1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.

    Dismiss Notice

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.<br /> <br /> Qutest is our ‘pure’ DAC (it does not contain...

Chord Qutest

  • 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.

    Qutest is our ‘pure’ DAC (it does not contain headphone amplification or rechargeable batteries like some of its range stablemates) and is designed to improve sound quality in the home. It is the latest evolution of our most affordable standalone DAC, the multi-award-winning 2Qute, which it directly replaces.

    Qutest is based on our award-winning proprietary FPGA technology developed for the class-leading Hugo 2 DAC/headphone amp, giving it proven class-leading technical and sonic performance. Perfectly equipped to bring the benefits our digital technology to a wide range of connected devices, it features a galvanically isolated USB-B, optical and coaxial digital input, giving an instant performance upgrade, plus the ability to modernise ageing digital source components.

    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.

    A further new feature is a user-selectable output voltage available in 1, 2 and 3V RMS outputs for flexible connectivity with a wide range of partnering devices.

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

    Device Power Supply: 5v 2amp Micro USB

    Connectivity (input): 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

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

    PCM support: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 358.8kHz, 384kHz, 717.6kHz, and 768kHz.

    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

    Digital designer: Rob Watts

    Mechanical Designer: John Franks

    Country of manufacture: England

    Chipset: Chord Electronics custom coded Xilinx Artix 7 (XC7A15T) FPGA

    Tap-length: 49,152

    Pulse array: 10 element pulse array design

    Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz +/- 0.2dB

    Output stage: Class A

    Output impedance: 0.025Ω

    THD: <0.0001% 1kHz 3v RMS 300Ω

    THD and noise at 3v RMS: 117dB at 1kHz 300ohms ‘A’ wighted (reference 2.5v)

    Noise 2.6 uV ‘A’ weighted: No measurable noise floor modulation

    Channel separation: 138dB at 1kHz 300Ω

    Weight: 770g

    Dimensions: 41mm (H) x 160mm (W) x 72mm (D)

    Boxed Weight: 1500g

    Included accessories:

    1.5m 5v 2a Switching Micro USB Power Supply
    2m Type A to Type B USB Cable
    Qutest Owners Overview Manual
    Raw Silk Drawstring Bag
Mrandrade likes this.

Comments

To view comments, simply sign up and become a member!