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Chord Electronics Hugo 2 Headphone Amplifier

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Chord Electronics Hugo 2 Headphone Amplifier

Key features

Chord Electronics custom coded Xilinx Artix 7 (XC7A15T) FPGA
Class A Output stage
Optical, Coaxial and HD USB
Bluetooth APT-X
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
740mW 33Ω
1050mW 8Ω
Weight 450g
Dimensions 130mm (L) x 100mm (W) x 21mm (H)
Boxed Dimensions 220mm (L) x 122mm (W) x 85mm (H)


UK Delivery

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, which can take between 4 to 21 days      

UK Delivery orders are sent via our couriers' DPD Local on a next-day-delivery service and usually take between 1 and 3 days. 


Local Delivery

Certain manufacturers disallow mail order for their products, however a local delivery may be possible.

We offer a local delivery service for a large number of our products. After your order has been placed, a member of the Hifi Gear team will contact you to arrange a convenient date and time for your local, personal delivery.


Click & Collect

We offer a free ‘Click & Collect’ service on all items. As soon as your order has been completed and is ready for collection a member of our team will be in contact with you. Orders can be collected from our store at 11 King Street, Hereford, HR4 9BW.


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