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    Chord Electronics - Blu Mk. 2 - The Official Thread

    Love the speakers and the design, and yes very different to what I expected. Most likely these are possible to drive direct even from the Dave but i guess you have tried that. Need a bigger house and budget to think about that, guess i am back to the active ATC SCM40A as my next thing to try...
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    Chord Electronics - Blu Mk. 2 - The Official Thread

    Sounds great (no pun intended)! I am always interested in other people’s speaker rigs with Chord dacs so if you’d like to share that’s appreciated. The reason why is, in my mind Chord dacs, with very low distortion, may mean that (similar as with headphones I guess), larger/ different speakers...
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    Hugo M Scaler by Chord Electronics - The Official Thread

    I say the same as previous posts, try Kabel Direct first as so cheap, and if it does not work, buy a Sysconcept which I think sounds slightly better and great value. I have both for different purposes, but have not compared to other glass cable suggestions like lifatec and QED.
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    Chord Electronics Qutest DAC - Official Thread

    I think you can trust Triode user’s recommendation. I would also recommend it as it won a Hi-fi Choice shoot out a few years ago (and it sounds great in my view), with a comment that it sounded darker than the other cables, probably/ possibly due to better emi or rfi suppression. In any case to...
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    Chord Electronics Qutest DAC - Official Thread

    The same for me with my Hugo 2, you want to preserve the low distortion and I have not seen a reasonably priced power amplifier with lower distortion. It is dead silent...
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    Hugo M Scaler by Chord Electronics - The Official Thread

    Great post, of interest to me is it seems you preferred the sysconcept over the lifatec, I may be wrong. I have the sysconcept and Kabeldirekt (excellent value in my view) and prefer the sysconcept as it is more clear with more detail but without being “bright”. I have never tried the lifatec...
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    Chord Electronics Qutest DAC - Official Thread

    Deleted previous comment, yes I think you are correct that if you disconnect the converter from the mains then there will be no ground loop, but others can confirm or clarify.
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    Chord Electronics - Hugo 2 - The Official Thread

    Here is some input from me; https://www.head-fi.org/threads/chord-electronics-qutest-dac-official-thread.869417/page-219#post-14830790
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    Chord Electronics Qutest DAC - Official Thread

    These 2 previous posts of mine may help re optical cable suggestions; https://www.head-fi.org/threads/chord-electronics-dave.766517/page-868#post-14804287 https://www.head-fi.org/threads/chord-electronics-dave.766517/page-869#post-14809348
  10. Paul Bjernklo

    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    Hi, I did not say in my post that Rob W did not recommend Kabeldirekt optical. I referred to an old post where Rob said along the lines that any good quality cable will do the job and that he had good experience with Kabeldirekt. Rob may use the stock cables for all I know... Edit: Found the...
  11. Paul Bjernklo

    CHORD ELECTRONICS DAVE

    Kabeldirekt from amazon is normally recommended as Rob W himself use (Edit: used?) one of their cables he said (their optical). I have one to my Chromecast Audio. I also have a Sysconcept 24/192 from Canada from my CD transport that arrived quickly and is cheaper than lifatec I think but have...
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    Hugo M Scaler by Chord Electronics - The Official Thread

    Very interesting as I just got the Chromecast Audio to try out. What battery where you using it with? Like any power bank or something else? Thank you.
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    Chord Electronics Qutest DAC - Official Thread

    My advise re usb cable; Get a Supra 2.0 USB cable, which comes highly recommend by quite a few people and have a great review by Hi-fi Choice, no need to spend more in my view and try some ferrites as per a previous post. The ferrites may not be needed as Qutest is galvanically isolated but is...
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    Chord Electronics - Hugo 2 - The Official Thread

    I decided to switch to power amp just when Hugo 2 was launched since it had a remote (yippee!) and at that time the Etude did not exist so no. TToby might have existed not sure. Of course both could be of interest but today would probably consider the TT2 directly instead. Will see when my new...
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    Chord Electronics - Hugo 2 - The Official Thread

    That to me was my preferred approach and after some research trying to find something with as great dynamic range / noise ended up with a Benchmark AHB2. Very happy with it. Also considered ATC P2 but there are many alternatives, depends on your budget, loudspeakers and preference.
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