In 2014, we introduced Hugo, a revolutionary portable DAC and headphone amp that became a landmark product in the audio landscape. Advances in digital technology, including the latest FPGAs and WTA (Watts Transient Aligned) filters, have enabled us to introduce a next-generation version, Hugo 2, featuring flexible new features, plus next-generation technical and sonic performance.Hugo 2 can be used both at home and on-the-go, either with headphones or within a conventional audio system. Its line-level output and full-function remote control adds real flexibility in full-size and desktop systems.The device offers four digital inputs (optical, coaxial and HD USB) plus extended-range Bluetooth, with high-resolution file playback up to 768kHz and up to DSD512 (Octa DSD), via its HD USB input. Analogue outputs include 2x RCA, plus 3.5mm and 6.35mm headphone outputs.A four-function switch filter offers a useful degree of user-selectable frequency-shaping, bringing warm and soft or transparent and incisive presentations, giving additional flexibility and user control. For headphone-listening, Hugo 2 retains the popular digital crossfeed function of the original and offers three operation modes. The system duplicates the effect of listening to speakers and is based on advanced binaural audio research.Hugo 2 features four spherical control buttons, which illuminate with colour-coding information and control power, input, filtering, plus the unit’s crossfeed functions.Battery playing time is around seven hours and two modes of automatic charging are included using the dedicated Micro USB charging port; an indicator shows charging and battery-charge status.Already a multi-award-winner, find out why What Hi-Fi? made Hugo 2 their Product of the Year 2017 in this video:https://youtu.be/eofU4SBFqPghttps://youtu.be/HHDG9H1JQgAHUGO 2 – SPECIFICATIONS: Clamshell 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 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 8 hrs (Avg.time) Nominal six (6) hours via Micro USB at 1.8amps (fast charge) – Nominal eight (8) hours at 1amp (slow charge) Micro USB (White): 44.1kHz to 768kHz – 16bit to 32bitCoax via 3.5mm jack (Red): 44.1kHz to 384kHz – 16bit to 32bitCoax via (same) 3.5mm jack (Dual data mode: Yellow): 44.1kHz to 768kHz – 16bit to 32bitOptical (Green): 44.1kHz to 96kHz – 16bit to 24bit Bluetooth (Apt X) (Blue): 44.1kHz to 48kHz – 16bit1x ¼” jack headphone output1x 3.5mm jack headphone output1x stereo (L & R) RCA output 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 358.8kHz, 384kHz, 717.6kHz, and 768kHz. 16 – 32bit Native playback supported. DSD64 (Single) to DSD512 (Octa-DSD) Digital, activated in 1dB increments. Last known state saved upon shutdown, with exception of line-level mode Activated via dual press of middle ‘Source’ and ‘Crossfeed’ buttons. Line level = 3v via all outputs. Reset by power cycle Auto-shutdown after ten minutes of input inactivityDriverless 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.
Incisive neutral (Ultimate reference) (White)Incisive neutral HF roll-off (High Frequency roll off) (Green)Warm (‘Smooth’) (Orange)Warmer HF roll-off (High Frequency roll off) (Red)Off – No CrossfeedLevel 1 – LightLevel 2 – MediumLevel 3 – HeavyManualRemote control (included)