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New member
Jun 22, 2021
I own Focal Clear MGs and Celestees and have a ZMF Aeolus being assembled as we speak.
I also have an ampsandsound Kenzie Ovation on order.
Where I may be falling short is my DAC and solid state headphone amp, which are the perfectly fine Topping D90/A90 pair.
Which makes me wonder if I’d see a big performance boost (in this chain) from the ChordHugo 2 TT DAC/amp. I keep circling around insanely positive reviews and community posts, and wonder if that would elevate the performance of my headphones and tube amp, as well as being an upgrade over my current DAC and solid state amp.
The Toppings are certainly well-reviewed and seem like strong contributors to me, but i can’t say they’re revelatory and I can’t help but feel that the Chord would put me over the top.
Am I on the right track?
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Staff member
Nov 10, 2020
New York City, USA
While the Toppings are good picks, nothing beats the Hugo 2 for me. It's got a much more crisp sound with way better layering. It's also a lot more versatile with high-quality Bluetooth CODECS if you ever want to use it for that. It'll sound even better with more high-end headphones like the Clear MG and Celestees. Those MG's will sound a whole lot wider.