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Chord Qutest

Chord's pure standalone DAC

  • Custom coded Xilinx Artix 7 FPGA chipset
  • Adjustable output voltage, 1-3V
  • USB galvanic isolation
  • Compatible with the Hugo M Scaler
  • USB, optical TosLink and BNC coaxial digital inputs
  • Analogue RCA output
  • 4 digital filters
  • Class A output stage
  • Precision machined Aluminium body
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Chord Qutest

Vendor: Chord

Chord Qutest


Vendor: Chord

Chord Qutest

Style: New

The pure standalone DAC

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 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.

Box Contents:

  • Qutest DAC
  • 5V 2A Switching Micro USB power supply
  • USB type A to B data cable
  • Drawstring bag
  • User manual & safety instructions

technical specifications
H 4.5cm, W 16cm, D 8.8cm
DAC chipset
Chord Electronics custom coded Xilinx Artix 7 (XC7A15T) FPGA
Tap length
PCM support
Up to 768kHz
DSD support
Up to DSD512
Digital inputs
USB type B, coaxial BNC, optical TosLink, dual BNC (for Hugo M Scaler)
Analogue output
<0.0001% 1kHz 3V RMS 300Ω
Channel separation
138dB at 1kHz 300Ω
Chassis material
Aircraft grade machined Aluminium

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