imo this Sony could be the ultimate source for the Hugo... just got to figure how to get rid of the ears.
WOW first post and ure in heaven....dang..so jealous...
What were ure gear before the Hugo?
you are worse than me...
ps.. your thoughts on the SE846, I understand they have different filters for alternative SQ's?
that Sony does DSD native, has SD-Card and is a one cable connection, hth.
Already tried. A touch warmer than AK240 on redbook > 24/192, quite musical. But no DSD playback output to optical, no conversion or DoP. DSD files just playback through analog out or internal speaker. So no go for me as a playback source for Hugo.
Funny, I was listening to my EMM XDS1 last night, and it has more resolute bass, deeper and wider staging, more layering, and a little more speed, but the Hugo counters with a more natural perspective, with a more polite, sweet, and more fatigue-free sound, and maybe more musical in all situations.
The Hugo can handle any phone I have with finesse, even revealing ones (HD800, TH900), whereas with the EMM (especially with my good old 60's & 70's CDs with like Michael Jackon or Frankie Valli), I need to use my LCD3s or Oppo PM-1s.
So, overall, and I can't believe I'm saying this, It's hard to decide which is the more satisfying musical experience, the EMM or the Hugo DAC.
The EMM seems to say, this is how it was recorded, so here it is ready or not. The Hugo seems to have a more processed sound, but I mean that in a totally good way, removing digital "ringing" as I hear it, which to me is an artifact that has been around since the dawn of digital in the mid 1980s.
(I thought the Meridian apodizing filter was meant to do that, but the Hugo does it better as I hear it.)
Again, the deep I-can-see-clearly resolution of the Hugo DAC co-existing with the almost total freedom from digital glare, hardness, pain, fatigue, or that thing that happens in digital when a musical object (like a vocal) swells and pushes itself forward and makes me wince is actually an amazing feat that is new to me in digital.
I was the skeptical one who asked for the comparison of the Hugo to the long list of other DACs a few days ago, but now I'm a believer.
(I better shut-up now. I got flamed on the Oppo PM-1 impressions thread for posting too much about how much I liked them, so I better not repeat that here. But then Tyll's review came along and liked them a lot too, so I feel vindicated sort of.)