Chord Electronics Hugo TT2 DAC Preamplifier
Hugo TT2 has been thoroughly redesigned from the floor up, not only with graceful new casework by Chief Designer, John Franks, but with 5x the processing power of the original Hugo TT and double that of the multi-award-winning Hugo 2.
Hugo TT2 distills over 20 years of digital development by Rob Watts and takes advantage of the very latest technology.
As expected, it delivers dramatically enhanced technical specifications and measurements across the board and exhibits dramatic sonic benefits over its predecessor with 768kHz PCM and DSD 512 playback. Hugo TT2 sets a new standard in table top audio, only being eclipsed by DAVE.
Diving deeper, in contrast to the 256-tap filters that traditional chip DACs may run at, Hugo TT 2’s thumping heart is a powerful Xilinx Artix 7 FPGA, custom-coded by Chord Electronics’ Rob Watts, with 86x 208MHz cores running in parallel to create an advanced 16FS WTA 1 filter with 98,304-taps. Double that of its multi-award winning transportable brother, Hugo 2 (49,152). Hugo TT2 also benefits from an upgrade from a 4-element design to a 10-element design, which works in conjunction with the drastically upgraded FPGA and code to deliver insurmountable audio.
A brand new high-power discreet output stage coupled with second-order noise-shaping integrated between the DAC output and filter is also employed to massively reduce distortion. Further advancements have also been made to the power delivery. Hugo TT2 eschews the Li-Po battery power supply of the original and ushers in six super capacitors capable of delivering massive, linear dynamic currents when the music demands it with peak output of 5A, 9.3V RMS.
Hugo TT2 also brings home the much loved four-stage user-selectable filter controls introduced with Hugo 2 and retains the three-stage user-selectable digital crossfeed function for headphone users who want to improve the perception of depth, similar to that of speakers.
Hugo TT2 can be upgraded at any time with the addition of M Scaler, our 1M-tap digital upscaling device.
Dynamic range: 127dB ‘A’ weighted
Noise: 4 uV ‘A’ weighted (high gain), 1.7 uV ‘A’ weighted (low gain) with no measurable noise floor modulation
Distortion: 0.00008% @ 2.5 V 300Ω; 0.00016% @ 6 W 8Ω
Output power (unbalanced): (@1% THD) 288 mW RMS 300Ω; 7.3 W RMS 8Ω
Output power (balanced): (@1% THD) 1.15 W RMS 300Ω; 18W RMS 8Ω
Output impedance: 0.042Ω
Stereo separation: 9 V RMS 300Ω -138dB
Dimensions (HxWxD): 5.2 x 23.5 x 23.8 cm
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