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Interesting... How does it compare with the Eximus(which I have) and you mention. You dont really give any descripting comparisons...

How much is this puppy?

Thx

 

So far, I had mixed feelings with the Eximus. I don't understand how it could get such rave reviews. It is a very fine DAC, but certainly not worth the $2500-3000 asking price.

 

Sure, the sweet and intimate presentation is very nice, but it lacks bass impact/extension and dynamics in general. Also, I don't hear that sense of flow the Metrum DACs are known for (the Eximus was described as a Metrum Octave on steroid). I really like the timbre presentation and the tonal richness, but the lit-up tonality is too much for the Hifiman headphones, IMO.

 

By comparison, I find the NFB-27 almost makes a home-run (tonal richness is where it falls short, but it is very organic nonetheless) and even the Ciunas DAC - which comes at 1/5 of the price - is a better match for my taste (tonal richness is there, this time).

 

The lack of dynamics is my main concern as it removes lots of the musical traits in my music (rock & derivatives). You could say I'm the opposite of Bourne Perfect: he found the M7 to be lacking "life" and "musicality" compared to the DP1 -> I found the opposite with the NFB-27 (which does not even have the tonal accuracy of the M7).

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post #47 of 54

hmm... I dont notice a lack of dynamics. Maybe its your audio chain? Now I do notice a dynamics issue on other Dacs like the Ressonessence Concero. The bass is light and dynamics are not great (through speakers) I am a speaker guy but love cutting edge Dacs. Ill have to look into the Chord sounds like a keeper.

post #48 of 54

I heard that with a Paul Hynes Linear PSU it takes down megbuck dacs in PCM!

 

I have a BoTWs LPSU now and will get a Hynes in a month!

post #49 of 54

i understand one of the main gripes with the qutehd is the usb implementation.

as the newer model the "qutehd-ex" has an improved usb input, would this mean a decent usb-spdif adapter would now not be required?

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Chord have updated the Chordette Qute HD (?), here's a good review I found...

 

 

http://www.theproaudiowebblog.com/#!chord-electronics-qute-ex-review/c1s94

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post #51 of 54

Chordette qute-ex is a very good product, but it doesn't stand up to it's newer brother, Hugo.

post #52 of 54

Good review, thanks dan!

 

I suppose you used the USB input and supplied PSU?

The USB input of my QuteHD was really sub-par compared to the Ciunas Converter on the BCN input. Also, the TeddyPSU helped bring that hint of smoothness for a more realistic sound (that, not everybody will agree. I listen in conditions that let me hear such difference, I'll just leave it at that).

 

Now the good question is: why did I sell it?... :o Hugo... Hugo...

post #53 of 54
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Good review, thanks dan!

 

I suppose you used the USB input and supplied PSU?

The USB input of my QuteHD was really sub-par compared to the Ciunas Converter on the BCN input. Also, the TeddyPSU helped bring that hint of smoothness for a more realistic sound (that, not everybody will agree. I listen in conditions that let me hear such difference, I'll just leave it at that).

 

Now the good question is: why did I sell it?... :o Hugo... Hugo...

Exactly, maybe you can increase the performance with a linear supply and another usb interface, but you don't need anything else with Hugo, as it sounds excellent out of the box.

post #54 of 54
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Exactly, maybe you can increase the performance with a linear supply and another usb interface, but you don't need anything else with Hugo, as it sounds excellent out of the box.

Yes, that was the main reason why I was inclined to sell the QuteHD + TeddyPSU to get the Hugo. Yet, I still have to pay $600 over why I sold the combo for and I'm not sure it was a very smart move from me.

That, of course, is unless the Hugo really is a better DAC regardless.

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