Chord Hugo DAC/Amp
Chord Hugo DAC/Amp
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Product Description
As small and easily portable as the Hugo is, it offers a range of connection options befitting a DAC/amp twice its size. In addition to a 6.3-millimeter headphone output and two 3.5-millimeter alternatives, it’s equipped with optical and coax inputs, twin USB inputs, and aptX Bluetooth ... Read More

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TKYO
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Nov 30, 2017
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HUGO2 or TT wanted
Nov 30, 2017
reidt45
0
Sep 13, 2017
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What are you guys talking about it must be low end products because Chord Hugo Dac/Amp sounds Great I do not buy low end products to use when I listen with my High end Headphones Which one are you: Low Fi, Mid Fi or Hifi. Yes Chord Hugo2 is better
Sep 13, 2017
FuckHead-Fi
267
Aug 29, 2017
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There is no reason to spend this much money on a DAC/amp.
Aug 29, 2017
Twerk02
40
Aug 27, 2017
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Way overpriced flashy junk that offers subtle improvement to audio. Get efficient headphones and tell them to shove this overpriced crap you know where.
Love how the photo shows it paired with a DT880, which costs a 6th the price of it. LOL! You've got to be kidding me. Get the 32 ohm DT880 and save yourself a thousand dollars off this overpriced crap!
Aug 27, 2017
Antonescu
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Aug 30, 2017
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32 ohm DT sounds awfull , buy the 250 instead, and no you don't buy a HUGO for such headphones, you buy a Hugo to use it with very expensive speakers or headphones
Aug 30, 2017
ciscomc
5
Aug 26, 2017
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Balanced in and out on headphone gear is completely unnecessary. The only advantage is when you have long cable runs which would never happen here. This is a very accomplished DAC and I challenge anyone to hear a difference between this and the new model. I committed because there is nothing better in a compact DAC/Amp and this is a great price for new..
Aug 26, 2017
Jackula
1595
Aug 27, 2017
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Another advantage for balanced is reduced crosstalk, but even then it's only a minor improvement and highly dependent on the rest of your setup.
Aug 27, 2017
FuckHead-Fi
267
Aug 29, 2017
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Not audible.
Aug 29, 2017
Ivan3
32
Aug 26, 2017
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Another MASSDROP of a discontinued product with NO mention of such in the write-up and no clear statement on warranty. Causing me to take a closer look at those items I have purchased in the past.
Chord makes GREAT sounding products so there is really no reason to not be honest and price this drop appropriately.
Aug 26, 2017
BigGugi
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Aug 26, 2017
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I prefer to pay more for a Hugo2. If I need to spend so much money for a DAC, for me, I do not care to spend few hundred dollars more.
Aug 26, 2017
BJorn_LuLszic
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Aug 25, 2017
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I’ll buy 2, who wants one?
Aug 25, 2017
Jutsu
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Aug 27, 2017
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I say me, but I'm a pessimist.
Aug 27, 2017
Magevonor
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Aug 27, 2017
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sure lol
Aug 27, 2017
Jimkrell
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Aug 25, 2017
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As an enthusiastic Hugo owner, this is what I paid for a used one about 6 months ago, which strikes me as not to shabby for a new, sealed product. The Hugo sounds amazing and the build qujality extremely high. The lack of balanced outputs matters little and would have made the Hugo less portable, and the sound this thing produces either as an amp or as a standalone DAC will give much more expensive products a run for the money. I just wish I could afford the Hugo 2!
Aug 25, 2017
Xpfreak
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Aug 25, 2017
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Why is Massdrop offering this again? Hmmm, must e hoping there's a moron out there that is willing to spend their dough on this? C'mon Massdrop drop it and bring us stuff to offer that we "really" want.
Aug 25, 2017
Antonescu
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Aug 25, 2017
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at least Mojo at a decent price
Aug 25, 2017
ivanrex
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Aug 25, 2017
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I would rather spend more for Hugo2 or less for mojo+poly.
