Value for money isn’t the preserve of inexpensive products — it can exist at any price point. Chord Electronics’ Hugo 2 is a DAC that edges out similarly-priced rivals on detail retrieval and spatial cues to take up residence in a many a two-channel enthusiast’s hi-fi system, seemingly flying in the face of its internal rechargeable battery and high-quality headphone output that give users go-anywhere possibilities. Where we go, Hu-go. That spells Value with a capital V, italicised and emboldened.… Read the full article
Disclaimer: The Chord Electronics Qutest was provided to me on loan for this review, it will be returned after publication. Chord Electronics is not affiliated with Headfonia and not a site advertiser. Many thanks for the opportunity to listen to the Qutest on an extended period and to review it!
About Chord Electronics
Chord Electronics is an English manufacturer of amplifiers, digital to analogue converters, upscalers and streamers. They have been active for many years already and are best known in our space of audio for their ground-breaking Hugo FPGA loaded DAC and of course for their massively popular Mojo.… Read the full article
I want to come clean with one thing right at the start: I love the design language of Chord’s products. Looking at Hugo2 makes me smile, the curves, the window and the illuminating balls. Their products are very special to me and to many people around the world. Some find them not as appealing as me, but hey, that’s life.… Read the full article
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
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