Chord Electronics Qutest (Black) DAC

Chord Electronics Qutest (Black)

DAC

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£1,074.95 RRP £1195.0000

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Refurbished Guide Price
(1 available across all stores)

£1,014.95 RRP £1195.0000

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15%

 

Remember, these are clearance items and therefore condition and accessories/promo items supplied may vary. Please call/email the store to check the price/stock/condition and reserve your clearance bargain before making a special journey. Unfortunately due to costs, and size, TVs can’t be mail ordered from store, or transferred between stores.
ALL CLEARANCE ITEMS ARE FULLY GUARANTEED FOR 12 MONTHS. Please note that extended guarantees are not available on these products.

” Another superb Chord DAC sets a benchmark.” ’What Hi-Fi?’ 2019 Product of the Year.

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
” Another superb Chord DAC sets a benchmark.” ’What Hi-Fi?’ 2019 Product of the Year.

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
Brand Chord
Colour Black
Dimensions WxDxH (mm) 160 x 72 x 41
High Resolution Audio Yes
Coaxial Digital Input 2 BNC
Optical Digital Input 1
Audio Outputs RCA
Bluetooth No
Headphone Output No
USB Input Yes
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Qutest Bought the unit online which proved to be a faulty unit ( no fault of yourselves ) contacted my local dealer in Weybridge who happened to have one in stock and they replaced it the following day - very impressed
Date published: 2020-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hear this I’ve been listening to the new chord qutest for the last week, I also own the chord mojo which I bought a couple of years back, as good as the mojo is which is excellent in my opinion, the sound coming through my speakers now is in another league. Considering I’m only halfway through the running in process it will be better still in future,to say I’m impressed is such an understatement, buy it without delay
Date published: 2020-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chord Qutest -A really outstanding DAC I bought the Chord Qutest from Richer Sounds to replace an old Chord QuteHD DAC. I also own a Chord Mojo. The Qutest is a considerable step up from the Mojo (which is a very good portable device). I have tried the Qutest as a feed from a Bluesound Node 21 streamer to a headphone amplifier and headphones (Oppo HA1/PM1) and the sound is considerably better than the DAC in either the Node 2i or the Oppo. I also own a Naim NDX2 steamer which is a very highly rated unit - the Qutest is a big improvement on the NDX2s internal DAC. In all cases, the music is much more detailed - you hear instruments that you didn’t realise were in the mix but add so much to enjoying the music - a subtle rhythm guitar, a cymbal, a triangle etc. Separation of the instruments is much better - you here them as separate instruments. In a blind test, my wife said that without the Qutest the music sounded “more muddled and blurred and less dynamic” - the Qutest Really lifts a veil on the music and really makes it very enjoyable. Soundstage is also good, but not much of an improvement on the NDX2.
Date published: 2020-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good overall sound Overall very pleased with the Qutest for the benefits it brings to my system. Well engineered and nicely presented product that refreshingly is not overly large making siting easier. The sound is very good indeed for a digital device. a point worth bearing in mind if you intend using all 3 inputs like myself: if the input when in standby mode and not being used still generates a signal you will get interference and the input buttons will not work correctly. I have my DAC connected to my CD player, Streamer and T.V/Blu-ray player. If I select the T.V/Bluray then playback via the DAC is only possible if the CD is powered off and not in standby. This is not a problem for me since I would not require the CD or Streamer whilst watching a Bluray disc. Apart from this quirk the Chord Qutest is a fantastic piece of kit, shame is does not support MQA and insists on using BNC connectors necessitating more cable purchases or use of adaptors. Based purely on Audio quality and competitor products the Chord Qutest would for its price point be head and shoulders above anything else.
Date published: 2020-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent sound,really easy to set up. Only had it for a week,has brought clarity and timbre to my system,feel its getting better every day,love the deep bass,which is also very controlled,it also has a nice tempo about it,easy to listen to
Date published: 2020-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Try it will a powerbank. Its well worth trying this powered from a cell phone powerbank, can easily get a 10000mah powerbank for ~£20 really opens out the sound and separation even more than a linear psu.I leave my powerbank connected to the mains and charging and powering the qutest all the time. I;m not sure if the improvement is due to higher current delivery from the powerbank or less mains noise but it really works.
Date published: 2020-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I wanted Have only had this a few days, and it is supposed to get better as it is run in. In which case it will be even more wonderful. Solidity and separation of sound, clarity, depth of tone, everything is way better than I had before, making mediocre recordings sound good, and good recordings sound out of this world.
Date published: 2020-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good! Using in a high-efficiency hi-end open baffle speaker / 300B valve system and it's very smooth and detailed, easy to listen to, genuine texture of the instruments, performers are in the room, conveys true sound of acoustic jazz. Very happy indeed.
Date published: 2020-02-07
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In-Store Clearance Item

Open Box Guide Price
(3 available across all stores)

£1,074.95 RRP £1195.0000

SAVE

10%

 

Refurbished Guide Price
(1 available across all stores)

£1,014.95 RRP £1195.0000

SAVE

15%

 

Remember, these are clearance items and therefore condition and accessories/promo items supplied may vary. Please call/email the store to check the price/stock/condition and reserve your clearance bargain before making a special journey. Unfortunately due to costs, and size, TVs can’t be mail ordered from store, or transferred between stores.
ALL CLEARANCE ITEMS ARE FULLY GUARANTEED FOR 12 MONTHS. Please note that extended guarantees are not available on these products.