Chord Electronics Hugo 2

Chord Electronics
Hugo 2 is a powerful DAC and headphone amp that builds on the ground-breaking original. Designed for both home and mobile use, Hugo 2 transforms headphones and audio systems’ sound quality with its cutting-edge proprietary DAC technology.

In 2014, we revolutionized the audio industry with the introduction of Hugo, a groundbreaking portable DAC and headphone amp. Building upon its success, we now proudly present Hugo 2, a next-generation version that pushes the boundaries of technical and sonic performance. Harnessing the power of cutting-edge digital technology, including advanced FPGAs and WTA filters (Watts Transient Aligned), Hugo 2 introduces a host of flexible new features.

Whether you're at home or on the go, Hugo 2 offers unparalleled versatility, catering to both headphone enthusiasts and conventional audio system users. Its line-level output and comprehensive remote control functionality provide flexibility in various setups, be it a full-size system or a desktop arrangement.

Equipped with four digital inputs, including optical, coaxial, and HD USB, along with extended-range Bluetooth® wireless technology, Hugo 2 supports high-resolution file playback up to an impressive 768kHz and DSD512 (Octa DSD) through its HD USB input. On the analog front, it boasts two RCA outputs, as well as 3.5mm and 6.35mm headphone outputs.

Elevate your audio experience with Hugo 2, the ultimate portable DAC and headphone amp. Embrace the future of digital sound reproduction and immerse yourself in unrivaled performance wherever you go.


Recipient of the prestigious Best DAC (£1,500+) award at the What Hi-Fi? Awards 2022 and consistently recognized as the Best DAC since its inception in 2017, Hugo 2 solidifies its position as a proven class leader.

Enhancing the user experience, Hugo 2 offers a four-function switch filter that allows you to tailor the frequency response to your preference. Choose between warm and soft or transparent and incisive presentations, giving you greater control over your audio. For headphone listening, Hugo 2 retains the popular digital crossfeed function from its predecessor, offering three operation modes. This innovative system replicates the immersive experience of listening to speakers, drawing upon advanced binaural audio research.

Hugo 2 features four illuminated spherical control buttons, intuitively providing color-coded information and easy access to power, input selection, filtering, and crossfeed functions.
With a battery playing time of approximately 6 hours or more (depending on headphones), Hugo 2 ensures extended listening enjoyment. It also offers two modes of automatic charging through the dedicated Micro USB charging port, with an indicator displaying the charging and battery status.


Materials: Precision-machined aluminium casing with polycarbonate buttons, acrylic signal window, and glass viewing portal. Available in a choice of two colours – natural silver, and satin black

Battery: 2x Rechargeable custom Enix Energies 3.7v 9.6Wh Li-ion (lithium-ion (2600mAh) batteries*

Tap length filter: 49,152 – 10 element Pulse Array design

Playtime: 6 hours (Avg.time)

Charging: Nominal six (6) hours via Micro USB at 1.8amps (fast charge) – Nominal eight (8) hours at 1amp (slow charge)

Connectivity (input): Micro USB (White): 44.1kHz to 768kHz – 16bit to 32bit Coax via 3.5mm jack (Red): 44.1kHz to 384kHz – 16bit to 32bit Coax via (same) 3.5mm jack (Dual data mode: Yellow): 44.1kHz to 768kHz – 16bit to 32

Connectivity (input wireless): Bluetooth® (APTX) (Blue): 44.1kHz to 48kHz – 16bit

Connectivity (output): 1x ¼” jack headphone output,1x 3.5mm jack headphone output, 1x stereo (L & R) RCA output

PCM support: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz, 717.6kHz, and 768kHz. 16 – 32bit

DSD support: Native playback supported. DSD64 (Single) to DSD512 (Octa-DSD)

Volume control: Digital, activated in 1dB increments. Last known state saved upon shutdown, with exception of line-level mode

Line-level mode: Activated via dual press of middle ‘Source’ and ‘Crossfeed’ buttons. Line level = 3v via all outputs. Reset by power cycle

Power saving mode: Auto-shutdown after ten minutes of input inactivity

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

lwh: 21x100x130

Weight: 365g

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