Chord Electronics Ltd is a world-leading manufacturer of high-end audio products. Since 1989, under the leadership of proprietor John Franks, Chord Electronics has been pushing the boundaries of innovation, creating some of the planet’s finest hi-fi, home cinema and professional audio equipment. A technology-driven leader, Chord Electronics’ philosophy of ongoing evolution and refinement continues to deliver landmark audio products with extraordinary performance and unrivalled design features.
Born from the highly demanding world of aircraft avionics, Chord Electronics maintains a commitment to exemplary engineering, cutting-edge technology and exceptional build quality. Ingeniously designed for high performance over the long term, Chord products are renowned internationally for their advanced technology which is amongst the best in the world. Since 1996, Chord’s collaboration with Robert Watts, a digital design genius with 30 years’ DAC technology development experience, has produced a number of advanced digital products that are, quite simply, without equal.
Chord’s achievements have been recognised in the media, too, with magazines and websites from around the world awarding Chord products the highest accolades. Chord’s passion for sound quality and exemplary engineering continue to produce audio equipment with exceptional insight into recorded music. Sparkling clarity, unrivalled transparency and huge reserves of high-quality power are trademarks that have become synonymous with the brand. Chord is trusted and admired internationally, and its global customer base includes: the BBC; EMI’s Abbey Road Studios (London); Sony Music Studios (New York) and Skywalker Sound to name but a few.
Why not discover for yourself what Chord Electronics can do for your favourite music? Our web pages can help you learn more about our product ranges and find retailers of exceptional ability, who will take time to help you find the product that’s right for the way you listen. Welcome to Chord.
Introducing Hugo, the world's most advanced mobile DAC/headphone amp, with DSD128 and 384kHz PCM playback
Hugo is the world's most advanced mobile DAC/headphone amp. Already a What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision
Called Hugo (because you can take Hugo wherever ‘you-go’), the new device is a reference-level mobile DAC/headphone amp, which is a world first in audio. It offers studio-master-tape sound quality, advanced connectivity and uncompromising sound quality, all from a palm-sized player. Hugo benefits from five digital inputs including A2DP aptX Bluetooth, plus advanced 384kHz PCM and DSD 128 playback for today’s high-resolution DXD (Digital eXtreme Definition) music files.
Hugo can be used as both a portable headphone amp/DAC as well as a reference-level source component in a static system and is the best 32-bit DAC we have ever made. With Hugo, you can have reference-level sound quality when on the go (with up to 12 hours' battery life) plus the very latest cutting-edge proprietary DAC technology for your connected devices when you return home.
We've just launched a dedicated Hugo facebook page so you can keep up with all the latest Hugo news, events and updates. A dedicated Hugo tab will launch on this site soon, too. In the meantime, here's the first Hugo review from the publisher of Hi-Fi + magazine, Chris Martens and respected audio reviewer Michael Lavorgna from audiostream.com has already awarded Hugo a 'Greatest Bits' award. You can find out more here.
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