Portable DAC/Headphone Amplifier

Our most flexible DAC yet, Hugo is a multitalented masterpiece that allows you to transform your listening experience with mastering-grade audio at home or on the go.

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Hugo is a multi-award-winning mobile DAC and headphone amplifier of unrivaled quality. Put simply, it is the world’s most advanced headphone amp/DAC, offering five digital inputs including A2DP aptX Bluetooth® wireless technology, plus advanced 384kHz PCM and DSD 128 playback for today’s high-resolution music files. It uses our bespoke FPGA DAC technology to deliver class-leading sound quality from your music collection, however it is stored.

Whether you have your music on a smartphone, tablet or laptop, or regularly use a CD player, Hugo’s advanced technology will transform the sound of the music you love. It can be used both on-the-go with up to three pairs of headphones, and at home in your audio system, thanks to its line-level output feature.

Called Hugo (because you can take Hugo wherever ‘you-go’), the device offers studio-master-tape sound quality, advanced connectivity and uncompromising file playback capability, all from a palm-sized player. Hugo brings our renowned digital audio expertise to serious headphone listening and a 10-hour battery life brings real flexibility when travelling.

Hugo is ready to take advantage of today’s advanced studio-master-quality (DXD) music files. It can decode sample rates ranging from 44.1kHz to 384kHz (PCM), allowing audiophiles to experience music in true high definition, along with the best possible reproduction of CD-quality music. 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. Thanks to two additional digital inputs, coaxial and optical, any connected component with a digital output will also benefit from Hugo’s advanced technology.

Hugo also has A2DP Bluetooth® wireless technology and uses a custom-made module with the aptX codec to feed a digital signal directly into the DAC circuitry, so even without cables, high-quality music can still be enjoyed.

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Other accessories & custom options

Protect your investment. The official Chord Hugo leather case is available in two colour options – Black and Tan.


Materials: Clamshell precision machined aluminium casing with 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: 26,368 – 4 element Pulse Array design

Play time: In excess of ten (10) hours

Charging: Nominal eight (8) hours via included 12v 0.5a charger

Connectivity (input): Micro USB (White): 44.1kHz – 384kHz – 16bit – 32bit

Coax (RCA) (Red): 44.1kHz – 384kHz – 16bit – 32bit

Optical (Green): 44.1kHz – 192kHz – 16bit – 24bit

Connectivity (input wireless): Bluetooth® wireless technology (Apt X) (Blue): 44.1kHz – 48kHz – 16bit

Connectivity (output): 1x ¼” jack headphone output

2x 3.5mm jack headphone output

1x stereo (L & R) RCA output

PCM support: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 358.8kHz, and 384kHz.

DSD support: DSD transmitted via DoP. DSD64 (Single) to DSD128 (Dual-DSD)

Volume control: Digital, activated in 1dB increments.

Line-level mode: Activated via dual press of Input and Crossfeed upon startup

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

* Non-user-serviceable batteries are covered by a limited 18-month warranty from initial date of purchase. For full terms and conditions please click here.


User Configurable Options:

Crossfeed (Digital IIR):

Off – No Crossfeed

Level 1 – Light

Level 2 – Medium

Level 3 – Heavy

Key Features

Chord Custom FPGA DAC
10hr Battery Life
Micro USB Input
192kHz Optical Input
384kHz Coax Input
Bluetooth® wireless technology
1x ¼" Headphone Output
2x 3.5mm Headphone Outputs
Unbalanced RCA Output
Supports up to 384kHz
DSD 128 (2x) Capable
DSD via DoP
Solid Aluminium Chassis
Crossfeed Function
Roon tested

Included Accessories

1.5m 12v 0.5a Switching Power Supply
1m USA Type A to Micro USB Cable
4x Rubber Band Straps
Coax Input Post Extender
USB Micro to Micro OTG Cable
Hugo Owners Overview Manual

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