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CHORD ELECTRONICS Hugo 2 Digital to Analogue Converter BLACK

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CHORD ELECTRONICS Hugo 2 Digital to Analogue Converter BLACK
Warranty Period: 3 years (18mts on battery) Sold as: 1 Unit
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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


49,152 Taps


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

Play time

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)

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

Connectivity (output)

1x ¼” jack headphone output

1x 3.5mm jack headphone output

1x stereo (L & R) RCA output

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

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)

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

Control options


Remote control (included)


Technical Specifications


Chord Electronics custom coded Xilinx Artix 7 (XC7A15T) FPGA



Pulse array

10 element pulse array design

Frequency response

20Hz – 20kHz +/- 0.2dB

Output stage

Class A

Output impedance



<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




130mm (L) x 100mm (W) x 21mm (H)

Boxed Dimensions

220mm (L) x 122mm (W) x 85mm (H)



"Dear John,

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

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