Upscale Digital to 16 Times the Native Resolution of CD: British-Built Chord Electronics Hugo M Scaler Delivers 705.6kHz, Features FPGA-Based Filtering and Stellar User Interface
The world's most cutting-edge digital filter resides inside The Absolute Sound Product of the Year and Golden Ear Award-winning Chord Electronics Hugo M Scaler, a tabletop upscaling device that revolutionizes the sound of digital music. Able to upscale 44.1kHz up to 705.6kHz – 16 times that the native resolution of CD – with most DACs, it takes such monumental technical capability up to 768kHz with Chord Electronics' dual-BNC-input Qutest and Hugo TT 2 models. FPGA-based WTA filtering technology, fascia-mounted controls, an adjustable sample-rate output, and a spate of inputs and outputs further allow the British-built Hugo M to stand alone in the field. Chord Electronics' three-year warranty and Music Direct's 100% Satisfaction Guarantee pile on the spoils of a component without equal.
"The Hugo TT2/M Scaler pair extracts shocking amounts of beneficial musical information from standard and hi-res files alike. Sonic benefits include reduced congestion, purer timbres, sharpened focus and resolution, greater pitch definition, more incisive transients, heightened levels of dynamic expression, and larger and more realistic soundstage."
— The Absolute Sound, 2019 Golden Ear and Product of the Year Awards
"It replaces the various reconstruction filters used in other manufacturers' DACs with Rob Watts's enormously long WTA filter. That filter does sound superb, and, as a bonus – in addition to upgrading the sound of older DACs – the M Scaler adds a USB input with Roon compatibility to older DACs that don't have one, like my expensive Levinson."
— John Atkinson, Stereophile
FPGA-Based WTA Filtering Technology for Sublime Sonics
Hugo M brings the unrivaled advantages of groundbreaking FPGA-based WTA (Watts Transient Alignment) filtering technology to digitally connected audio devices, dramatically improving sound quality. Although optimized for use with selected Chord Electronics DACs (for the maximum 768kHz upscaling/decoding benefit), Hugo M can be used with other DACs with suitable inputs, subject to their decoding capability.
Compact Form Factor, Modernized User Interface
Hugo M's compact form factor aligns with Chord Electronics' TT (tabletop) series and has been designed to be stackable with other units in the range, including the the Hugo TT 2, to form a highly advanced yet space-saving system. In line with other models in the Hugo and Hugo TT series, the device features a number of illuminable fascia-mounted spherical controls, governing input selection, output sample rate and video mode for lower latency. The control spheres display data visually including input source and the incoming sample rate, using a polychromatic scale.
- The most advanced digital filter in the world
- Adjustable sample rate output (with pass-thru mode)
- Video mode (for lower latency)
- Auto video and source selection
- 'DX' controls for future product
- Designed, engineered and entirely made in the UK
- Precision-milled chassis, crafted from aircraft-grade aluminium
1x galvanically isolated USB Type-B compatible with DSD and PCM data (up to DSD 256); with DSD upsampled to PCM
1x galvanically isolated dual BNC (enables upscaling to the maximum resolution (768kHz from 96kHz data)
FPGA: Xilinx XC7A200T
Filter tap length: 1,015,808 WTA taps
Dimensions (WHD): 9.3" x 1.6" x 9.3"
Weight: 5.6 lbs.
User Manual (PDF, 5.3 MB)