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Question... I purchased the Qutest to listen through headphones but was not aware that it was a Dac with no volume of it's own. What set up is the best way to listen through headphones? The amps I use are the Wells Audio Milo and the Phonitor X.
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There's no best way, as such, you simply connect to an amp of your taste/preference (or budget). Qutest is clean enough to get along with most amps.
 
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There doesn’t seem to be enough power when simply connected through either amp. Totally devoid of bass. Would a pre-amp help?
What headphones?
 
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Maybe you have set lower output voltage in the qutest?
It can be selected from 3V 2,5V and 1V if I'm not mistaken.
Look in the manual.
 
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Susvara, HE6se, Arya v2 among others.
The problem might be specific to the Susvara, the bass of which seems highly amp dependent. But indeed double check your on the highest voltages setting on the Qutest.
 
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I don’t see it in the manual.
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I see it now. Thank you VERY MUCH!!!
Exercise some care with the voltage selections. Be sure your amp can handle what you select. For example, Chord Anni can only handle up to 2 volts. From experience, absent a software volume control, I can say some headphone amps are a handful with Qutest, unless you use a pre amp. Going low with 1 volt will cost sound quality. As always, YMMV. I have been having good results with Audirvana Origin lately. Using it with Qutest/Anni/Stellia combination today.
 
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Question... I purchased the Qutest to listen through headphones but was not aware that it was a Dac with no volume of it's own. What set up is the best way to listen through headphones? The amps I use are the Wells Audio Milo and the Phonitor X.

I used to own the Phonitor X and paired it with the qutest. It's a great combination.

With either the Milo or the Phonitor X run your RCA outs from the qutest to the RCA ins on your amp. Experiment with qutest output voltages on 1,2 or 3 volts to find which pairs best with respective amp. I don't recall what output voltage I used with qutest when I owned Phonitor X. I believe it was 2 volts. Of course with Phonitor X you have alot of possible customizations due to all the DIP switches that adjust gain and whatnot.
 
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I used to own the Phonitor X and paired it with the qutest. It's a great combination.

With either the Milo or the Phonitor X run your RCA outs from the qutest to the RCA ins on your amp. Experiment with qutest output voltages on 1,2 or 3 volts to find which pairs best with respective amp. I don't recall what output voltage I used with qutest when I owned Phonitor X. I believe it was 2 volts. Of course with Phonitor X you have alot of possible customizations due to all the DIP switches that adjust gain and whatnot.
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