Chord Electronics Qutest

Chord Electronics
Introducing Qutest, a compact DAC that defies its size with exceptional performance. Built on the acclaimed DAC architecture of the award-winning Hugo 2, Qutest sets new standards in digital conversion.

Immerse yourself in a revolutionary home audio experience with Qutest, our extraordinary DAC. Setting itself apart from similar models, Qutest is a pure DAC, devoid of headphone amplification or rechargeable batteries. It represents the latest evolution in our esteemed standalone DAC series, succeeding the highly praised 2Qute.

Unleash the transformative power of our cutting-edge digital technology across a wide range of connected devices. Qutest features galvanically isolated USB-B, optical, and coaxial digital inputs, instantly elevating the performance of your aging digital source components while bringing them up to date.

But it's not just the internals that have received an upgrade. The Qutest chassis showcases a completely reimagined structure. Meticulously crafted from solid aircraft-grade aluminum billet, it possesses substantial mass and is precision-machined to perfection. The Qutest PCB is housed within a shallow cavity, providing superior protection and isolation from external vibrations compared to previous designs.

Qutest inherits the convenient user-selectable frequency-shaping filters and input selection controls from its predecessor, Hugo 2. These features, easily accessible through two strategically placed fascia-mounted spheres, offer exceptional flexibility and customization. Additionally, Qutest includes RCA analogue outputs for seamless integration with integrated amplifiers, preamps, and headphone amps. It also incorporates high-resolution dual-data digital inputs, ensuring compatibility with future Chord Electronics products.

An impressive new feature is the user-selectable output voltage, allowing you to choose between 1V, 2V, or 3V RMS outputs. This adaptability guarantees seamless connectivity with a wide range of partnering devices, catering to your individual preferences.
Elevate your audio setup with Qutest, the ultimate DAC that combines state-of-the-art technology, exquisite craftsmanship, and unparalleled performance. Prepare to immerse yourself in a sound experience like never before.
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Qutest, the recipient of the esteemed title of What Hi-Fi?'s Best DAC (£500-£1500), has consistently been recognized as the top DAC every year from its debut in 2018 until 2022. Powered by our renowned proprietary FPGA technology, initially developed for the industry-leading Hugo 2 DAC/headphone amp, Qutest sets new benchmarks in technical and sonic excellence, firmly cementing its position as a leader in its class.

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

Device power supply: 5v 2amp Micro USB

Tap length filter: 49,152 – 10 element Pulse Array design

Connectivity (input): USB Type B (White): 44.1kHz to 768kHz – 16bit to 32bit 2x BNC Coax (Red): 44.1kHz – 384kHz – 16bit to 32bit 1x Dual data mode input (using both BNC coax inputs together): 44.1kHz to 768kHz – 16bit to

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

PCM support: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz, 717.6kHz, and 768kHz. 16 – 32bit

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

Country of manufacture: England

Product Type: DAC

lwh: 45x160x88

Weight: 1500g

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