Chord Electronics announced the Chord Hugo TT 2 last week in Munich as one of its newest advancements in DAC technology. TT stands for “table-top” and its meant to be a desktop version developed from the multi-award-winning transportable Hugo 2. The Hugo TT 2 is bigger, better and more advanced in every way and it sets a new benchmark for tabletop DACs, eclipsed only by Chord’s flagship DAVE.
Hugo TT 2 has been radically redesigned from the ground up, not only with beautiful new casework by Chief Designer, John Franks but with 5 times the processing power of the original Hugo TT and double that of the multi-award-winning Hugo 2. Hugo TT 2 includes over 20 years of digital development by Rob Watts and takes advantage of the very latest technology.
As expected, it delivers radically improved technical specifications and measurements across the board and exhibits drastic sonic benefits over its predecessor with 768kHz PCM and DSD 512 playback. It includes gobs of power and will support most headphones including harder to drive ones, such as the Sennheiser HD800S headphones or most planar magnetic headphones such as the Audeze LCD-3 and LCD-4 headphones.
Delving deeper, in comparison to the 256-tap filters of traditional chip DACs,, Hugo TT 2 is an infinitely more powerful Xilinx Artix 7 FPGA, custom-coded by Chord Electronics’ Rob Watts, with 86x 208MHz cores running in parallel to create an advanced 16FS WTA 1 filter with 98,304-taps. Now that’s a mouth full!
This is double that of its multi-award winning transportable brother, Hugo 2 (49,152). Hugo TT 2 also benefits from an upgrade from a 4-element design to a 10-element design, which works in harmony with the radically upgraded FPGA and code to deliver unrivaled audio.
A brand new high-power discreet output stage coupled with second-order noise-shaping integrated between the DAC output and filter is also employed to massively reduce distortion. Further improvements have also been made to the power delivery. Hugo TT 2 eschews the Li-Po battery power supply of the original and ushers in six supercapacitors capable of delivering huge, linear dynamic currents when the music demands it with a peak output of 5A, 9.3V RMS.
Hugo TT 2 also brings home the much loved four-stage user-selectable filter controls introduced with Hugo 2 and retains the three-stage user-selectable digital crossfeed function for headphone users who want to improve the perception of depth, similar to that of speakers.
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- COMPATIBLE WITH: Android, Ios, Windows, Osx, Linux
AVAILABLE: AUTUMN 2018