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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. musickid
    I tried the hd800s but the ear pads just caused me friction for some strange reason. Everyone saying how comfortable they are but i have to be different. The stage was awesome though.
  2. ZappaMan
    I’m thinking it’s because you have ears like a ferengi.
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  3. musickid
    Takes one to know one....ho ho ho.

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  4. Amberlamps
    I don’t like the stock covers, how anyone could like fabric headphone pads is beyond me, as all they do is gunk up.

    Leather all the way, id even choose pleather pads over fabric.

    Pads are like iem cables to me, got loads of them in a box thing, it’s not a box thing, it’s like a rectangle.
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2019
  5. Amberlamps
    Yes, I didn't like the fit of the HD800s when I got them, but I don't return stuff usually, so I kept them, the stock pads are dodgy, they get minging pretty quickly with sweat and skin. To clean them you have to wash them, to clean leather ones, a wipe with warm water and then some leather care and, bob's not just your uncle, he is also your dad and sister.
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  6. delirium
    A question to @Rob Watts...is toslink still the best connection now...? Too mscaler? Or does that depend on the source? I am connecting it with auralic aries g2. Thanks....
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2019
  7. analogmusic
    afaik the previous auralic aries has 4 filter settings and not sure if it could be switched off. I tried but couldn’t find off setting...

    The question I have about this brand is : does it deliver bit perfect data to a chord Dac ?
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  8. Triode User
    I have an Auralic Aries and it works well with with all the Chord DACs I have tried. However it does not have a DAC section and so does not have any filters. It just outputs digital (I'm not a fan the description bitperfect as it implies there is such as thing as imperfect bits in which case the signal would simply fail or produce clicks with the DAC). If you mean does it deliver a non upsampled digital signal then the answer is yes.
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  9. 514077
    'Fraid naught just yet. I lust for one, but only about $6K Canadian short. Just like hangin out with my Chord friends.
  10. Rob Watts
    Toslink is the reference digital input, as it can't inject RF and correlated noise into the DACs ground plane, and with my DPLL and pulse array any source jitter is completely eliminated, so we do not need to worry about source jitter.

    With the M scaler and Dave on the pre-production prototype M scaler I could hear no consistent change from using USB or optical - but YMMV depending upon your source.
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  11. delirium
    Thanks Rob
  12. delirium
    But Rob...i can hear differences on different usb cables with your products! I Guess i am special?
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2019
  13. Triode User
    It might just mean that your source is not as RF free as Rob’s. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
  14. delirium
    Thats what i mean...source matters..even with toslink...no.. but aries g2 should be ok i that regard....no?
  15. STR-1
    I have a Shunyata Venom on loan at the moment and have tried this with the M Scaler’s power supply (using a suitable adapter) plugged into a Shunyata Venom UK6 distribution block. I’m hearing pretty much what you were hearing. I have also tried a Jorma Trinity cable and an old Music Works cable loaded with ferrites. The familiar character of each of these cables clearly comes through when feeding the M Scaler’s power supply.
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