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Chord Electronics - Hugo 2 - The Official Thread

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by ChordElectronics, Jan 5, 2017.
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  1. Hooster
    Thanks, your post made me feel good.
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  2. greenkiwi
    Speaking of Bluetooth, does it support pairing with multiple devices? And does it always stay paired when on? Or only when you select the BT input?
  3. SalvorHardin
    If I recall, I think H2 doesn't quite use the most advanced Bluetooth format. I also don't think one has to study papers and measurements to make up one's own mind. I haven't tried BT vs USB with H2, yet. But, I'd rather feed the best possible signal to it. And, having compared BT to wired in other circumstances, I'll go wired for the foreseeable future.
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2019
  4. miketlse
    Maybe support@chordelectronics.co.uk is best placed to answer some of your questions.
  5. eenecho
    The Hugo2 will support multiple bluetooth devices, but not automatically re-pair. To switch between bluetooth sources you need to switch the Hugo to another source, then switch back and pair again, or unpair on the source device.
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2019
  6. musickid
    Bluetooth will always be inferior by logical reasoning.

    At night the white filter light makes a beautiful angelic rainbow reflection on my wall in the dark. Has anyone else experienced this? A free light show with my music and i almost feel guilty as i haven't paid for it.:wink:
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2019
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  7. AC-12
    It's just an rPi w/ an Lifatec glass. I lined the inside of the case with RFI/EMI blocking faraday tape. I also have some neoprene pieces scattered with the faraday tape since I needed something waterproof for the back on the Hugo2. Just added faraday tape for good measure. This simple and low cost high quality solution made me change my whole outlook on redbook. Desktop PC source w/ entire OS loaded in RAM + Desktop optical cable + Desktop DAC = True Desktop SQ in a transportable form factor. Really optimises the Chord experience.


    Figured out how to make the rPi a access point now vs a wireless client utilising the built-in WIFI. This allows me to connect to the rPi SSID with an Apple device (iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch) without the need of an external travel router.


    So I now permanently complement the IR remote with an iOS app:

    ip2.png ip3.png ip4.png ip7.png ip8.png ip9.png

    Might as well add faraday tape to iPhone dongle...

    Last edited: Jun 26, 2019
  8. AC-12
    early impressions:

    haven't read anything on h2 synergy...
  9. Egoquaero
    hey guys!
    What would be the latency of the Hugo 2?

    Let me explain better.

    Current setup:
    - Speakers: Klipsch Forte III
    - 2 Subwoofers: Klipsch R-115SW
    - Amplifier: Hegel H190
    - DAC: Chord Hugo 2

    After proper acoustic treatment, my next move would be that of using digital correction as the final tweak to reach a flatter frequency response curve in my room (or at least in my listening spot).

    I'm thinking about getting a DSP device, like the miniDSP SHD (digital and analog) or SHD Studio (only digital):



    I'd like to use my Chord Hugo 2 dac to provide analog signal to the main speakers. I suppose the audio chain will be:

    Macbook --> SHD Studio --> Hugo 2 DAC --> Amplifier Hegel --> Main Speakers Forte III

    Macbook --> SHD Studio analog out 1 --> Subwoofer 1

    Macbook --> SHD Studio analog out 2 --> Subwoofer 2

    But then someone pointed out that Hugo 2's latency is pretty high and so the subs' sound might hit the listener earlier than the main speakers' sound in an audible way...

    Does this make sense? What would be the latency of the Hugo 2?

    Last edited: Jun 27, 2019
  10. Hooster
    Won't your digital device/correction undo all the good work that the Hugo does with it's DAC? A simple system that works well and is enjoyable in practice is much better than a complicated system that only works well in theory. As an added bonus it is usually cheaper and takes up less space.
  11. Collusion[FIN]
    No it won't, if it's done in the digital domain.

    Hugo 2 latency is 31 ms, answered here.
  12. Vyyy
    Anyone uses Hugo2 with AKG K3003? Impressions?
  13. Egoquaero
    No, if the DSP device is before the Hugo 2 in the audio chain and if it's digital in and digital out as Collusion said. Well, with your logic one could listen to a pair of Sennheiser HD800 straight from a smartphone... it works well and it's still enjoyable! It's cheaper and takes up less space than with a Hugo 2 :wink:

    Cheers! That's exactly what I was looking for. 31 ms!

    Alright, now that I solved the latency "mystery", I need to figure out which cable to use between the Hugo 2 and the Minidsp SHD Studio.
    What’s the best way to connect them?


    I know that the SHD Studio’s got 4 digital outputs:
    1. FIRST output: SPDIF on RCA connector / Isolated with digital audio transformer
    2. SECOND output: SPDIF on RCA connector / Isolated with digital audio transformer
    3. THIRD output: AES-EBU on XLR connector
    4. FORTH output: AES-EBU on XLR connector

    Chord Hugo 2 digital inputs are:
    - Micro USB Input 768kHz (Probably wouldn't work with SHD)
    - 3.5mm jack coaxial 768KHz/32-bit capable
    - Optical Input 192kHz
    1. Am I able to use both SPDIF output and AES-EBU output to connect to Hugo 2?
    2. Which cable should I use?
    Cheers guys!
  14. Hooster
    How do you know that what this thing does in the digital domain is not going to negatively affect the SQ?
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  15. JaZZ Contributor
    Threre's no certainty about it. After all DSP (particularly in the form of equalizers) is meant to improve the sound, but it's all about implementation and operator's skills. Like the recordings you listen to, which all have run through some sort of DSPs without you noticing it.
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