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Item: Trade-In Chord Hugo Headphone Amp/DAC in Silver with Black Leather Case
Location: Tivoli Hi-Fi 155 Camberwell Road Hawthorn East VIC 3123
Price: SOLD
Item Condition: Trade-In stock in good condition. Has been used a portable device, so there are marks and dings which you can see in the photos Comes with Case, Manual, PSU & Orginal Box 
Payment Method: Direct Deposit, Paypal, Cash - Pickup in store, Credit Card including AMEX with no fees or penalties.
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Needs no introduction around these parts! I don't need to say much other this is priced to sell!


Comes with 3 month warranty


PM Tivoli Hi-Fi staff member [mention=106406]jimsan[/mention] after hours for prompt response.



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      I want to see if anyone has this issue.
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      NAD M51 – Refer to http://www.digitalaudioreview.net/2012/04/nad-m51-digital-direct-dac-initial-impressions/ for John Darko and friends very favourable impression when comparing it to a couple of other DACs. 
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      Chord Hugo gets the DAC, Crack, and Sack treatment. 
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      • Driverless USB input 16-bit/48kHz-capable (designed for tablets/phones)
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      • On a PC (Vista, Win 7 or 8) Hugo will playback music up to 384KHz and support both DSD64 and DSD128, but for this you must install the supplied driver which comes in the box and is also available on this product page.

      • On Apple Mac OS, iOS for iPhone/iPad and Android, no drivers are required and Hugo will work up to 384KHz and DSD64/128 if your playback software/app can support it.

      • 2x3.5mm headphone jacks
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      • 26K tap-length filter (more than double when compared to the QuteHD DAC)
      • Headphone output: 110dB SPL into a 300ohm headphone load
      • Output power – 1KHz 1V sinewave both channels driven 0.1% distortion
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      • 56 ohms 320mW
      • 32 ohms 600mW
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      • THD – 1KHz 3V output: 0.0005%
      • Dynamic Range: 120dB
      • Output impedance: 0.075 ohms
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      As you can see from these pictures, things can get a little tight if your using this as a dedicated DAC in your system. Additionally the input/power switches are fiddly if you have sausage fingers.
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      Hugo inputs right and windows.tiff
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