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post #6916 of 6930
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Originally Posted by LFC_SL View Post
 

As a long-standing forum member you should know by now the only thing people tend to agree with Purrin is that he has an opinion :wink::biggrin:

 

For example I disagree with several of his comments. For my tastes the AK100 / AK120 (first gen) were thick sounding and did not engage me. AK240 is big improvement in clarity and the approach, at the expense of the asking price.

 

Reading forum posts is a false economy in the sense buying decisions - especially at this level of the game and upwards - should be based primarily on personal demo. Scientists cannot answer whether each of us see colours in the exact same shade as each other. Only your ears and tastes matter. Use forums and reviews to inform, not to dictate :)

 

Anyway surely you could just leave your card details with the local dealer.

I agree to everything.

 

I know Purrin is polarizing.

 

I've been involved in this hobby on/off for many decades and I know that there's no substitute for a good unrushed home demo. However I do tend to pay some attention when a product is unanimously raved about by experienced, non-affiliated users.

 

I could probably arrange something with the dealer but I've been in that shop a quite few times and had them plug/unplug gear quite a few times but never ended up buying anything.

 

I'd find it hard to walk in and have the sales guy say to himself ''hmmm...I remember him...another tire kicker'' and then ask him with a nervous grin ''Hi there... hey do you think I borrow a Chord Hugo for a few days...there's a good chance I might buy it (despite what Purrin says):bigsmile_face:

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post #6917 of 6930

Well at least there won't be much plugging in with Hugo.... Maybe try it for couple of hours at the shop to get some idea on its sound then proceed from there.


Edited by SleepyOne - Today at 4:57 pm
post #6918 of 6930
I have ssinf to anyone not to buy the Hugo in fact I say buy it . And to the guy above if you can try it fine , you will buy it.
If not it's a no brainier to just buy it. Very FW devices are like this. It's above most other dacs being sold or that have been sold. Just do not confuse it with dacs of 3 or 4 times the price . But hey it's so much less there is non thing to loose .
I say stop reading cause it's all just opinions anyway
Al
post #6919 of 6930
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Originally Posted by Turn&cough View Post

I can't believe the contradicting statements regarding this DAC.

One minute I'm thinking about buying it then I read Purrin's comments over here and am glad I didn't. Then I land on this and other threads and am ready to go again.
Sounds like you've been listening to a different DAC.confused_face(1).gif  

I wish I could get my hands on one for home demo without having to buy it. Only one dealer in my area carries it and I don't know them well enough to ask for a loaner.
T&C, first you've got to hear this thing for yourself. There's only one dealer in my area also. I went in to buy an interconnect cord and there the Hugo was sitting on the counter. So I whipped out my iPhone and listened to a couple of tracks. Big mistake! Now I'm saving pennies and collecting pop cans so I can get one. Won't be long now, I hope.
post #6920 of 6930

for me i find the chord hugo great, and I usually critize products, my weak link in my set up is the headphone which i hope to solve soon 

 

does anyone have vmoda m100 and use it with the hugo is that a good headphone that is reasonably priced as I tried the expensive audeze which did not give me the sound sig i look for in bass

post #6921 of 6930
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Originally Posted by Turn&cough View Post

I agree to everything.

I know Purrin is polarizing.

I've been involved in this hobby on/off for many decades and I know that there's no substitute for a good unrushed home demo. However I do tend to pay some attention when a product is unanimously raved about by experienced, non-affiliated users.

I could probably arrange something with the dealer but I've been in that shop a quite few times and had them plug/unplug gear quite a few times but never ended up buying anything.

