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Originally Posted by OK-Guy View Post
 

The 'Chord-Noble Tour' rolls into London this weekend (1st-5th May)…

 

you will be able to demo the amazing Noble K10’s along with 8C & N6 with the sensational Chord Hugo.

 

the Event is being hosted by Farrukh (SCSAV) and was arranged by Chord… refreshments and a warm & friendly welcome awaits… you can either just turn-up or arrange a time by emailing them, you can take your own source/music to listen to via the Hugo, details below:-

 

Swiss Cottage Sound & Vision
21 Northways Parade
Finchley Road
SWISS COTTAGE
London
NW3 5EN

 

Email: info@SCSAV.co.uk
Website: www.SCSAV.co.uk

 

Thursday-Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday 12pm-4pm

Monday 10am-6pm

 

Tube Station: Swiss Cottage (Jubilee Line)

 

 

 

Gentlemen (& Ladies)... Start Your Engines (or buy a tube ticket)... for the HOTTEST event in London this weekend (& don't forget it's a Bank-Holiday this Monday).... be there or be square.

post #2597 of 14324
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Originally Posted by deadie View Post

I realize I'm preaching to the choir here, but I figured some may be interested in a brief Centrance M8 vs. Hugo comparison.

For the uninitiated, the M8 is a DAC/amp like the Hugo, and my M8 version (there's quite a few) has an idevice input as well as a PC USB input, and dual 3-pin XLR jacks.  The M8 puts out about 1W of power, and has toggle switches for impedance, gain, treble, and bass.  

For this comparison, I just used an iTouch 5G as a source, lightning to USB to both the M8 and the Hugo (Hugo requires CCK, M8 does not).  Music sources were local stored m4a aac, PC JRiver18 to USB, and PC streamed to Jplayer app on Touch.  

Which cuisine reigned supreme?






The differences are actually pretty straightforward and readily apparent.  The M8 has strong output power, better low "thooom" bass, and presents overall pleasing, high quality SQ.  The Hugo just presents fundamentally "real-er" sound.
 
The M8 is like having music in a closed hand vs. the Hugo being an open palm.
 
M8 is Baskin Robins ice cream. Hugo is home made with egg yolks, real cane sugar, fresh scraped vanilla beans and whipped hyper-quick using liquid nitrogen so as to mitigate air / foam incorporation.  It's all about the confluence of ingredients, methodology, and execution.
 
The M8 sounds like quality recorded music.  The Hugo places you with the band, hearing the realistic peaks of guitar strums, the details of notes as they amplify up then fade down, dynamic / impactful snare drum pops, the unmistakable sound of live, resonating voices, and the distinct separation of instruments in space. 
 
Price value wise, is the Hugo worth 3x-4x more than the M8?  No.  Audio bliss wise, absolutely.
Sounds to me like your enjoying it just a little too much.... in the company of madam palm and her five lovely daughters....( ;-)
post #2598 of 14324
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Originally Posted by jamato8 View Post

 

Anyway, coax from the DX90 to the Hugo and to my TH900. Total insanity. Such flow and naturalness, like the post above, like an "open hand". Great phrase there. But the hang of the notes, the freedom of restraint to the decay, the delicacy cries out that this isn't a dac, this is music, pure and simple, music. 

 

So I take it you prefer using coaxial on your DX90 over the micro usb? And am I right in thinking DX90 is your preferred DAP for Hugo? Lastly have you experienced any problem when playing DSD (using DoP) on DX90? Many thanks for your thoughts!

post #2599 of 14324
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Originally Posted by SleepyOne View Post
 

 

So I take it you prefer using coaxial on your DX90 over the micro usb? And am I right in thinking DX90 is your preferred DAP for Hugo? Lastly have you experienced any problem when playing DSD (using DoP) on DX90? Many thanks for your thoughts!

Playing DoP on DX90 to Hugo frequently pauses and resumes.  Several times in a song, DX90 lags when using DoP.

