Please stop saying bypass , it is a preset volume.
I see that you have been corrected after your posting. But I must say that I get quite irritated about you questioning a fact that has been stated over and over again in this thread, as if you try to confuse people. You questioning the quality of the Hugo earlier in this thread, while promoting your own stuff is also irritating me. Why not promote your own stuff in a Cavalli thread? Maybe it is because the Hugo is the hottest thing available in the market at the moment? And that this thread would be the best marketing channel for you?
As a member of commerce you should tread carefully as it is very easy to question your intensions and that is in my opinion not a good thing for your brand.
The Hugo is the best thing that has happened to the world of portable Head-Fi ever. IMO. And it is so good that it can be compared to desktop rigs. The sound quality for the total package (DAC/AMP) is awsome, and the battery life is as well. And the Hugo is powerful. And because of not using the power pin on the USB connection sources like iDevices will last much longer than with other portable DAC's, as it does not drain batteries. A better package is not available anywhere.
As you can see, I was seeking clarification, based on the section in the Hugo user manual that states this. You call me out in a post seeking clarification, which I don't fully understand. I believe your beef should be with Chord, not me here. This is a blatant statement of untruth from the manufacturer. And as you know the manufacturer is involved in this thread, and this has been discussed as you say, it would make much more sense to attack Rob, not me. But I don't even think that is fair. And thank you Rob for a fantastic product.
"questioning the quality of the Hugo" is a dramatic and irresponsible misconstruction of the expression of my opinion. I have stated many times the fantastic value of the unit as a portable. Where I have questioned quality was in regard to a comparison to "the best home reference amps," an entirely different idea than the unit as a portable. Further, as a manufacturer looking to release their own portable very soon, I would say I have been extremely and openly transparent in my expression of the virtues of a directly competing product. And the only time I said it could be bettered with Cavalli gear, is in the amp stage, with a home rig. And that's just fact. I've also touted other manufacturers too, unbelievingly. I have no idea how you've arrived at the conclusions you have. I have only given honest opinion, and when asked.
Just to reiterate.
OK, let's start by getting a bunch of my biases out of the way.
It is my opinion that the DAC in the Hugo easily outclasses the DACs in both the HPA-8 and Conductor. The amp in the Hugo, not so much. But it wasn't designed to be a world-class amp. It's a great DAC connected to a pretty good portable amp, and an excellent transportable all-in-one solution. As a whole, the Hugo is not all that when compared to complete world-class home reference gear chains, but the DAC is.
Emphasis not added.
Thanks for the reminder, good point. I've always said it was top-notch as a portable product. It's just the DAC is so good that you can actually use this piece of gear in your home kit. And at that point, the amp's shortcoming, to me, become obvious when compared to the best home reference amps.
And the fact that you can even think about using it in a home reference chain is remarkable
as Audiowood points out, labels this thing as a great value. The fact that it's tiny, and has a good portable amp on it at all, is just sprinkles on the icing on the cake. ; )
Simple truth ^^
And when asked what I think the best amp pairing is, I am going to give my honest opinion.
I'll repeat again: Cavalli Audio will never steer anyone wrong for the sake of a sale. Only honest opinions shared. In my handful of posts even mentioning Cavalli gear, it was because I was asked, or I was giving honest opinion.
Have you heard any Cavalli gear?
Edit: I want to publicly apologize to you and anyone else on this thread that believes I have been a shill for Cavalli gear here. I have tried my best to add to the conversation, learn, give honest feedback, and be constructive at every turn. I do not think my mentions of Cavalli Audio have been anywhere near excessive, and have tried hard for them not to even be remotely regular. That is not why I am here. I am here posting in this thread as a passionate audio consumer. I've tried to make that clear.
Edited by SoundFreaq - 4/18/14 at 6:30am