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Chord Electronics Qutest DAC - Official Thread

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  1. Rob Watts
    You can demo Chord at Dubai Audio - indeed I am doing a couple of events there on the 20th and 21st of this month.

    As to measurements - it depends what you measure. SINAD and distortion are very simple tests and do not tell you how it sounds like at all. The ear/brain is extremely sensitive to vanishingly small errors, and these matter a great deal to the ability to enjoy music. At the end of the day you need to hear it for yourself - only you can decide with your set-up whether it works for you or not.
     
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  2. shoaibexpert
    Thanks @Rob Watts I will ask Dubai Audio then. In any case, I don't think they or Samma3a in Dubai provide sales return in case one buys and is not happy with the product. Btw where and when will you be holding the event and is it gonna be public?

    As to Qutest, I like many have this question: why didn't you put a balanced out on the DAC. I do consider my Amp and Headphones to be detailed enough to benefit from the Qutest...but the lack of balanced out kinda discourages me....maybe many like me...don't know if it should though!

    Thanks
     
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2020
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  3. Rob Watts
    Yes the events at Dubai Audio will be public. I don't have the detailed times of it yet...

    My DACs are innately single ended, so adding balanced will add extra circuitry, and hence degrade transparency. This is the reverse of other DACs - they have to be balanced, as it's impossible to remove common mode noise from the chip substrate unless you go differential (balanced).
     
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  4. Stirrio
    Thanks, @Rob Watts. I gather from this that I can use my Audioquest splitters to feed my headphone amp and speaker amp, probably leave both amps on all the time, and not worry about it. This helps a lot in my decision vs the Yggy!
     
  5. shoaibexpert
    Thanks for clarifying @Rob Watts
     
  6. officerdibble
    Is it safe to use the Allo Shanti power supply with the Qutest? It outputs either 5v / 1a or 5v / 3a.
     
  7. rodee13
    I am using Shanti 1a to power Qutest and 3a to power Usbridge Signature, sounds fine to me.
     
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  8. mvule
    Hi all, just joined the Qutest club!
    Not something I thought I'd ever do...
     
  9. marcmccalmont
    I finally took a friends advice and traded my Hugo2 for a Qutest (I have a preamp in my system) He optimized the performance with a short lifatec optical cable, MCRU linear power supply and a short blue jeans cable lc1 ultra low capacitance interconnect. All I can say is it keeps up with my DAVE ...... really well done! As far as a headphone amp the new Asgard 3 is exceptional. This combination is keeping up with DAVE truly a bargain
     
  10. daredevil_kk
    Glad you like it, and yes it is DAVE on the cheap.
     
  11. Reactcore
    If u use HP b sure u try direct drive witout amp
     
  12. mvule
    Loving the sound of the Qutest, connected to a Violectric V281 via an Audioquest Big Sur cable.
    Headphones are HD 600.
     
  13. mvule
    Curious thing, having been used to using the balanced headphone socket from the V281, it just didn't work for my taste with the Qutest.
    Popped the HD 600 into single ended mode and it sounded fine.
    Anyone else had a similar experience?
     
  14. Richardhoos
    Seeking input on music endpoint source, if anyone has any thoughts to share ...

    I’m currently enjoying my Qutest with ZMF Verite headphones and a HeadAmp GSX-Mini amplifier. I love this set-up. I’m listening from my iPhone with the camera adapter and an audio quest cinnamon usb cord. (Streaming hi res qobuz) ...

    My question is: Is there any sound benefit to using, eg a digital audio player, as opposed to the iPhone?

    thanks listeners!
    Rich
     
  15. NA Blur
    I’ve always wanted to listen to see measurements for the Chord Qutest.
     
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