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That certainly is pretty handy.
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I think this Hugo is quite attractive in that it supposedly puts reference home rig sound into a portable format.
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Headfi, where we are so anal, we even analyze model numbers.

yup

 

... I've heard the HE 4 is essitanally a SUPER DT 880. The DT 880 isn't V Shaped though and honestly the HE 400 is PRETTY V shaped imo, treble and bass are booooosted with those upper mids all but gone, yes the low and central mids are great but... guitars and women sounded wonky on the HE 400 

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Well, that's a plus considering. I always hated the cabling mess to be honest. Less cable, more other mess that are useful. :P
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There's so much marketing speak layers with regards to the BT implementation, but then again, I'm no BT specialist either. So I assumed wrong that this is a transport too, and instead of only various cables from other PMP like a phone or tablet, it also can use Magic Audiophile BT?

 

From their website: "... the new Hugo also has A2DP Bluetooth capability and uses a custom-made module with the aptX codec to feed a digital signal directly into the DAC circuitry, so even without cables, high-quality music can still be enjoyed."

 

My guess is that off-the-shelf aptX BT modules (for headsets and wireless docks) typically come with inbuilt DACs and Chord Electronics are just using a custom-made version to feed into their own DAC instead. At least that's how I understand it. No magic, just shows that they rate aptX streaming quality good enought to warrant that kind of implementation. From my own experience with aptX streaming quality, I'd agree.

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Oh, should've gone to their website earlier then. I instinctively searched Head-fi's and found sasaki-san's thread, so that's where I get the kind of half-and-half explanation. This is good that there's some audiophile company pushing aptX BT implementation. So here's hoping for more of this kind of portable DAC/amp!!

Say, how much is this Hugo going to cost....

Nothing in their own site.
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Oh, should've gone to their website earlier then. I instinctively searched Head-fi's and found sasaki-san's thread, so that's where I get the kind of half-and-half explanation. This is good that there's some audiophile company pushing aptX BT implementation. So here's hoping for more of this kind of portable DAC/amp!!

Say, how much is this Hugo going to cost....

Nothing in their own site.
An arm and a leg...1.2k£.
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Aww fcksht on a burning stick.
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Aww fcksht on a burning stick.
But it is supposedly very high end stuff...the rest of their products are reference.
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Actually to quote them chord considers HUGO as a reference product of them. They have put so much of their credibility on the HUGO. 

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I don't know, they were (a lot) better than I had expected, and I both agree and disagree with some of your criticism on them. That being said, this is such a YMMV hobby, that opinions are close to meaningless.

 

Welp, it's entirely possible that the XB910 is a big improvement over the XB900. Unfortunately in Australia it's only available in a silver / orange colour combo that honestly I find pretty ghastly. 

 

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From the manufacturing point of view, I suspect it's easier to use off-the-shelf parts with this sort of design. That brings component costs 'way down, especially for the small volume orders a startup would be making.

 

From the user's point of view, it provides the potential for easier storage. Although in practice the HE-6's case is not significantly less bulky than the LCD-2's, which stores the cups vertically. And... uh... you can lay your neo-orthos flat on the desk or prop them against your computer and drive them loud enough to use as desktop speakers. Though you shouldn't.

 

I mean, I get it... but as Mupps said, it does seem like it adds a point of failure. I'm wondering what the design of the new AKG's feels like...

 

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I'm having one hell of a bang up time right now people. Impressions will soon follow folks.

 

Ooh boy. That would be worth some quality time with.

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Thanks for posting the new e-stats from HiFiMan, Jgray! They look... promising? I guess I was hoping for a BIT more sturdiness, but they might be more robust in person.

 

The original Jades were seriously problematic in build, but man oh man they sounded amazing.


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Aww fcksht on a burning stick.
But it is supposedly very high end stuff...the rest of their products are reference.

Well, y-eeeeeeeeeeeah I guess.

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Thanks for posting the new e-stats from HiFiMan, Jgray! They look... promising? I guess I was hoping for a BIT more sturdiness, but they might be more robust in person.



 



The original Jades were seriously problematic in build, but man oh man they sounded amazing.



More is always good, especially things that are lacking in quantity. Still, the only other thing I'm still interested in (other than probably a be-all-end-all CIEM one day) is a be-all-end-all e-stat. Dat speed. Not necessarily need to be pricey since it's going to be wasted on high pitched Japanese cartoons lol.
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But it is supposedly very high end stuff...the rest of their products are reference.

 

Given the price of their desktop solutions, I think the price is to be expected.  I look forward to seeing more reviews.

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I don't know about the Chord Hugo - the idea of 32 bit/384 KHz seems like "more is better" silliness.
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