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.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.
Is that from personal experience? If so in what way was it better?For reference, the 2qute is miles better than the bluesound! The Qutest should be even better!
So slightly better than the Bluesound then!? [emoji1]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!