Chord Hugo vs Opus#2:
Hugo has a darker sound, while Opus#2 provides a more open tone. Hugo betters Opus#2 in terms of the average note thickness by a small margin and it maintains a better sub-section body in comparison.
Opus#2 offers a more airy sub-bass department, while Hugo has a slightly more prominent mid-bass presentation. On the other hand, Hugo has a better texture and a little more power in the sub-bass region.
Both source put instruments in a similar location. However, Hugo creates a slightly bigger picture and it seems to sound closer by a very small margin. Opus#2 sounds with a more open tone, while Hugo is a bit more natural and smoother. Hugo seems to provide a bit better resolution pursuant to having more space around instruments, but the transparency level is similar.
Opus#2 has a slightly more prominent and brighter treble presentation, while Hugo sounds more expansive as well as more effortless in note releasing and uses a grander space for the treble presentation with a similar transparency level.
Hugo provides a wider and slightly deeper stage. The separation level’s difference is not significant, but Hugo has a blacker and more stable background with a better layering ability.
Tera Player vs Opus#2:
Tera has a mismatch problem with some IEMs, but I believe CW L71 that I use during tests has no problem with Tera.
Opus#2 has a fuller and more powerful lows, while Tera seems to be faster and less colored. Opus#2 provides a more prominent and weightier mid-bass presentation that results in gaining a sub-section body advantage in comparison. On the other hand, Tera sounds more airy in the bass department.
In the midrange, Tera sounds slightly more resolved and transparent, but Opus#2 is weightier and provides an effortless note releasing in accordance with its general note structure. Indeed, Tera has the same ‘’sounding with efforts’’ problem when it comes to the comparison with Lotoo Paw Gold and Chord Hugo. On the other hand, Tera maintains a less colored midrange presentation.
Opus#2 releases more prominent and detailed treble notes, while Tera is less colored. Both have similar levels of extension, but Tera provides a slightly faster and natural response.
Opus#2’s stage is deeper and wider. Both players have a good separation, while Tera takes the advantage of its laid-back mid-bass presentation. Tera uses small boxes to locate instruments; each of them sounds in its own small box and there are clear frontiers between these virtual boxes.
Opus#2 sounds with an open tonality without being unnatural or too clinical. The mid-bass presentation provides enough warmth and body to create some emotion. However, its overall approach is closer to being technical rather than maintaining a fully emotional tone. The MSRP of Opus player is $1599.
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