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Chord Electronics Qutest Black DAC

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Limited 1-3 year warranty.  More info

Rated 5/5 based on 3 customer reviews
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AV Online

2019 Best DAC £500-£1200
“Another superb Chord DAC sets a benchmark.”

AV Online

2018 Best DAC £500-£1200
“Chord has done it again - another superb DAC that sets the benchmark.”

<b>AV Forums - Editors choice 2018 <br> Best Digital Hi-Fi Product £1000 & Over</b>

AV Forums - Editors choice 2018
Best Digital Hi-Fi Product £1000 & Over

"The Qutest might well classify as the most affordable piece of high end equipment you can currently buy. The level of performance that it offers is truly outstanding - nothing less than a perfectly accurate window onto the material you play through it. It supports every format you will need, manages to be a piece of Chord equipment without being bonkers and it carries a price tag that makes many rivals look a little bit foolish. This is a genuine bargain."

Best Product DAC 2019-2020

Best Product DAC 2019-2020

"If you want a big, dramatic sound from a compact DAC, this is the one."

Qutest is Chord Electronics ‘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 and most affordable standalone DAC, the multi-award-winning 2Qute, which it directly replaces.

Qutest is based on the award-winning proprietary FPGA technology developed for the class-leading Hugo 2 DAC/headphone amp, giving it proven class-leading technical and sonic performance. Perfectly equipped to bring the benefits of 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 digital inputs for 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.

Package Contents:

  • Tick 1.5m 5v 2a Switching Micro USB Power Supply
  • Tick 2m Type A to Type B USB Cable
  • Tick Qutest Owners Overview Manual
  • Tick Raw Silk Drawstring Bag

While we do our best to keep this information up to date, please be aware that all specifications are subject to change by the manufacturer at any time.

Technical Specifications

DAC Type Custom coded FPGA design
FPGA Xilinx Artix 7
Tap length 49,152 taps
Elements 10 Element Pulse Array Design
Architecture Hugo 2
Frequency response 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2dB
Dynamic range 124dB A-Weighted
THD 0.0001% 1kHz 2.5v RMS 300ohms
THD (2.5v RMS ref 3v) -117dB 300ohms A-Weighted
Channel separation 138dB at 1kHz 300ohms
Noise floor modulation None measurable
Output impedance 0.025Ω


Product type Digital to Analogue Converter (designed for fixed system use)
Device power supply 5v 2amp Micro USB (supplied)
Connectivity (Input) 1x High speed USB (Type B), 2x BNC Coax, 1x Optical
Galvanic Isolation Yes, on USB Type B input
Connectivity (Output) 1x Stereo RCA
PCM Sample rates 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 358kHz, 717.6kHz & 768kHz
Native DSD support DSD 64, DSD 128 (2x), DSD 256 (4x), and DSD 512 (8x)
Driver support Driverless with Mac OS X, Linux, iOS, and Android. Driver required for Windows OS
Selectable filter options Incisive neutral (White), Incisive neutral HF roll-off (Green), Warm (Orange), Warm
Volume control Fixed, but selectable between 3v (blue), 2v (green), and 1v (red) via dual press of Filer + Input at startup
M-Scaler operation Yes, via dual BNC inputs
Digital designer Rob Watts
Mechanical designer John Franks
Chassis Premium CNC Machined aircraft grade aluminium with glass lens and acrylic buttons
Colour options Black
Country of manufacture England

General Specifications

Dimensions 41mm (H) x 160mm (W) x 72mm (D)
Weight of unit 770g
Boxed Weight 1500g

While we do our best to keep this information up to date, please be aware that all specifications are subject to change by the manufacturer at any time.

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Reviews for this product.

12 May 2020

Superb, game changing DAC. You can't buy better, unless you want to spend £2k plus Great service from Nick and the team also.
08 May 2020

- Oxfordshire

To sum this DAC up would be to say it has bags of detail and a very fun rhythmic sound, it can sound a touch harsh at the top to start so the warm filter was used to start with but once it’s got a good few hours on it the bass is became flabby so back to the neutral filter and that tight control is restored. IMO very good product. Partnered with Arcam C51 Pre, Nord NC500mk power amp, Bluesound Node2 and Mordaunt short Performance 6 speakers.
20 April 2020

- Essex

Absolutely stunning piece of kit, highly recommended


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