Chord Electronics Hugo TT2 & Hugo M Scaler Review
The Chord Electronics company based in the UK continue to astound with their ever growing library of fantastic designs and having owned and listened to many of their products over the years they never fail to impress me with their quality and attention to detail which are second to none. They are also never one to sit idle as they seem to be continuously working on updating and bringing out new and improved versions of what has made them such a success. In these strange times it’s always nice to see a company from the UK do so well and always strive to be the best in what they do and create.
Build quality and features
The build quality on both units is simply faultless and just oozes quality, their weight is pretty hefty especially as they are crafted out of solid aluminium billets and you just know you have real quality at your fingertips, the design is unique to Chord Electronics and distinguishes them from the rest as some of the most beautifully created and crafted products. To look through the window on the TT2 is a delight as you see all the components lit up by the light which tells you the sample rate is just one of the many wonders at viewing them up and running.
The Hugo TT2 has a long list of features which makes it so versatile when it comes to using in different configurations, it can be used as a table top stand alone DAC and Headphone amplifier or take full advantage of its balanced/RCA outputs as a stand-alone DAC feeding you main HiFi rig to a preamplifier. For me I will just be using it as a Head-Fi rig and listening to its incredible sounds via headphones (Beyerdynamic T1 headphones 2nd gen) but the potential is there and in some ways I wish I had my full HiFi system back up and running but one step at a time. It has a plethora of inputs from USB to BNC, Optical and Coaxial and it has 3 headphone jacks at the front of the unit. Menu buttons and also a digital display to show sample rates and menu configurations. It has the same X feed features which are on the Hugo TT before and filters which work surprisingly well when used with headphones, this is something you must try to see if you like or as they say use to your own personal taste. Chord provide a remote for both units so you can just sit back and relax from you armchair controlling nearly all its benefits. The M Scaler is just beautiful to look at with all its lights and beautiful design and again loaded with inputs. Both products are supplied with all the cables you need to get them up and running but for this review Chord Company cables have supplied me with a bag of goodies, I just love their cables and have used nearly all of their ranges over the years in most of my systems and they are some of the best cable designers on the planet making your systems sing to their full ability.
It just so happens that while writing this review I managed to get a good enough HiFi system back up and running for my main system and it consists of ProAc D2R speakers with REL T5i subwoofer, Cyrus Audio components for amplifier and CD playback, I will use the Chord Hugo TT2 and Hugo M Scaler in parallel with this system to evaluate the Chord Electronics sound quality all connected with Chord Company cables using Rumour X Speaker cable and Epic RCA Interconnects and also Chord power cables.