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Originally Posted by edwardsean View Post
 

The space between the top of the casing and the top of the IC chips. The height of the casing is dictated by those battery packs which would have to be redesigned flat. So, basically, speaking from ignorance, whatever engineering voodoo that Apple uses. But, again, just idle wishing. 

 

I would seriously doubt Apple could design a device with the same array of input and output options, that we enjoy on the Hugo, that is in any way significantly smaller than Hugo.

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it would not be entirely possible to match what hugo has achieved by making it smaller. 

 

to make it smaller, it would have to contain less hardware. Iphone does not contain a lot of things, and not nothing even close to the quality of internals of hugo.

 

with studying it more, i become more and more interested in this device. it seems that it was designed not only to be the best, but to last also. it;s technology, apart from the batteries are made to resist quite a long while.

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Originally Posted by scook94 View Post
 

 

I would seriously doubt Apple could design a device with the same array of input and output options, that we enjoy on the Hugo, that is in any way significantly smaller than Hugo.

Maybe when jobs was around that would have been in the realm of possibility (like 1%) now that chance would be so close to 0 as to be indistinguishable.

post #9274 of 14326
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Originally Posted by skerry2006aj View Post
 

it would not be entirely possible to match what hugo has achieved by making it smaller. 

 

to make it smaller, it would have to contain less hardware. Iphone does not contain a lot of things, and not nothing even close to the quality of internals of hugo.

 

with studying it more, i become more and more interested in this device. it seems that it was designed not only to be the best, but to last also. it;s technology, apart from the batteries are made to resist quite a long while.

From an engineering perspective the original Hugo is amazing. For people who do not understand the economics of producing customized electronic parts and the quantities needed to make it feasible this is a very natural question to ask. The answer is that Chord couldn't sell enough to make this at these prices.  When you sell in excess of 10 of million units like Apple (more like 100+ million units) then we can talk about bespoke lithium battery form factors and bespoke silicon rolling out of fab plants to shrink this puppy down. 

post #9275 of 14326
Thank goodness for niche players like chord and the like. I hope they continue to strive and exist in non mass markets. They are the companies that identify opportunity that is not being fulfilled and execute. We know that Apple and beats are not getting it done, but we use Apple products to listen to iTunes and such. The response from non best buy aka future shop options are fantastic and feed into this value added niche. Apple will continue to ignore the less than 100 million niche which in turn allows us to enjoy these other offerings. I'm more charged up by what chord, fostex, audez, burson, wu, etc are doing next.
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To say Apple "could not" is a bit of a miss.  Chooses not to is more likely.  I also dare say the iPhone has more overall tech in it than our beloved hugo. 

 

On the other hand, who cares!  The HUGO is a triumph and an instrument of sorts.  I get such amazing immersion in both my home stereo and my portable rig.  The Ayre DAC just does not do it for me like the HUGO and I have above average home gear.  

 

In the end, the HUGO is quirky, larger than a like and a real masterpiece at the same time.  If you have not figured it out, music is at the top of my priority list and the HUGO wins here.  All else is a nat on the radar in my book.  I may speak up about wishing for an LED or smaller footprint but I sure as hell would not give up any of the sound for any of those things.

 

Cheers all.  Good Job to the Chord folks for sharing the same priorities.  

post #9277 of 14326
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Originally Posted by edwardsean View Post
 

... But, again, just idle wishing. 

Fellas, fellas, let me say it for a third time: just -- idle -- wishing (grin). The stuff I wrote about the colored bubbles was just for fun, our inside joke. No? I don't know a whit about engineering, and I too, love the Hugo, quirkiness and all!

 

But, let me see if I got it straight, so... what you engineering guys are telling me is that there really is a lot of wasted space in there for no reason....

 

C'mon, you lovers of quirkiness and whimsy. 


