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Chord Electronics Qutest DAC - Official Thread

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  1. Baten
    What is that RCA to female 1/4 jack? Looks nice.
  2. Reactcore
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2019
  3. RKClem
    I know what you mean. Have you tried different power options?
  4. Reactcore
    Course i have.. used lipo batteries with a non switching 2A regulator (L78S05) to make 5v absolutely jitter and mains noise free.
    I took the extra heat loss for granted for the sake of cleanest juice.
    But concluded stock psu is just the same sounding. So i havent bothered posting bout it.. till u asked.

    Btw Welcome to club Headfi:wink:
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  5. RKClem
    Thanks for the welcome :) This can be an intimidating place. I am here to learn and not suggest I know more than others (I don't). I imagine every environment is different regarding electrical noise. I don't have a power conditioner, maybe that's relevant in my case?? I'm also trying to train my ears to hear positive differences in SQ. Trust me I am not posting just for the sake of it.
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  6. AC-12
  7. nwavesailor
    I did see Madisound as a Supra dealer.
    The US distributor for Supra, SJOFN HiFi, is located in Seattle (Madisound is in WI) so a shorter shipping time to me!
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  8. RKClem
    After more dedicated listening I think I was fooling myself. I now think I mistook the changes for SQ improvements. After switching back to the stock ps the music is more enjoyable and natural. I have completely contradicted my earlier comment. Still learning after all these years!
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  9. Reactcore
    Just as i reasoned. Chord would never work so much creating such superb DAC and undo some of its quality with a wrong chosen psu, which is normally plugged in somewhere out of sight.

    The vast majority of users just use the things out of the box getting the sound Chord intented.

    I have great respect for Rob, John and the rest of his team for alowing us to reach this level of blissfull sound..
    with our old record collection.:ok_hand:
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2019
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  10. nwavesailor
    After 1 week with the Qutest I still find this interesting looking 'new shiny object' absolutely stunning!

    I thought I had pretty nice sound using my Meze Empy hp and wondered if a Qutest DAC could really add a greater level of detail and clarity..........in a word, YES!
    Thanks again to @Triode User and @Paul Bjernklo for helping with my decision to try the Supra USB 2.0 cable. After day 1 it seems like it might be a bit less harsh than the OEM USB cable but without sacrificing the fantastic Qutest detail.
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  11. Triode User
    I'm glad you are enjoying the Supra cable. I selected it because I found no difference to a £1600 USB cable from a well thought of and well known cable company
  12. Reactcore
    Hm going to give this Meze Empy a try.
    I heard the classic but wasnt a fan of it.
    How do they compare..
  13. betula
    I wasn't a fan of the classic either but I absolutely love the Empy. I found the Classic's midbass bloated while the sub rolled off. It was pretty warm and not too detailed. Although I like bass and a smooth sound the classic was too much.
    The Empy is in a whole other universe. The best headphones I tried up to date for my taste and I tried quite a lot. They do like a clean source like Qutest and good SS amp. Try to audition a pair. The highest level of technicalities (resolution, detail, imaging) and a musical, addictive sound in one package. No other flagship I have heard offer this level of both worlds.
  14. Reactcore
    Based on you guys experience here ive just ordered a Supra usb. For €35 i cant go wrong. Will get it next week. I did choose the shortest one which is 0.7m ive seen. Less cable length means less quality loss.
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2019
  15. dinus777
    yes , exactly my experience. I tried Anker Battery operation, and Sbooster LSPU. First of all, it looked like improvement in SQ, but after some more listeting, Chord Qutest stock PSU sounded best. So i trust Chord team , and using stock PSU. There are a lot of Rob Watts comments what we can mistaken for SQ improvement....
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