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 That would be a clear sonic downgrade from his Mojo, though.
 Yes, it can! That's what I do – with the HD 800 classic. BTW, you can't remove the Mojo's headphone output from the signal path anyway, so additional amplification makes all the less sense, let alone for equalizing purposes.
I should have read more carefully: «partnering product». Something to be used together with the Hugo TT. A digital amp for DAVE is in the pipeline, but not in the near future AFAIK.
 I'm curious! What could that be? My guess is: a battery-powered miniature DAVE with reduced tap count (for reduced current consumption), mainly meant as a more lightweight travel companion for Rob instead of his obligatory DAVE.
 You seem to accept this scenario for the Hugo, but not for the TT. Please don't put your own assumptions so arrogantly above reality! There is no headphone amp neither in the Hugo nor in the TT nor in DAVE. Headphones are driven by the DAC's line-out stage. Rob Watts should know, right? There are a few other DACs with headphone outputs without dedicated headphone amps, BTW. Here's a TT test with a block diagram. And here's Rob Watts' comment about the changes compared to...
 Indeed!
 So I will correct you: you're wrong. It seems that your EE background hasn't helped you, but mislead you in this case. I don't know much about electronics, but maybe the second board is for balancing the signal for the balanced outputs.
 You don't get it: You can't bypass the so-called amp in the TT (which is just the line-out stage), so with an external amp you have two amps in series and twice the coloring/obscuring effect. It's the same topology as in the original Hugo: no dedicated headphone amp built in!  
 According to my extensive tests in the past there are no neutral sounding amps. And the main thing: You can't «improve» the Hugo's output signal with additional amplification, even if it's «just» 0.00091 harmonic distortion that's added. To my ears the obscuring effect and the coloration introduced by an amp is much more substantial than the usually very low distortion figures make you believe.
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