Chord Electronics Qutest (Black) DAC

Chord Electronics Qutest (Black)

DAC

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£1,134.95 RRP £1195.0000

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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 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Flawless Thanks to the multiple switchable inputs I'm using this for playing from a laptop acting as a music server and also from the optical output from my TV so it acts as my source for TV sound and streaming via Apple TV. The sound is exceptional - neutral, transparent, detailed; but without ever seeming clinical or lacking fun and excitement.
Date published: 2020-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very detailed and articulate sound, loving it. Took a few hours to run in but now sounds beautiful. Run my Audiolab 6000 cdt and my streamer through it.
Date published: 2019-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great sound marred by usability issue I bought this following the many favorable reviews and very informative discussion with the team at RS Brighton. I certainly haven't been disappointed with the sound quality this has opened up in my system; in fact it has been a revelation and brought new life to my Cambridge Audio Azur 650 amp, 651 CD player with Arcam rBlink bluetooth streamer. However, I have encountered a very annoying usability issue where it simply wouldn't work with both the CD player and rBlink connected via digital coaxial. The staff at RS Brighton were baffled and genuinely concerned, but couldn't think of any solutions. They suggested I spoke directly with Chord, who were helpful but also at first baffled. It turns out that either one or both of my CD player and bluetooth streamer must be sending a constant signal to the DAC, therefore it automatically set itself to dual coaxial mode thinking it was connected to a Chord Blu MKII CD player. The only workaround for this issue was to connect my CD player via the optical toslink, which avoids the issue and works fine. However, the sound quality for this source via this connection is slightly, but noticeably, 'thinner' in sound compared to a coaxial connection. It seems a shame that there's no way to turn off the automatic 'dual coaxial' mode when I imagine only a small percentage of users will actually require this function.
Date published: 2019-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shines even on budget system I run my Marantz CD6006 through the qutest via coax, then out via Chord cables to my Marantz PM6006. I either listen via Monitor Audio Bronze 5 or Senheisser Momentum 2 phones.My CD collection has been reborn. Hearing stuff I hadn't before. Clear warm transparent sound.im now listening to my music more and my hifi less, if that makes sense. I'm now thinking of running my Node 2 I via the second coax to compare the qutest with the Nodes own DAD.
Date published: 2019-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product, delivery oh dear This is my second Chord Qutest so I know they are great sounding but only at their best when you junk the wall wart supplied. Try an iPod charger instead as they are not bad. Delivery to Jersey was an issue as took 5 working days and the invoice was wrong so I had to go to customs here to sort it out.
Date published: 2019-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delightful digital Have had the Qutest for a couple of months now & can honestly say it's the first time I have had a step change in the way digital (CD in my case) is presented. I've had many CD players (some very expensive) since the early 90s & although the reviews promise 'huge' improvements, it's only ever tiny refinements or very small presentational differences. Having decided, after a great deal of research into digital to try a Chord DAC, I popped in to Richer Sounds Leeds & took the plunge. Better separation of voices & instruments, more natural sounding & the bass seems tighter/faster? Anyway, if your usual CD player/DAC makes a 2 or 3 percent change, the Qutest would be 15. Just makes the music so much nicer to listen to & has made my borderline quality CDs quite listenable & that's what it's all about really. As usual a big thumbs up to Richer for the patience & great service. Thank you.
Date published: 2019-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sounds Brilliant Bought this after reading several reviews to drive a pair of Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 1 active speakers via a 10 kilo ohm stepped attenuator (passive preamplifier to some) and DC power supply to turn on B&O active speaker. Sound quality is brilliant with very well defined positioning. Using an iMac with Amarra & Tidal it brings out lots of the music absent with using other DA converters.
Date published: 2019-03-18
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In-Store Clearance Item

Open Box Guide Price
(2 available across all stores)

£1,134.95 RRP £1195.0000

SAVE

5%

 

Refurbished Guide Price
(1 available across all stores)

£1,074.95 RRP £1195.0000

SAVE

10%

 

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. Due to costs, we cannot transfer clearance stock between branches or sell via mail order - sorry!
ALL CLEARANCE ITEMS ARE FULLY GUARANTEED FOR 12 MONTHS. Please note that extended guarantees are not available on these products.