Aug 25, 2017
Pathworks
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Aug 25, 2017
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Dropped again and still too expensive for a discontinued product. Should be priced around $800. Then you will see them move.
Aug 25, 2017
TheTerriblePuddle
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Aug 25, 2017
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I've never figured out what makes Chord products so good or what makes them so expensive.
Aug 25, 2017
Andybee02
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Aug 25, 2017
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This is a great product. This is also a very expensive product (<insert sad face emoji>). Maybe the Mobile Mojo would be better received with a similar discount.
Aug 25, 2017
andyo
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Aug 25, 2017
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The specs are a bit weak. DSD128 and no MQA. A pocket DAC for over a grand. I think I pass.
Aug 25, 2017
Jackula
1595
Aug 29, 2017
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I know how it works, I also know how PCM works. There are audible improvements, although not at this price point.
I'm happy with PCM myself, I can't justify investing the time and effort for DSD.
Aug 29, 2017
FuckHead-Fi
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Aug 30, 2017
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DSD is inferior.
Aug 30, 2017
DrummingMan
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Aug 25, 2017
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Dubious warranty! First GEN technology! No balanced out! Epic fail for this puppy!!!
Aug 25, 2017
rayschoepfer
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Aug 25, 2017
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I'm a little surprised that Drop is offering this as it is really a high end DAC intended for people that spend a lot of money and time on thier HiFi systems. It is likely a very good product (from what I have read in the various reviews) but way "out of scope" for what I'm guessing is the average Mass Dropper. I purchased the Nuforce DAC 80 at about $300 a few months ago for use in my dedicated HiFi system and am very happy. At $300, it was not much of a gamble. I am considering spending a lot more for my "final" DAC but would never spend $1200 online because no matter how good a product is in one system, it may not be that good in yours. On the other hand, if I had a buddy that brought over his Hugo for me to try out in my system and I was happy with, I would consider buying it through a drop.
Like so much in real hgh end audio, it is all about the entire system working with all components and the ROOM (if you are listening to speakers). That is why there is so much good (and expensive) equipment out there. Virtually everything will likely sound fantastic in the right situation. The trick is creating the right situation.
Aug 25, 2017
Jackula
1595
Aug 26, 2017
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Agree with everything you've said :)
It also depends on what you're listening for, detail, tone, realism, everyone has their own preference sound. Most Massdrop users are headphoners, when I listen to my headphones I am concentrating more on the detail and soundstage, and less on the presentation and realism (vs my speakers).
When I listen to my headphones, even comparing my el cheapo FiiO against my $2k DAC, I am hard pressed to find any differences in detail retrieval, but the presentation is completely different. I've got a custom built DAC that is $5k in parts alone, it makes zero difference on my headphone setup, but worlds of difference when paired with my speakers.
Aug 26, 2017
rayschoepfer
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Aug 26, 2017
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Great insight on a area I have not considered as I cannot listen to headphones for medical reasons. It's too bad for me as headphones take my biggest challenge out of the equation, the room.
I hope a lot of Mass Droppers read all this thoughtful discussion as it will better equip them with the knowledge to get the most out of hifi and music.
Aug 26, 2017
sporklift
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Aug 25, 2017
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POLY! POLY! POLY!
Aug 25, 2017
micahjrose
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Aug 25, 2017
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I'm not getting the value of this. There are many that think the Mojo sounds better than the Hugo 1, and the Mojo is a lot easier to carry and half the cost of this discounted Hugo 1.
Aug 25, 2017
micahjrose
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Aug 25, 2017
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Nope. Hugo 2 has buttons on top like the Mojo and wouldn't have won an award 2 years before its release.
