Hugo is a multi-award-winning mobile DAC and headphone amplifier of unrivaled quality. Put simply, it is the world’s most advanced headphone amp/DAC, offering five digital inputs including A2DP aptX Bluetooth, plus advanced 384kHz PCM and DSD 128 playback for today’s high-resolution music files. It uses Chord’s bespoke FPGA DAC technology to deliver class-leading sound quality from your music collection, however it is stored.
Whether you have your music on a smartphone, tablet or laptop, or regularly use a CD player, Hugo’s advanced technology will transform the sound of the music you love. It can be used both on-the-go with up to three pairs of headphones, and at home in your audio system, thanks to its line-level output feature.
Called Hugo (because you can take Hugo wherever ‘you-go’), the device offers studio-master-tape sound quality, advanced connectivity and uncompromising file playback capability, all from a palm-sized player. Hugo brings Chord’s renowned digital audio expertise to serious headphone listening and a 10-hour battery life brings real flexibility when travelling.
Hugo is ready to take advantage of today’s advanced studio-master-quality (DXD) music files. It can decode sample rates ranging from 44.1kHz to 384kHz (PCM), allowing audiophiles to experience music in true high definition, along with the best possible reproduction of CD-quality music. Hugo benefits from two advanced USB inputs: one driverless input for legacy USB devices and one asynchronous high-definition USB port for operation up to 384kHz. Thanks to two additional digital inputs, coaxial and optical, any connected component with a digital output will also benefit from Hugo’s advanced technology.
Hugo also has A2DP Bluetooth capability and uses a custom-made module with the aptX codec to feed a digital signal directly into the DAC circuitry, so even without cables, high-quality music can still be enjoyed.
Materials: Clamshell precision machined aluminium casing with 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*
Tap length filter: 26,368 – 4 element Pulse Array design
Play time: In excess of ten (10) hours
Charging: Nominal eight (8) hours via included 12v 0.5a charger
Connectivity (input): Micro USB (White): 44.1kHz – 384kHz – 16bit – 32bit
Coax (RCA) (Red): 44.1kHz – 384kHz – 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
2x 3.5mm jack headphone output
1x stereo (L & R) RCA output
PCM support: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 358.8kHz, and 384kHz.
DSD support: DSD transmitted via DoP. DSD64 (Single) to DSD128 (Dual-DSD)
Volume control: Digital, activated in 1dB increments.
Line-level mode: Activated via dual press of Input and Crossfeed upon startup
Driver support: Driverless with Mac OS X and Linux, driver required for Windows OS