Hugo TT 2 has been radically redesigned from
the ground up, not only with beautiful new casework by Chief Designer,
John Franks, but with 5x the processing power of the original Hugo TT
and double that of the multi-award-winning Hugo 2. Hugo TT 2 distils
over 20 years of digital development by Rob Watts and takes advantage of
the very latest technology.
As expected, it delivers radically improved technical specifications
and measurements across the board and exhibits drastic sonic benefits
over its predecessor with 768kHz PCM and DSD 512 playback. Hugo TT 2
sets a new benchmark in table top audio, only being eclipsed by DAVE.
Delving deeper, in comparison to the 256-tap filters that traditional
chip DACs may run at, Hugo TT 2’s beating heart is a powerful Xilinx
Artix 7 FPGA, custom-coded by Chord Electronics’ Rob Watts, with 86x
208MHz cores running in parallel to create an advanced 16FS WTA 1 filter
with 98,304-taps. Double that of its multi-award winning transportable
brother, Hugo 2 (49,152). Hugo TT 2 also benefits from an upgrade from a
4-element design to a 10-element design, which works in harmony with
the radically upgraded FPGA and code to deliver unrivalled audio.
A brand new high-power discreet output stage coupled with
second-order noise-shaping integrated between the DAC output and filter
is also employed to massively reduce distortion. Further improvements
have also been made to the power delivery. Hugo TT 2 eschews the Li-Po
battery power supply of the original and ushers in six super capacitors
capable of delivering huge, linear dynamic currents when the music
demands it with peak output of 5A, 9.3V RMS.
Hugo TT 2 also brings home the much loved four-stage user-selectable
filter controls introduced with Hugo 2 and retains the three-stage
user-selectable digital crossfeed function for headphone users who want
to improve the perception of depth, similar to that of speakers.
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