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post #1666 of 14247
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Originally Posted by nOtEcH View Post
 

Hugo can drive speakers also. Make speaker cables with RCA in one end and a speaker termination in the other end.

 

Please don't do this! If you need to do it then use the 1/4 inch output not the RCA output. This however is still not advised. If you need to get a pair of active speakers and then connect that to the RCA output.

post #1667 of 14247
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Originally Posted by muah View Post

hi everyone, can anyone share what would be a good desktop speaker to pair with Hugo Chord?

I have a new pair of Dynaudio Xeo 3 I am going to try. No speaker cables. No fuss no muss. RCA into wireless transmitter.

Other option for limited space is audience One speakers with a small amp like a bel canto if you want smaller speaker footprint.
post #1668 of 14247

Hey SoundFreaq 

 

 What makes the HPA amp is so much better than the Chord amp? It delivers a more than adequate amount of power, with a THD of -140dB and a dynamic range of 120dB. I'm not sure how it could possibly get any better than that?

 

 

Everyone enjoys a good listen :o2smile: 

post #1669 of 14247
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Originally Posted by PhilW View Post
 

 

Please don't do this! If you need to do it then use the 1/4 inch output not the RCA output. This however is still not advised. If you need to get a pair of active speakers and then connect that to the RCA output.

 

Why use 1/4 inch instead of the RCA ?

 

I read that the 1/4 and the RCA are internally connected together (I mean same signal, just different plugs) !  isn't correct ? 

post #1670 of 14247

I am thinking of using the Hugo with Leben CS300SX to Focal Micro BE Utopia...thats if I can find a pair of used Focal later on this year... or a pair of new KEF LS50....

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Hey my friends, listen to some good music all day long :  http://www.customchannels.net/streaming/mcintosh/       enjoy....

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Originally Posted by bmichels View Post

Why use 1/4 inch instead of the RCA ?

I read that the 1/4 and the RCA are internally connected together (I mean same signal, just different plugs) !  isn't correct ? 

My understanding as well. Same signal, just different plugs. Chord has said that there are no "real" headphone out as it all just connects to the power amp design that is implemented in the Hugo.
post #1673 of 14247
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Originally Posted by nOtEcH View Post


My understanding as well. Same signal, just different plugs. Chord has said that there are no "real" headphone out as it all just connects to the power amp design that is implemented in the Hugo.

 

I could be wrong, but afaik the RCA's are line level.

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Hi everyone, do you know where in the US that I can get the best price for Hugo ?

post #1675 of 14247
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Originally Posted by Shenook View Post
 

Would you say the amp of the Bakoon HPA-21 > Chord Amp portion?

 

I don't own a Hugo; my interest and engagement with this thread is from owning and having very good experience with the Chord QuteHD DAC product.  I will speculate, however, that the Bakoon HPA-21 performance would be significantly better than the Hugo amp, by virtue of their different circuit topologies.  The Hugo most likely uses an opamp chip, whereas the Bakoon utilizes current loop directed amplification, which potentially offers much greater musical fidelity.  Almost apples and oranges.  You should understand, tho, that this is all dependent on their actual implementation, which the Bakoon has done very well, and I understand the Hugo to be, as well.

post #1676 of 14247
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Originally Posted by Hifi Nutter View Post

Can't see what the problem is with the chord hugo amp, powerful plenty of drive, don't feel like I'm missing anything

 

It's great you don't feel like you are missing anything cause then you are done. It's stupid to spend more money or make things more complicated if you don't hear the difference, or if the difference you do hear doesn't bring additional enjoyment.  Hence is would be silly for my daughter to bother with more than her monoprice earbuds strait out of her iPhone listing to Spotify, while it made perfect sense for others to shell out for something like the SR-009 + BHSE + >$5K DACs.

 

I am envious of you.  IF I thought I wasn't missing anything using just the Chord Hugo my headphone listening would be greatly simplified. Hugo + HD800... done.  It would also be a nice symmetry since my speakers are driven by a Chord SPM 1200 power amp which I love.  Given how portable the Hugo is and that I listen to either headphones or speakers I could even just drive the SPM 1200 with the Hugo and get rid of the rest of my gear.  Alas, for my ears (in a blind listening test) I preferred having a Headamp GS-Xmk2 between the Hugo and my HD800 with balanced cables to the headphones connected directly to the the Hugo.  The amplifier in the Hugo is decent, making it the best sounding portable DAC (or DAC+amplifier) I have ever heard, but I think top end desktop amplifiers takes the SQ to the next level when driving HD800 and LCD-X (can't speak to any other headphones). Of course, this is apples -vs- oranges since most people would not expect the amplifier in portable unit to match a top end dedicated desktop amplifier.

 

--Mark

post #1677 of 14247

On a slightly different note, I have just heard from a good source that this years Blue Murder will include a really good price on some USB cables that fit the Hugo if anyone is interested. People just need to subscribe to the list to get the price!

 

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Edited by PhilW - 4/11/14 at 10:12am
post #1678 of 14247
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Originally Posted by kissmevn View Post

Hi everyone, do you know where in the US that I can get the best price for Hugo ?


I highly recommend Richard Becker at Auma acoustics

richard@aumacoustics.com
post #1679 of 14247

Why not comparing it to GSX mk2, WA5, EC 2A3 mk4, LG and everything under the sun while at it as well perhaps?

post #1680 of 14247

Amen, sir.  And you doing all these comparisons for them, let's not forget.

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