Chord Electronics Hugo 2

Chord Electronics
Experience Unrivaled Sound Quality with Hugo 2: The Ultimate DAC and Headphone Amp
Introducing Hugo 2, the powerful DAC and headphone amp that takes the groundbreaking original to new heights. Designed for both home and mobile use, Hugo 2 revolutionizes sound quality for headphones and audio systems with its cutting-edge proprietary DAC technology. Elevate your audio experience with Hugo 2 and embrace the future of digital sound reproduction.

Discover the Next Generation of Audio Performance
In 2014, we disrupted the audio industry with the release of Hugo, a portable DAC and headphone amp that set new standards. Now, we proudly present Hugo 2, a next-generation version that pushes the boundaries of technical and sonic excellence. Harnessing the power of advanced FPGAs and WTA filters (Watts Transient Aligned), Hugo 2 incorporates cutting-edge digital technology to deliver unparalleled performance and fidelity.

Unparalleled Versatility for Home and Mobile Use
Whether you're at home or on the go, Hugo 2 offers unmatched versatility, catering to both headphone enthusiasts and users of conventional audio systems. Its line-level output and comprehensive remote control functionality provide flexibility for various setups, from full-size systems to desktop arrangements. Experience audio excellence wherever you are.

Seamless Connectivity and High-Resolution Playback
Equipped with four digital inputs, including optical, coaxial, and HD USB, Hugo 2 supports high-resolution file playback up to an impressive 768kHz and DSD512 (Octa DSD) through its HD USB input. Additionally, Hugo 2 features extended-range Bluetooth® wireless technology, ensuring seamless connectivity with compatible devices. On the analog front, it boasts two RCA outputs, as well as 3.5mm and 6.35mm headphone outputs, providing versatile connectivity options for your audio setup.

Immerse Yourself in Unrivaled Performance
Elevate your audio experience with Hugo 2, the ultimate portable DAC and headphone amp. Embrace the future of digital sound reproduction and immerse yourself in unrivaled performance wherever you go. Upgrade to Hugo 2 and embark on a journey of sonic excellence.
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Solidifying Its Class-Leading Status: Hugo 2, the Award-Winning DAC
Hugo 2 continues to reign as the Best DAC since its debut in 2017, receiving the esteemed Best DAC (£1,500+) award at the What Hi-Fi? Awards 2022. With its exceptional performance and industry recognition, Hugo 2 cements its position as a proven class leader.

Tailor Your Audio Experience with Enhanced Control
Designed to enhance the user experience, Hugo 2 offers a versatile four-function switch filter. This feature allows you to customize the frequency response according to your preferences. Choose between warm and soft or transparent and incisive presentations, giving you greater control over your audio. For headphone listening, Hugo 2 includes the beloved digital crossfeed function from its predecessor, offering three operation modes. Experience the immersive sound of speakers through innovative binaural audio research.

Intuitive Design for Easy Operation
Hugo 2 showcases four illuminated spherical control buttons, providing intuitive and color-coded information. Accessing power, input selection, filtering, and crossfeed functions is effortless, ensuring a seamless user experience.

Extended Listening Pleasure and Convenient Charging
With a battery playing time of approximately 6 hours or more (depending on headphones), Hugo 2 allows for extended periods of uninterrupted listening enjoyment. It also offers two modes of automatic charging through the dedicated Micro USB charging port. An indicator conveniently displays the charging and battery status, ensuring you're always informed.

Elevate Your Audio Experience with Hugo 2
Experience the unrivaled performance of Hugo 2, the award-winning DAC that sets the benchmark for excellence. Enjoy precise audio customization, intuitive controls, and extended battery life. Upgrade to Hugo 2 and immerse yourself in a world of unparalleled sound quality and convenience.


Materials: Precision-machined aluminium casing with polycarbonate buttons, acrylic signal window, and glass viewing portal

Battery: 2x Rechargeable custom Enix Energies 3.7v 9.6Wh Li-ion (lithium-ion (2600mAh) batteries

Tap length filter: 49,152 – 10 element Pulse Array design

Playtime: 6 hours (Avg.time)

Charging: Nominal six (6) hours via Micro USB at 1.8amps (fast charge) – Nominal eight (8) hours at 1amp (slow charge)

Connectivity (input): Micro USB (White): 44.1kHz to 768kHz – 16bit to 32bit Coax via 3.5mm jack (Red): 44.1kHz to 384kHz – 16bit to 32bit Coax via (same) 3.5mm jack (Dual data mode: Yellow): 44.1kHz to 768kHz – 16bit to 32

Connectivity (input wireless): Bluetooth® (APTX) (Blue): 44.1kHz to 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, 352.8kHz, 384kHz, 717.6kHz, and 768kHz. 16 – 32bit

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

Product Type: DAC

Product Type: Headphone amplifier

lwh: 21x100x130

Weight: 365g

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