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  1. dmance

    Chord Electronics - Hugo 2 - The Official Thread

    I was exhibiting at CanJam NYC with my wares RF optimizing both a Hugo2 and TT2 through a similar HQPlayer setup. I had Utopia and HE1000se headphones available and in the quiet before the attendees showed up I had a good listen to both. I must say that the Hugo2 sounded incredibly good - even...
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    Hugo M Scaler by Chord Electronics - The Official Thread

    You don't need reclocking. Mscaler reclocks and then all chord DACs reclock again. Modern DACs are immune to variations in upstream timing. If you hear a difference ...there is another mechanism at play
  3. dmance

    Hugo TT 2 by Chord Electronics - The Official Thread

    Drawing attached. Either of these will work. Presumably the interconnect has some level of shielding via the DAC's ground. However my cable guy says that the issue with using interconnects for driving speaker loads is the thinner gauge wire used limits the frequency response with higher...
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    Hugo TT 2 by Chord Electronics - The Official Thread

    This is great ...time for me to try XLR!. So what is the wiring diagram,then?
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    Hugo TT 2 by Chord Electronics - The Official Thread

    I've never touched the balanced XLR outputs. I know the single ended RCA's are just a direct lead from Rob's pulse array output (well via a hi/low gain relay). My understanding is balanced just takes this to an amplifier stage to create a negative going signal. So you have ~twice the power but...
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    Hugo TT 2 by Chord Electronics - The Official Thread

    FYI, I have DIY voxativs and recently adjusted my TT2 to low gain mode (from high gain). Big difference in SQ. I play music as loudly but I notice it's more transparent.
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    Hugo M Scaler by Chord Electronics - The Official Thread

    Dual-BNC is maxed out at 768kHz sample rate (at 24bits) due to S/PDIF being the technology underpinnings. I like the separation of digital upsampling from D/A and MScaler sets a benchmark for how good digital audio can sound. As far as 2020 products, I'd like to see: - the digital amps (whats...
  8. dmance

    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    Go to your dealer. As has been mentioned on this forum and other communications i've read, some newer Dave units are problematic (a component change, i think). Definitely, with factory (or non exotic) coax cables, this should not happen.
  9. dmance

    Chord Electronics - Hugo 2 - The Official Thread

    If your are running Windows10, its native USB Audio 2.0 so any Chord DAC is plug-and-play WASAPI 'exclusive-mode' without driver install.
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    Chord Electronics - Hugo 2 - The Official Thread

    Q: remove a hot tray from an oven with two hands but only one mitt - without getting burned A: use toslink alone, not in combination with a conductive interface
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    Chord Electronics - Hugo 2 - The Official Thread

    Done. i have dozens of plots. But of course only a negligible fraction of the possible permutations of equipment and inputs - and not every rf measurement test is accompanied by a listening test. still, its plainly obvious which source-to-dac setups produces less measured RF : metal conducts...
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    Chord Electronics - Hugo 2 - The Official Thread

    @wilsonlaidlaw please don't insert FUD where there is none. The HTML constructing this post you are reading probably goes through dozens of switches, storage stages, transmission modes, etc. 're-clocking' in the parlance of a digital transmission is just clocked buffer copies from source to...
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    Chord Electronics - Hugo 2 - The Official Thread

    Get the longest cable they have. With the optical connection, moving your digital stack away from Hugo2 will greatly help sound. So don't go optical and then put your source right beside. Instead place Hugo2 close to you (headphones), move your source waaay across the room, use only a...
  14. dmance

    Watts Up...?

    @JaZZ Look around you. Batteries everywhere and getting more capable at less cost. Soon you will succumb :)
  15. dmance

    Watts Up...?

    Too much conjecture going on here... As part of my optodx product development I put a signal/spectrum analyser on the outputs of H2/TT2 and then did all the RF measurements. Basically this peers into the DAC and let's you see what changes (signal/power) affect the RF energy and envelope. I...
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    Hugo M Scaler by Chord Electronics - The Official Thread

    Nick, true, i need to buy a 4-ohm 88dB speaker and try to make it sing with a good amp. I'm just reticent to grow my chain and/or compromise. Its now 2020 and I hope a next generation Dave (digital amp?) can combine TT2's supercap current drive capability *PLUS* a transparent equalizer to...
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    Hugo M Scaler by Chord Electronics - The Official Thread

    Despite my experience with various powered (active) speakers, i am a sucker for the transparency I hear DAC-direct. I have a HMS-TT2 stack direct to high eff speakers (DIY voxativ and other 96+dB coaxial drivers with lightweight crossovers) and always supplemented by a REL S510 and Taket...
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    Hugo M Scaler by Chord Electronics - The Official Thread

    These are 4ohm 88dB speakers. Certainly you don't mean they are driven directly from Dave?
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    Hugo M Scaler by Chord Electronics - The Official Thread

    Several players work fine (roon, JRiverMC, foobar, HQPlayer, etc.). They all support WASAPI Exclusive (or ASIO) audio modes. If you only every play ripped CD content or mass market compressed music, its all 16-bit/44.1 kHz sampled (regardless of the compression used: FLAC lossless or lossy at...
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    Hugo M Scaler by Chord Electronics - The Official Thread

    True. A battery on both sides is the best ...a configuration that is very hard to give up once heard. Any other power path introduces a galvanic (inducted or radiated) path. I have a pdf here for those interested.
  21. dmance

    Hugo M Scaler by Chord Electronics - The Official Thread

    Never use a windows audio output directly to Mscaler. The audio settings for 'shared output', IMO, always resample to that sample rate. So in your case, 44.1k will be converted to 96k before being sent to MScaler. This introduces all kinds of audible time smearing effects. Always use a dedicated...
  22. dmance

    Hugo M Scaler by Chord Electronics - The Official Thread

    @GreenBow Not daft. OptoDx is a galvanic-isolation air gap. By using the same PSU to power both sides defeats this. No matter how low noise a single PSU is, the fact is that a common supply provides a conductive metal (galvanic) connection across the optical bridge ..exactly what you are trying...
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    Hugo M Scaler by Chord Electronics - The Official Thread

    @Drewligarchy Somewhat related ... I have a particular aversion to fragrant flowers. So I can hardly tolerate it when a fresh bouquet happens to be in the house. It's all I can smell anywhere I'm closeby and I know instantly when they have been finally thrown out. I'm not saying to chuck out...
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    Hugo M Scaler by Chord Electronics - The Official Thread

    @llamaluv Regarding dither=none. I 'think' Jussi's comments here refer to 16-bits output..which any system can resolve the difference between dither on/off. I know when i run the output of my TT2 to an amplifier to my voxativs For sure dither is needed at 16-bit outputs (to 16-bit DACs). The...
  25. dmance

    Hugo M Scaler by Chord Electronics - The Official Thread

    Don't confuse 32-bits with the resolution of the content/stream you can send to the HQPLayer/MScaler. 24-bits refers to the output from HQPlayer to the DAC. Internally both HQPlayer and WTA1 use ultra high precision filter computation (80-bit floating point in the case of HQPlayer). This is...
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