Official Chord Hugo 2 UK Tour Thread
Feb 21, 2017 at 4:52 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 43

highfell

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[COLOR=FF0000] UK Chord Hugo2 Tour[/COLOR]​

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[COLOR=454545]I don't think anyone really needs an introduction to the Hugo2, but here's a brief summary:[/COLOR]
 


[COLOR=454545]The legend, remastered. The world’s most advanced transportable DAC/Headphone Amp has undergone a drastic redesign - Welcome to Hugo 2. [/COLOR]
 


[COLOR=454545]Beginning with 26,000 taps back in 2013 with the original Hugo, Hugo 2 now has an incredible 49,152 and uses techniques developed over the past four years to deliver a stunningly clear audio performance, such has never been heard from a mobile DAC/Headphone Amp before.[/COLOR]
 


[COLOR=454545]Hugo doesn’t just deliver better performance and measurements, it’s got all new casework developed by Chief Designer - John Franks, increases PCM support to 768kHz and adds up to DSD512 (Octa-DSD) native playback, now includes four filter options, remote control functionality, increased Bluetooth range, and sports Micro USB charging. [/COLOR]
 


 


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Hugo 2 - TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:​
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[COLOR=454545]Chipset:                                     Chord Electronics custom coded Xilinx Artix 7 (XC7A15T) FPGA[/COLOR]
 


[COLOR=454545]Tap-length:                                49,152[/COLOR]
 


[COLOR=454545]Pulse array:                               10 element pulse array design[/COLOR]
 


[COLOR=454545]Frequency response:                 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2dB[/COLOR]
 


[COLOR=454545]Output stage:                             Class A[/COLOR]
 


[COLOR=454545]Output impedance:                     0.025Ω[/COLOR]
 


[COLOR=454545]THD:                                           <0.0001% 1kHz 3v RMS 300Ω[/COLOR]
 


[COLOR=454545]THD and noise at 3v RMS:         120dB at 1kHz 300ohms ‘A’ wighted (reference 5.3v)[/COLOR]
 


[COLOR=454545]Noise 2.6 uV ‘A’ weighted:        No measurable noise floor modulation[/COLOR]
 


[COLOR=454545]Signal to noise ratio:                 126dB ‘A’ Weighted[/COLOR]
 


[COLOR=454545]Channel separation:                  135dB at 1kHz 300Ω[/COLOR]
 


[COLOR=454545]Power output @ 1kHz 1% THD:[/COLOR]

[COLOR=454545]94mW 300Ω[/COLOR]
[COLOR=454545]740mW 33Ω[/COLOR]
[COLOR=454545]1050mW 8Ω[/COLOR]
 


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[COLOR=454545]UK Tour Details
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[COLOR=454545]I've been fortunate enough to have been selected by Chord to organize the UK tour for the Hugo2. The tour unit(s) will likely not arrive until mid to late March but I wanted to gather interest before hand. Hopefully we'll have enough people signed on by then. Again, I'm not exactly sure if the tour units will be available in March but I thought it would be good to start gathering applicants.[/COLOR]
 


 


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Tour Rules

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[COLOR=454545]1. Only established members of Head Fi will be selected. Minimum 100 posts.[/COLOR]
[COLOR=454545]2. Each applicant must write a review if selected. Your honest opinions are required.[/COLOR]
[COLOR=454545]3. Each tour member must treat the unit with respect. I know you will but it needs to be said.[/COLOR]
[COLOR=454545]4. Pictures are a requirement. Alternatively, a video review may be done.[/COLOR]
[COLOR=454545]5. Each selected tour member will have 10 days with the Hugo2 (may be increased depending on the interest level).[/COLOR]
[COLOR=454545]6. When you received the unit you must notify this thread. [/COLOR]
[COLOR=454545]7. When your time is up each tour member will pay to ship the unit to the next tour member when their time is done.[/COLOR]
[COLOR=454545]8. The unit must be packaged in the original packaging you received it for safe travels, and be shipped to the next tour member with tracking & signature required.[/COLOR]
[COLOR=454545]9. Please post your review to the Chord Hugo2 Product Page, and link to your review in this thread.[/COLOR]
[COLOR=454545]10. Enjoy your time with the unit![/COLOR]

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Application

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[COLOR=454545]Please apply by posting in this thread:[/COLOR]

1) General location within United Kingdom i.e., City, County).

2) Links to previous reviews (if any).

3) Previous / Current gear owned.

4) Headphones / IEMs / Speakers you wish to try with the Hugo2. 

