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Chord Electronics Hugo 2 Transportable DAC/Preamp/Headphone Amplifier

SKU 50465
Original price £2,100.00 - Original price £2,100.00
Original price
£2,100.00 - £2,100.00
Current price £2,100.00
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  • In Store Item Only

    Available at our Nottingham Store

  • Hassle-Free Returns Within 30 Days

    Hassle-Free Returns Within 30 Days

  • 1 Year Warranty

    1 Year Warranty for Peaceful Ownership

Chord Electronics Hugo 2 Transportable DAC/Preamp/Headphone Amplifier

In 2014, Chord Electronics introduced Hugo, a revolutionary portable DAC and headphone amp that became a landmark product in the audio landscape. Advances in digital technology, including the latest FPGAs and WTA (Watts Transient Aligned) filters, have enabled the company to introduce a next-generation version, Hugo 2, featuring flexible new features, plus next-generation technical and sonic performance.

Award-Winning Performance: Winner of Best DAC (£1,500+) in the What Hi-Fi? Awards 2022, and a What Hi-Fi? Best DAC winner every year since its inception (2017-2022), Hugo 2 is a proven class leader.

Versatile Usage: Hugo 2 can be used both at home and on the go, either with headphones or within a conventional audio system. Its line-level output and full-function remote control add real flexibility to full-size and desktop systems.

Advanced Connectivity: The device offers four digital inputs (optical, coaxial and HD USB) plus extended-range Bluetooth® wireless technology, with high-resolution file playback up to 768kHz and up to DSD512 (Octa DSD), via its HD USB input. Analogue outputs include 2x RCA, plus 3.5mm and 6.35mm headphone outputs.

Customisable Sound: A four-function switch filter offers a useful degree of user-selectable frequency-shaping, bringing warm and soft or transparent and incisive presentations, giving additional flexibility and user control. For headphone listening, Hugo 2 retains the popular digital crossfeed function of the original and offers three operation modes. The system duplicates the effect of listening to speakers and is based on advanced binaural audio research.

Intuitive Controls: Hugo 2 features four spherical control buttons, which illuminate with colour-coding information and control power, input, filtering, plus the unit’s crossfeed functions.

Long Battery Life and Charging Options: Battery playing time is around 6 hours + (depending on headphones) and two modes of automatic charging are included using the dedicated Micro USB charging port; an indicator shows charging and battery-charge status.


  • Precision-machined aluminium casing with polycarbonate buttons, acrylic signal window, and glass viewing portal.
  • Available in two colours: natural silver and satin black.


  • 2x Rechargeable custom Enix Energies 3.7v 9.6Wh Li-ion (lithium-ion) batteries (2600mAh).

Tap Length Filter:

  • 49,152 – 10 element Pulse Array design.


  • Average playtime of 6 hours.


  • Fast charge: Nominal six (6) hours via Micro USB at 1.8amps.
  • Slow charge: Nominal eight (8) hours at 1amp.

Connectivity (Input):

  • Micro USB (White): Supports 44.1kHz to 768kHz at 16bit to 32bit.
  • Coax via 3.5mm jack (Red): Supports 44.1kHz to 384kHz at 16bit to 32bit.
  • Coax via same 3.5mm jack (Dual data mode: Yellow): Supports 44.1kHz to 768kHz at 16bit to 32bit.
  • Optical (Green): Supports 44.1kHz to 96kHz at 16bit to 24bit.

Connectivity (Input Wireless):

  • Bluetooth® (APTX) (Blue): Supports 44.1kHz to 48kHz at 16bit.

Connectivity (Output):

  • 1x ¼” jack headphone output.
  • 1x 3.5mm jack headphone output.
  • 1x stereo (L & R) RCA output.

PCM Support:

  • Supports PCM at 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz, 717.6kHz, and 768kHz. 16 – 32bit.

DSD Support:

  • Native playback supported. DSD64 (Single) to DSD512 (Octa-DSD).

Volume Control:

  • Digital, activated in 1dB increments. Last known state saved upon shutdown, with exception of line-level mode.

Line-Level Mode:

  • Activated via dual press of middle ‘Source’ and ‘Crossfeed’ buttons. Line level = 3v via all outputs. Reset by power cycle.

Power Saving Mode:

  • Auto-shutdown after ten minutes of input inactivity.

Driver Support:

  • Driverless with Mac OS X and Linux, driver required for Windows OS.

ChipsetChord Electronics custom coded Xilinx Artix 7 (XC7A15T) FPGA
Pulse array10 element pulse array design
Frequency response20Hz – 20kHz +/- 0.2dB
Output stageClass A
Output impedance0.025Ω
THD<0.0001% 1kHz 3v RMS 300Ω
THD and noise at 3v RMS120dB at 1kHz 300ohms ‘A’ weighted (reference 5.3v)
Noise2.6 uV ‘A’ weighted: No measurable noise floor modulation
Signal to noise ratio126dB ‘A’ Weighted
Channel separation135dB at 1kHz 300Ω
Power output @ 1kHz 1% THD94mW 300Ω
740mW 32Ω
1050mW 8Ω
Dimensions2.1cm (H) 10cm (W) 13cm (D)
Boxed Dimensions8.5cm (H) 12.2cm (W) 22cm (D)

  • Hugo 2 user manual
  • Safety instructions
  • Drawstring bag
  • 5V 2A Switching Micro USB power supply
  • IR remote control
  • Micro USB to Type-A USB cable
  • Micro to Micro USB OTG cable
  • Optical cable
  • Optical to 3.5mm optical cable
  • 2x AAA batteries

Delivery is made by common carrier next working day. Delivery is FREE for orders in-stock and over £100 or £9.99 for orders less than £100 or special delivery items.

Statutory Cancellation Right

You have the statutory right to cancel your order for any reason within 14 days beginning with the day you receive the item (please see clause 2 of our Conditions of Sale for the full instructions on cancellation and further information on your right of cancellation). We only accept cancellations via phone - 0115 975 8613, email - or post - Superfi Returns, DB House, Rani Drive, Nottingham, NG5 1RF, United Kingdom.

Our Voluntary Returns Policy

As well as your statutory cancellation rights described above, you can return most products within 30 days of receipt of the products if the products are complete and are in an unused and undamaged condition. We only accept returns via phone - 0115 975 8613 or post - Superfi Returns, DB House, Rani Drive, Nottingham, NG5 1RF, United Kingdom.

Please note that this returns policy doesn't affect your statutory rights and therefore doesn't affect your right of cancellation as described above.

Please note that you must return each item in the same condition in which you received it. This means that new items must be returned new, unused and complete (including all accessories). Refunds for returned items that are not received in this condition, may be reduced.

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