The larger more sedentary version of Chord Hugo 2 is here. Chord Electronics officially launched the table-top version today at Munich High-End show. Audiophiles meet Chord Hugo TT 2.
New Release Chord Hugo TT 2, Table Top DAC-Amp
The newest addition to the Chord family comes as a follow-up to the previous table-top DAC-amp. The second generation makes good on its predecessor from the outside in. The chassis has been revamped by Chief Designer, John Franks. On the inside, Hugo TT 2 has been souped up easier with more inputs and outputs, better processors, and an improved power supply.
First off, Hugo TT 2 has been built for better usability with the front display now featuring the power button along with the menu button. It’s also been built with two coaxials (24-bit/768kHz-capable), two opticals (24-bit/192kHz-capable), a USB Type-B connection which is used for the DAC that can decode some of the most advanced files up to 768kHz PCM and DSD 512, cites What Hi-Fi. In terms of outs, Hugo TT 2 features a balanced XLR, unbalanced RCA, three headphone outputs (two 6.33mm and one 3.5mm), in addition to dual BNC DX outputs. One of the finer features of this baby also includes wireless streaming capabilities.
When it comes to your music, Chord Hugo TT 2 is running a sophisticated Xilinx Artix 7 FPGA rather than the traditional 256-tap filters that traditional chip DACs. Moreover, the Hugo TT 2 features 86x 208MHz cores running in parallel to create an advanced 16FS WTA 1 filter with 98,304-taps. That is double that of the award-winning 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 unrivaled audio,” explains Chord.
To boot, Chord Hugo TT 2 operates off of an Hugo TT 2 ditches the Li-Po battery power supply found in the original model (which supplied about 14 hours of use) and operates off of six capacitors capable of delivering huge, linear dynamic currents when the music demands it with peak output of 5A, 9.3V RMS.
This unit will be made available in Autumn 2018 for price of approx $5403.