Chord Electronics 2go and 2yu Announced
Chord Electronics adds more capabilities to Hugo 2 with 2go and then gives the new network and storage module its own 2yu optional digital interface.
Chord Electronics 2go for Hugo 2
Firstly, Chord's 2go (AUD $2,200 RRP) is a high-performance network module based around a powerful triple-core audio processor that hands the much-loved Hugo 2 DAC Wi-Fi and Ethernet skills, kind of like a beefed-up Poly. Naturally, it also features Chord's proprietary British technology.
As well as converting Hugo 2 into a fully-fledged streaming DAC thanks to onboard 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, A2DP Bluetooth, and Gigabit Ethernet, 2go also benefits from a pair of 2 TB-rated SD card slots for digital storage and playback. Once loaded with tunes, Hugo 2 then becomes a high-capacity solid-state digital music server (using MPD), all from a compact, space-saving and highly portable device.
Additionally, when using a fully-charged 2go with Hugo 2, you are untethered from the power socket and so removing the potentially degrading influence of AC mains noise and artefacts. Furthermore, 2go has a neat auto-switching input function; meaning that every audio interface is always on, therefore switching between inputs is as easy as hitting 'play' on the chosen control point app and 2go switches automatically
2go offers Tidal, Qobuz and Internet radio playback with Spotify and more earmarked for the future. as well as being Roon Ready. You also get gapless audio and DoP/Bit Perfect support. Finally, the module is fully DLNA-compliant (server/renderer) and AirPlay-ready.
Set-up is via Chord Electronics' Gofigure configuration app, which is also being upgraded and streamlined for Android users. The updated version (due early 2020) will feature simplified, intuitive operation for fast and efficient set-up, a new quick Wi-Fi configuration option, plus a new Bluetooth LE configuration option.
Chord Electronics 2yu
However, 2go is much more than just a networking bolt-on for Hugo 2. Chord Electronics has also developed 2yu (AUD $1,100 RRP), a digital interface that connects to 2go and provides four digital outputs - USB, optical, coaxial and BNC. The 2go and 2yu partnership now create a standalone Chord Electronics streamer/server. This compact system can be partnered with any compatible DAC or digital-input device; you can even add the Hugo M Scaler for 768kHz upscaling.
2yu boasts 2,000 MIPS (million instructions per second) of processing power, an integrated sample rate converter, plus a low-jitter audio phase lock loop. The compact nature of 2go with 2yu makes it perfect for installers wishing to create a discreet remote Roon streaming solution: the duo can be wired into an Ethernet port to provide streaming to a system in any room. 2yu alone can also be used with PCs and Macs via USB to create a high-quality USB-to-digital-audio converter for audio.
Like all of Chord Electronics' hardware, 2go and 2yu are handmade in the UK and share the same aircraft-grade aluminium casework, along with design cues from the Hugo 2.
Stock is expected to arrive in Australia by late March.
For more information, go to Chord Electronics.