Chord Qutest | Gumby | Gustard X-22 - DAC Recommendation


What DAC should I go for?

  1. Chord Qutest

    6 vote(s)
  2. Shiit Audio Gungnir Multibit

    3 vote(s)
  3. Gustard X-22

    0 vote(s)
  4. LKS Audio MH DA004

    1 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Belgarathian
    Hey team... Thinking about a DAC upgrade.

    Will feed a Deckard amp via analogue input, upgrade will be a Schiit Audio Mjolnir (or Lyr 3 if I fail at saving) paired with Audeze LCD-X. Source is Tidal via USB for the most part.

    Thoughts on Schiit Audio Gungnir Multibit v Chord Qutest v Gustard X22 v LKS MH004 (the budget conscious side of me included these two wild cards)

    Sadly auditioning the Schiit Audio, LSK MH004, & Gustard X22 is near impossible for me as I don't think anyone in NZ stocks either units, and certainly not in Christchurch.

    Listen to all sorts of music, prefer a balanced and slightly warm presentation with great detail, stage, and rhythm. I want chills.

    Your thoughts below would be greatly appreciated.
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2018 at 5:59 PM
  2. buke9
    Save a bit more and get a Yggdrasil.
    The sound preferences should not be from the Dac it should be more from the amp and headphones IMO.
  3. earChasm
    Never heared the Gustard but I choose the Gumby over the Qutest (or 2Qute) anytime. Even with the HDVA600 they both sounded way too harsh for my ears. Besides, if you do buy the Mjolnir it would be a great stack :.)
  4. Belgarathian
    Yeah, the Gustard X22 and LKS MH004 are chinese wildcards that get rave reviews. The Gustard has a ES9038PRO and the LKS has 2x ES9038PRO in dual mono config.

    Was the Gumby & Qutest auditioned out of the box, or worn in?
  5. earChasm
    Except for the Gumby they were all worn in. I don't know what it is but the 2Qute and the Qutest gives a nasty treble spike (2 my ears) with the HDVA600 and HD800. Somehow, the Bifrost G5 sounds lifeless with this combo but the Gumby does everything just right. Again, to my ears.

    What did surprise me is the Auralic. It hits harder than the HDVA600 but somehow the treble doesn't bother me.
    The Qutest belongs to my brother and he loves it (Focal Elear). So it is all in the ear of the beholder :.b
  6. Arniesb
    Dude youre confusing people here. HD800 is trebly not Qutest or Other Dacs.
    Gumby is unnaturally warm so you wont notice HD800 peaks as much, but it doesnt make Other dacs unnatural.
  7. earChasm
    Dude, I know about the HD800 and never said the other DACs were unnatural. I also said to my ears, twice, so don't put words in my mouth. And I don't find the Gumby unnaturally warm but since you are a Audio God, stating that as a fact, I humbly bow and worship you...

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