Chord Hugo vs iFi idac2, is the Hugo so much better? $2400 vs 400$?
Aug 29, 2015 at 8:36 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 6

christian u

100+ Head-Fier
Mar 21, 2013
 Chord Hugo vs iFi idac2,
is the Hugo so much better?
$2400 vs 400$?
Is it possible that there is such a difference in the quality of the DAC's?
Or is it build quality?
Or production costs?          
If anyone has the possibility to compare them directly, the 3 same source files in DSD, PCM and FLAC from Sound Liaison's iFi sampler would make for excellent comparison material.
The Hugo has received excellent reviews, only negative I found was this;
Hugo has the same problem as any portable amp I have ever tried: It picks up low frequency telecommunication transmissions. If a smartphone is close by it struggles to have a good signal, therefore jumps down to Edge or GPRS technology, you can hear the electromagnetic interference through your headphones. This is an issue that I perceive with all amps so far, but perhaps Chord can think about using a similar EMI shielding as smartphones have for their next device so that train rides can be even more enjoyable.

I havent found any reviews on the iFi Idac2 yet except Head-Fi member Rickyleelee's which was rather possitive;
the cons were;
- The device doesn’t have any battery or AC/DC adapter (or iPower) but is USB powered.
- The iDac2 may not have enough power to push high-end/decent headphones (like Sennheiser HD700 or above) so you may need micro iCan for better performance.
- The iDac2 seems not designed for the portable/mobile devise due to insufficient power supply through these devices.

Sep 1, 2015 at 1:35 PM Post #4 of 6
Here are the spec's.Seems  to me the output of the Hugo is stronger or am I reading it wrong?
 Advanced digital volume control
Crossfeed filter network
Battery powered for approximately 12 hours operation
Input, sample rate and volume level indication by colour-change LEDs
26K tap-length filter (more than double when compared to the QuteHD DAC)
Headphone output: 110dB SPL into a 300ohm headphone load
Output power - 1KHz 1V sinewave both channels driven 0.1% distortion
600 ohms 35mW
300 ohms 70mW
56 ohms 320mW
32 ohms 600mW
8 ohms 720mW
THD - 1KHz 3V output: 0.0005%
Dynamic Range: 120dB
Output impedance: 0.075 ohms
Damping factor >100
Weight: 0.4kg
Dimensions: 100x20x132mm (WxHxD)

Input:USB3.0 (USB2.0 compatible)
Output:SPDIF RCA (only PCM up to 192KHz)
 Audio RCA
 3.5mm Headphone
Formats:44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192/384KHz PCM
 2.8/3.1/5.6/6.2/11.2/12.4MHz DSD
 353/384KHz DXD
DAC:Bit-Perfect DSD & DXD DAC by Burr Brown (1-DAC Chip; 2-Channel; 4-Signals)
-PCM:Bit-Perfect/Minimum Phase/Standard, Digital filters selectable
-DSD:Extreme/Extended/Standard, Analogue filters selectable
-DXD:Bit-Perfect Processing, Fixed Analogue filter
Line Section: 
Output:2.1V (+/-0.05V) fixed
Zout:< 39 Ohm
SNR:> 114dB(A) @ 0dBFS
THD+N:< 0.0025% @ 0dBFS (100k Load)
 < 0.025% @ 0dBFS (600R Load)
Headphone Section: 
Output:> 350mW (2.40V) into 16R (<10% THD+N)
 > 34mW (3.20V) into 300R (< 0.1% THD+N)
Zout:< 2 Ohm
THD+N:< 0.0025% (1V into 16 Ohm, 0dBFS)
SNR:> 114dBA (3.2V into 16 Ohm, 0dBFS)
Power consumption:<1.5W
Weight:265g(0.58 lbs)


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