Thanks for letting me jump in. Got the Hugo in to try, and am definitely impressed. I've been using it in my main rig for about a week which is: MBP>Audirvana Plus>Wireworld USB>ifi iUSB>Nordost Heimdall 2 USB>Audiophileo2>Hugo DAC via Coax>Nordost Frey RCA ICs>Cavalli Audio Liquid Gold>DHC Complement2 OCC Litz XLR Balanced>Abyss.
.....Currently trying to find an amp that is better than the Hugo on-board amp, and is also relatively transportable. Having trouble finding that. Cavalli's portable will definitely fit the bill once it is available. But I can't keep the prototypes : )
Wanting to know what woodcan's "sonic trifecta" encompassed. Didn't read the entire thread yet.
Very interesting: as a TOL "transportable" AMP I Strongly suggest the Bakoon HPA-21 (and may be the smaller HPA-01 when available). Is it battery operated and sublime with some headphone. Hugo + HPA-21 still transportable enough from room to room and 100% battery operated.
Re your desktop set-up, it seems you take a quite complex route !! : MPB> Wireworld USB>ifi iUSB>Nordost Heimdall 2 USB>Audiophileo2>Hugo DAC via Coax
Does this "long" route really bring a substantial SQ advantage compared to : MPB> Wireworld USB>Hugo DAC via USB ? ...plus this COAX route do not allow to play NATIVE DSD files while the USB route does ?? IS ti worth the complexity and the lack of DSD ?
PS : like you I am very very excited by the Cavalli Portable AMP. This may become THE solution for HUGO owners...! Any availability date guess ?
Edited by bmichels - 4/6/14 at 2:40am