5) Agree to the terms of completing a product review for the Hugo2 and any documentation that Chord Electronics may require us to sign . 


[COLOR=454545]-- If you have any questions - please let me know via PM or in this thread --[/COLOR]​

[COLOR=454545]-- Thanks to @x RELIC x for allowing me to copy his formatting and I have used most of his tour rules with slight adaptation --[/COLOR]​
 
Feb 21, 2017 at 4:53 AM Post #2 of 43

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Feb 21, 2017 at 5:12 AM Post #4 of 43

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1. South Yorkshire - Sheffield Area
2. No formal reviews but lots of feedback/photos etc. on head-fi in numerous threads
3. Currently Fiio X5III & XPS13 laptop with JRiver. Previous DF1.2; DFR; HA2SE; Mojo; ZX2; many high-end smartphones.
4. Shure SE846, Klipsch X10i, B&W P7. Previous SE530; SE535; B&W P5; HD800 plus other low end stuff.
5. I agree to review and to sign appropriate Chord documentation
 
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Feb 21, 2017 at 6:57 PM Post #5 of 43

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1. Hertfordshire and / or East Sussex
2. No reviews but lots of feedback on IOS apps and connectivity
3. Hugo, Mojo, HRT Microstreamer, Fiio F19, F6, E11, PCs running Jriver, iPhones
4. Audeze LCD-XC, B&W P7,P5,C3, Oppo PM-3, Beats Solo 2
5. I agree to review and to sign appropriate Chord documentation

PS - already committed to visit Bristol on Friday to check out Hugo 2 and Poly.
 
Feb 23, 2017 at 8:46 AM Post #6 of 43

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Reserve me please:
 
1. London
2. No reviews but have extensive experience writing documentation and I am sure my review will be of interest. I do not have many posts (as I see limited value to ask something I can figure out myself by searching the web, or read answers in other posts). I however think I am  one of the few who have read all Hugo/ Dave / Hugo 2 posts so I am very experienced Head-fier in terms of Chord DAC products!
3. Current: Chord Hugo fed by either Cyrus CDT Signature CD Transport, or my Synology NAS (direct via USB), or by my Fiio X3 2nd gen DAP. Sugden A21 SE amp, PMC FB1i speakers, AKG K550, Shure SE425 and many other IEMs. Previous: Chord DAC64, Krell S-350a CD player + many other DACs, Michell Orbe SE etc etc
4. Primarily will review as Desktop DAC vs current Hugo and past DACs, with my PMC FB1i speaker set-up, but also with AKG K550, Shure SE425 Headphones
5. I agree to review and to sign appropriate Chord documentation
 
I have pre-ordered the Hugo2 already (on the first day of announcement, from AudioSanctuary), but I am very keen to take part in this Tour as well as I suspect my Hugo2 may arrive later due to a lot of demand! 
 
Paul
 
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2) http://www.head-fi.org/users/189799/reviews
6 reviews all together

3) Chord mojo, iPod classic, schiit Modi multibit.

4) sennheiser hd650, akg k612, pinnacle P1

5) I agree to terms and conditions, completing a review and signing documents.
 
Mar 8, 2017 at 3:42 PM Post #8 of 43

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Thanks for "signing up" to the tour.

I have been in contact with Chord and we may have a Hugo2 to try out shortly after Canjam in Singapore ends :D

More to follow.
 
Mar 8, 2017 at 3:47 PM Post #9 of 43

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Thanks for "signing up" to the tour.

I have been in contact with Chord and we may have a Hugo2 to try out shortly after Canjam in Singapore ends
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More to follow.

Look forward to trying out.
 
Mar 25, 2017 at 4:51 PM Post #13 of 43

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How many people are going to be in the tour?

I'm definitely interested, but don't want to deprive others if numbers / time unit can be away from HQ is limited.
 
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Sorry I'm possibly late to the party?

I'm same as Duncan here, would love to do a review on this as enjoyed doing the TT review a couple of years ago and owned the Hugo until recently which I sold with original release date in mind but now sidetracked with other commitments so cannot buy it for a while anyway so would love to review and demo it but at same time do not want to deprive others if time is precious and there are more than enough interested.

Class me as a back up driver unless you have room on this bus to still go for a tour! ; )
 
May 11, 2017 at 5:47 AM Post #15 of 43

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How many people are going to be in the tour?

I'm definitely interested, but don't want to deprive others if numbers / time unit can be away from HQ is limited.

happy to get you on tour. looks like early june start date
 

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