Aug 25, 2017
_zegna
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Aug 28, 2017
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or many say the mojo is 80% of the hugo (it has newer tech afterall) ...i have the mojo...sold my ifi mcro idsd and now use the mojo double duty as onboard pream DAC as well as a dap with my ipod touch 6...mojo sounds fab as a preamp...this first generation hugo is 3 yrs old. the newly released $2k hugo 2 i also heard: imo it's not worth 5x the price of the mojo...i'll pick one up used in a yr or so or buy a ps audio direct stream jr or sr DAC
Aug 28, 2017
GrahamJohnMiles
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Aug 25, 2017
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Great DAC, but then again anything by Chord is excellent. Perhaps a bit too sophisticated for some, judging by a few of the comments below. This is an state of the art DAC based on FPGA technology rather than off the shelf chips. Built strong enough for a tank to run over (which they do in a Youtube video.) Price is pretty good, but beware the Hugo 2 is out so this is already superseded.
Aug 25, 2017
GrahamJohnMiles
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Aug 25, 2017
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The only thing in my head right now is the thought of a drink at 5pm to reward myself for an afternoon of chainsawing dead trees. I was smart enough to wear ear protectors so I can enjoy my Chord DAC over coffee in the morning. Life is sweet.
Aug 25, 2017
DoctorX
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Aug 25, 2017
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What a troll.
Aug 25, 2017
Big-Al
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Jul 14, 2017
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a lot of money for a stud finder
Jul 14, 2017
Detex
503
Aug 28, 2017
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You know those white iPhone headphones you see everywhere, case in point.
Aug 28, 2017
mario.d.garcia.mg
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Aug 29, 2017
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Everyone is getting sensitive over something I said a while ago. I just noticed my emails with all of the comments.
Aug 29, 2017
guardianx9
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Jul 12, 2017
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1400 buck with no warrenty .. i guess we have jus the owner of the site who is the mysterious buyer.. lol
Jul 12, 2017
m8oman
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Jul 13, 2017
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Read the description twice and didn't see no warrantee stated.
Jul 13, 2017
Imago_Dei
34
Jul 9, 2017
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Mojo 2 drop please. Thanks
Jul 9, 2017
Moonsand1
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Jul 9, 2017
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Does this green circle look to anyone else like they might have missed a feature in the description? Dac/amp/level?
Jul 9, 2017
Nike
25
Jul 9, 2017
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Not worth price. Overall it looks like a DIY project. Does not look professional.
Jul 9, 2017
Jackula
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Aug 26, 2017
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I have and I can certainly say at $1.2k it's a definite bargain. Though at the original retail price you can certainly do better. Either way, I feel Hugo and Massdrop is not a good fit, people on here are entry audiophiles, and this is not entry.
Aug 26, 2017
Nike
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Aug 26, 2017
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I have auditioned it along with what I have now the Sony PHA-3 & Pioneer XPA-700. Compared to these beasts in regard to build, sound and functionality this one does not cut it for me. This is my view and PLEASE ppl don't take what I say personal.
Aug 26, 2017
Audioaddict79
2
Jul 9, 2017
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I bought this fo 1600 Canadian from an authorized dealer in Vancouver. Priced a bit high here. About the DAC though, it's a nice upgrade from my wyred 4 sound DAC 2. The wyred is nice, the chord is just in a different league. Very happy with this purchase and haven't even used the headphone out.
Jul 9, 2017
sporklift
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Jul 9, 2017
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If only this was a Chord Poly drop... I'd poop myself.
Jul 9, 2017
djuhlinger
12
Jul 9, 2017
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If it was the same price so would I. :-)
Jul 9, 2017
Xpfreak
92
Jul 18, 2017
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poop on...
Jul 18, 2017
Secushel
84
Jul 8, 2017
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This is a stupid price without warranty.
Jul 8, 2017
Olsen
75
Jul 8, 2017
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Why os there no warranty on this product ? Or was that fake alternative facts ?
Jul 8, 2017
ismelllikepoop
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Jul 8, 2017
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the lack of massdrop addressing this is deafening
Jul 8, 2017
Olsen
75
Jul 12, 2017
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Certainly Number of purchased items so far, exhibit the issue This is a total failure of trying to run a proper business Why on earth Chord signed for zero warranty is beyond me. Hope they all learn even their eyes obviously are looking for $$ before anything else
Jul 12, 2017
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