Originally Posted by Currawong
I don't find the Hugo to sound "surgical" at all. What I like about it is that it is that it excels in NOT sounding like a "hi-fi" DAC, but can be both ultra-detailed yet musical at the same time, without resorting to compromises to achieve that.
I hear the same thing as @Currawong during my 1 hour auditioning of the Hugo at Jaben SG when the makers of Hugo was there to showcase it in March. I brought my 2 weeks old AK240 there for A-B comparison against Hugo using my 1plus2 and HD800/TH900 provided by Jaben SG. The Hugo definitely sounds more musical and liquid on the cans, but the gap difference between AK240 and Hugo is much smaller (about 5-10% SQ difference) when I switched over to listen on IEM.