I came close to buying it but my dealer also sells the RME ADI2 DAC. Saved $800 and got a much better feature set in the process. Also gives you a choice of headphones over ear or IEM.
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I own the Chord Qutest, amongst other DACs. I bought it because I was super impressed by it and the Magico speakers I was being demoed. I bought mine on another used equipment site in Mint condition. I plan to use it with my Magico A3s. I like the DAC for the four different filters it has which can give you a very detailed sound to 2-3 different warmer rolled off sounds. It’s also an FPGA DAC. There aren’t as many of those around and future firmware upgrades will make it hopefully, even better. It also has high resolution inputs. I also have the Yggdrasil which has no adjustable filters but has a very detailed sound. Chord makes quality products and I am very happy with it. I will likely get an external power supply for it which hopefully will bring a material further improvement. I know the Hugo is supposed to be excellent too. But I didn’t want to pay for the integrated headphone amp that I didn’t need.
I have owned a 2qute for 6 months. Initially loved it but found myself turning the volume down. Have ordered an Exposure Dac to try seems like a giant killer. Due this weekend. With the Chord I lost all the bottom end. System is Croft epoch elite with twin star 1 power amp, melco streamer and piega classic 40.2. My rega p3 sounds better. Hope this helps.
I have had the Chord Qutest for about a month. It is a very good little DAC. You get a lot of quality for the money. I have been impressed with it. I have the Chord Hugo M Scaler ordered to pair with the Qutest to take it to an even high level.
If you are not sure though , it is always better to try a demo of The Qutest at your local Chord dealer. A home demo would be even better.
It does require some break in time of a few days. It can be a little strident at first.
No I wouldn’t . I had a qutest fed from a lumin streamer via kimber coaxial digital cable. I was not happy with the sound even with all the filters. I sold it and bought a theta digital gen viii series 3, which is a class a preamp plus dac. It sounds amazing. The step up over the qutest was like night and day . I also feed my ayre cx-5 CD player through it and redbook cds sound very nice. Would recommend the gen viii .
I have one. I think so. I would prefer it was MQA certified, although I doubt I could tell. I "upgraded" from the Bluesound inode 2I. But I upgraded amp, speakers, etc.
This is my computer audio, so for the application being a computer driving a USB stream it works fine.
With the tubes, the filters and everything else, it is very hard to AB them. At the $1,800 - I believe some other may win for for sound, however the build quality is excellent, and that ranks very high for me. So likely would do the same.
The Watkins Gen Four speakers made the setup much more than anything else. So I'd spend other places first if sound with budget (value) was the top priority, but with build quality and simplicity, it is worth the money.