The Hugo TT2 is an intriguing product. We are talking here about a high resolution DAC unit, combined with a headphone amplifier that will drive virtually anything – including a power amplifier or powered speakers. The new FPGA DAC unit has twice the processing power of the Hugo 2, and the power supply has been substantially upgraded from that of the original Hugo TT. Add to that filter switching, 32 bit 768 kHz/DSD 512 resolution, Bluetooth aptX compatability, both balanced and RCA outputs, crossfeed control, and remote control, and you have an extremely capable DAC with an extraordinary feature set.
Price - $7495
The Hugo 2 is the updated version of the popular Hugo DAC/Headphone amplifier. Among its many attributes, the Hugo 2 features FPGA DAC technology, is capable of resolution up to 32 bit 768kHz PCM/DSD512, and has the same filter switching capability as the Qutest. Additionally, the Hugo 2 retains the crossfeed control from the original Hugo, which duplicates the experience of listening to speakers. It even has a remote.
Price – $3295
The Chord Qutest is one of the latest products in a highly successful and well-received series of digital products from Chord Electronics. Of course the Qutest comes with the FPGA DAC technology featured in all Chord products, and is capable of resolution up to 32 bit 768kHz PCM/DSD512. The Qutest also has a number of sonic filters to enhance your listening experience. All in all, a tiny component whose performance completely belies its size
Price – $2349
According to Chord, “The Hugo M Scaler is a highly advanced standalone upscaler capable of redefining sound quality from digital audio. It uses Rob Watts’ unique filter technology, the most advanced in the world, to upscale standard 44.1kHz digital audio up to 705.6kHz (16x CD’s 44.1kHz native resolution), ready to be passed to a suitable DAC; Hugo M Scaler extends its upscaling performance to 768kHz (from 96kHz input data) for our dual-BNC-input DACs: DAVE, Qutest and the new Hugo TT 2.” The short version is that the MScaler improves detail, resolution, insight, and musicality. That can't be bad.
Price - $6495