Hugo 2 is a powerful DAC and headphone amp that builds on the ground-breaking original. Designed for both home and mobile use, Hugo 2 transforms headphones and audio systems’ sound quality with its cutting-edge proprietary DAC technology.
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 Chord 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 adds real flexibility in full-size and desktop systems.
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 colour-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.
Analogue Inputs: N / A
Digital Inputs: 1 x Optical, 1 x Coax, 1 x USB (Driverless), 1 x HD USB (Up to 32-bit / 768kHz with Octa-DSD/DSD512 support (24-bit /192kHz on Optical))
Analogue Outputs: 1 x 3.5mm Headphone Jack, 1 x 6.35mm Headphone Jack, 1 x RCA (Pair)
Digital Outputs: N / A
Battery Length: 7 Hours (Approx.)
Battery Recharge Time: 4 Hours (Approx. via micro USB at 1.8A) / Nominal - 8 Hours
DAC: Chord Electronics custom coded Xilinx Artix 7 (XC7A15T) FPGA
Output Power: 300Ω (94mW), 33Ω (740mW), 8Ω (1050mW)
Dimensions (W x H x D): 100 x 21 x 130mm