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post #211 of 8306
Thanks Jude for explaining the crossfeed filtering function.
I feel it will be useful for listening to old jazz recordings in current stereo mix which the panning becomes too pronounced/unnatura on HD800. I pretty much prefer the original mono recordings if available when listening on headphones.

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post #212 of 8306
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The greater the stereo separation, the more exaggerated the left-right panning, the more pronounced the effect of crossfeed will be.

 

Try some old stereo Beatles with all-the-way-left and all-the-way-right images in the mix, and the effect of switching crossfeed on is dramatic. A good example track that I usually use crossfeed with (if I have crossfeed available) is "Change" by Blind Melon--play it with headphones on, and you'll immediately know why. (By the way, without crossfeed on, it's fun to shift balance all the way left and listen to Shannon Hoon a capella for the better part of the first minute of the song.)

 

 

Thanks Jude for the explanation.   Will try out some old recordings and play with the filters.    Cheers.

post #213 of 8306
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Thanks...  So I may go for the HOGO and...save some $ by avoiding the AK240 :-)

 

But then I need a decent source for the HUGO, and I am feed-up with the shrinked AK100's screen and poor UI & Playlists....   --> Android + USBAP  ? iPAD ? ...

 

I should receive my USB cable for ZX1 from price japan next week.  Will see if ZX1 is a better source than AK100.    Also, will try out X5 at a local audio store with its Coax Out with Hugo.   Like i say, the search is never ending.   :dt880smile:

post #214 of 8306
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Thanks...  So I may go for the HOGO and...save some $ by avoiding the AK240 :-)

 

But then I need a decent source for the HUGO, and I am feed-up with the shrinked AK100's screen and poor UI & Playlists....   --> Android + USBAP  ? iPAD ? ...

Being an owner of the AK120 and have had a few iRiver mp3 players in the past I'm looking forward to getting the Hugo and using iphone/Sony ZX1 or whatever as "frontend/GUI" to it.. AstellKern/iRiver sucks when it comes to user experience, so I'll never go back to them... Their GUI (User interface) has always been annoyingly slow (all products I've tested).. It's '90 GUI :(   If one can get amazing sound from other products I'm happy to sell my AK :)   What I love about my AK is the noisefloor.. witch is bascially "non existant"... So if Hugo gives me that and more power as well, I'm in heaven :)

 

Now I'm just looking forward to the store in Sweden where I've order mine gets it in stock :)   Not sure if they'll even sell it here in Norway where I live...

 

AK240's pricing.. I won't even comment it.. lol

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for those thinking of pairing the Hugo with the Sony ZX1... Chord supply the required USB lead with the Hugo that works in conjunction with the Sony USB-Adapter... bigsmile_face.gif

So we need a 256 Gb ZX1 and we are happy ! :-€
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So we need a 256 Gb ZX1 and we are happy ! :-€

 

those distinguished reviewers from What Hi-Fi announced that Sony said that the next Walkman will have DSD as native and a micro-sd slot... basically all that is missing from the ZX1.... release in 6-8mths going by past Walkman releases.

post #217 of 8306
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those distinguished reviewers from What Hi-Fi announced that Sony said that the next Walkman will have DSD as native and a micro-sd slot... basically all that is missing from the ZX1.... release in 6-8mths going by past Walkman releases.

Wow.
Hopefully not too expensive.
post #218 of 8306
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those distinguished reviewers from What Hi-Fi announced that Sony said that the next Walkman will have DSD as native and a micro-sd slot... basically all that is missing from the ZX1.... release in 6-8mths going by past Walkman releases.

hmmm maybe I'll wait then.

post #219 of 8306

Can someone who has both the Hugo and the CEntrance HiFi-M8 chime in on how the Hugo compares to HiFi-M8 regarding sound quality and drive capability?

 

I am currently using HiFi-M8 with 240GB iPod Classic for Apple Lossless files and iPhone 5 via CCK for DSD using Onkyo's HF Player.  I am considering getting the Hugo to use it on the go with possibly the future iBasso DX90 for FLAC files and iPhone 5 via CCK for DSD.

 

The headphones that will be used range from the JH13, T51p, T1 and LCD-3.


Edited by hicham - 2/9/14 at 7:35am
post #220 of 8306

many thanks to 'seeteeyou'... this album is pretty cool, listen to the whole album in DSD/Hi-Res(?) free, enjoy:-

 

http://keithdayan.downloadsnow.net/make-it-rain

post #221 of 8306

I have been reliably informed that Chord will be using the following sources with the Hugo at the Bristol Show, UK (Feb 21st-23rd)... Laptop, iDevice & the ZX1.

 

http://www.bristolshow.co.uk/

post #222 of 8306

Just connected the Hugo to iPad via usb cck and using Onkyo HF Player to play DSD and hi-res flac files.

 

 

Native DSD sounded awesome, can't think of any portable device right now that can stream DSD to the Hugo except for idevices or a notebook. Probably be getting an ipod touch 64G to make this a more portable setup. I definitely prefer the SQ and battery life of this setup over AK120S>Hugo, maybe there will be Android base devices that can do this in the near future...

post #223 of 8306
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Just connected the Hugo to iPad via usb cck and using Onkyo HF Player to play DSD and hi-res flac files.

 

 

Native DSD sounded awesome, can't think of any portable device right now that can stream DSD to the Hugo except for idevices or a notebook. Probably be getting an ipod touch 64G to make this a more portable setup. I definitely prefer the SQ and battery life of this setup over AK120S>Hugo, maybe there will be Android base devices that can do this in the near future...

 

 " I definitely prefer the SQ ... of this setup over AK120S>Hugo," !!!  

 

I can't see how Ipad + Onkyo HF Player  can provide a better signal to the HUGO than an AK120s ??  

 

Better battery life may be ! Better UI....certainly   ;)    but ....  better SQ ?  I doubt !  Are you sure ?  

post #224 of 8306

What's the availability of Hugo from online dealers? I'm aware of Moon Audio, anyone else? UK pricing is not a bargain in USD, but seems like there might be savings to be had from HK or elsewhere in Asia. Any suggestions for dealers comfortable with shipping to USA?

 

Thanks!

post #225 of 8306
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 " I definitely prefer the SQ ... of this setup over AK120S>Hugo," !!!  

 

I can't see how Ipad + Onkyo HF Player  can provide a better signal to the HUGO than an AK120s ??  

 

Better battery life may be ! Better UI....certainly   ;)    but ....  better SQ ?  I doubt !  Are you sure ?  

 

For one thing, the AK120(S) can't output native DSD, the DSD files from 120S is converted to hi-res PCM before output via spdif. The conversion introduces inconsistency in different DSD files usually resulting in slight distortions in the music. With the ipad, DSD is streamed to Hugo natively using DOP over usb, hence no conversion inconsistencies. DSD playback with ipad/Hugo is definitely the best I heard with the Hugo so far. For other hi-res formats, it a close call. So factoring in the all the music file formats that I'll be using with the Hugo, I definitely favor the SQ with the iDevice/Hugo setup. The only down side is storage capacity, which I hope Android base devices can come into rescue in future....

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