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Chord Qutest DAC

To Chord’s credit, a superlative was really the only way it could go when naming a successor to the excellent 2Qute.

And with Chord claiming that its latest and most affordable powered DAC is the ‘world’s most advanced’, the Qutest carries such lofty expectations it would almost be embarrassing not to meet them.

If a DAC could ever be excused such confident coolness, it is this one. After all, the Qutest is largely based on the Hugo 2 five-star recipient and a What Hi-Fi? Award-winner at the end of last year.

It uses the same DAC architecture, software coding and frequency-shaping filters as the Hugo 2, but ditches the headphone amplifier and rechargeable Li-on batteries that make Hugo 2 portable.

The Qutest’s sole purpose is to be the digital-to-analogue bridge between your digital source and amplifier – just like its predecessor the 2Qute, which the Qutest replaces in Chord’s five-strong DAC range...Continue reading here

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March 27, 2018 — Michael Babb