Chord Electronics Qutest - The Award-Winning Desktop DAC

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Qutest is a standalone DAC whose performance belies its compact dimensions. With DAC architecture based on the award-winning Hugo 2, Qutest offers class-leading digital conversion.

Qutest is our ‰Û÷pure‰۪ DAC (it does not contain headphone amplification or rechargeable batteries like some of its range stablemates) and is designed to improve sound quality in the home. It is the latest evolution of our most affordable standalone DAC, the multi-award-winning 2Qute, which it directly replaces.

Qutest, which is a What Hi-Fi?åÊStar of CES 2018,åÊ is based on our award-winning proprietary FPGA technology developed for the class-leading Hugo 2 DAC/headphone amp, giving itåÊprovenåÊclass-leading technical and sonic performance. Perfectly equipped to bring the benefits our digital technology to a wide range of connected devices, it features a galvanically isolated USB-B, optical and coaxial digital input, giving an instant performance upgrade, plus the ability to modernise ageing digital source components.

The Qutest chassis is all-new, too. It has significantly greater mass than its predecessor and has been precision-machined from solid aircraft-grade aluminium billet. The Qutest PCB nestles within a shallow cavity in the solid aluminium chassis, giving the circuit board greater protection within the casework and additional isolation from external vibration compared to previous designs.

Qutest offers Hugo 2‰۪s proprietary user-selectable frequency-shaping filters and input selection controls, available via two fascia-mounted spheres, introducing useful flexibility. It also features RCA analogue outputs for connection to integrated amplifiers, preamps and headphone amps, plus high-resolution dual-data digitalåÊinputsåÊfor connection to future Chord Electronics products.

A further new feature is a user-selectable output voltage available in 1, 2 and 3V RMS outputs for flexible connectivity with a wide range of partnering devices.

Materials:åÊPrecision machined aluminium casing with polycarbonateåÊ buttons and glass viewing portal. Available only in Jett Black.

Device power supply:åÊ5v 2amp Micro USB

Tap length filter:åÊ49,152 ‰ÛÒ 10 element Pulse Array design

Connectivity (input):åÊUSB Type B (White): 44.1kHz to 768kHz ‰ÛÒ 16bit to 32bit

2x BNC Coax (Red): 44.1kHz ‰ÛÒ 384kHz ‰ÛÒ 16bit to 32bit

1x Dual data mode input (using both BNC coax inputs together): 44.1kHz to 768kHz ‰ÛÒ 16bit to 32bit

Optical (Green): 44.1kHz to 96kHz ‰ÛÒ 16bit to 24bit

Connectivity (output):åÊ1x stereo pair of RCA (Left and Right)

PCM support:åÊ44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 358.8kHz, 384kHz, 717.6kHz, and 768kHz.

DSD support:åÊNative playback supported. DSD64 (Single) to DSD512 (Octa-DSD)

Variable output:åÊFixed, but selectable between 3v (blue), 2v (green), and 1v (red) via dual press of ‰Û÷Filter‰۪ + ‰Û÷Input‰۪ upon startup

Driver support:åÊDriverless with Mac OS X and Linux, driver required for Windows OS

Digital designer:åÊRob Watts

Mechanical designer:åÊJohn Franks

Country of manufacture:åÊEngland


Chord Custom FPGA DAC
49,152 Taps
4x Selectable Filters
Selectable Output Voltage
768kHz USB Type B Input
96kHz Optical Input
USB Galvanic Isolation
2x 384kHz BNC Coax Input
1x 768kHz Dual Data Mode Input
1x Stereo RCA Outputs
Supports up to 768kHz PCM
Native DSD 512 (8x) Capable
Solid Aluminium Chassis


åÊ1.5m 5v 2a Switching Micro USB Power Supply

åÊ2m Type A to Type B USB Cable

åÊQutest User Manual

åÊCotton Drawstring Bag

Chipset:åÊChord Electronics custom coded Xilinx Artix 7 (XC7A15T) FPGA


Pulse array:åÊ10 element pulse array design

Frequency response:åÊ20Hz ‰ÛÒ 20kHz +/- 0.2dB

Output stage:åÊClass A

THD:åÊ<0.0001% 1kHz 3v RMS 300ë©

THD and noise at 3v RMS:åÊ117dB at 1kHz 300ohms ‰Û÷A‰۪ weighted (reference 2.5v)

Noise 2.6 uV ‰Û÷A‰۪ weighted:åÊNo measurable noise floor modulation

Channel separation:åÊ138dB at 1kHz 300ë©


Dimensions:åÊ4.5cm (H) 16cm (W) 8.8cm (D)

Boxed Weight:åÊ1500g

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