The all new Chord Electronics Qutest DAC is a standalone digital to analogue convertor which is designed to improve the sound quality of your digital devices. The Chord Qutest is a stripped down version of the Hugo 2 and therefore does not contain a headphone amplifier or a rechargeable battery. It is the latest evolution of Chord Electronics’ most affordable standalone DAC, the multi-award-winning 2Qute, which it replaces.
The Chord Electronics Qutest DAC is based on the award-winning proprietary FPGA technology developed for the class-leading Hugo 2 DAC/headphone amp, giving it proven class-leading technical and sonic performance. Perfectly equipped to bring the benefits our digital technology to a wide range of connected devices, it features a galvanically isolated USB-B connection, plus an optical and coaxial digital input. The Qutest is the perfect partner to ageing digital source components, as well as modern day digital devices.
The Chord Qutest’s chassis is a brand new design. It has significantly greater mass than its predecessor and has been precision-machined from solid aircraft-grade aluminium billet. The PCB nestles within a shallow cavity in the solid aluminium chassis, giving the circuit board greater protection within the casework and additional isolation from external vibration compared to previous designs.
The Chord Electronics Qutest DAC offers Hugo 2’s proprietary user-selectable frequency-shaping filters and input selection controls, available via two fascia-mounted spheres, introducing useful flexibility. It also features a pair of analogue RCA outputs for connection to an amplifier or headphone amp.
A further new feature is a user-selectable output voltage available in 1, 2 and 3V RMS outputs for flexible connectivity with a wide range of partnering devices.
Follow this link to view the product manual.
|Dimensions||105 × 210 × 100 mm|
Chord Electronics custom coded Xilinx Artix 7 (XC7A15T) FPGA
10 element pulse array design
20Hz – 20kHz +/- 0.2dB
<0.0001% 1kHz 3v RMS 300Ω
|THD and noise at 3v RMS|
117dB at 1kHz 300ohms ‘A’ wighted (reference 2.5v)
|Noise 2.6 uV ‘A’ weighted|
No measurable noise floor modulation
138dB at 1kHz 300Ω
41mm (H) x 160mm (W) x 72mm (D)
USB Type B (White): 44.1kHz – 768kHz – 16bit – 32bit
2x BNC Coax (Red): 44.1kHz – 768kHz – 16bit – 32bit
Optical (Green): 44.1kHz – 192kHz – 16bit – 24bit
1x stereo pair of RCA (Left and Right)
44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 358.8kHz, 384kHz, 717.6kHz, and 768kHz.
Native playback supported. DSD64 (Single) to DSD512 (Octa-DSD)
Fixed, but selectable between 3v (blue), 2v (green), and 1v (red) via dual press of ‘Filter’ + ‘Input’ upon startup
Driverless with Mac OS X and Linux, driver required for Windows OS
|Country of manufacture|