I want to post a public apology to Al. I was questioning his use of the term "bright" when describing the Hugo's affects on female vocals, etc. However....and this is a big however, last night, during another incredible evening of music listening, I realized the obvious.... I don't listen to the Hugo directly. I dial my Hugo to 2.11V RMS (aka turquoise) and send it to my Concert Fidelity CF-080 LS tubed hybrid preamplifier, which puts its own signature on the signal, then sends it down the line to my monoblocks. Now...given that I do this for ALL my demos/evaluations/reviews/daily listening...it allows me to refer to each DACs sound relative to one another...but only in my system. Maybe the Hugo's direct signal path via its own amp is indeed bright (others say no) but I can't sit here and refute Al's claim....cuz I don't listen to the same signal path. Sorry Al, my bad.
Also, when Al mentioned that the Hugo and PS Audio DS are chipless, I came back and said, no, the only chipless design out there is the Lampi. Well, after a long chat with Rob Watts we came to the conclusion that YES, indeed the HUGO DAC is CHIPLESS. The FPGA's are not the DAC, they are the filters. The DAC is actually a pulse array DAC, a discrete set of clocks, flip/flops, element resistors and a reference PSU. No chip per se. So, again, Al you were at least half right (maybe more) about the chipless DACs (I don't know yet what to say about Ted's design).
Net/net, Al gets enough crap for being a poor typist and having owned a Lamborghini (yet none of us have ever been asked to ride in it)...I thought I'd cut him a break. :)
lol big miss. Still waiting for your review ted B. when will it be done a/b with directstream?