I'd find it hard to walk in and have the sales guy say to himself ''hmmm...I remember him...another tire kicker'' and then ask him with a nervous grin ''Hi there... hey do you think I borrow a Chord Hugo for a few days...there's a good chance I might buy it (despite what Purrin says)bigsmile_face.gif
Pay for it and sign a contract it's for a demo. He is a fool,if he does not agree. He should have a demo one there for this purpose. But in the end you will be keeping it. Unless your a bass head or like warmth or thick types of notes. Cause the Hugo is none of those . It is clean hyper detailed but like anything has it's flaws but there are small in comparison to it's strengths. And yes it's hard to find someone who is without having a motive and beleave them.
Al
post #6922 of 6930
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Originally Posted by estreeter View Post
 

 I can drive the X1 straight out of the Hugo or my ADL X1 portable DAC/amp without wondering if I'm missing anything - they even sound good straight from my Sony ZX1. Hmm - seems like I've gone for the X Factor without realising it :D

 

 

can you remove the ear-pads on the X1?

 

 

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Originally Posted by Currawong View Post
 

Phillips have always made vastly underrated headphones. What music are you playing through them?

 

had a pair of Philips M1 for a while, great sound for a portable on-ear.

post #6923 of 6930
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Originally Posted by Duncan View Post

Not long to go now.......

The IE800s are either going to love, or hate this...

 

this thread could get interesting... :wink_face: 

post #6924 of 6930
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Originally Posted by headfirocks View Post
 

Has anyone found a good volume control color for when plugging the Hugo into your preamp/amp?  Purple?

 

Since it defaults to green at power on, I just leave it at that most of the time.

 

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Originally Posted by PhilW View Post
 

OMG i love the Hugo and PM-1 OPPO. Has anyone else heard this combo at all?
 

 

YES! The PM-1s sounded rather dull out of the HA-1, to the point that I was wondering why people were making a big deal of them. Then I tried them out of the Hugo! I've been thinking they are in many respects as good as the LCD-X in detail retrieval, if not overall soundstage due to the drivers being smaller. It was the Hugo that convinced me of that.

 

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Originally Posted by hykhleif View Post
 

for me i find the chord hugo great, and I usually critize products, my weak link in my set up is the headphone which i hope to solve soon 

 

does anyone have vmoda m100 and use it with the hugo is that a good headphone that is reasonably priced as I tried the expensive audeze which did not give me the sound sig i look for in bass

 

If you have M100s, don't bother with a Hugo, get something cheaper, like a Centrance M8. I think you're looking at the wrong segment of the market for what you're after. Other than that, try some Fostex TH600s if you want more bass IMO.

post #6925 of 6930

You can get line-level output by turning the Hugo off first, then while holding the cross-feed button, switch it on.  You should see it light up to bluish white color.  

 

After trying out the Hugo more, I don't think the line-out is that great.  Don't think HD800 outputs that well with Hugo, and comparing to Anedio D2, D2 does a better job with the HD800.  They are both different, so my mind keeps changing which I believe performs better, but D2 seems to me a better source for the HD800.  I can see what Al is saying about Hugo's treble with HD800, it's compressed treble, which sounds kinda odd.  With HD800, it doesn't have that perception of high resolution like iems do.  The resolution doesn't seem to be as noticible with HD800 compared to iems.

 

I think the Hugo shines with iems.  For cans, I'm sure other setups would do a lot better.  I don't see Hugo being a great source either.  Something about it's line-out is off to me.


Edited by SilverEars - Today at 7:32 pm
post #6926 of 6930
Hello AL, so what exactly do you think the stregnths of the Hugo is? smily_headphones1.gif

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post #6927 of 6930
Whats confusing to me is why is there still volume when bypassed. I wouldnt want anything besidrs my preamp to control volume..

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post #6928 of 6930

Chord have a new dedicated Hugo page on their website:

 

http://www.chordelectronics.co.uk/chord-hugo.asp

post #6929 of 6930
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Originally Posted by SearchOfSub View Post

Whats confusing to me is why is there still volume when bypassed. I wouldnt want anything besidrs my preamp to control volume..

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For the umpteenth times, it NOT a bypass. It is just a volume preset to match the lineout volume of the Qute so Rob himself can easily volume-matched compare the two.
post #6930 of 6930
Ok then how exactly can we use the Hugo as DAC only for 2 channel setup. Is it not available?

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