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My DX90 doesn't pause with dsd. I am not sure about coax or usb. They are both great.
post #2601 of 14324
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Originally Posted by jamato8 View Post

My DX90 doesn't pause with dsd. I am not sure about coax or usb. They are both great.

Read the OP carefully he isn't talking about playing DSD natively where the music is converted to PCM and output to earphones.  We are talking about using DoP files, the DSD is wrapped in a flac file.  The DX90 will not decode the DSD but will output it over coax to an external DAC, eg the Hugo to be decoded.  I can play back DSD on the DX90 to earphone but not DoP files which will pause and resume frequently.  Other music 16/44, 24/48, 24/96, 24/192 are fine over coax, just DoP files do this.

post #2602 of 14324
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Originally Posted by kantana View Post

Playing DoP on DX90 to Hugo frequently pauses and resumes.  Several times in a song, DX90 lags when using DoP. It's a data speed problem related to your output device Hugo just plays what it can get hold of, so if something is holding up the data transfer it can't play what it hasn't got yet.
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Very interested in this now - any one had a chance to compare the Hugo to my beloved Metrum Octave?

post #2604 of 14324
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Originally Posted by bmichels View Post
 

May I dare to ask again: 

I get 8:20 hours of Battery.  Is it normal or not ?  I wonder because I read something like 12 hours run-time for the HUGO !? :(

 

I did a battery test today, with a mix of ALAC 14/44 & 24/96: Blue turned Green after 2:30h, and.... after 8 hours, the led started blinking RED, and 20 minutes later the Hugo muted.

 

 

Thanks for your advices

 

 

I did more testing:   This time, using HUGO as DAC only (not AMP), and with MP3 only (NO High-Res), I got exactly 9 hours running time before it mute.

 

So, it looks like the usage ( DAC only or DAC/AMP) and the resolution (MP3 or High res) do not make a big difference: it is always between 8 & 9 hour (which is good, but... far from the 12 hours announced by CHORD !  has someone achieved more than 10 hours ?)


Edited by bmichels - 5/2/14 at 4:12am
post #2605 of 14324
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Originally Posted by bmichels View Post

I did mote testing:   This time, using HUGO as DAC only (not AMP), and with MP3 only (NO High-Res), I got exactly 9 hours running time before it mute.

So, it looks like the usage ( DAC only or DAC/AMP) and the resolution (MP3 or High res) do not make a big difference: it is always between 8 & 9 hour (which is good, but... far from the 12 hours announced by CHORD !  has someone achieved more than 10 hours ?)
Twelve hours was originally muted by chord in October last but then reduced to ten hours before launching in Las Vegas due to all the power for Hugo's USB circuitry having to come from it's own batteries. I'm told the original plans were for some power to come from the host playing device but although specified, it became obvious that most apple smaller products
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I am still after a source for Hugo. would DX50 work? I can't get why ak120 does not work for me, it doesn't out put 24/192 to Hugo!
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Originally Posted by audionewbi View Post

I can't get why ak120 does not work for me, it doesn't out put 24/192 to Hugo!
 

Is it the optical cable limitation? Some can only do 96khz


Edited by SleepyOne - 5/2/14 at 4:46am
post #2608 of 14324
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Originally Posted by SleepyOne View Post

Is it the optical cable limitation? Some can only do 96khz
not sure, I've seen few folks who were able to out put 24/192 from ak120. I've tested the cable using my macbook and the cable certainly can handle the bandwidth, maybe something with my unit.
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Sure, if your optical cable is able to do 24/192 going from Macbook Pro to Hugo then the problem must point to your AK120.

post #2610 of 14324
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Originally Posted by SleepyOne View Post
 

Sure, if your optical cable is able to do 24/192 going from Macbook Pro to Hugo then the problem must point to your AK120.

 

Yes, my "little" AK100 output 24/192 to the HUGO without any problem.  And I tested with several Optical cable...

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