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Originally Posted by T1000 View Post
 

"I think jamato8 referenced this earlier, but it is a shame that a device can't be strapped to the Hugo without obscuring its volume knob. Despite that it's turn on volume is too high for iems, the undetectable, smooth transition of volume is fantastic. Best in class, and, only bettered (or maybe only even equaled, by full size equipment)."

 

 

Does that mean, that the Hugo is a bad fit for CIEM´s ? I plan to use it with Noble K10 and i am concerned about the volume-control with sensible iems...


Used on IE800 it poses no real issue! It is listenable at that volume when turned on, I wouldn't say it is too loud!

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post #602 of 8295
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Originally Posted by Crashem View Post

I'm excited about the hugo but let's not get carried away. The amp section is just adequate compared to desktop amps. I actually liked my peachtree nova headphone amp better than Hugo's. Seems on the high end for mobile amps, but I haven't really had any experience with other portable players/amps aside from idevice which I always thought was crap.

Some headphones are easier to amp than others and synergy also plays an important role. Just because the amp is only adequate for a Sennheiser HD-800 or a demanding orthodynamic, doesn't mean that it won't play well with other headphones which aren't so picky. Of course a portable amp is going to be restricted in terms of current output as the power supply in a lot of full sized amplifiers is bigger than the Hugo itself. I wouldn't buy a Hugo if my sole intention was to drive a planar headphone to its full potential (even though it is quite powerful for a portable). My experience with Audezes and Hifiman headphones has taught me that they need gobs of power to sound their best - even the Audeze X series which are touted for their so called efficiency.

For Grados, Ultrasones, Fostex etc, I'm sure the Hugo's amplifier will be more than sufficient. May I ask which headphones you've been using with your Hugo?
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as you stock the AK240 as well... which would you honestly say is the better sound quality wise?

 

When I finally get to listen to both side by side I shall let you know. :-) Unfortunately I have been unable to keep both of them with me long enough.

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Originally Posted by PhilW View Post

When I finally get to listen to both side by side I shall let you know. :-) Unfortunately I have been unable to keep both of them with me long enough.

The AK240 might have been an interesting proposition for a UK buyer if it were in the same price bracket as the Hugo.
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Do ppl actually wanna go portable with these hard to drive headphones?I use my Wadia 861 se with my Graham slee solo ultra linear with my Grado Ps1000 headphones but I wouldn't dream of wearing them outside of the house,for me my sennheiser ie 800 headphones are more than good enough while out and about like the gym, if I feel like I'm missing anything then I just go home use my other set up.It's great that we are pushing for better portable sound quality but their is always gonna be limitations, if I could I would hang my j m lab utopia first generation speakers to my ears and go out but 20 stone speakers it's just not gonna happen, home hifi is always gonna be better period!
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Originally Posted by Hifi Nutter View Post

Do ppl actually wanna go portable with these hard to drive headphones?I use my Wadia 861 se with my Graham slee solo ultra linear with my Grado Ps1000 headphones but I wouldn't dream of wearing them outside of the house,for me my sennheiser ie 800 headphones are more than good enough while out and about like the gym, if I feel like I'm missing anything then I just go home use my other set up.It's great that we are pushing for better portable sound quality but their is always gonna be limitations, if I could I would hang my j m lab utopia first generation speakers to my ears and go out but 20 stone speakers it's just not gonna happen, home hifi is always gonna be better period!

There are two kinds of portable. For outdoor use I'd buy a good DAP and some good IEMs and wouldn't go any further than that. Personally I'm looking for semi portable. The kind of setup that enables me to go from room to room with my laptop and headphones. For that I've gone with the Hugo and Fostex TH-900.

You're right though. I see little sense in trying to adapt gigantic planar headphones to on-the-go use. It'd be easier to carry a boom box around the street.
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Would be nice to see some comparison of the internal amp to external amps such Portaphile 627(X), Duet, RSA Intruder etc..:popcorn:

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Originally Posted by pekingduck View Post
 

Would be nice to see some comparison of the internal amp to external amps such Portaphile 627(X), Duet, RSA Intruder etc..:popcorn:

I would love to pair it with Vorzamp Pure II, but I wonder if you need to go to transportable amps (TUR 05, Mass Kobo 395, etc.). to truly upgrade the internal amp section

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^Wait for Master Rudi's impressions (popcorn ready as well)
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Originally Posted by Mimouille View Post

I would love to pair it with Vorzamp Pure II, but I wonder if you need to go to transportable amps (TUR 05, Mass Kobo 395, etc.). to truly upgrade the internal amp section

I will wait for Cavalli liquid something later on this year if I still have a kidney left...
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Originally Posted by CosmicHolyGhost View Post

^Wait for Master Rudi's impressions (popcorn ready as well)

 

+1 poor ol' Rudi... come to think about it hopefully Jude will post a review/thoughts soon.

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Originally Posted by PhilW View Post
 

 

When I finally get to listen to both side by side I shall let you know. :-) Unfortunately I have been unable to keep both of them with me long enough.

 

it was only out of mild interest in truth but thanks for answering what really was a loaded question... :beerchug: 

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Originally Posted by Tony1110 View Post


The AK240 might have been an interesting proposition for a UK buyer if it were in the same price bracket as the Hugo.

 

it will be common knowledge soon... UK prices for the Hugo will be the same globally from March 3rd, a slight increase for UK buyers.... so there is price parity around the world (no increase outside of UK)

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Whereas UK prices for the AK240……… = eye watering

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Originally Posted by OK-Guy View Post

it will be common knowledge soon... UK prices for the Hugo will be the same globally from March 3rd, a slight increase for UK buyers.... so there is price parity around the world (no increase outside of UK)

I saw that the Hugo's price was going up to £1400 but the A&K price is over 2k in this country. I think that is going to be prohibitive for a lot of people and folk are going to look internationally for better deals.
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