Chord Hugo 2 EISA Award
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Chord Electronics Hugo 2 is an EISA Award Winner!

Chord Electronics’ ground-breaking Hugo 2 DAC/headphone amplifier has won Europe’s most prestigious DAC award: EISA DAC 2018/19.

The award from the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) reflects the pooled experience of EISA’s expert magazines in Europe, the USA, Canada, India, Hong Kong/China, Japan, and Australia, and acknowledges Hugo 2’s long-established position as the world’s most advanced transportable DAC and the international class-leader.

Commenting on the definitive EISA DAC 2018/19 award, Matthew Bartlett, Chord Electronics’ Manufacturing Director said, “I’m delighted that EISA’s expert judging panel has once again recognized the technical and sonic superiority of Chord Electronics’ DAC designs.

Chord Hugo 2

Our pioneering long-term use of powerful, programmable FPGA chipsets, custom-coded by our Digital Design Consultant, Rob Watts, has given our DACs a significant and time-proven advantage over competitor products, the overwhelming majority of which use inferior mass-produced and bog-standard chips.

“We were thrilled to win EISA’s European USB DAC/headphone amplifier 2016-2017 award for our Mojo DAC/headphone amp and it is wonderful that the judges have, for a second time, acknowledged the benefits of our proprietary DAC technology, and our commitment to UK design, engineering and manufacturing.”

Chord Hugo 2

The official EISA citation

EISA DAC 2018-2019

Chord Electronics Hugo 2

Chord’s original battery-powered DAC/headphone amplifier was a hard act to follow, but the new Hugo 2 is a giant leap forward. Inside its ultra-modern aluminum case is a custom-coded digital converter and filter that sounds like nothing else around.

Comfortably able to see off any conventional DAC at its price, it’s astounding for a compact music machine, with a vibrant and rhythmic sound.

Whether with a standard CD, or a hi-res PCM, or a DSD track, music comes packed with energy and emotion. The Hugo 2 runs for 14 hours from its rechargeable battery, and plays practically every format around, including switchable filters and a uniquely colorful control interface that makes using it fun.

You can read more about the Hugo 2 in our comprehensive review published in September 2017.

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