Chord MX Series QX DAC

General Information

The new MX Series QX DAC is an upgraded version of the multi-award-winning Chordette QuteHD DAC: a What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision 'Best DAC' winner for both 2012 and 2013. The MX Series QX DAC, which is available alongside the Chordette QuteHD and QuteEX, now offers both 384kHz PCM and DSD 128 playback for today's high-resolution DXD (Digital eXtreme Definition) music files.

Forming part of the bijou MX Series with its square-edge design, the new QX DAC adds an advanced new chipset and motherboard which enables decoding at up to 384kHz PCM and DSD 128 over USB (against the QuteHD's 192kHz PCM and DSD 64).

The QX DAC builds on the strengths of original QuteHD, a compact high-performance D/A convertor that eschews off-the-shelf DAC chipsets in favour of a bespoke FPGA (programmable) circuit which takes the QX's high-resolution file playback capability to a whole new level.

The QX DAC offers a range of bespoke DAC technologies taken from the flagship QBD76 HDSD, which forms part of our stylish Choral range, and is the latest edition to our beautiful four-strong MX Series. The QX DAC brings exceptional detail-retrieval, insight and transparency to digital music files, thanks to its bespoke circuit design created by DAC technology guru Rob Watts and implemented by our internationally renowned engineering team.

It can handle sample rates from 44.1kHz to 384kHz (PCM), allowing users to experience music in true high definition, along with the best possible reproduction of CD-quality music. The QX DAC benefits from an advanced asynchronous USB input (up to 384kHz) and can also bring sparkling clarity to any connected component with a digital output, thanks to two additional digital inputs: coaxial and optical.

In addition to 384kHz PCM files, the QX can also process DSD 128 data using the latest DSD-over-PCM standard (DoP), making it the world's most affordable high-quality DSD 128- and 384kHz-compatible USB DAC. Whether using Mac OS or Windows OS, Chord Electronics' own proprietary driver software is provided, removing the restrictions of current operating system audio playback.

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