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Chord Hugo TT2 High Resolution DAC / Pre-Amp

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Our Take

Developed from the multi-award-winning transportable Hugo 2, the Hugo TT 2 is bigger, better and more advanced in every way.

The Chord Hugo TT2 DAC packs more audio performance than ever in its svelte chassis, delivering a world-class level of resolution and musicality, particularly when paired with the new Chord Hugo M Scaler. For the best headphone listening experience, team the TT2 DAC with our Blue Hawaii SE for electrostatic headphones, or our GS-X mk2 or GS-X Mini for your dynamic and planar magnetic headphones.

The Story

Radically Redesigned

Hugo TT 2 has been radically redesigned from the ground up, not only with beautiful new casework by Chief Designer, John Franks, but with 5x the processing power of the original Hugo TT and double that of the multi-award-winning Hugo 2. Hugo TT 2 distils over 20 years of digital development by Rob Watts and takes advantage of the very latest technology.

As expected, it delivers radically improved technical specifications and measurements across the board and exhibits drastic sonic benefits over its predecessor with 768kHz PCM and DSD 512 playback. Hugo TT 2 sets a new benchmark in table top audio, only being eclipsed by DAVE.

Delving deeper, in comparison to the 256-tap filters that traditional chip DACs may run at, Hugo TT 2’s beating heart is a powerful Xilinx Artix 7 FPGA, custom-coded by Chord Electronics’ Rob Watts, with 86x 208MHz cores running in parallel to create an advanced 16FS WTA 1 filter with 98,304-taps. Double that of its multi-award winning transportable brother, Hugo 2 (49,152). Hugo TT 2 also benefits from an upgrade from a 4-element design to a 10-element design, which works in harmony with the radically upgraded FPGA and code to deliver unrivalled audio.

High-Power Output Stage

A brand new high-power discrete output stage coupled with second-order noise-shaping integrated between the DAC output and filter is also employed to massively reduce distortion. Further improvements have also been made to the power delivery. Hugo TT 2 eschews the Li-Po battery power supply of the original and ushers in six super capacitors capable of delivering huge, linear dynamic currents when the music demands it with peak output of 5A, 9.3V RMS.

Hugo TT 2 also brings home the much loved four-stage user-selectable filter controls introduced with Hugo 2 and retains the three-stage user-selectable digital crossfeed function for headphone users who want to improve the perception of depth, similar to that of speakers.

The Features

Materials

Precision machined aluminium casing with steel ball bearing buttons, gloss black acrylic signal window, glass viewing portal, and dot matrix display. Available in a choice of two colours – silver, and satin black.

Connectivity

Input: 1x USB Type-B, 2x Coax BNC, 2x Optical & Bluetooth

Output: Stereo XLR, Stereo RCA, 2x 6.5mm Headphone jack & 1x 3.5mm Headphone jack

Line-level mode: Activated within the menu

Digital Output: 2x DX BNC (expansion outputs)

Digital

PCM support: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 358.8kHz, 384kHz, 705.6 and 768kHz – 16 to 32bit

DSD support: DoP DSD 64 to DSD 512 – native via Windows

Tap length filter: 98,304-tap 16FS WTA 1 – 10 element design

Volume control: Digital

Compatibility

Driver support: Driverless with Mac OS X and Linux, driver required for Windows OS

What's Included

• Chord Hugo TT2 DAC

• 15V/4A Switching Power Supply

• 1.5M Type A to B USB Cable

• Hugo TT2 Owners Manual

The Specs

Dynamic Range
127dB ‘A’ weighted

Noise
4uV ‘A’ weighted (high gain), 1.7uV ‘A’ weighted (low gain)

Distortion
0.00008% @ 2.5V 300Ω; 0.00016% @ 6W 8Ω

Output Power - Unbalanced
288mW 300Ω; 7.3W 8Ω

Output Power - Balanced
1.15W 300Ω; 18W 8Ω

Output Impedance
0.042Ω

Stereo Separation
9Vrms 300Ω -138dB

Dimensions
9.4 x 9.3 x 2 in.

Weight
2.5kg / 5.6lb

Chord TT2 Internals Inside PCB View

Hugo TT2 is Made in Great Britain.

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About Chord Electronics

Chord Electronics have been producing cutting-edge digital-to-analog converters (DACs) and amplifiers, using innovative techniques and methods, since their founding in England in 1989.  Founder John Franks and engineer Rob Watts have once and again turned the audio world upside down with their outstanding and unique designs.

At the heart of every Chord DAC is an FPGA chip (field-programmable gate array), which Chord packs with thousands upon thousands of lines of code, to optimize the conversion for timing and noise, and deliver and incredibly natural, musical sound.  This sets Chord Electronics apart, as instead of turning to mass-produced, off-the shelf integrated circuits for the heart of their DAC's, they craft their own circuit in-house for each design. This is why no other DAC on the market sounds like a Chord DAC.