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Head-Fi Buying Guide (Portable Amps, DACs, & DAPs)
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Chord Hugo - Page 434
Well, we've got quite a few alternatives in this case.
The "Holy Grail" should be transplanting those Lightning connectors from genuine Apple accessories, bulletproof for sure and end of the (relatively expensive) story.
And then here is another avenue for C48 connector that's meant for iOS 8.x or above
Next option is spending 10 bucks (or less) on a supposedly genuine Lightning connector and test that with beta version of iOS 8.0
Technically speaking, even USB ports available on the motherboard itself are more or less like part of a hub. Let's take a look at Device Manager
Let's see, maybe it makes more sense to disable all on-board USB ports in the BIOS since they're more likely to pick up noise from the rest of the system. We could even do that before the OS is installed so no drivers are even installed for those USB ports.
The only USB ports that matter are the ones far away from the motherboard itself. That's why spending 50 bucks for that mini-PCI Express to PCI Express thingy could help, and then another 100 bucks for VOLENT Audio's USB card with Femto Clock if that were actually worth the investment. Most likely we're getting 2 USB ports on each USB card, obviously we'll save one for Hugo and then plug RUT-1 into another one.
As usual it might be a tough call between the KiSS principle and the "stay far away from the motherboard" way. Ideally we could mitigate problems related to noise by designing a custom-made motherboard that's meant for nothing but a digital transport, that could probably involve some sorta development that's somewhat similar to the creation of Altmann Tera-Player. Not to mention that we're constantly dealing with tradeoffs between functionality versus ultimate SQ.
just got my gigabyte z97 motherboard that have audiophile usb port specially for eksternal dac use
and it have option in bios to disable the 5volt or enable in that special usb port.
will test it tommorow.
My desktop PC sounds better than my Mac Mini FWIW. I tried both with my Hugo and my Meridian Director, and the big Windows box was better with both, more ease and grace.
Maybe it's because my Mini has a spinning disk, and the PC has solid state drives, so that may be the reason.
When I tried music on an external spinner disk, it sounded kind of bad, but my external SSD sounds much better, and the SSD disks (I have 2 of them) right inside the Windows box sounds better still.
All I know right now is that I am extremely pleased with my Windows 7 / Hugo system, with very high end sound (like a 5-figure-and-beyond cd player), so I feel no need to push this further at this point.
Edited by rgs9200m - 7/14/14 at 4:35pm
So I decided to experiment by unplugging my Hugo from the charger all day (but turned on) and now it seems to need a whole new charge-up.
I think I'm going back to leaving it plugged into AC power all the time as usual.
I knew it was complicated.... Do you happen to know if a PC like for example the intel Nuc could be a good solution? (regarding your Mac mini statement). Maybe there's a way I can upgrade the sound card? I've been using PC all my life and not really into adjusting to Mac at this age. The problem is I'm building my main system setup here.
I know what you mean. For some reason, even though Windows has some quirks, I can always seem to get around them, and the Apple OS seems awkward and hard to control and sometimes too cute for its own good.
The Apple tablet OS is good though.
there is no distortion, hum, hiss, crackle or anything to resemble any kind of disruption using the toslink, i recommend you guys try your mobo's toslink and see results.
Edited by belisk - 7/14/14 at 5:49pm
my usb ports on my asus sabertooth z77 mobo have always been disappointing, so i bought a PCIe USB card and it works well with most USB dacs(except tenor) i've owned in the past, including the hugo, i recently started using the toslink port on the previously mentioned mobo and have never looked back,
Finally got the Hugo. This product is indeed deserving of this huge thread. My hats off to Chord for pulling off reference class performance in a product this small at this price range. In the past couple months I auditioned portable amps in the $500+ range notably: Duet, Pure II, 627X, Kojo, Pico Power and ALO Conti V3. Audition done using the same setup: ipod Classic 160GB > CLAS DB > Amp > Shure 846.
All these amps I have to admit are good, and all bettered my trusted iqube V1, and I can see why one would pick one from the other as each had their own unique strength. But when I heard the Hugo it was game over. I have a speaker system consisting of Dynaudio Confidence speakers with Accuphase/Rowland electronics. I also have a secondary system consisting of Harbeth P3ESR and Plinius electronics. I am amazed the Hugo with a lowly ipod and 846 can produce sonic fidelity that not only compete but may even exceed my primary system. As others have said in this thread this thing is a game changer.
Now I need to find a digital coax SPDIF cable to connect the CLAS DB to the Hugo. Currently I am using a plain vanilla RCA analog cable w/c seem to work fine, but I am sure I can do better. Any recommendation for this cable will be greatly appreciated.
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