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Because of exzessive cable plugging and inplugging the RCA connectors of my Chord 2qute are beggining to fail. Thus i look for a new Dac. I've never compared any Dacs so what's the best standalone sub 1000€ Dac to go for? Pref used.

It needs optical and usb input. Is the chord qutest the way to go? I like neutral musical sound over analytic sound. The Dac goes into a tube amp and from there to HD600, Grados and electrostats.

And important: The Dac should be available in Europe.
 
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Because of exzessive cable plugging and inplugging the RCA connectors of my Chord 2qute are beggining to fail. Thus i look for a new Dac. I've never compared any Dacs so what's the best standalone sub 1000€ Dac to go for? Pref used.

It needs optical and usb input. Is the chord qutest the way to go? I like neutral musical sound over analytic sound. The Dac goes into a tube amp and from there to HD600, Grados and electrostats.

And important: The Dac should be available in Europe.

try the new schiit modius, its pretty good, I came from hugo 2, its more musical than Hugo 2
 
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Send the qutest back to Chord?
 
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I bought it used and it's kinda old. I don't know if they repair it.
 
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If you still like your DAC very much, I would try to have it repaired. Most audio shops can fix loose connectors and those that ho carry Chord would likely even have the parts in stock.

If you feel a replacement one is the way to go, $1000 for a used one opens up so many doors. Why are you plugging and unplugging the RCA connectors so often? Did you need more inputs or outputs or are you carrying it around?
 
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For that money, the obvious choices would be an RME-ADI2-FS or a Chord Qutest. The former is cheaper and used ones appear fairly frequently. They are both incredibly well reviewed for their measurements and experience with music.
 
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schitt is coming to europe to more and more countries apparently, slowly. One shop here says there are bringing lot of shitt, just no modius on the first order... but soon I guess. What about the Soncoz sound, any inputs about it?
 
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Because of exzessive cable plugging and inplugging the RCA connectors of my Chord 2qute are beggining to fail. Thus i look for a new Dac. I've never compared any Dacs so what's the best standalone sub 1000€ Dac to go for? Pref used.

It needs optical and usb input. Is the chord qutest the way to go? I like neutral musical sound over analytic sound. The Dac goes into a tube amp and from there to HD600, Grados and electrostats.

And important: The Dac should be available in Europe.
At that budget, RME new from a shop.
 
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