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The Chord Hugo 2 features next-gen performance in terms of sound all thanks to its FPGA and WTA (Watts Transient Aligned) filters. It offers 49,152 taps. It can be used at home in a conventional audio system or on-the-move using the 7-hour battery life. You get 2 modes of automatic charging with its dedicated Micro USB charging port.
You can connect the Hugo 2 to multiple devices with the optical, coaxial and HD USB inputs. The analogue outputs include RCA connectors, 3.5mm jack and 6.35mm headphone outputs. You can also stream audio wirelessly using Bluetooth with Qualcomm aptX. The USB connection supports hi-res file playback up to 768kHz and DSD512 while the remote control adds flexibility to full-sized desktop systems.
Choose between the 4 frequency-shaping switch filters. You can pick between a warm & soft presentation or a transparent & incisive sound. The Hugo 2 offers three operation modes for headphone-listening. It even retains the popular digital crossfeed function of the original Hugo. The system duplicates the effect of listening to speakers and is based on advanced binaural audio research.
Just like the Chord Mojo, the Hugo 2 can drive headphones up to 800Ω. All its cutting-edge tech is encased in a durable CNC-milled aluminium chassis. It features four spherical control buttons which illuminate in a different colour light to give you information about the power, input, filters and crossfeed functions..
|BATTERY LIFE||7 Hours|
|CHARGING||Nominal 6 hours via Micro USB at 1.8amps (fast charge) – Nominal 8 hours at 1amp (slow charge)|
|BATTERY||2x Rechargeable custom Enix Energies 3.7v 9.6Wh Li-ion (lithium-ion (2600mAh) batteries*|
|VOLUME CONTROL||Digital, activated in 1dB increments. Last known state saved upon shutdown, with exception of line-level mode|
|POWER SAVING MODE||Auto-shutdown after ten minutes of input inactivity|
|BOX CONTENTS||Chord - Hugo 2|
|2amp USB Charger|
|1.5m Micro USB Cable|
|Micro USB to Micro USB OTG Cable|
|Hugo 2 Owners Overview Manual|
|PCM SUPPORT||44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 358.8kHz, 384kHz, 717.6kHz, and 768kHz.|
|1x stereo (L & R) RCA output|
|DRIVER SUPPORT||Driverless with Mac OS X and Linux, driver required for Windows OS|
|FREQUENCY RESPONSE||20Hz – 20kHz +/- 0.2dB|
|THD||<0.0001% 1kHz 3v RMS 300Ω|
|SIGNAL TO NOISE RATIO||126dB ‘A’ Weighted|
|CHANNEL SEPARATION||135dB at 1kHz 300Ω|
|POWER OUTPUT @ 1kHz 1% THD||94mW 300Ω
|Tap length filter||49,152 – 10 element Pulse Array design|
|DSD SUPPORT||Native playback supported. DSD64 (Single) to DSD512 (Octa-DSD)|
|LINE-LEVEL MODE||Activated via dual press of middle ‘Source’ and ‘Crossfeed’ buttons. Line level = 3v via all outputs. Reset by power cycle|
|MATERIALS||Clamshell precision machined aluminium casing with polycarbonate buttons, acrylic signal window, and glass viewing portal. Available in a choice of two colours – natural silver, and satin black|
|DIMENSIONS||2.3cm (H) x 10cm (W) x 13.1cm (D)|
|INPUT- WIRED||Micro USB (White): 44.1kHz to 768kHz – 16bit to 32bit|
|Coax via 3.5mm Jack (Red): 44.1kHz to 384kHz – 16bit to 32bit|
|Dual data mode input (using both BNC coax inputs together): 44.1kHz to 768kHz – 16bit to 32bit|
|Optical (Green): 44.1kHz to 96kHz – 16bit to 24bit|
|INPUT - WIRELESS||Bluetooth (Apt X) (Blue): 44.1kHz to 48kHz – 16bit|
|OUTPUT||1x ¼” jack headphone output|
|1x 3.5mm jack headphone output|
Learn how to make the most out of your Chord Hugo 2with information on how to protect and clean your device from time to time. Get information on battery life indicators and configuring these with other devices.
Don't sweat it, this Chord Hugo 2 comes with a 3 year warranty from Chord that covers manufacturing defects. All products featured on Headphone Zone are backed by an original manufacturer's warranty.
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"I honestly can’t think of a single transportable DAC device out on the market today that can beat the Hugo 2 for pure sound. That bodes well for the end of the year awards."Read More
"There isn’t another DAC around at anywhere near this sort of price able to communicate so torrentially, so unambiguously or so effortlessly. We like it a lot."Read More
"Chord Electronics’ outstanding Hugo 2: On sound quality and utility – judging it as a complete package – Chord Electronics’ Hugo 2 is the finest DAC I’ve seen/heard/used to date."Read More
"The Hugo 2 is their best portable DAC at the moment and you won’t be disappointed in any way. There’s a reason the Hugo 2 also keeps its place in our Best DAC/Amp Recommendations list."Read More
I have been looking for a dedicated DAC for my stereo setup (KEF Q900 floor-standing speakers, Naim NAIT 5Si stereo amplifier, Yamaha RN-602 Network receiver) to replace the mediocre build-in DAC on my network receiver. I initially auditioned some DACs to check how much improvement a dedicated DAC could make and needless to say, it was significant.
