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Chord Hugo DAC/Amp

Chord Hugo DAC/Amp

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Compact, With a Range of Connections

As small and easily portable as the Hugo is, it offers a range of connection options befitting a DAC/amp twice its size. In addition to a 6.3-millimeter headphone output and two 3.5-millimeter alternatives, it’s equipped with optical and coax inputs, twin USB inputs, and aptX Bluetooth. And thanks to a pair of line-level outs, it also doubles as a digital pre-amp. Little surprise, then, that this reference-level DAC/amp has received a number of accolades, including “Best DAC £1200+” in the What Hi-Fi Awards 2015.

Note: This drop is limited to 50 units of the original Chord Hugo in black.

Chord Hugo DAC/Amp
Chord Hugo DAC/Amp
Chord Hugo DAC/Amp
Chord Hugo DAC/Amp

Build Quality & Design

The Hugo offers equally impressive build quality. Precision-machined from aluminum, it features a black hard-anodized finish. This is complemented by a top-mounted porthole, which provides a peek into the internal circuitry. As different sample rates flow in, the circuitry changes color, putting on a light show as you listen. To learn more, check out this Hi-Fi review.

Chord Hugo DAC/Amp
Chord Hugo DAC/Amp


  • Chord
  • Precision-machined, hard-anodized aluminum
  • 6.3-mm headphone output
  • Two 3.5-mm inputs
  • Twin USB inputs
  • Optical and coaxial inputs
  • Plays all file types, including DSD 128 and 384kHz PCM
  • Battery life: 10 hrs
  • Charge time: 2 hrs
  • Can be used as a digital preamp
  • Connects up to 3 pairs of headphones


All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.

Estimated ship date is Sep 21, 2017 PT.

After the drop ends, payment will be collected and the group’s order will be submitted to the vendor up front, making all sales final. Check the discussion page for updates on your order.