Chord Hugo 2 Portable DAC & Headphone Amplifier DACs Chord Electronics
Chord Hugo 2 Portable DAC & Headphone Amplifier DACs Chord Electronics
Chord Hugo 2 Portable DAC & Headphone Amplifier DACs Chord Electronics
Chord Hugo 2 Portable DAC & Headphone Amplifier DACs Chord Electronics
Chord Hugo 2 Portable DAC & Headphone Amplifier DACs Chord Electronics
Chord Hugo 2 Portable DAC & Headphone Amplifier DACs Chord Electronics
Chord Hugo 2 Portable DAC & Headphone Amplifier DACs Chord Electronics

Chord Hugo 2 Portable DAC & Headphone Amplifier

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The Chord Hugo 2 is a powerful DAC and headphone amplifier that builds on the ground-breaking original Chord Hugo. 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 the Hugo, a revolutionary portable DAC and headphone amp that became a landmark product in the audio landscape. Recent advances in digital technology, including the latest FPGAs and WTA (Watts Transient Aligned) filters, have enabled Chord to introduce the next-generation version, Hugo 2, featuring flexible new features, plus next-generation technical and sonic performance.

The Chord 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.

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 (Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR with APTX) (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
768kHz
DSD support
Native playback supported. DSD64 (Single) to DSD512 (Octa-DSD)
Volume control
Digital
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
Chipset
Chord Electronics custom coded Xilinx Artix 7 (XC7A15T) FPGA
Tap-length
49,152
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’ weighted (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)
  • Chord Hugo 2 DAC & Headphone Amplifier M
  • 2amp USB ChargerM
  • 1.5m Micro USB CableM
  • Micro USB to Micro USB OTG CableM
  • Hugo 2 Owners Overview ManualM