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So, I've ​been lurking on head-fi and this thread in particular, and thought I'd say hi.  I just got a Hugo last week and love it!  Music sounds amazing with my (almost as new) HD800, and my older SE535 never sounded this good, but are definitely now a weak link in my kit. 


I have a question for others using an iPhone 5/5s as a player. Which USB input do you use?  I noticed both work, but my new Lightning/USB adapter stopped working after a few hours and at the time I was using the HD port.  Apple replaced it for me in the store without any questions, but did it fail because I was using the HD port or was it just a faulty adapter?

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post #5027 of 7746
Use the one close to the on off switch it is the hd
USB input. You also need the onkyo hf app as well
post #5028 of 7746

I guess it was just a faulty adapter then, thanks.

 

I've been using CanOpener for playback, but I'll check out Onkyo hf.

post #5029 of 7746
Does can opener do DSD. Or just PCM ?
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The track playing is Jazz in the  Pawnshop, 24/192 vinyl rip, Hugo is showing dark blue light 24/192 (colour in the photo may look a bit off due to lighting)

 

Thanks for the heads up.  I only have one 24/192 album but I figured I'd try it again and what do you know, it worked this time!  I checked both internal memory and SD card and both work fine.  Oh well, it was either a burn-in issue or user error.  I suspect I know which. :wink_face:

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Does can opener do DSD. Or just PCM ?


No, just PCM up to 192 plus support for crossfeed and EQ.

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Did anyone do a comparison between the HUGO and the Eximus DP-1?

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The AK240 with Hugo does not come close to the Hugo with Mac+Fidelia+FHX at half the cost of the AK240. Not even close! No DAP will IMO.

 

Fixed this for you. Please remember that it is a good idea, no matter how long one has been at this, to be humble about one's opinions.

 

The AK240 costs about the same as a Hugo in the USA and Japan. When I get on long flight, I'll be using the AK240 by itself with a pair of CIEMs. Less fiddly than my MacBook Air or some kind of stack of components when I have to deal with meals, reading, sleeping and all that.

post #5034 of 7746
So that is how I can justify keeping it. Thanks I just needed a good reason to keep this amazing gem.
Al
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Did anyone do a comparison between the HUGO and the Eximus DP-1?

 

I used to own the DP-1 and just got the Hugo.

 

They are two different animals:

- The Eximus is sweet (especially in the mids) with good details and 3D soundstage but it lacks bottom end impact and has a poor USB implementation (by today's standards).

- The Hugo is crystal clear, more details, (much) better bass impact (and definition) and has a more potent built-in headphone amp and USB input.

 

I actually used to own the QuteHD and the Eximus at the same time. I much preferred the Chord back then, no question.

 

Now comes the question of which of the QuteHD (+ LPSU + Ciunas Converter) and Hugo I prefer, to close the triangle. It is not an instant win for the Hugo, so far, because of their different sound philosophy (crystal clear vs. warm and - dare I say - full).

Time will tell (shortly).

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I really enjoyed listening to my friend's Hugo for the few days I borrowed it, but as I don't travel much, I don't want to pay such a high amount for a battery-powered device and deal with the hassle of trying to replace its battery in two years. I'm not one of those guys that changes gear all the time so I'll either wait for Chord's PSU powered dac, just buy Meridian Prime (after listening to it of course, Jude says it sounds very Meridian which I like, smooth and fluid) or buy something similar. I'm sure technology will allow us to buy similar reference quality products at reasonable prices which are not battery powered.

 

PS: If they made a PSU powered Hugo, I'd buy it in an instant. I like Hugo a lot, it's just I don't like mobile devices much.

 

You can leave the Hugo hooked up to the adapter 24/7 and very few of us hear any appreciable difference in the sonics, but I assume that you mean a 'proper' PSU with IEC cabling for power cords as thick as your arm. Also not sure where your 'replace the batteries after two years' estimate comes from - I have battery-powered portable gear that has run for years without issue (admittedly its not getting much airtime since I got the Hugo) while my 2-week old Oppo BDP-105D took one jolt from an electrical storm and promptly died on me - it's back in the shop while my Hugo continues on, impervious to such nasties. 

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You can leave the Hugo hooked up to the adapter 24/7 and very few of us hear any appreciable difference in the sonics, but I assume that you mean a 'proper' PSU with IEC cabling for power cords as thick as your arm. Also not sure where your 'replace the batteries after two years' estimate comes from - I have battery-powered portable gear that has run for years without issue (admittedly its not getting much airtime since I got the Hugo) while my 2-week old Oppo BDP-105D took one jolt from an electrical storm and promptly died on me - it's back in the shop while my Hugo continues on, impervious to such nasties. 

I would have to agree. I have some battery powered devices that have been going for around 9 years. While a real outlier, and more of interest and astonishing to me, I have a tube tester from the 1950's that had the original carbon battery that in 2004 still had a charge on it and still worked. I have no idea how it could last that long, no idea. 

post #5038 of 7746
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Originally Posted by Currawong View Post

The AK240 costs about the same as a Hugo in the USA and Japan. When I get on long flight, I'll be using the AK240 by itself with a pair of CIEMs. Less fiddly than my MacBook Air or some kind of stack of components when I have to deal with meals, reading, sleeping and all that.

Yes, I got my Hugo cheaper than my AK240... And for me their use cases are vastly different. I tried bringing a Hugo stack on my commute for a week or two, and as good as it sounded, I'm back to my old stack hating self and go with my hm901 or ak240 for on the go usage now. Hugo is staying home on my deskrig.
post #5039 of 7746
Clenmaster, out of the 3 which sound the most analog?
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I just wanted to give a shoutout to Al Rainbow for making such a point about DSD. I had settled on flac for my SACD Rips because of the convenient file size for the AK120. But at home on the Hugo the original DSD files really shine using Audirvana on my mac. Thanks brother. Be careful on the subway with your Hugo.

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