Hugo TT

DAC/Headphone Amplifier, Preamplifier.

Tonally similar, but a serious increase in resolution to our multi-award winning portable, Hugo TT is a highly tuned thoroughbred Table Top DAC/Preamp capable of unearthing the most minor nuances and delivering stunning clarity.

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With the new Hugo TT (Table Top) we’ve built on the extraordinary success of our genre-defining Hugo DAC/headphone amplifier. The new larger desktop-orientated device offers greater connectivity including a USB-B input, XLR outputs, two quarter inch headphone outputs, plus improved performance and features.

Compared to the more mobile Hugo, the Hugo TT gains a new larger chassis, remote control, an alphanumeric LED display with input/sample rate data, and improved sonic performance thanks to supercapacitors. Find out why Trusted Reviews considers the Hugo TT the best headphone amp they’ve ever heard, regardless of price, here.

Advanced sample rate capability

The Hugo TT is ready to take advantage of today’s advanced studio-master-quality (DXD) music files allowing music lovers to experience music in true high definition, along with the best possible reproduction of CD-quality music. Hugo TT supports up to 32-bit/384kHz audio via coax and USB, and 24-bit/192kHz over optical, plus DSD64 on all inputs and DSD128 via coax or USB (all via DoP).

In a key upgrade over the original Hugo, the Hugo TT benefits from a high-quality asynchronous B-type USB connection for both the SD and HD USB input. With two further digital inputs: a (new) BNC coaxial and optical (TOSLink), any connected component with a digital output can benefit from the Hugo TT’s advanced sound quality.

Bluetooth

To fully integrate with today’s digitally stored media, the new Hugo TT also has A2DP Bluetooth capability and uses a custom-made module with the aptX codec to feed a digital signal directly into the DAC circuitry, so even without cables, music can still be enjoyed.

Spartan 6 FPGA

The Hugo TT retains the same high-performance Spartan 6 FPGA that enabled Hugo to redefine the DAC genre in 2014. It has the same specification and measured performance as its mobile sibling, a device that “broke all records” for dynamic range in leading UK hi-fi magazine, Hi-Fi World, in the summer of 2014.

Supercapacitors

Being a home-orientated device, the Hugo TT has been designed to run continuously from the supplied charger, however Chord’s engineers have also improved the battery and added Supercap energy storage, a technology seen in F1 where supercacitors back-up the cars batteries by sharing the load and charge demands, thereby protecting them. They serve a similar purpose in the Hugo TT, extending the battery life as well as improving dynamics and demanding transients in recorded music.

HUGO TT – SPECIFICATIONS:

Materials: Clamshell precision machined aluminium casing with steel ball bearing buttons, gloss black acrylic signal window, glass viewing portal, and dot matrix display. Available in a choice of two colours – natural silver, and satin black

Battery: 4x Rechargeable custom Enix Energies 3.7v 9.6Wh Li-ion (lithium-ion (2600mAh) batteries*

Tap length filter: 26,368 – 4 element Pulse Array design

Super capacitor energy storage: 10,000,000μF

Play time: In excess of fourteen (14) hours

Charging: Nominal four (8) hours via included 9v 1a charger

Connectivity (input): USB Type-B (White): 44.1kHz – 384kHz – 16bit – 32bit

Coax (BNC) (Red): 44.1kHz – 384kHz – 16bit – 32bit

Optical (Green): 44.1kHz – 192kHz – 16bit – 24bit

Connectivity (input wireless): Bluetooth (Apt X) (Blue): 44.1kHz – 48kHz – 16bit

Connectivity (output): 2x ¼” jack headphone output

1x 3.5mm jack headphone output

1x stereo (L & R) unbalanced RCA output

1x stereo (L & R) unbalanced XLR output

PCM support: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 358.8kHz, and 384kHz.

DSD support: DSD transmitted via DoP. DSD64 (Single) to DSD256 (Quad-DSD)

Volume control: Digital, activated in 1dB increments.

Line-level mode: Activated via dual press of Input and Crossfeed upon startup

Driver support: Driverless with Mac OS X and Linux, driver required for Windows OS

* Non-user-serviceable batteries are covered by a limited 18-month warranty from initial date of purchase. For full terms and conditions please click here.

 

User Configurable Options:

Crossfeed (Digital IIR):

Off – No Crossfeed

Level 1 – Light

Level 2 – Medium

Level 3 – Heavy

 

Control options:

Manual

Remote control (included)

Key Features

Chord Custom FPGA DAC
14hr Battery Life
Transportable
384kHz Type B USB Input
384kHz BNC Coax Input
192kHz Optical Input
Bluetooth aptX Input
2x ¼" Headphone Outputs
1x 3.5mm Headphone Output
Unbalanced RCA Outputs
Balanced XLR Outputs
Standalone Preamp Function
Super Capacitor Storage
Configurable Crossfeed
Supports 800Ω Headphones
Galvanically Isolated USB
Supports up to 384kHz
DSD 128 (2x) Capable
DSD Transmitted via DoP
Solid Aluminium Chassis
IR Remote Control Included

Included Accessories

1.5m 12v 0.5a Switching Power Supply
1.5m Type A to Type B USB Cable
Compact Remote Control
Hugo TT Overview Manual

Reviews

28 December 2016
O... M... G... There are truly no words to describe this DAC. I have these paired with a pair of Audeze LCD-4 headphones and the sound quality is absolutely staggering! If you can't get hold of the Hugo TT or Hugo, the Mojo has a similar sound signature. However, I found that the Mojo couldn't meet the power demands of the Audeze LCD-4 headphones. Hugo TT just keeps on giving the power those beast headphones need. If you can find a dealer local to you, take your headphones down and ask for a demo - you will be impressed. :)

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