is in stock, the order is usually dispatched within 24 hours. Postage and packing is completely free for orders over £100*. Out of stock items will be dispatched as soon as they become available, out of stock items can take between 4 to 21 days for dispatch.
Orders are sent via our couriers' DPD on a next-day-delivery service and usually, take between 1 and 3 days.
*We ship free of charge to mainland UK addresses, excluding the Scottish Highlands or 'Out-Of-Reach' Scottish locations. Please consult the post-codes below to see if your location falls within this category. If you are still unsure, please contact us on 01432 354921. We also ship to Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, Scilly Isles, Scottish Isles and Scottish Highlands, however, delivery to these locations will incur a charge and can only be sent via a 2-day service.
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