Chord Qutest DAC

Chord Qutest DAC

$1,895.00 Free Shipping!

Free Shipping!
Loading...

Chord Qutest DAC

$1,895.00 Free Shipping!

Free Shipping!
Loading...
  • Description


     

    MY TAKE: Chord nailed it again! The Quetest offers performance and features like nothing else in the price range! – Galen Carol

     

    Qutest is a standalone DAC whose performance belies its compact dimensions. With DAC architecture based on the award-winning Hugo 2, Qutest offers class-leading digital conversion.
     

    Qutest is Chord’s ‘pure’ DAC (it does not contain headphone amplification or rechargeable batteries like some of its range stablemates) and is designed to improve sound quality in the home. It is the latest evolution of the company’s most affordable standalone DAC, the multi-award-winning 2Qute.
     

    Qutest is based on Chord’s 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, optical and coaxial digital input, giving an instant performance upgrade, plus the ability to modernize ageing digital source components.
     

    The Qutest chassis is all-new, too. It has significantly greater mass than its predecessor and has been precision-machined from solid aircraft-grade aluminium billet. The Qutest 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.
     

    Qutest 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 RCA analogue outputs for connection to integrated amplifiers, preamps and headphone amps, plus high-resolution dual-data digital inputs for connection to future Chord Electronics products.
     

    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.

     

    REVIEWS:

    "Chord’s great sense of timing is hard not to fall in love with. In other respects it’s also highly accomplished. It’s truly impressive on classical music. The way it hones is on different instrumental sections is a revelation… there’s a fabulous sense of focus that makes things sound bold and highly defined. There is a great sense of being transported back to the time and place of the recording. The soundstage is beautifully etched with the piano sounding so solid it could have been bricked into my listening room way.

    "What really strikes me here, though, is the sweet, smooth tonality of the Qutest. It sounds more natural than anything else at or near the price; it’s smooth, even and is able to communicate the natural tonal patina of acoustic instruments surprisingly well. Whether is it strings or brass, the performance just sound so much more natural and organic here.

    "Dynamically, the baby Chord is great. The way the Qutest carries the expressive emotion of the vocals is a delight. Not only is the timbre of the singers voice a pleasure to hear, but the DAC is able to impart every last inflection.
    This is a great sounding digital converter – indeed spectacular at the price. You’ll have to spend a lot more money than this to find a DAC that does any better."
    David Price, HiFi Choice, Editor’s Choice Winner, May 2018

     

    FEATURES:
     

    Materials: Precision machined aluminium casing with polycarbonate  buttons and glass viewing portal. Available in black.

    Device Power Supply: 5v 2amp Micro USB

    Connectivity (input): 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

    Connectivity (output): 1x stereo pair of RCA (Left and Right)

    PCM support: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 358.8kHz, 384kHz, 717.6kHz, and 768kHz.

    DSD support: Native playback supported. DSD64 (Single) to DSD512 (Octa-DSD)

    Variable output: Fixed, but selectable between 3v (blue), 2v (green), and 1v (red) via dual press of ‘Filter’ + ‘Input’ upon startup

    Driver support: Driverless with Mac OS X and Linux, driver required for Windows OS

    Digital Designer: Rob Watts

    Mechanical Designer: John Franks

    Country of Manufacture: England

     

    SPECIFICATIONS:
     

    Chipset: Chord Electronics custom coded Xilinx Artix 7 (XC7A15T) FPGA

    Tap-length: 49,152

    Pulse Array: 10 element pulse array design

    Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz +/- 0.2dB

    Output Stage: Class A

    THD: <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

    Channel Separation: 138dB at 1kHz 300Ω

    Weight: 770g

    Dimensions: 41mm (H) x 160mm (W) x 72mm (D)

    Boxed Weight: 1500g


    Video: What Makes Chord DACs Unique

Product Ratings

Average Rating
32121

Choose How Many Stars (5 Being the best)

Chord Qutest DAC

$1,895.00 Free Shipping!

Free Shipping!
Loading...

Description


 

MY TAKE: Chord nailed it again! The Quetest offers performance and features like nothing else in the price range! – Galen Carol

 

Qutest is a standalone DAC whose performance belies its compact dimensions. With DAC architecture based on the award-winning Hugo 2, Qutest offers class-leading digital conversion.
 

Qutest is Chord’s ‘pure’ DAC (it does not contain headphone amplification or rechargeable batteries like some of its range stablemates) and is designed to improve sound quality in the home. It is the latest evolution of the company’s most affordable standalone DAC, the multi-award-winning 2Qute.
 

Qutest is based on Chord’s 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, optical and coaxial digital input, giving an instant performance upgrade, plus the ability to modernize ageing digital source components.
 

The Qutest chassis is all-new, too. It has significantly greater mass than its predecessor and has been precision-machined from solid aircraft-grade aluminium billet. The Qutest 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.
 

Qutest 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 RCA analogue outputs for connection to integrated amplifiers, preamps and headphone amps, plus high-resolution dual-data digital inputs for connection to future Chord Electronics products.
 

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.

 

REVIEWS:

"Chord’s great sense of timing is hard not to fall in love with. In other respects it’s also highly accomplished. It’s truly impressive on classical music. The way it hones is on different instrumental sections is a revelation… there’s a fabulous sense of focus that makes things sound bold and highly defined. There is a great sense of being transported back to the time and place of the recording. The soundstage is beautifully etched with the piano sounding so solid it could have been bricked into my listening room way.

"What really strikes me here, though, is the sweet, smooth tonality of the Qutest. It sounds more natural than anything else at or near the price; it’s smooth, even and is able to communicate the natural tonal patina of acoustic instruments surprisingly well. Whether is it strings or brass, the performance just sound so much more natural and organic here.

"Dynamically, the baby Chord is great. The way the Qutest carries the expressive emotion of the vocals is a delight. Not only is the timbre of the singers voice a pleasure to hear, but the DAC is able to impart every last inflection.
This is a great sounding digital converter – indeed spectacular at the price. You’ll have to spend a lot more money than this to find a DAC that does any better."
David Price, HiFi Choice, Editor’s Choice Winner, May 2018

 

FEATURES:
 

Materials: Precision machined aluminium casing with polycarbonate  buttons and glass viewing portal. Available in black.

Device Power Supply: 5v 2amp Micro USB

Connectivity (input): 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

Connectivity (output): 1x stereo pair of RCA (Left and Right)

PCM support: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 358.8kHz, 384kHz, 717.6kHz, and 768kHz.

DSD support: Native playback supported. DSD64 (Single) to DSD512 (Octa-DSD)

Variable output: Fixed, but selectable between 3v (blue), 2v (green), and 1v (red) via dual press of ‘Filter’ + ‘Input’ upon startup

Driver support: Driverless with Mac OS X and Linux, driver required for Windows OS

Digital Designer: Rob Watts

Mechanical Designer: John Franks

Country of Manufacture: England

 

SPECIFICATIONS:
 

Chipset: Chord Electronics custom coded Xilinx Artix 7 (XC7A15T) FPGA

Tap-length: 49,152

Pulse Array: 10 element pulse array design

Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz +/- 0.2dB

Output Stage: Class A

THD: <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

Channel Separation: 138dB at 1kHz 300Ω

Weight: 770g

Dimensions: 41mm (H) x 160mm (W) x 72mm (D)

Boxed Weight: 1500g


Video: What Makes Chord DACs Unique