Hugo 2 DAC & Headphone Amplifier

Digital to Analogue Converters by Chord Electronics
Hugo 2 DAC & Headphone Amplifier
Hugo 2 DAC & Headphone Amplifier
Hugo 2 DAC & Headphone Amplifier
Hugo 2 DAC & Headphone Amplifier
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Hugo 2 DAC & Headphone Amplifier
Hugo 2 DAC & Headphone Amplifier
Hugo 2 DAC & Headphone Amplifier
Hugo 2 DAC & Headphone Amplifier


Hugo 2 DAC & Headphone Amplifier

This product is available in the following variations:

Black - £1,800.00
Silver - £1,800.00

  • Battery powered DAC and headphone amplifier
  • Chord Custom FPGA DAC
  • Supports upton DSD512 Native
  • 768kHz Micro USB input
  • 384kHz Coax minijack input
  • 192kHz Optical input
  • Bluetooth Apt X
  • Line level RCA outputs
  • CNC Aluminium Case
  • IR remote control

In 2014, Chord Electronics introduced the Hugo, a revolutionary portable DAC and headphone amp that became a landmark audio product. Advances in digital technology, have enabled Chord to introduce a next-generation version, featuring new features, plus next-generation 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 systems.

It offers four digital inputs; optical, coaxial, USB) and Bluetooth, with high-resolution file playback up to 768kHz and up to DSD512 (Octa DSD), via USB input. Analogue outputs include 2x RCA, plus 3.5mm and 6.35mm headphone outputs.

A four position filter offers a useful degree of user-selectable frequency-shaping, bringing warm and soft or transparent and incisive presentations. For headphone-listening, Hugo 2 retains the popular digital crossfeed function of the original with three operation modes. This replicates the effect of listening to speakers based on binaural audio research.

Hugo 2 features four spherical control buttons selecting power, input, filtering, and 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.

Please contact us to arrange a demonstration. 

Chipset:  Chord Electronics custom coded Xilinx Artix 7 (XC7A15T) FPGA
Tap-length:  49,152 – 10 element Pulse Array design
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)
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
Battery:  2x Rechargeable custom Enix Energies 3.7v 9.6Wh Li-ion (lithium-ion (2600mAh) batteries*
Play time:  In excess of seven (7) hours
Charging:  Nominal four (4) hours via Micro USB at 1.8amps (fast charge) – Nominal eight (8) hours at 1amp (slow charge)
Connectivity (input):  Micro USB (White): 44.1kHz – 768kHz – 16bit – 32bit
Coax via 3.5mm Jack (Red):  44.1kHz – 768kHz – 16bit – 32bit
Optical (Green):  44.1kHz – 192kHz – 16bit – 24bit
Connectivity (input wireless):  Bluetooth (Apt X) (Blue): 44.1kHz – 48kHz – 16bit
PCM support:  44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 358.8kHz, 384kHz, 717.6kHz, and 768kHz.
DSD support:  Native playback supported. DSD64 (Single) to DSD512 (Octa-DSD)
Volume control:  Digital, activated in 1dB increments. Last known state saved upon shutdown, with exception of line-level mode
Connectivity (output):  1x ¼” jack headphone output
1x 3.5mm jack headphone output
1x stereo (L & R) RCA output
Line-level mode:  Activated via dual press of middle ‘Source’ and ‘Crossfeed’ buttons. Line level = 3v via all outputs. Reset by power cycle
Power saving mode:  Auto-shutdown after ten minutes of input inactivity
Driver support:  Driverless with Mac OS X and Linux, driver required for Windows OS


User Configurable Options:
Filters (Digital): Incisive neutral (Ultimate reference) (White)
Incisive neutral HF roll-off (High Frequency roll off) (Green)
Warm (‘Smooth’) (Orange)
Warmer HF roll-off (High Frequency roll off) (Red)
Crossfeed (Digital IIR): Off – No Crossfeed
Level 1 – Light
Level 2 – Medium
Level 3 – Heavy
* Non-user-serviceable batteries are covered by a limited 18-month warranty from initial date of purchase. For full terms and conditions please click here.