CanJam London did not disappoint with an exciting announcement from UK audio company, Chord Electronics. The makers of portable audio solutions DAVE, Hugo, and Mojo unveiled their new audio scaler, titled Chord Hugo M Scaler.
New Chord Hugo M Scaler, Fresh Out of CanJam London
Chord Hugo M Scaler is specially designed by the company to greatly improve audio quality by redefining it. Using Chord Digital Design Consultant Rob Watts’ unique filter technology, also known as Chord’s most advanced FPGA-based WTA (Watts Transient Alignment), the signal can upscale from standard 44.1kHz digital audio up to 705.6kHz (16x CD’s 44.1kHz native resolution). Then it is ready to be passed to a suitable DAC. Hugo M Scaler extends its upscaling performance to 768kHz (from 96kHz input data) for Chord’s dual-BNC-input DACs, which include DAVE, Qutest, and the new Hugo TT 2.
The M Scaler, while crafted for use with Chord’s selected DACs for maximum upscaling and decoding benefits, it can be used with other DACs as long as they have suitable inputs and proper decoding capability. Those five inputs consist of two optical, two BNC, and a USB Type-B that is compatible with DSD and PCM. The spherical buttons control video, input selection, and output sample rate and video mode for lower latency.
Chord Hugo M Scaler is built similarly to Chord Hugo TT in terms of shape and build quality. It is also stackable with other units in the range, including the TToby stereo power amp and the Hugo TT 2, to form a highly advanced yet space-saving system.
Chord Hugo M Scaler includes a three-year warranty and will retail around the $5000 USD pricepoint. Whoa! However, What Hi-Fi reports it is well worth the money.