Based on the recent video review i pulled the trigger after receiving a faulty Chord Hugo. While i liked the sound from the Hugo with my redbook Decca classical, i am finding the Prime and the Prime PSU bests the Hugo. Absolutely loving it. Sitting listening to Strauss right this moment tapping my feet. Best of all i am not having to upsample any of my redbook in software, the DSP code on the Prime seems to do a brilliant job of getting the most out of the recordings. Its that good that i've not even tried any 192KHz downloads yet. As for the Chord, i went to plug in for a second charge and the charge stopped working. I also found a loose screw on the bottom of the casing. I think the build quality of Meridian is better than the Hugo as well.
It's ashamed i was so late to get a decent DAC as I am saddened that in the past few weeks my best friend and HiFi buddy is terminally ill and will never get to hear the Prime on his system. I will think of him while i enjoy our favourite classical music on the Meridian. :-(