Chord Electronics Qutest DAC - Official Thread
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The qutest is so good the only possible upgrade is apparently magic rocks and bricks. As heavy as the qutest is it doesn't need anything sitting on top of it. Or special feet. Or any other lunacy.

This is all the kind of thing that give the lot of us bad names everywhere else in audio. It disappoints me every time I read it.
 
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The qutest is so good the only possible upgrade is apparently magic rocks and bricks. As heavy as the qutest is it doesn't need anything sitting on top of it. Or special feet. Or any other lunacy.

This is all the kind of thing that give the lot of us bad names everywhere else in audio. It disappoints me every time I read it.
Jesus Christ, get over it already
 
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The qutest is so good the only possible upgrade is apparently magic rocks and bricks. As heavy as the qutest is it doesn't need anything sitting on top of it. Or special feet. Or any other lunacy.

This is all the kind of thing that give the lot of us bad names everywhere else in audio. It disappoints me every time I read it.
Here's a crazy idea. XLR interconnects and common mode rejection :)
 
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Jesus Christ, get over it already
Yeah tell ME to be quiet while people push a product literally called "the magic brick" for three HUNDRED dollars. That offends me to my core and I'm going to say so. Don't really care what you think.
 
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Yeah tell ME to be quiet while people push a product literally called "the magic brick" for three HUNDRED dollars. That offends me to my core and I'm going to say so. Don't really care what you think.
It is the MAGIC that does the trick...
 
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The qutest is so good the only possible upgrade is apparently magic rocks and bricks. As heavy as the qutest is it doesn't need anything sitting on top of it. Or special feet. Or any other lunacy.

This is all the kind of thing that give the lot of us bad names everywhere else in audio. It disappoints me every time I read it.
To each his own ...
 
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AFAIK Ted Smith throws away the clock info of the incoming data and reconstructs the packets through pattern matching to eliminate source jitter.

Does the Qutest do something similar? I'm asking since I'm wondering whether a separate reclocker will make sense with the Qutest.
 
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Indeed. Most important part:

The measurements shown earlier in this thread and the Hugo 2 thread show zero measurable noise floor modulation and zero source and master clock jitter aberrations
Thanks! Just out of curiosity, do you have a link to the measurements? I tried using the search function, but without luck.
 
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Question about qutest output volt, if my amp’s input sensitivity is lower than qutest’s lowest output volt (at 0,617v) what are the solutions? Or i just have to suck it up and go with qutest’s lowest setting at 1V? Or is there any workaround it? @Rob Watts Thanks in advance Rob.
 
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Question about qutest output volt, if my amp’s input sensitivity is lower than qutest’s lowest output volt (at 0,617v) what are the solutions? Or i just have to suck it up and go with qutest’s lowest setting at 1V? Or is there any workaround it? @Rob Watts Thanks in advance Rob.
What amp are you using. If even 1v is hot for it then you need to invest in good preamp.
 
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Question about qutest output volt, if my amp’s input sensitivity is lower than qutest’s lowest output volt (at 0,617v) what are the solutions? Or i just have to suck it up and go with qutest’s lowest setting at 1V? Or is there any workaround it? @Rob Watts Thanks in advance Rob.
It also depends on how your amp sensitivity is specified and what it means by "0.617v". Does it state 0.617v as being the input for a certain output?

Problems arise when an input voltage is too high for the amp sensitivity and then the volume control only has a small operating zone before the volume of the music becomes too loud. Also a too high an input voltage can cause the preamp stages to 'clip' and cause distortion (this is usually easy to hear and is often quite nasty).

However, in the great scheme of things, 0.6v is not all that different to 1v and I would say there is a good chance you will be OK with that.

Others may have a more detailed response if you can say what amp you are using.
 
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A question while we re on the subject of amplifier input sensitivity: my amplifiers input sensitivity is 150mV but what I notice is that from the headphone out the highest volume setting I can listen at is about 9.5 position. Through my speakers I can go up to 12 . Could this mean that I need to use a different output setting for my Qutest when I listen through headphones? Output impedance is 1V/210 Ohm. I do feel that my volume control has a very small operting zone. I use the 2V setting
 
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