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Chord Qutest reviewed by Sujit Chakroborty: "Heavenly sound!"

by Praveen Kamath November 06, 2019 2 min read

Chord Qutest reviewed by Sujit Chakroborty:

The best and only DAC that you'll ever need: Chord Qutest

What makes it so great?

The sound is extremely clean. Soundstage is huge and it looks beautiful. It is built like a tank and is quite heavy over 700 gms. It has no ventilation holes and is dust proof. So maintenance is easy. When I first opened the box, my first reaction was wow. The box looks so awesome and the Qutest looks even better! I pair the Qutest with Schiit Magni 3 for listening through headphones (Hifiman Ananda, HD 800, HD 598SE, ATH M50x). This combo sounds awesome. You can clearly hear the difference between high quality flac and mp3 which is expected from a good DAC. I earlier would use dragonfly black and now I never seem to use it after listening to the Qutest. Of house dragonfly black is better for portable listening on the go.I also paired the Qutest with my studio monitors Yamaha HS8 through a hardware volume controller and the sound can just blow your mind. Extremely clear sound.Be aware that there can be pops and crackles if you listen to flac 192 khz and above on windows 10. This is not a problem of Qutest, but an issue in the way Windows processes USB audio. You can use Foobar2000 with ASIO driver to reduce pops and crackles. However, with high bit rates like 24 bit 192 khz and above, there may still be occasional pops. I prefer using Ubuntu linux with Audacious audio player where there is no such issue of pops or crackling. You need to make sure you select USB in the audio output option of Audacious for best sound quality. Definitely recommended if you are willing to spend for stunning audio quality.

Bottom Line: This is the best and only DAC that you'll ever need. Get the Chord Qutest, already!

 

Praveen Kamath
Praveen Kamath



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