Chord Electronics Hugo 2 press release

Next-generationHugo2revolutionisesChord
Electronics’game-changingdebutportableDAC/amp
Hugo2addsnewfeatures,state-of-the-artperformance,plusanall-newchassisdesign
ChordElectronicshasunveiledHugo2,adramaticallyredesignedversionofitslegendary
portableDAC,featuringall-newcasework,flexiblenewfeatures,plusnext-generation
technicalandsonicperformance(£1,800)
ThreeyearsagoatCES2014,ChordElectronicsunveiledarevolutionaryportableDACand
headphoneampthatbecamealandmarkproductintheaudiolandscape.Recentadvances
indigitaltechnologyhaveenabledChordtointroducethenext-generationversion:Hugo2.
Thenewdevicehasbeencomprehensivelyupgradedwhileensuringcontinuitywiththe
much-lovedoriginal.ItintroducesthelatestproprietaryChordElectronicsFPGAtechnology
givingcutting-edgetechnicalandsonicperformance,plusexcitingnewfeatures.
Sleeknewaircraft-gradealuminiumcasework
Featuringanewlydesignedprecision-machinedaircraft-gradealuminiumcase,Hugo2is
distinctfromitspredecessorwithitssharper,lowerprofiledesignandfoursphericalcontrol
buttons.Thespheres,whicharetop-mountedtoallowforpossiblefutureexpansionsidemodules,illuminatewithcolour-codinginformationandcontrolpower,input,filteringand
crossfeedfunctions.Thetop-mountedvolume-controlspherehasbeenretainedandmade
largerformoreintuitiveoperation.
Thestylishnewdesignandadditionalfunctionalityhasbeenintroducedinanticipationof
greaterindoorusewithinbothdesktopandconventionalhomeaudiosystems,despite
Hugo2’sobviousportability.Theinclusionofafull-functionremotecontroladdsfurther
flexibilityandthepracticalline-leveloutputmodeoftheoriginalhasalsobeenretained.
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Newlevelsoftechnicalperformance
ThelatestFPGAandadvancedWTA(WattsTransientAligned)filtershavebeen
implementedintheHugo2,bringingawidevarietyofperformanceimprovementsina
numberofareas.Performancegainshavebeenmadeintimingaccuracy,noisereduction,
headphoneamppoweranddynamicrange.
Fourdigitalinputs
Hugo2’sconnectionsandswitchesnowfeaturelaser-ablatedfunction-letteringfor
improvedease-of-use.Thedeviceoffersfourdigitalinputs(optical,coaxialandHDUSB)plus
extended-rangeBluetooth,withhigh-resolutionfileplaybackupto768kHzandupto
DSD512(OctaDSD),viaitsHDUSBinput.Analogueoutputsinclude2xRCA,plus3.5mmand
6.35mmheadphoneoutputs.
User-selectablefilteringoption
Afour-functionswitchfilter,operatedbyitsowncontrolsphere,offersausefuldegreeof
user-selectablefrequency-shaping,bringingwarmandsoftortransparentandincisive
presentations,givingadditionalflexibilityandusercontrol.
Crossfeedfeature
Forheadphone-listening,Hugo2retainsthepopulardigitalcrossfeedfunctionofthe
originalandoffersthreeoperationmodesfromitsdedicatedcontrolsphere.Thesystem
cross-feedsapartial400millisecond-delayedandshapedsignalfromeachleftandright
outputtotheoppositechannel.Thesystemduplicatestheeffectoflisteningtospeakers
andisbasedonadvancedbinauralaudioresearch.
Batterylifeimproved
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Batteryplayingtimeisaroundsevenhoursandtwomodesofautomaticchargingarenow
includedusingthededicatedMicroUSBchargingport:fast(1.8amperes)andslow(less
thanoneampere).Anindicatorshowschargingandbattery-chargestatus.
Lowerdistortion,betteroutputstage
NewdigitalDCservoshavereplacedtheinlinecapacitorsintheoriginaloutputstagesand
reducedistortionfurtherwhileimprovingthepower-driveperformanceandcapabilityof
theoutputstage.Anelementofswitch-ondelayhasresulted,buttheperformancebenefits
werefelttooutweighthedisadvantage.
Technicalspecifications
Inputs
• 1xOpticalTOSLink24-bit/192kHz-capable
• 1xRCAcoaxialinput24-bit/384kHz-capable
• 1xHDUSBinput32-bit/768kHzandDSD512-capable
• 1xaptXBluetooth(extendedrange)
Outputs
• 1x3.5mmheadphonejack
• 1x6.35mm(1/4inch)headphonejack
• 1x(pair)stereoRCAphonooutput
Specifications
• Frequencyresponse:20Hz–20kHz+/-0.2dB
• TotalHarmonicDistortion:<0.0001%1kHz3VRMS300ohms
• THDandnoiseat3VRMSRef5.3V:120dB@1kHz300ohmsAWt
• Noise2.6uVAWt:nomeasurablenoisefloormodulation
• Signaltonoiseratio:126dBA-weighted
• Channelseparation:135dB@1kHz300ohms
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Maximumoutputlevel(toclippingat1%distortion):94mW300ohms;740mW33
ohms;1050mW(8)
Outputimpedance:25milliohms(0.025ohms)
Technicalfeatures
• Advanceddigitalvolumecontrol
• Crossfeedfilternetwork
• Four-stagefrequency-shapingfilter
• Fast-chargingbatteriesviaMicroUSBgivingaround7hoursoperation
• 49,195Ktap-lengthfilter(neardoubletheoriginaltheHugo)
Priceandavailability
Hugo2willbeavailableinearly2017,price£1,800
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