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Chord Hugo Portable Headphone Amplifier & USB DAC - Satin Black

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Chord Hugo Portable Headphone Amplifier & USB DAC - Satin Black

  • Unique high performance Xilinx FPGA DAC

  • High THD+N ratio of 140dB

  • Standard TOSLINK, coaxial SPDIF input

  • USB input supports 32bit/384kHz PCM & DSD128 playback (Dedicated drivers)

  • OTG USB support for connection to phones/tablets

  • Bluetooth input via high quality aptX codec

  • Powers up to 3 headphones at once (1 x 6.35mm, 2 x 3.5mm)

  • Crossfeed modes for improved soundstage with headphones

  • Volume bypass for standalone DAC operation mode

  • Battery life up to 14 hours



Chord Electronics Hugo USB reference grade DAC plus headphone amp is a reference-level portable product for PCM and DSD audio – a world first in audio history and the unit is based on the same FPGA DAC technology that has helped establish Chord Electronics as an authority in digital audio.

The unit is called Hugo (because you can take Hugo wherever ‘you-go’), the new device offers studio-master-tape sound quality, advanced connectivity and uncompromising file playback capability, all from a palm-sized player. Hugo is the world’s most advanced headphone amp/DAC, offering five digital inputs including A2DP aptX Bluetooth, plus advanced 384kHz PCM and DSD 128 playback for today’s high-resolution DXD (Digital eXtreme Definition) music files.

The new Hugo, which can be used as both a portable headphone amp/DAC as well as a reference-level source component in a static system, brings the renowned digital audio expertise of Rob Watts and Chord Electronics to serious headphone listening, enabling consumers to experience a world of super-high-resolution music via their headphones. It offers unsurpassed performance and technology and is unrivaled in the marketplace, thanks to its bespoke technology, FPGA circuitry and advanced file-playback capability.

Technical Specifications

Additional Information

Package Contents
  • 1 x Chord Hugo
  • 1 x TOSLINK cable
  • 1 x Micro USB Cable
  • 1 x AC Adapter
  • 1 x Driver CD
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Colour Black
Warranty 1 year (local)
Product Weight (g) 400
Availability Discontinued
Product Type Amplifier (Headphone), DAC (Digital-Analog Converter)
Style/Type Portable
Features DSD, Line-out, Optical Input
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) 0.00%
Input Connectivity Coaxial, Optical, USB
Output Connectivity 3.5mm Stereo, 6.35mm Stereo, RCA / Phono
Additional Tech Specs
  • Inputs:
  • Optical TOSLink 24-bit/192kHz-capable
  • RCA coaxial input 24-bit/384kHz-capable
  • Driverless USB input 16-bit/48kHz-capable (designed for tablets/phones)
  • HD USB input 32-bit/384KHz and DSD128-capable (for computer/laptop playback; see driver details below)
  • Technical specs:
  • Advanced digital volume control
  • Crossfeed filter network
  • Battery powered for approximately 12 hours operation
  • Input, sample rate and volume level indication by colour-change LEDs
  • 26K tap-length filter (more than double when compared to the QuteHD DAC)
  • Headphone output: 110dB SPL into a 300ohm headphone load
  • Output power - 1KHz 1V sinewave both channels driven 0.1% distortion
  • 600 ohms 35mW
  • 300 ohms 70mW
  • 56 ohms 320mW
  • 32 ohms 600mW
  • 8 ohms 720mW
  • THD - 1KHz 3V output: 0.0005%
  • Dynamic Range: 120dB
  • Output impedance: 0.075 ohms
  • Damping factor >100
  • Weight: 0.4kg
  • Dimensions: 100x20x132mm (WxHxD)
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