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Chord Electronics Qutest DAC - Official Thread

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  1. kerisabe
    Thank you for answering @Rob Watts Rob. Much appreciated. The other day i have tried installing the ifi idefender 3.0 (used to cut the vbus from source) but it needs a clean power connected through its female usb micro slot on the idefender. I didnt connect any power but it still worked. That is why im asking this question. Cause without the power the qutest still recognized the macbook pro. Can you please clarify @iFi audio ? Thank you.
     
  2. iFi audio
    Clarify what exactly, if we may ask?
     
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  3. officerdibble
    I have the Qutest partnered with my Schiit Asgard 3 preamplifier which is connected to my Matrix Audio Mini-i Amp.

    I have set the output to 1v but there is still too much gain. On the volume dial - 7pm is loud, 9pm too loud.

    Am I doing something wrong?

    Is my best option some Rothwell Attenuators? If yes - 10, 15 or 20db?

    Sorry I have zero knowledge on how I should have partnered these electronics!
     
  4. kerisabe
    do i need to connect a clean source of 5v power to the ifi idefender 3.0 when using it w qutest? @iFi audio
     
  5. nwavesailor
    Have others found the Anker 5 volt battery to be a step up from the OEM wall-wart PS?
     
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  6. iFi audio
    If a DAC is self-powered, you don't need to connect external 5V line, iDefender3.0 will work without it.
     
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  7. ecwl
    Hmmm. Isn’t there a low gain switch at the back of your Schiit?
     
  8. Triode User
    the gain switch is on the front of the Asgard 3 preamp.
     
  9. ecwl
    Haha. I was reading the product website’s specs page. I should have just looked at the photos which clearly shows the gain switch in front.
     
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  10. officerdibble
    Hi. Yeah I have it switched to low gain.
     
  11. Romi54
    When Dave has 100% sound quality.

    How much does the Hugo TT2 have? - XXX %

    How much the Qutest? - XXX %
     
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  12. miketlse
    Try reading this post https://www.head-fi.org/threads/hug...official-thread.879425/page-543#post-15361642
    Christer is a very demanding music lover, and he reckons the Qutest + MScaler beats the DAVE on its own.
    Other owners rank the DAVE above all the other dacs.
    You will not find a 100% consensus.
     
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  13. norliss
    Hey @Rob Watts - I wonder if I could ask you a question?

    Sources such as Squeezebox Touch or RPi 4 don't 'switch off' per se (unless you unplug them) and therefore their output signal to the DAC is constant regardless of whether music is playing. Would there be any adverse effects with respect to the longevity of the Qutest i.e. would it be advisable to switch over to an unused input source when not in use or does it make no difference?
     
  14. Rob Watts
    Don't worry, a dithered source makes no difference to reliability. And an SPDIF that is transmitting digital zero will also make no difference.
     
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  15. norliss
    Thanks @Rob Watts for your reply. Do you anticipate the 'port hole' and source/filter lights on the Qutest having a long life?
     
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