Chord QUTEST DAC

Chord QUTEST (Black)

DAC

In stock
£1,195
”Chord has done it again - another superb DAC that sets the benchmark.”– ‘What Hi-Fi’ 2018 Product of the Year award winner.

Reference quality DAC
Based on the technology of the more expensive Chord Hugo, the Qutest gives class-leading sound quality. Redefining expectations in its class, this Chord DAC has astonishingly low distortion levels of 0.0001%. What this means for sound is the most detailed, crystal clear sound and totally life-like realism.

High Resolution audio compatible
The extremely high quality digital processor is compatible with a huge range of high resolution music formats. Capable of playing files from 44.1kHz (CD quality) to reference studio quality 768kHz and even DSD512, the Qutest is the ideal DAC to playback your Hi-Resolution music files.

Highest quality USB input
Supporting audio files up to 32-bit/768kHz, the USB offers the best way of hearing music files stored on your home computer or laptop. The USB-B input is galvanically isolated for even greater sonic performance. Compatible with Apple, Android and Windows, the Qutest is the one-stop solution to improving the sound of all your digital devices.

Optical and twin coaxial
As well as USB, the Qutest also features twin coaxial and one optical digital inputs. These make it ideal for connecting everyday sources such as your TV, set-top box or CD player and then taking their audio performance to a whole new level. The coaxial inputs use BNC sockets that lock for a tighter, more secure connection.

Aircraft-grade aluminium case
Machined from a solid billet of aircraft-grade aluminium, the Qutest is built to the highest standard. This case doesn’t just look and feel luxurious, it also provides excellent shielding and isolation from electrical and mechanical outside interference.

A small box that delivers big results, the Chord Qutest is the simple way to get reference level sound quality for all your digital sources.

Click here for link to our blog review

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”Chord has done it again - another superb DAC that sets the benchmark.”– ‘What Hi-Fi’ 2018 Product of the Year award winner.

Reference quality DAC
Based on the technology of the more expensive Chord Hugo, the Qutest gives class-leading sound quality. Redefining expectations in its class, this Chord DAC has astonishingly low distortion levels of 0.0001%. What this means for sound is the most detailed, crystal clear sound and totally life-like realism.

High Resolution audio compatible
The extremely high quality digital processor is compatible with a huge range of high resolution music formats. Capable of playing files from 44.1kHz (CD quality) to reference studio quality 768kHz and even DSD512, the Qutest is the ideal DAC to playback your Hi-Resolution music files.

Highest quality USB input
Supporting audio files up to 32-bit/768kHz, the USB offers the best way of hearing music files stored on your home computer or laptop. The USB-B input is galvanically isolated for even greater sonic performance. Compatible with Apple, Android and Windows, the Qutest is the one-stop solution to improving the sound of all your digital devices.

Optical and twin coaxial
As well as USB, the Qutest also features twin coaxial and one optical digital inputs. These make it ideal for connecting everyday sources such as your TV, set-top box or CD player and then taking their audio performance to a whole new level. The coaxial inputs use BNC sockets that lock for a tighter, more secure connection.

Aircraft-grade aluminium case
Machined from a solid billet of aircraft-grade aluminium, the Qutest is built to the highest standard. This case doesn’t just look and feel luxurious, it also provides excellent shielding and isolation from electrical and mechanical outside interference.

A small box that delivers big results, the Chord Qutest is the simple way to get reference level sound quality for all your digital sources.

