Chord Electronics announce Qutest DAC

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    1. Mark Hodgkinson

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      Nice, it was only a matter of time before Chord updated the 2Qute to the Hugo 2 spec.

      Reading other sites it appears as if it also has a variable voltage output 3v, 2v or 1v. This could be really useful for my Naim where the usable volume range is limited with a 3v input.

      Looking forward to a review :)
       
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      For me this unit would have to be substantially better sounding than my 2qute for me to part with my hard earn, who knows maybe it will. also looking forward to a review.
       
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      I think I'd be tempted for a small bump - the 2qute is already so impressive, that a bit better would definitely be something. That said I'm not entirely convinced my ears will know the difference.
       
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      I had a 2Qute and now have a Hugo 2 - I haven't been able to compare back to back but the Hugo sounds fantastic! I'll probably sell the Hugo and get this though, as I don't need the portable parts and I can use the difference in money for something else :)
       
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      That's a hell of a lot of money for a DAC.
       
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      My 2qute was well worth the outlay, chord are asking 200/300 more for the quest. Again depends on what it sounds like.
       
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      Probably the best DAC for my new setup with LCD-XC driving needs, cant wait to test
       
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      Also very intrigued by the Qutest ..... Curious what it may do with my bluesound node 2
       
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      For reference, the 2qute is miles better than the bluesound! The Qutest should be even better!
       
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      Is that from personal experience? If so in what way was it better?

      Must admit I'm tempted to pick up a Qutest next week and pair it with my KEF LS50's, the active version.
       
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      Yes - I had a Bluesound briefly as I was interested in the MQA abilities. The chord is more detailed, more transparent and just makes the music feel more "real". It's hard to articulate and I am probably one of the biggest sceptics when it comes to snake oil products, however it really did amaze me!

      Of course, the Chord is a lot more expensive and the Bluesound has other abilities that make it useful if you are more of a "casual" music listener.
       
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      Forgot to add, you should try the 2Qute and the Qutest. I tried a Hugo 2 briefly as well (which is the basis for the Qutest), and I don't think there is a lot in it. Now, the Qutest might be better because it doesn't have the amp/battery etc but seeing as you can get a 2Qute for around 1/2 the cost of a Qutest, the difference might not be worth it.
       
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      I've just bought a Qutest so will be able to back to back test it against the 2Qute. I'll report back!
       
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      Look forward to hearing your thoughts!
       
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      Well, the Qutest arrived today, so I have had a couple of hours after work to compare it to the 2Qute.

      Firstly, packaging is much nicer on the Qutest. I know it makes no difference to anything really, but it is very nice. It's a "two drawer" affair, with all the cables etc in the bottom part.

      Build quality is very similar but the Qutest feels very well made, very solid and very high quality. It's a more conventional shape that the 2Qute but that can be a good or a bad thing.

      So, onto sound quality. I don't have the ability to swap instantly between the two. I did keep everything exactly the same though - same cables, same amp, same speakers, same 3v output into the analogue in on my AVR850. I used the default filter on the Qutest.

      I tried a mix on CD quality FLAC files, some 24/96 files, some 192/24 files and some DSD files.

      First, there is more bass on the Qutest. More, and tighter bass.

      Second, the soundstage on the Qutest is wider and deeper.

      The Qutest definitely sounds nicer. It's not the massive leap that going from my Arcam DAC (which is not poor) to the 2Qute though. If I hadn't heard the Qutest, I would be very happy with the 2Qute.

      Is it worth the around £500 difference? (2Qute is £699 most places now)

      To me, yes. Just. If money was a bit tighter, probably not as £500 buys a lot of things. I think the Qutest is great value at £1200 though.

      Happy to answer any questions, although of course this is just my opinion!
       
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      So slightly better than the Bluesound then!? [emoji1]

      Glad you like it, be good if you could post your thoughts after a week or so of use.
       
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      Will do.

      if you want a serious upgrade to the Bluesound, either would be it :)
       
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      How's the Qutest sounding now you've (presumably) got a few hundred hours on it?
       

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