Introducing Hugo, the world's most advanced mobile DAC and headphone amplifier

Rediscover your music collection with the best solution for digital music playback

Best DAC £1000+

Hugo is a multi-award-winning mobile DAC and headphone amplifier of unrivalled quality. It uses Chord Electronics' bespoke technology to deliver class-leading sound quality from your music collection, however it is stored. A What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision 'Grouptest Winner' and revered by the world's leading technology magazines, Hugo is a revolutionary product in high-performance audio, winning more than ten press awards to date.

Why Hugo?

  • Reference-level mobile DAC/headphone amp
  • Unrivalled proprietary Chord Electronics' technology
  • Mobile and home-system use
  • Five digital inputs, including aptX Bluetooth
  • Sets a new benchmark in sound quality
  • Plays all file types, incl. DSD 128 and 384kHz PCM
  • High-performance battery: 10-hr playback, 2hr charge
  • Can be used as a high-quality digital preamp
  • Connect up to three pairs of headphones
  • Sleek design, built to last
  • Silver and Satin Black finish options
  • Best DAC (1k+) What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision

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Whether you have your music on a phone, tablet or laptop, or regularly use a CD player, Hugo's advanced, reference-level technology will transform the sound of the music you love. It is the world's most advanced mobile DAC and headphone amplifier, and can be used both on-the-go with up to three pairs of headphones, and at home in your audio system.

With five digital inputs, including two USB and aptX Bluetooth, Hugo's 10-hour battery life makes it the ideal travel companion, plus home users can connect Hugo directly to their hi-fi systems to add the latest DAC technology to their set-up. Hugo has won countless critical acclaim, call our sales team now or use our retailer locator tool opposite to see what Hugo can do for the music you love.

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What the press are saying...

Hugo Best DAC: What Hi-Fi? Awards 2014

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The Hugo has won Best DAC (£1,000+) in the prestigious What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision 2014 Awards! The FPGA-based device was recognised by the What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision judging team for its unique performance capabilities. The magazine said: "Once you've heard it you'll be completely smitten." Follow the link to find out more about this unique DAC/headphone amp.

Head-Fi: "my reference portable DAC/amp" Jude Mansilla, editor and founder

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The world's biggest headphone and portable audio site, Head-Fi, has just posted its Hugo review. Written by the site's founder and owner, Jude Mansilla, the article tells the story of how Head-Fi discovered Hugo back in January 2014 and how it's now their "reference portable DAC/amp".

Grouptest Winner, What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision

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Hugo has won the ultimate prize: grouptest winner in What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision. In the July 2014 edition, Hugo was crowned the best DAC on test, beating entrants from the likes of Cambridge Audio and Naim. You can read the What Hi-Fi? Hugo review by clicking the link above and read the groupest in the July 2014 issue.

Breaks all records for dynamic range, Hi-Fi World

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Leading UK hi-fi bible, Hi-Fi World, has recently announced that Hugo has broken all records for dynamic range, following the magazine's in-depth three-page review in the July 2014 issue (Vol. 24 No,5). In a superb article, by Hi-Fi World's Editor and Publisher Noel Keywood, Hugo delivers an exceptional measured performance described by Noel as "astonishing". The verdict? - "Hugo is a tour-de-force of engineering and delivers fabulous sound quality with all files, even CD."
The review isn't online, but you can purchase Hi-Fi World very inexpensively (£1.90 or approx $3.22 US) per issue - bargain! Follow the link above to go to Hi-Fi World's site.

The best sound for audiophiles on the go, The Daily Telegraph

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One of Britain's most respected and longest-serving (since 1855) newspapers, The Daily Telegraph, also recommends Hugo, saying: "Chord's Hugo is a palm-sized example of the new generation of headphone amplifiers, the latest gadget that's designed to generate the best sound for audiophiles on the go." The review was by internationally respected high-end reviewer Ken Kessler.

Editor's Choice and 5-stars, Hi-Fi Choice magazine

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Former Hi-Fi World and Hi-Fi Choice Editor, David Price, put Hugo through its paces in a recent in-depth review in Hi-Fi Choice magazine (July 2014). You can download the full review here

Chord's best-ever DAC, Hi-Fi Plus magazine

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Hugo has received the ultimate praise from one of the world's leading reviewers, Chris Martens, the publisher of Hi-Fi + magazine. In a special five-page review of the world's most advanced mobile DAC/headphone amp, Chris says: "The Hugo is so cleverly conceived, so well-executed, and so well-rounded that you might find, as I have, that it becomes your 'go-to' headphone amplifier/DAC for all seasons and reasons. No matter where you want to listen, and no matter what type of transducer you choose to use, the Hugo has you covered."

Discover our full range of press reviews

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There are nearly 20 great Hugo reviews for you to discover in the Reviews section of our homepage. Head on over to read in-depth reviews from across the world, by some of the world's most respected audio journalists.

A new benchmark in digital audio replay

Our proprietary FPGA circuit sets Hugo apart from ordinary DACs


Hugo is unique in the marketplace. It uses an FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array), an advanced programmable circuit instead of third-party DAC chips. The FPGA gives our engineers extraordinary control over sound quality and measured performance.
You can discover more on Hugo's technical abilities here

Where to buy:

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