If all Al wants is a little DSD with his Hugo -
$149 and he can spend the change on beer :D
I began to see a 'problem' when magazine after magazine started publishing gushing reviews, including the quote 'This might just be the best DAC Chord have ever built !'. Throw in the old standby 'competes with DACs 3 or 4 times the price !' and the Hugo was always destined to have a target painted on it. I guess it's the natural order on HF - happened with the HD800 and the LCD2 : we build 'em up to tear 'em down. I'm all for a better mousetrap, but I'm also keenly aware of the fact that many people bought a DAC from Benchmark or CEntrance or NAD and havent felt the need to buy another - there will be 'another Hugo' along in short order, hailed as a gamechanger no doubt, but I'm in no particular hurry to ride those rails the next time around.
I don't own a Hugo. I read the entire thread. And I think that AI's posts are very instructive. I don't see any hidden motivation
You're neither. You're an errand boy, sent by grocery clerks, to collect a bill.
Where's Col Kurtz when we really need him ?
The horror, the horror ......
Al, I'm not going to start a class war tonight (Thailand time) - let's pick this up tomorrow, shall we ?
That only makes sense if you enjoy sitting on a bus for 8-10 hours or your boss is happy for you to travel by boat the next time he needs you in Europe. I have no fear of flying whatsoever, but I loathe sitting in that seat for hours at a time, not to mention the drudgery at the airport - I realise you were trying to illustrate a point, but it was a poor choice IMO. Contrarian enough for ya ? ;)