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.
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Chord’s proprietary digital circuitry gives you a sound that is the best we have heard in its class. You’ll be amazed at how good your digital music collection will sound with the Qutest.
Super Cool Design
We love the way Chord thinks out of the box with their components. The Qutest doesn’t look like your typical piece of audio gear, with its brick like shape and array of colored buttons and center glass display.
Shape Your Sound
We all have that album where we love the music but the harsh sound grates on our ears. With 4 sound shaping profiles on the Qutest, you can now fine tune your sound.
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.
Qutest’s control spheres (for user-selectable filters and input) illuminate with useful colour-coding information denoting sample frequency and filter used and the brightness settings are user-adjustable.
Inputs include: one Optical TOSLink 24-bit/192kHz-capable, two BNC coaxial input 24-bit/384kHz-capable (with dual data mode up to 768kHz) and one HD galvanically isolated USB-B input 32-bit/768kHz and DSD512-capable. Outputs are one stereo pair of RCA phono outputs adjustable to 1,2 and 3V RMS.
|Power Supply||5v 2amp Micro USB|
|Inputs||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|
|THD||0.0001% 1 kHz 2.5V RMS 300 ohms|
|Frequency Response||20-20 kHz +/- 0.2dB|
|Outputs||1x stereo pair of RCA (Left and Right)|
|Product Dimensions||1.6" x 6.3" x 2.8"|