After a lot of research, I went with Chord Hugo2 (H2). I read that even with its small and portable form factor, H2 is highly capable of taking the role of a dedicated DAC in a proper home hifi stereo set-up. A shout-out to Headphonezone for delivering my DAC within 2 days of ordering !
There were a lot of questions in my mind initially - if H2 could drive an amplifier but Chord made sure that it does. H2 has a line-out mode that can be set by tapping the "XPHD" button during start-up. What it basically does is, it sets the output level to 3V RMS (indicated by appropriate color coding), which is more than enough to drive an amplifier. Another reason for choosing the H2 is its connectivity options. H2 has build-in Bluetooth with AptX support so I could quickly connect my phone to it if required. Another question was about the power supply. H2 is battery powered with USB charging. This seems unconventional if used as a tabletop DAC. But H2 has an intelligent power management feature that automatically detects that it is in the Desktop Mode after 24 hours of charging. In this mode, it is, I quote - "neither in charging or discharging state". But I could not leave it ON all the time, so I switch it ON whenever I use it. The remote control is very handy. Its inclusion shows that Chord was serious about users like me who want to use it as a tabletop DAC.
Now about the SQ - I will try to explain as much as I can about the my experience but since I am a newbie to Hifi, I won't be able to get into the intricacies.
First thing I noticed as soon as I hooked up the H2 is the amazing details it could pick up. I tri...
Chord Hugo 2 is a gem in the audio world. The sound quality of CH2 is so pure, accurate and detail rich that it gets you real close to a live recording. Each note is refined and nuanced. The frequency response is even and balanced with great extension on both ends. As far as I can tell, it drives the notoriously fussy HD800S flawlessly in all its glory; the combo is an out of the world experience.
Significant step up from Mojo.Small transportable & future proof .Stellar sound out of any source . Superb imaging and sound signature.
Thanks Raghav ..
I had Chord mojo earlier. The improvement that it made to my hi-fi system is top-notch. I had fiio x5, ibasso dx90, denon da 300 usb, oppo bdp 103 and 203, denon x7200W, Marantz av7703. The chord mojo defeated all these systems in sound quality. I had even purchased AK Kann and ifi dsd micro BL. They could't able to compete with the mojo in terms of pure emotion and musicality. When I heard about the chord hugo 2 release, I had planned to purchase it. When I first heard it, I was not fully satisfied with the sound quality. The main reason was Hugo2 was more transparent compared to Mojo. Compared to mojo, hugo 2 was slightly thinner, less warm, more detailed, reveals lots and lots of micro details, wider sound stage, ultimate instrument separation. Somehow my mind was not adjusted to Hugo 2 when I listened to mp3 songs. I had tried with CD quality WAV/Flac songs too and same results. It surprises you with more nuances, but the ultimate musicality that you got via Mojo was missing. I couldn't able to understand the problem. Suddenly, my mojo got repaired and sent it for service. I had to listen to Hugo 2 for 2 months. Now, I started understanding the reality. Like an AR Rahman song, Hugo 2 started growing inside you slowly. But once you are addicted to its musicality, you cannot use any other DAC/DAP forever. When I have got mojo, I came to know what I was missing via Mojo and what I have got via Hugo 2. Now, if you want to switch to any other DAC/DAP - It would be really difficult since your mind and heart both wants you to listen only to Hugo 2 since the sound is exceptional via Hugo2. Between Mojo and Hugo 2 - I am using Mojo for car listening and Hugo 2 for main hi-fi system listening.
Designed by rob watts of chord electronics, this dac sounds extremly close to works best chord Dave dac at a fraction of price. The first impression is of extreme clarity but with the refinement only possible with best analog gear. Sound instantly reminds of a vinyl record but with lot more bass extension. It works as a digital pre so one can attach a power amp directly saving the cost of high end pre and interconnects. Sound is neither warm nor cold, in fact it is on very slight warmer side as compared to Hugo 1. It is suited to all kind of music be it in lossless or lossy format. Vocals are extremely communicative and focused. Simply add a good power amp ( or even integrated amp ) and you have a system which can beat many much more expensive high end systems. It requires though 50 to 80 hours burn in , preferably with isotek burn in track.
I Started my journey with the Chord Mojo, which converted me into a Chord Fanatic. Saved up and upgraded to the Hugo 2. Huge leap in sound quality. Utterly captivating and natural sound. When listening, you get the feeling that none of the frequencies are exaggerated or muted. Every sound is in line with one another and as a whole, it just pulls you into each song. Actually, It's difficult to put into words, the exact emotional pull it brings into your music listening experience. Highly recommended, it may seem pricey, and it definitely is. But If you can pony up, 1.7 Lacs, You'll treat yourself to world class sound which fits within your palm. What a device, Rob Watts..and what a service, Headphonezone. Special thanks to Mr. Salim for keeping me posted with every small product update.
Hi Dr. Harsha,
Thank you so much for your valuable review about the Chord Hugo 2. It feels amazing to have you around and we appreciate your kind words about us. People like you motivates us to continue doing the good work and improvise it every coming day.
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