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    • Qutest DAC / Headphone amplifier
      • Qutest DAC / Headphone amplifier

      Chord Electronics Ltd.

      Chord Electronics Ltd. Qutest DAC / Headphone amplifier


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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.

        Product description

        Qutest is our ‘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? Star of CES 2018, is based on our 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 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 modernize aging 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 aluminum billet. The Qutest PCB nestles within a shallow cavity in the solid aluminum 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.

        Materials: Precision machined aluminum casing with polycarbonate  buttons and glass viewing portal. Available in black.

        Device Power Supply: 5v 2amp Micro USB

        Connectivity ( inputs ): USB Type B ( White ): 44.1kHz – 768 kHz – 16 bit – 32 bit

        • 2x BNC Coax ( Red ): 44.1kHz – 384kHz – 16bit – 32bit
        • 1x Dual data mode input ( using both BNC coax inputs together ): 44.1 kHz – 768 kHz – 16 bit – 32 bit
        • Optical ( Green ): 44.1 kHz – 192 kHz – 16 bit – 24 bit

        Connectivity ( output ): 1 x stereo pair of RCA ( left & right )

        PCM support: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz, 358.8 kHz, 384 kHz, 717.6 kHz, and 768 kHz.

        DSD support: Native playback supported. DSD64 ( single ) to DSD512 ( Octa-DSD )

        Variable output: Fixed, but selectable between 3v ( blue ), 2v ( green ), and 1v ( red ) via dual press of ‘Filter’ + ‘Input’ upon startup

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

        Digital designer: Rob Watts

        Mechanical Designer: John Franks

        Country of manufacture: England

        Key features:

        • Chord Custom FPGA DAC
        • 4 x selectable filters
        • selectable output voltage
        • 768kHz USB Type B input
        • 192kHz optical input
        • USB galvanic isolation
        • 2 x 384kHz BNC coax input
        • 1 x 768kHz dual data mode input
        • 1 x stereo RCA outputs
        • Supports up to 768kHz PCM
        • Native DSD 512 ( 8x ) capable
        Included accessories:
        • 1.5m 5v 2a Switching Micro USB Power Supply
        • 2m Type A to Type B USB Cable
        • Qutest Owners Overview Manual
        • Raw Silk Drawstring Bag

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

        Tap-length: 49,152

        Pulse array: 10 element pulse array design

        Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz + / - 0.2dB

        Output stage: Class A

        THD: < 0.0001% 1kHz 3v RMS 300Ω

        THD and noise at 3v RMS: 117dB at 1kHz 300ohms ‘A’ weighted ( reference 2.5v )

        Noise 2.6 uV ‘A’ weighted: No measurable noise floor modulation

        Channel separation: 138dB at 1kHz 300Ω

        Weight: 770g

        Dimensions: 41mm ( H ) x 160mm ( W ) x 72mm ( D )

        Boxed Weight: 1.5 kg 

        Are you an audiophile on a budget? If you check out via PayPal, you have the Paypal Credit Logo Png, Transparent Png - vhv option offered at PayPal checkout! ( Free to sign-up & free account ).
        Or contact us to inquire how you can finance your purchase through our partner, Synchrony ( Synchrony ).

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