The Hugo TT 2 was designed for people who want an exceptionally high quality DAC or headphone amplifier for their home stereo system. The Hugo TT 2 features Chord Electronics’ most advanced digital technology and offers a significant performance upgrade from Chord’s current Qutest DAC and Hugo 2 portable headphone amp/DAC.
Due to inherent limitations of standard DAC chips, most DACs lack true transparency. The chips process 100,000 instructions per second and are subject to cross-talk which adds noise to the audio signal. Combined with added noise floor modulation and distortion, they make music sound grainy, harsh, flat, lifeless and un-natural.
Chord Electronics’ DACs don’t suffer from this limitation because, unlike their competitors, Chord Electronics’ DACs don’t use ordinary off-the-shelf DAC chips. Instead, they feature Chord's own proprietary FPGA DAC designed by Robert Watts. FPGAs are immensely fast and powerful programmable circuits which are 10X bigger than chip DACs and are loaded with Watt’s unique code; this enables DACs with (effectively) zero noise and distortion.
In fact, Chord Electronics’ proprietary DACs deliver 30X better low-noise performance (with no measurable noise floor modulation) and 300X better distortion figures than the best available DAC chips. As a result, Chord Electronics’ DACs have incredible transparency and resolution that is literally years ahead of the competition.
Hugo TT 2 is a radical new design with not only with beautiful high quality aluminum casework but it also has five times the processing power of the original Hugo TT and double that of the Hugo 2. Hugo TT 2 distils over 20 years of digital development by Rob Watts and takes advantage of the very latest technology. With 768kHz PCM and DSD 512 playback, Hugo TT 2 sets a new benchmark in digital audio quality and is eclipsed only by Chord Electronics' own DAVE.
Hi-Fi World, Five Globe Award, April 2019
Hugo TT 2 resolves both CD and hi-res digital with breathtaking clarity. To hear CD and hi-res like you've never heard it before, and as you will not hear it anywhere else, this is the DAC to audition.
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