Grammy winning audio engineer chooses Chord Hugo 2 DAC

posted on Thursday, 19th March 2020 by Steve May

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Grammy Award-winning British sound engineer and producer Dom Morley is the latest industry professional to endorse Chord Audio’s Hugo 2 DAC and headphone amp for his professional audio engineering work.

The engineer, who has worked with Adele, Sting, The Police, Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson and Morrissey amongst others, says it “sounds as good as everything that I have in my studio, it makes life easy and it makes life simple.”

Other music industry pros who champion Chord include Metropolis Mastering’s Tim Young who uses the company’s flagship DAC/headphone amp, DAVE, and Metropolis Studios’ Stuart Hawkes who also uses Hugo 2.

Morley engineered on Amy Winehouse's Number 1 album Back To Black, Mark Ronson's Version and Record Collection, Richard Ashcroft's These People and Keys To The World, Grinderman’s debut album, plus singles for Adele, Morrissey, JP Cooper and Estelle, amongst others. Other works include engineering or mixing for Rag'n'Bone Man, The Staves, Rumer, Keane, Birdy, Lemon Jelly, Jeff Beck, Sting, I Am Kloot, The Verve, Live8 and Underworld.

His work with Ronson, on the Amy Winehouse album Back to Black, won him the ‘Record Of The Year’ Grammy Award in 2008.

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The engineer says he uses the Hugo 2 for leisure as well as work. “The Hugo 2 I can plug into my laptop, it sounds as good as being in my studio, but it also has a couple of features that are quite useful if you're monitoring on headphones."

The Hugo 2 is a transportable DAC, headphone amp and digital preamp, able to run off mains or battery power (up to seven hours). The device offers four digital inputs (optical, coaxial and HD USB) plus extended-range Bluetooth, with high-resolution file playback up to 768kHz and up to DSD512 (Octa DSD), via its HD USB input. Analogue outputs include stereo phono, plus 3.5mm and 6.35mm headphone outputs.

Advanced features include a four-function switch filter, giving users the ability to frequency-shape the output, a digital crossfeed function for headphone users, offering three operation modes. It retails for £1800.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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