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Chord, once Qute2, is now the Qutest with latest DAC launched at CES 2018

By | January 14th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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The Qutest DAC from Chord Electronics.

Chord Electronics makes some of the most musical home, and portable DAC, and headphone amps I’ve heard, and when I got wind that the Qute2 was being replaced by a new Hugo2-ish form-factored DAC at CES 2018, I wanted to know more.

A little digging around the Internet, and I gathered that the Qutest is a stand alone DAC module that eschews a battery pack, and headphone amp in an effort to bring a more affordable top-tier sound (and smaller footprint) to a home high-fidelity setup, which at $1,650 USD (approx.… Read the full article

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Chord Electronics announce £1195 Qutest DAC

By | January 9th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

There are two ways to look at Qutest (£1195), the latest D/A converter from Chord Electronics, launching at CES 2018 this week:

1/ A black Hugo 2 stripped of £600, its headphone amplifier, Li-on battery to leave a DAC whose beating heart is an FPGA loaded with Rob Watts’ WTA filter + user-selectable shaping and is housed in a precision machine aluminium chassis complete with signature porthole designed by company main man John Franks; a standalone DAC for home hifi systems.… Read the full article

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