IC's, speaker cables, and powercords all make a difference in sound from my experience. Mostly, the speaker cables and IC's play a role in clearing things up and tightening things a bit giving it a better clarity and and bit of more dynamics to your sound. And what a good powercord brings mainly is the overall soundstage depth to the table..
ONE CAN TIGHTEN THINGS UP WITH A LEATHER BELT TOO. OR A HANGMAN'S NOOSE.
When I first read rewviews of the HUGO having great soundstage and read about the battery power, I perfectly understood it was the battery power that was giving it a good difference to soundstage compared to other dacs and their stock powercord.
I'M AFRAID NOT SO. MANY BATTERY POWERED COMPONENTS LACK SONIC QUALITY IN ONE AREA OR ANOTHER. CIRCUITS USE DC, NOT AC, HOWEVER BATTERIES DEPLETE NATURALLY AND WHEN THE CIRCUIT IS POWERED, THE DEPLETION IS ASSISTED. MOREOVER, UNDER DYNAMIC CONDITIONS SOME BATTERY POWERED DEVICES CANNOT KEEP UP BECAUSE OF PS IMPEDANCES NOT BEING LOW ENOUGH. AS THE DIAPER MAN SAYS, IT ALL DEPENDS...DEPENDS HOW WELL THE PS WAS DESIGNED.
It's somewhat confusing with all these glorious reviews from here and from professional reviewers saying its an excellent unit for the price beating 4x the cost of dacs out there. But there are those who uses and spend the extra money on powercords and IC's and cables in general, who also know that swapping stock powercords for a good one can also take ANY component in the chain to another level as far as soundstage and overall resolution goes. DON'T BELIEVE THE REVIEWERS, BELIEVE ME.
POWER CORDS AND OTHER CABLES ALTER THE DELIVERY OF AC AND POWER BY SHIFTING IMPEDANCES, RESISTANCES, CAPACITANCES, AND INDUCTANCES. IT'S A BALANCING ACT, ESPECIALLY IF THE CABLES ARE LIFTED 20' ABOVE GROUND AND SOMEONE IS WALKING ON THEM. LAY OUT MATTRESSES BELOW JUST IN CASE THE GUY ABOVE GETS A JOLT.
It would be great if someone who is running a good DAC with a good powercord can comment on the DAC side of things and compare the two?
POWER CORDS ARE MORE RELEVANT FOR POWER AMPS AND LESS SO FOR LOW POWER DEVICES. MY SUGGESTION IS TO GET A POWER CORD THAT IS HOOKED UP DIRECTLY TO THE POWER STATION, BYPASSING ALL THE POWER LINES TO YOUR HOME.
In general ,the battery power concept of the HUGO (when used at home) is eliminating all your power issues at your home. TRUE. MINE ALSO DISPENSES CAPPUCCINO WITH CINNAMON ON TOP AND THE FROTH IS FANTASTIC! IT IS THE NEW MODEL HUGO DAC-CAAPPUCCINO MAKER. The same things are made by companies like Shunyata for budget audiophiles to do the same thing. HOW DOES THE SHUNYATA DAC SOUND?
So the question is, HUGO being $2,500 - $2,600 in the U.S brand new (no used ones as of yet) has anyone compared it to good known dacs like the AMR 777 or the Lampizator level 4 which can be had for about the same price used? YES. THE AMR AND LAMPIZATOR COMPANIES. (using a good Powercord), I would assume it would be about $300.00 give or take (lets just say you will get a Shunyata HC powercord)
This question is strictly for 2 channel stereo enthuasists only who plan to use the HUGO as part of a stereo set-up.
WHY NOT A HUGO THAT DOES 7.1 W. DTS?
I WILL TRY TO ANSWER YOU BECAUSE I'M BRAVE BETWEEN 5 & 5:30 PM CENTRAL TIME. DO NOT TAKE ANYTHING I SAY SERIOUSLY!
MAY I INSERT IN CAPS TO DIFFERENTIATE YOUR WORDS FROM MINE? I AM NOT SHOUTING! TRUST ME, I'M A QUIET MAN.