My path to the TT2 was a bit funny. I had this Qutest and was enjoying a lot in my speaker setup and wanted something with a headphone amp. I went to the dealer looking for the Hugo 2, which is basically a Qutest with headphone amp and crossfeed. They didn’t have a Hugo 2 in stock, so I picked up the TT2 instead. The TT2 is like a Hugo 2, but remove the battery, add speaker outputs, add support for the M-Scaler (also, double the price $$).
I have the Qutest, Hugo 2, and TT2 in the house now and I do enjoy the sound of the TT2 more, but it’s a very slight improvement. I personally chose based on the features/price alone and less so on the sound. I plan to try an M-Scaler at some point and don’t need the portability of the Hugo 2, so the TT2 is sticking around for now.
This is my personal decision tree
- Want a great DAC? → Qutest
- Want a great DAC that’s portable, with a battery? → Hugo 2
- Want a great DAC with the M-Scaler? → Qutest or TT2
- Want a great DAC with headphone amp and crossfeed? → Hugo 2 or TT2
- Want a great DAC with speaker taps and (slightly) better sound? → TT2
To summarize… if you want portable, then get the Hugo 2. If you don’t want portable and want a headphone amp, then get the TT2. If you just want a DAC, then get the Qutest.