If you are looking for a professional headphone amplifier then you may be interested in the new Chord Hugo 2 which is priced at $2500 and combines both a DAC and headphone amplifier and one small pocket size device. Chord is a company that does not simply purchase electronics off-the-shelf but creates its own custom hardware and creates all the programming and coding in the house. For example it’s top-of-the-line Dave DAC carried a five figure price tag and his right guarded by some as the best in the world.
The Hugo 2 can be used both at home and on-the-go, either with headphones or within a conventional audio system., Offering users a line-level output and full-function remote control to add real flexibility in full-size and desktop systems. “Hugo 2 is a powerful DAC and headphone amp that builds on the ground-breaking original. Designed for both home and mobile use, Hugo 2 transforms headphones and audio systems’ sound quality with its cutting-edge proprietary DAC technology.”
For a full in-depth review of the new Chord Hugo 2 headphone amplifier jump over to the Verge website where Vlad Savov runs you through all the features and functionality of the Chord Hugo 2 and provides his thoughts on the quality you can expect from this higher-priced audiophile equipment.