Edited by edwardsean - 1/9/15 at 8:41pm
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Originally Posted by edwardsean View Post
 

Fellas, fellas, let me say it for a third time: just -- idle -- wishing (grin). The stuff I wrote about the colored bubbles was just for fun, our inside joke. No? I don't know a whit about engineering, and I too, love the Hugo, quirkiness and all!

 

But, let me see if I got it straight, so... what you engineering guys are telling me is that there really is a lot of wasted space in there for no reason....

 

C'mon, you lovers of quirkiness and whimsy. 

 

LOL.
 
Yes, there is space in the Hugo. I was just speculating, as in "hot air" and all that.
 
Yes, I also like jelly beans and/or M&Ms.
 
And, yes-yes, I join you in wishing they could make a Hugo DAP. Sometime soon, please. 
 
While the AK240 is capable in its own way, it does look/feel like a fallen component from an Imperial Star Cruiser (or a pocket-sized Lambo)... while I would really appreciate is a simple light sabre. Like the one (the late) Sir Alec Guiness wielded - fits in pocket, looks deceptively simple, but when used well, can be rather lethal.
 
Cheers.
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Hey guys. Need some help here. My u.s. input seems to have 'kaput'. It's not playing sound though its showing connected. And also is it normal for all the 4 lights to appear?
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Originally Posted by adammax View Post

Hey guys. Need some help here. My u.s. input seems to have 'kaput'. It's not playing sound though its showing connected. And also is it normal for all the 4 lights to appear?


You can have 5 lights showing if you plug in the charger. The led on the right in your picture is showing your use of crossfeed.

The light wich shows whether or not you have a signal connected is not shown in your picture. It is the circular diffuser which changes colour according to the bit depth. If there is no connection, it won't be lit.


Edited by uzi2 - 1/10/15 at 7:53am
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Originally Posted by adammax View Post

Hey guys. Need some help here. My u.s. input seems to have 'kaput'. It's not playing sound though its showing connected. And also is it normal for all the 4 lights to appear?


You can have 5 lights showing if you plug in the charger. The led on the right in your picture is showing your use of crossfeed.
The light wich shows whether or not you have a signal connected is not shown in your picture. It is the circular diffuser which changes colour according to the bit depth. If there is no connection, it won't be lit.
While plying hit your input button till you hear something. Try a different usb cable as well. Read the card thing showing what the lights mean might help.
post #9282 of 14326
adammax,

If you are connecting via the HD USB port, the central LED in the row of 3 should be shining white. If you are using the SD USB port, the light should be yellow.

Cheers.
post #9283 of 14326
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Originally Posted by JaZZ View Post
 

 

How do you do that? Foobar automatically makes 88.2 kHz PCM files out of DSD files and won't let me chose something else.


OOps! I lied.  I use DBPowerAmp and it's DSD plug-in to convert to ALAC.  But, I can only convert to 192MHz or 96.  I'd prefer the 176.4 since it's a direct multiple of DSD.  I don't know if I'm losing by converting out of the multiples thereof.  But I can't get DBPA to do it.

I also didn't know FB2K could convert on it's own.

Oh my appologies for my response to your last response to my DXD post.

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Originally Posted by UELong View Post
 


OOps! I lied.  I use DBPowerAmp and it's DSD plug-in to convert to ALAC.  But, I can only convert to 192MHz or 96.  I'd prefer the 176.4 since it's a direct multiple of DSD.  I don't know if I'm losing by converting out of the multiples thereof.  But I can't get DBPA to do it.

I also didn't know FB2K could convert on it's own.

Oh my appologies for my response to your last response to my DXD post.

 

Never mind! – And by the way, Foobar let's you chose between 44.1, 88.2, 176.4 and 352.8 kHz, provided you have the SACD plugin installed.

post #9285 of 14326

Thanks guys for the reply. I have all the lights switched on. Using a usb. So mid is yellow. Player is running but no music is out. Actually previously was playing and the sound just suddenly disappeared yesterday.
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