Click here for link to our blog review
Audio Outputs RCA
Bluetooth No
Coaxial Digital Input 2 BNC
Dimensions WxDxH (mm) 160 x 72 x 41
Headphone Output No
High Resolution Audio Yes
Optical Digital Input 1
USB Input Yes
Brand Chord
Colour Black
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow - a lift in replay quality! The Qutest DAC has improved my system by a sizeable amount with its capacity for high resolution plus the quality of the sound even from normal CD replay. I would advise anyone auditioning this DAC to listen to acoustic piano as this immediately demonstrates the DAC's virtues. You suddenly realise that pianos did not sound as realistic previously as the Qutest brings out the full timbre and overtones in a way I have not heard before. Then listen to voices which have an individuality about them that is often not apparent. The soundstage often doubles in size, depending on the recording, and the overall sound has a musicality rather than a digital quality. Having been uncertain about purchasing, I have no regrets!
Date published: 2018-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from CHORD QUTEST DAC The good things: A big and immediate improvement in sound clarity and transparency . Everything sounds, clearer,more detailed and precisely positioned across the sound stage from CD , BluRay and satellite HDTV.. It also works surprisingly well with CDs that I had previously thought sounded muddled and / or poorly recorded. A beautifully engineered attractive piece of kit. It will be interesting to see what sonic improvement is available from data streamed at higher bit rates through the coaxial inputs, I'm currently using the optical input. The little niggles: The information from the coloured indicator lights requires a good colour memory, or regular reference to the set-up guide. The lights are very pretty but bright and need to be covered if you use a home cinema projector.. I understand that the power supply provided is poor and should be upgraded to achieve the best sonic performance from this stunning DAC . ( HiFi News review) A couple of minor shortcomings to overcome. However, a fantastic performance straight out of the small but impressive presentation box. Summary :Best DAC I've heard to date for the price.
Date published: 2018-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sings - Brilliant Musical Dac into a naim nap250 Fast, clear, detailed and incredibly musical, this is the best dac i have heard. It would be nice to have an extra toslink input available, one is not enough.
Date published: 2018-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chord Qutest upgrade A big thank you to Daniel and Tom at Kingston for their help and objective advice in purchasing a Chord Qutest DAC to supplement my Cyrus system. An extraordinary bit of kit providing exceptional levels of detail over the whole frequency range - and with great RS service and support to match.
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound at this price I have had this for a few weeks now,and it was good out the box but got better with some hours of use ,can’t fault it.Clean and precise sound with great timing and improved soundstage.
Date published: 2018-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sounds amazing I bought 2 chord qutests and they have significantly improved the sound quality of both systems. They look great and have the added bonus of being very compact and don't take up much space. Great!
Date published: 2018-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from State of the art! Richer Sounds were the first retailer I noticed which had stock a few days after it’s launch. Brilliant service and a fabulous DAC. Exceeded my expectations (which were high!) I honestly don’t think I will get a better piece of kit than this. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2018-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chord Qutest Quite simply a staggering product. I own the Chord Mojo which is a brilliant product but in my main HIFi the Qutest is on an order of magnitudes better! A friend loned me his for an audition and within 30 seconds I knew I had to get one! I won't bore you with superlatives. Just buy one!
Date published: 2018-04-06
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Chord QUTEST (Black) is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 9.
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Lowest price guaranteed!

We’ll beat any genuine advertised price, even from the web & give you up to £100!

We're confident that our prices are amongst the very keenest out there, so we've made it as easy as pie to qualify for our Price Beat. Richer Sounds also guarantees to beat web prices, and Price Beat is even valid for 7 days after purchase, so if you've seen a cheaper price, let us know, and we'll happily beat that price by up to £100!

Products must be brand new, boxed, carry a comparable guarantee and be in stock at time of purchase. Richer Sounds price used to compare will be net of any voucher / trade in discounts.
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Free UK delivery

Next day delivery and timed options available. Please see checkout for further details.

Buy now, pay later available
on purchases over £500

We offer 6 month interest free options. Call or ask in-store for details

For purchases over £500, pay a 10% deposit now and the balance in 6 months. Pay the balance in full before the end of the 6 months and there is no interest to pay whatsoever, just a one-off settlement fee of £29. Find out more

 Disabled assistance

Richer Sounds are happy to offer FREE delivery on all our products to blind, partially sighted and disabled customers.

Please place orders online, then contact webaftersales@richersounds.com who will advise on how to arrange the refund of your delivery charge