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Hugo M Scaler by Chord Electronics - The Official Thread

Discussion in 'High-end Audio Forum' started by ChordElectronics, Jul 25, 2018.
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  1. simorag
    Yes, in most cases, especially with redbook (16/44.1) material and acoustic music, the improvement of going to 1M taps it is VERY straightforward. No need to break it down in audiophile slang, it is just a more natural, emotional and involving presentation.

    As I mainly listen to acoustic unamplified music, I can report that the improvement remains clearly noticeable to my ears also with higher resolution recordings and even with DSD, with reference to depth perception, spatial cues, cleanliness of attack and decay of notes, smoothness.

    That said, in some cases you may not notice the change with quick A/B tests, but it becomes apparent if you listen with 1M taps for some days and then switch back to pass through. I clearly feel that some life and involvement is missing then!
  2. kennyb123
    @Rob Watts is Dual BNC required to get DSD to play through the HMS? I received my HMS this week and have been using a single BNC connection to a Hugo TT (while I wait the arrival of a TT2). PCM at various rates plays through and sounds better than ever, but DSD, passed in as DoP, results only in silence, regardless of OP SR setting. My dealer has a question out to a Chord technician but I thought it might help to ask here.

    I know the big step in sound quality is supposed to come when I can get to a million taps (with the TT2) but the TT at half as many taps has responded very well to the HMS. Thank you for this wonderful device.
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  3. ZappaMan
    Can you give examples of the acoustic music examples that you listen too? So I can try them on the mscaler.
  4. Jan Tage Holmber
    No, I use the supplied power source. It is weak current entering the S2 as with HMS, is there really any risk of RF interference? I have not noticed anything but pleasant sound, Where I found interference and dropouts cured by high quality cables was between HMS (especially playing 1 million taps) and Hugo 2 (now Black Dragon) and the analog pathway between Hugo 2 and Focal Utopia (now Silver Dragon).
  5. simorag
    Sure! You can find some examples from my previous post here.

    Some few more that come to my mind are Muddy Waters Folk Singer, Sonny Rollins Saxophone Colossus, Bach Magnificat (Herreweghe)...

  6. ZappaMan
    Cool, I’ll look, suppose i never though of jazz as being unamplified before. I must try muddy waters again. Thanks.
  7. Birdboy01
    Curious if HMS/DAVE users are reporting better SQ by using RCA to mains instead of XLR's
  8. sasaki99
    We are on the same boat. The dropout problem is really suck. One member suggested me to reposition the HMS and Dave around which I did and it really works! The dropout is still there but with a lot less frequent. I think the Dave bnc ports are really sensitive to cables positioning in dual bnc mode. You should try.
  9. dac64
    A hms/qutest reported that switching on hms first before qutest, the dropouts gone.
  10. sasaki99
    I found that works too! switching on hms before the dave but after sometime the dropouts came back.
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  11. jscmd2000
    I am not sure if the cables that come with the hms, or any chord product for that matter, are of any good or reliable quality. I never had any dropouts after upgrading my bnc cables no matter what I turn on first.
    I am not too obsessed with cables in general but... not sure why you would want to use a 7$ cctv cable to connect your dave to hms??
    I wouldn't spend thousands to upgrade hp or speaker cable to get that last 10% like some people, but dropouts from hms/dave do cry out for a desperate upgrade, imho.
    "You get what you pay for" isn't always true, I agree, but I think it is true more often than not in this hobby.
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2019
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  12. sasaki99
    We can be friend, I too really obsessed with cables. However the dropout happened to stock cables and Audience ohno series too. BTW, what bnc cables do you use?
  13. jscmd2000
    Not too expensive but mostly reliable kimber kable d-60. No, I am not a fan of kimber kable. Couldn't care less, but just look at the stock cable. :cry: I don't think it has to be too expensive or totl, but something with a track record maybe.
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2019
  14. dac64
    Paging for Rob Watts! :wink:
  15. koven Contributor
    I use Oyaide BNC (DB-510) cables, improvement from stock which does not break the bank, and have never experienced any dropouts w/ HMS. My RCA and power cables are Oyaide as well, I am a fan of their price to performance ratio.
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2019
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