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Originally Posted by Sauntere View Post

rudi0504

Since you own both  perhaps you could say which i better in terms of absolute SQ between the Hugo and AK240.. I have read some impressions which indicate the difference is negligible.
Is this correct ? What do you think. If you wanted to buy one and only one unit ignoring the portability factor which would it be for use with IEMs ?

Hi Sauntere

These two are different segmented market

What is your source ?
What is Your iems or headphone ?

If you have already very good source / dap
Than Hugo is your choice
You can use Hugo as ext DAC with other Amp or
As full dac / amp .


Plus point from Hugo :
Big power with incredible SQ , that you can drive from iem to hard to drive headphone .
Very good as all rounder DAC / Amp
Hugo is more fexible to play With it

Minus point from Hugo :
You need source / DAP
Not so portable , it is more transportable


Ak 240 is DAP
Has very good to excellent SQ for iems and ciems , but not so good for headphones

Plus point AK 240 :
It is high end DAP , it is more practice and anytime you need music is there .

Minus point AK 240 :
please note that not all iems or ciems sound very good with AK 240
The most of them sound very Good to excellent
But has limitation power to drive headphone

Nobody is perfect , now The Choice is In Your hand

If i Know Your iems that maybe i have The same like Your iem , i can help you to test


Note :
With The same songs use AK 240 as stand Alone dap vs
AK 240 + Hugo
AK 240 + Hugo has better SQ , more weight , better High , better mid and more Clear ,
Better soundstage.

IMO
Edited by rudi0504 - 3/15/14 at 8:52pm
post #1127 of 14739

rudi0503

 

Thanks very much for such a detailed reply. I think for my needs the Hugo will be better. I was really asking about the ultimate performance of the DAC and amp sections. It is pretty clear from your reply the Hugo comes up trumps there. Ultimately i may get both but for the moment i am interested in desk top performance.

 

Thank you.

post #1128 of 14739
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Originally Posted by Sauntere View Post

rudi0503

Thanks very much for such a detailed reply. I think for my needs the Hugo will be better. I was really asking about the ultimate performance of the DAC and amp sections. It is pretty clear from your reply the Hugo comes up trumps there. Ultimately i may get both but for the moment i am interested in desk top performance.

Thank you.

If you like desktop performance and you have already very good source and you can use your iem until headphone . Than Hugo is your choice.

If you are not in a hurry .please wait until new chassis revition coming with bigger RCA and COAX hole . You can use your home audio RCA and COAX cable
Imo
post #1129 of 14739
Future sig.:

"iBasso DX100 -> Chord Hugo -> LCD XC"wink.gif
post #1130 of 14739

Ok finally have some listening time with this rig  (Bombay view in the back is bonus).

 

ZX1 > Hugo > TWau > Hidition NT6

 

 

A few comments:

  • I almost blew my ears away when putting play, be careful how the volume is set
  • The combo is very very impressive technically: huge airy soundstage, power and control, ultra detailes, top transparence
  • The sig of the Hugo is quite unforgiving, very surgical and analytical, not as smooth and musical as the 901, even if it is technically superior in many aspects. Also quite terrible if the mastering is bad

 

I am really loving the sound, but I am wondering if it is not nice to have the Tera and / or 901 on the side for more mellow moods.

post #1131 of 14739
Maybe it is the ciem that is making it surgically analytical , any chance of you pairing with something warmer ?
post #1132 of 14739
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Originally Posted by audionewbi View Post

Maybe it is the ciem that is making it surgically analytical , any chance of you pairing with something warmer ?


Well it was the same with my SE5, but the SE5 is also ultra detailed...I do not have anything warmer underhand but I bet 335 would be nice.

post #1133 of 14739

I must insist on the fact that it does sound incredible. A bit fatiguing with some earphones, and a bit unforgiving on some recording. I was listening to the Strokes track "you only live once". I could hear some parasites in the back quite clearly. I checked with the ZX1 straight and could hear them but only faintly. On spotify even more faintly and on youtube not at all. So that much detail can be quite hard on the recording.

post #1134 of 14739
Thanks for your findings. It's prices point positions it against some great desktop setup. I guess it is matter of convince and portability.
post #1135 of 14739
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Originally Posted by Mimouille View Post
 

Ok finally have some listening time with this rig  (Bombay view in the back is bonus).

 

ZX1 > Hugo > TWau > Hidition NT6

 

 

 

A few comments:

  • I almost blew my ears away when putting play, be careful how the volume is set
  • The combo is very very impressive technically: huge airy soundstage, power and control, ultra detailes, top transparence
  • The sig of the Hugo is quite unforgiving, very surgical and analytical, not as smooth and musical as the 901, even if it is technically superior in many aspects. Also quite terrible if the mastering is bad

 

I am really loving the sound, but I am wondering if it is not nice to have the Tera and / or 901 on the side for more mellow moods.

 

nice rig indeed :biggrin:

 

curious, is there any background hiss driving the nt6 with just the hugo?

post #1136 of 14739

it really doesn't matter what DAP or source you are using the resulting sound from the Hugo will be exactly the same... though it is nice to see a product outclassing a ridiculously priced one (imo) for half the cost (in UK). 

post #1137 of 14739
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Originally Posted by OK-Guy View Post

it really doesn't matter what DAP or source you are using the resulting sound from the Hugo will be exactly the same... though it is nice to see a product outclassing a ridiculously priced one (imo) for half the cost (in UK). 

From the company that gave us the Blu, this is rather hard to believe.
post #1138 of 14739

@spkrs01 kindly called for a meet to try out the amazing Mass Kobo model 394 amp today at Jaben

 

we tried many different sources (RWAK120-S, HM-901, AK240, Hugo)  and headphones (TH900, LCD-3, Abyss AB-1266, HE-6).

 

To my ears, the best source goes to Chord Hugo

 

The 394 amp is fast, neutral and powerful sounding, it can drive all headphones with ease

 

The best headphones are the Abyss AB-1266

 

The best combination to myself is ipod touch > Chord Hugo > 394 > TH900

 

 

 

 

 

post #1139 of 14739

AK240 cost in UK = £2200 - Hugo cost = £1400 (new price)

 

the Blu is just a CD-transport that feeds a DAC.

post #1140 of 14739
I was taking issue with your point that the transport didn't matter.

And I'm sure Chord would take issue with your statement regarding the Blu.
Edited by jjcha - 3/16/14 at 6:17am
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