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Sean did u have time to hear it? Would love to read your thoughts
Actually no! It was just a presentation. I'll need to figure out how to hear it. I brought my Alpha Dogs specifically to listen to it. But now I have to attend another presentation.
post #182 of 9123
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Hugo DAC + TU-05 Tube AMP ?   I love my TU-05... paired with my TH-900. 

 

 

Hi bmichels, I tried RCA out to Tu-05 and conclusion for me is that Hugo amp has better slam and details with TH900.    The more i make comparison with my other gears, the more i think CHORD has strike gold with this little fellow.    This is the closest to portable High-End so far for me.   The quest is never ending but i am glad after spending Head Fi $$$ last 2 years, the bar has been raised.  IMO.

 

 

post #183 of 9123
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Has anyone had the chance to try it with Audeze LCD x and/or 3? Would love to hear back.

Probably a tough decision between the hd800 and LCD X.
post #184 of 9123

Sorry if it's been asked.

 

Is there an Australian Distributor for this ? Is there an official Australian price ?

post #185 of 9123
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Sorry if it's been asked.

 

Is there an Australian Distributor for this ? Is there an official Australian price ?

 

I found this link via the Chord Australian distributor, if you scroll down you can see which Dealers stock Chord, hth.

 

http://www.radianceav.com.au/webcontent4.htm

post #186 of 9123
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Hi bmichels, I tried RCA out to Tu-05 and conclusion for me is that Hugo amp has better slam and details with TH900.    The more i make comparison with my other gears, the more i think CHORD has strike gold with this little fellow.    This is the closest to portable High-End so far for me.   The quest is never ending but i am glad after spending Head Fi $$$ last 2 years, the bar has been raised.  IMO.

 

 

 

Thank you very much for doing this test for me.  I understand what you mean about "slam & details", but... did't you miss a little the "warm tube" sound of the TU-05 ?

 

-  Does this mean that you will not use the TU-05 anymore ? Or are there still some situation where you will use the TU-05 instead of the HUGO ?

 

- And what is your feeling about the built in "Crossfeed filter" or DSP.... whatever they call it ?


Edited by bmichels - 2/8/14 at 1:45am
post #187 of 9123
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Originally Posted by OK-Guy View Post
 

 

I found this link via the Chord Australian distributor, if you scroll down you can see which Dealers stock Chord, hth.

 

http://www.radianceav.com.au/webcontent4.htm

Thanks very much..

post #188 of 9123

 

240gb iPod, Algorhythm Solo, coax into Hugo, Alpha Dogs...

post #189 of 9123
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240gb iPod, Algorhythm Solo, coax into Hugo, Alpha Dogs...

And so.... how does the Alpha Dog pair with the HUGO ?  Good synergie ?  Enough power ?

post #190 of 9123

I've had mine for a while now, it has about 75 hours on it and I don't think the sound is changing much any more, so some thoughts.

 

Everybody's right: this is a breakthrough.  It sounds AMAZING.  Not just amazing for portable, amazing period.  It combines clarity, spaciousness, detail, and richness in a way that has to be heard to be believed.  I don't have huge experience with desktop amps, but I've heard good ones; my home rig is a tube-rolled RWA Isabellina, and I like this better.  It's jaw-droppingly good.

 

Some of the design features are wonderful.  It's beautifully made, light and compact, and all the connectivity options are great (see my previous post).  I care almost entirely about music, but it's a hoot to watch Breaking Bad on Netflix (I'm catching up late) while Hugoing the audio via Bluetooth...

 

And I predict, at some point, a soberer V2.  This thing is too clever by half.  As a lot of us are discovering, the recessed fittings don't work with a lot of perfectly standard cables.  The siting of the volume control means that if you're bundling a transport in the standard way, it has to be on the opposing face, so that either you're operating the controls upside down and from the bottom, or the transport is sitting on its face.  The volume control itself is smooth plastic and is sometimes hard to catch; your fingers slide rather that turning the knob.  A normal design would be less innovative but work a whole lot better.

 

In the meantime I know I'm going to love it.  

post #191 of 9123
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Originally Posted by bmichels View Post
 

And so.... how does the Alpha Dog pair with the HUGO ?  Good synergie ?  Enough power ?

Best I've heard them.  Mine are balanced (for the Centrance M8), and I've got an adaptor so I can use my SE RWA Isabellina.  The Hugo is better than either.  They sound just wonderful.  And yes, plenty of power.

post #192 of 9123

Does it fit in you pocket and can you turn the volume up and down when it is or do people think you're fumbling for something else?

 

Is a slight concern.

post #193 of 9123

I'm really curious as to how the hugo's amp section compares to that of other totl portable amps.

post #194 of 9123
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Originally Posted by Goldlion973 View Post
 

Does it fit in you pocket and can you turn the volume up and down when it is or do people think you're fumbling for something else?

 

Is a slight concern.

This would never fit in a pocket (not mine, anyway).  This is in your briefcase/bag transportable territory.

 

I don't think even a lower-profile option, like Hugo/Touch, would work in an ordinary pocket - cargo pants, maybe, but not business wear.


Edited by barbes - 2/8/14 at 10:08am
post #195 of 9123

Large-margin better.  I've heard M8/Apex Glacier/Vorzuge Pure - all very, very good - and the Hugo's in a different league.

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