To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Chord Electronics’ DAC 64, the company will be launching something very special at CES 2014. Based on their FPGA DAC technology the company will be introducing a reference-level.
Called the new device offers “studio-master-tape sound quality, advanced connectivity and uncompromising file playback capability, all from a palm-sized player”. Hugo is a headphone amp/DAC, offering five digital inputs including A2DP aptX Bluetooth, plus 384kHz PCM and DSD 128 playback.
The new Hugo, which can be used as both a portable headphone amp/DAC as well as a source component in a static system.
Hugo benefits from two advanced USB inputs: one driverless input for legacy USB devices and one asynchronous high- definition USB port for operation up to 384kHz plus coaxial and optical digital inputs.
Hugo has a built-in battery-charging circuit, with a full charge reached in approximately two hours. Hugo takes no power over its USB input and only takes signal data, therefore, it is fully compatible with all iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
Price will be £1200