In 2014, we 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 adds real flexibility in 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. Analogue 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 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.
Chord Custom FPGA DAC
7 hour Battery Life
768kHz Micro USB Input
384kHz Coax Jack Input
Bluetooth Apt X Input
192kHz Optical Input
1x ¼” Headphone Output
1x 3.5mm Headphone Output
Unbalanced RCA Outputs
Supports up to 768kHz
DSD512 (8x) Native
Native DSD Support
4x Playback Filters
3x Crossfeed Function
Supports up to 800Ω
IR Remote Control Included
CNC Aluminium Chassis
What's In The Box?
- Hugo 2
- User Instructions
- Power supply (5 V, 2.1 A)
- Remote control
- AAA batteries x2
- 20 cm USB micro-micro
- 1 met USB A-micro
- 20 cm optical toslink-3.5mm
- 1 met optical toslink-toslink
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
2x Rechargeable custom Enix Energies 3.7v 9.6Wh Li-ion (lithium-ion (2600mAh) batteries
In excess of seven (7) hours
Nominal four (4) hours via Micro USB at 1.8amps (fast charge) – Nominal eight (8) hours at 1amp (slow charge)
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
1x ¼” jack headphone output
1x 3.5mm jack headphone output
1x stereo (L & R) RCA output
44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 358.8kHz, 384kHz, 717.6kHz, and 768kHz.
Native playback supported. DSD64 (Single) to DSD512 (Octa-DSD)
Digital, activated in 1dB increments. Last known state saved upon shutdown, with exception of 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
Driverless with Mac OS X and Linux, driver required for Windows OS
User Configurable Options
Hugo (Ultimate Reference) (White)
Hugo HF+ (High Frequency roll off) (Green)
Mojo (‘Smooth’) (Orange)
Mojo HF+ (High Frequency roll off) (Red)
Crossfeed (Digital IIR)
Level 1 – Light
Level 2 – Medium
Level 3 – Heavy
Remote control (included)
Chord Electronics custom coded Xilinx Artix 7 (XC7A15T) FPGA
10 element pulse array design
20Hz – 20kHz +/- 0.2dB
<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
135dB at 1kHz 300Ω
Power output @ 1kHz 1% THD
130mm (L) x 100mm (W) x 21mm (H)
220mm (L) x 122mm (W) x 85mm (H)
I would like to thank you (and your colleague, whose name I did not get) very much for your help.
Only three words to describe the Hugo 2: this is sorcery. Be it with Jazz, Blues, Classical, or Baroque Music, it is just incredibly natural. Even songs by French singers of the sixties (on TIDAL MASTERS) sound as if the guy was in the room !"
-Comment from a satisfied customer