Chord Elec­tron­ics Hugo 2

Australian HIFI - - EISA AWARDS – 2018-2019 -

Judges’ Ci­ta­tion: Chord’s orig­i­nal bat­tery-powered DAC/ head­phone am­pli­fier was a hard act to fol­low, but the new Hugo 2 is a gi­ant leap for­ward. In­side its ul­tra-mod­ern alu­minium case is a cus­tom-coded dig­i­tal con­verter and fil­ter that sounds like noth­ing else around. Com­fort­ably able to see off any con­ven­tional DAC at its price, it’s as­tound­ing for a com­pact mu­sic ma­chine, with a vi­brant and rhyth­mic sound. Whether with stan­dard CD or hi-res PCM or DSD, mu­sic comes packed with en­ergy and emo­tion. The Hugo 2 runs for 14 hours from its recharge­able bat­tery, plays prac­ti­cally ev­ery for­mat around, in­cludes switch­able fil­ters and a uniquely colour­ful con­trol in­ter­face that makes us­ing it fun.

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