Qutest is Chord's ‘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 their 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 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.
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