Chord - Hugo 2

Portable DAC & Headphone Amp

Sale price₹ 189,999 Regular priceMRP: ₹ 209,990
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In case you receive the Chord - Hugo 2 with a manufacturing defect, please raise a return request within 7 days of delivery.

However, if you receive an incorrect / damaged / different product or one with missing accessories, please raise a return request within 24 hours of delivery. In case you receive a product with a missing, incorrect, or faulty accessory, you will be given a replacement accessory instead of the entire product.

Please make sure that the product is in the original packaging with all the accessories it came with. We'll also need an unboxing video and images of the parcel to investigate about the discrepancy. You may be asked to share images of the product and the packaging received for us to determine the damage or defect prior to approving the return request. The free replacement will be shipped only once the original order is returned.

A replacement will be issued only if:

- It is found to be defective
- It is determined that the product was not damaged while in your possession
- The product is not different from what was shipped to you
- The product is returned in original condition (with brand’s/manufacturer's box, MRP tag intact, user manual, warranty card and all the accessories therein)

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Warranty & Services

Don't sweat it, this Chord - Hugo 2 comes with a 3 Year warranty from Chord Electronics that covers manufacturing defects. All products featured on Headphone Zone are backed by an original manufacturer's warranty.

Read more about Chord Electronics's warranty in India.

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With the Hugo 2, Chord Electronics explores new dimensions of portable audio. The Hugo 2 presents next-level sound with a highly natural and accurate presentation of audio in an eye-catching device. Hugo 2 is powerful and highly capable.
RAGHAV SOMANI

About RAGHAV SOMANI

Raghav Somani is the Founder & CEO of Headphone Zone. An avid audiophile and musician since 2008, his choice of headphones include STAX Electrostats, Audeze LCD 3, and for music on the go, the JH Audio Roxanne + Astell&Kern SP1000 is never too far away. On his playlist, you'll find A.R. Rahman, Michael Jackson, and the Eagles.

CUTTING-EDGE TECH FOR NEXT-GEN PERFORMANCE

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.


MULTIPLE CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS

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.
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CHOOSE BETWEEN DIFFERENT FILTERS & OPERATION MODES

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.

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DURABLE ALUMINIUM CHASSIS WITH STYLISH CONTROL BUTTONS

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..

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3 Year Warranty

Don't sweat it, this Chord - Hugo 2 comes with a 3 Year warranty from Chord Electronics that covers manufacturing defects. All products featured on Headphone Zone are backed by an original manufacturer's warranty.

Read more about Chord Electronics's warranty in India.

British Made Precision Designed since 1989

Chord Electronics, founded in 1998 and headquartered in East Farleigh, Kent, United Kingdom, is renowned for its commitment to delivering pure audio through its legendary DACs and amplifiers, all entirely designed and manufactured in England. Stemming from a background in aviation, where uncompromised standards were paramount, Chord Electronics has upheld this philosophy since its inception in 1989. Their amplifiers were initially supplied to prestigious institutions like the BBC and world-leading studios such as Abbey Road and Sony Music in New York.

Notably, Chord Electronics distinguishes itself through the use of FPGA technology in their DACs and amplifiers, ensuring studio-grade audio performance across their product range, including popular models like Mojo, Hugo, and DAVE.

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Headfonics

"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."

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What-HiFi

"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."

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DarKo-Audio

"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."

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Headfonia

"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."

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DAC Chip

FPGA

FPGA

Burr-Brown

Headphone Output

3.5mm (Single-Ended), 6.35mm (Single-Ended)

3.5mm (Single-Ended)

3.5mm (Single-Ended), 4.4mm (Balanced)

Power Output

740mW @ 32 Ohms

600mW @ 30 Ohms

Upto 1000mW @ 32 Ohms

Input

Bluetooth, USB, Coaxial & Optical

Coaxial, Dual-Data Coax, Optical, Micro-USB & USB-C

USB, Bluetooth

Sampling Rate

44.1 KHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz, 717.6kHz, And 768kHz. 16 – 32 Bit Native Playback Supported. DSD64 (Single) To DSD512 (Octa-DSD)

768 KHz 32- Bit And DSD 256

DSD: DSD512/256/128/64
Octa/Quad/Double/Single-Speed
PCM: 768/705.6/384/352.8/192/176.4/ 96/88.2/48/44.1kHz
DXD: 768/705.6/384/352.8kHz
Double/Single-Speed DXD
MQA (Decoder): 384/352.8kHz
Bluetooth: Up To 96kHz



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karthik divakaruni (Hyderabad)
Chord Hugo 2 as a Desktop DAC - Initial impressions

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...

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VM (Kochi)
Live music in your pocket

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.

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Gautam (Jaipur)
World class DAC !!

Significant step up from Mojo.Small transportable & future proof .Stellar sound out of any source . Superb imaging and sound signature.
Thanks Raghav ..

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Dr Harsha Vardhan (Coimbatore)
The only Music Device you'll ever need !!!

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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Ashok (Chennai)
Hugo 2 - Musical Bliss

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.

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