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Chord Electronics Qutest DAC

$2,400.00 inc. GST


A direct replacement for the multi-award-winning 2Qute the Chord Electronics Qutest is the very latest DAC based on Chord’s Hugo 2 platform. Featuring an all-new chassis design and including M-Scaler operation via the dual coax BNC connectors the Qutest performed so brilliantly upon its recent release it earned the prestigious What hi-fi Stars of CES 2018 award!

Chord Electronics Qutest

Chord Electronics Qutest DAC key features;

Connectivity (input):

  • USB Type B (White): 44.1kHz – 768kHz – 16bit – 32bit
  • 2x BNC Coax (Red): 44.1kHz – 768kHz – 16bit – 32bit
  • Optical (Green): 44.1kHz – 192kHz – 16bit – 24bit

Connectivity (output): 

  • 1x stereo pair of RCA (Left and Right)

PCM support:

  • 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 358.8kHz, 384kHz, 717.6kHz, and 768kHz.

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

Device Power Supply:

  • 5v 2amp Micro USB power connection (power adaptor included)


  • Chord Electronics custom coded Xilinx Artix 7 (XC7A15T) FPGA


  • 49,152

Pulse array:

  • 10 element pulse array design

Frequency response:

  • 20Hz – 20kHz +/- 0.2dB

Output stage:

  • Class A


  • <0.0001% 1kHz 3v RMS 300Ω

THD and noise at 3v RMS:

  • 117dB at 1kHz 300ohms ‘A’ wighted (reference 2.5v)

Noise 2.6 uV ‘A’ weighted: 

  • No measurable noise floor modulation

Channel separation:

  • 138dB at 1kHz 300Ω


  • 770g


  • 41mm (H) x 160mm (W) x 72mm (D)

Boxed Weight:

  • 1500g

Availible in Black only.


Additional Information

Pre-Order Bonus

Qutest with AP Digital oval 1 meter, Qutest with AP Crystal Oval 1 meter