The Chord Hugo 2 is a remarkable piece of technology that does an impressive job of converting and delivering digital audio files. Its sound is detailed, dynamic, and delivered with a punch, with excellent timing and a well-organized soundstage. It also handles tempos well and has a smooth, neutral sound that doesn't...
The Chord Hugo 2is a remarkable piece of technology that does an impressive job of converting and delivering digital audio files. Its sound is detailed, dynamic, and delivered with a punch, with excellent timing and a well-organized soundstage. It also handles tempos well and has a smooth, neutral sound that doesn't overstate or underplay any frequency range. The only downside is its high price, but for the quality of sound it produces, the Hugo 2 is definitely worth the investment.
In 2014, Chord introduced Hugo, a revolutionary portable DAC and headphone amp that became a landmark product in the audio landscape. Advances in digital technology, including the latest FPGAs and WTA (Watts Transient Aligned) filters, have enabled us to introduce a next-generation version, Hugo 2, featuring flexible new features, plus next-generation technical and sonic performance.
Hugo 2 can be used both at home and on the go, either with headphones or within a conventional audio system. Its line-level output and full-function remote control add real flexibility to full-size and desktop systems.
The device offers four digital inputs (optical, coaxial, and HD USB) plus extended-range Bluetooth, with high-resolution file playback up to 768kHz and up to DSD512 (Octa DSD), via its HD USB input. Analog outputs include 2x RCA, plus 3.5mm and 6.35mm headphone outputs.
A four-function switch filter offers a useful degree of user-selectable frequency-shaping, bringing warm and soft or transparent and incisive presentations, giving additional flexibility and user control. For headphone listening, Hugo 2 retains the popular digital crossfeed function of the original and offers three operation modes. The system duplicates the effect of listening to speakers and is based on advanced binaural audio research.
Hugo 2 features four spherical control buttons, which illuminate with color-coding information and control power, input, filtering, plus the unit’s crossfeed functions.
Battery playing time is around seven hours and two modes of automatic charging are included using the dedicated Micro USB charging port; an indicator shows charging and battery-charge status.
Already a multi-award-winner, find out why What Hi-Fi? made Hugo 2 their Product of the Year 2017 in this video: