Ken Davis from Brooks Berdan invited me over for a quick discussion on Chord Electronics’ new products. I had such a wonderful time. Not too bad for 3 hours of sleep!
This was the same room the world’s first Chord Electronics Blu Mk.2 review was written and it’s great to be back. I’ve written some tidbits on the Hugo M Scaler a little while back. The Hugo TT 2 is certainly going to be a cornerstone for both headphone and 2-channel enthusiasts. You might be able to save space and sell off your speaker cables and amplifiers when it arrives. 😉 I’m also really excited to hear what it could do for my Abyss Phi headphones.
Since these products are officially announced, here are a few more slivers of insight:
- Rob Watts wanted to test every permutation of the setup. He had a structured checklist he wanted to cover and we left no stone unturned. We tried blind tests with USB cables, optical cables, BNC cables (ferrites or not), laptops with/without batteries, etc. We even tested power cords, conditioners, and how everything sounded on dedicate and non-dedicated circuits. We literally stayed indoors for 10+ hours a day…listening. Rob’s work ethic is second to none – and he doesn’t care much for sleep.
- We were able to drive a pair of Martin Logans Renaissance ESL 15As (with subs) with the prototype Hugo TT 2. Drove them impressively well. Bass, in particular, was taut and weighty.
- We watched a Casino Royale Blu-ray from Rob’s MSI gaming laptop with the Hugo M Scaler. It was insane.
- The prototype Hugo M Scaler sounded very, very good…
- A lot of time was spent with depth analysis. This is Rob’s main test track for depth (Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. J.V.A. Guillou): I. Gnomus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5W_2wIThWo
Mark my words…these products are going to be game changers and will heavily disrupt this space.
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