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Once the manufacturing defect has been confirmed by our inspection team, we will provide a replacement of the originally ordered product. In case of replacements not being available, you can choose another variant, full store credit or a full refund will be provided.

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  • The Short Story

    Ideal for

    Best for
    Indoor Use



    3 Years of

    Designed & Made
    in the UK

  • The Long Story


    High-Quality Sound

    With its DSD chipset, you get to directly stream your digital audio without converting it to analogue. This ensures that your music does not lose its quality, which it would otherwise lose, due to the conversion.


    Pure DAC

    Unlike other DACs by Chord Electronics, the Qutest does not have headphone amplification or rechargeable batteries. It is a Pure DAC i.e. a Digital Audio Converter that has been crafted only to offer improved sound quality at home.

    4 Digital Inputs

    Connect to a wide variety of devices with the Qutest’s 4 digital inputs. These include optical, 2 BNC Coax and USB Type B. The inputs are galvanically isolated to give an instant performance upgrade as well as to modernise ageing digital source components.


    Connect to a Variety of Devices

    The Qutest features RCA analogue outputs and can connect to headphone amps, preamps and integrated amps. It also has hi-res dual-data digital inputs so that you can connect it to future Chord Electronics devices.

    Flexibility at its Best

    The Qutest lets you select from its four frequency-shaping filters and input selection controls. This can be done via the two fascia-mounted spheres. You can also choose whether you want the output voltage to be 1, 2 or 3 RMS for connecting to a range of devices.


    Compatibility With Numerous Frequencies

    Now you don’t need to worry whether your Qutest will be compatible with your amp. The PCM supports a wide-range of frequencies like 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 358.8kHz, 384kHz, 717.6kHz and 768kHz.

    Durable Yet Beautiful

    The Qutest sports a show-off-worthy chassis. This all-new chassis has been precision-machined from solid aircraft-grade aluminium for better durability. This casing also offers additional isolation from external vibration.



  • Specifications

    CHIPSET custom coded Xilinx Artix 7 (XC7A15T) FPGA
    FREQUENCY RESPONSE 20Hz – 20kHz +/- 0.2dB
    THD <0.0001% 1kHz 3v RMS 300Ω
    THD & NOISE 117dB at 1kHz 300ohms @3v RMS
    CHANNEL SEPARATION 138dB at 1kHz 300Ω
    WEIGHT 770g
    BOX CONTENTS Chord Qutest DAC
    1.5m 5v 2a Switching Micro USB Power Supply
    2m Type A to Type B USB Cable
    Qutest Owners Overview Manual
    Raw Silk Drawstring Bag
  • Warranty

    Don’t sweat it, This Chord product is covered by a 3 Years manufacturer's warranty.
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  • What the Press Say

    "Chord has managed to do it again. The Qutest sets a new benchmark at this price."




  • Frequently Asked Questions

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Chord qutest

Thanks to headphonezone received the within 24hrs of placing the order. Its been a week with the DAC 3 days with me and 4 days with a friend (so that I could get an unbiased review). Initially I was skeptical of the purchase as the price is 1.2L (which was way above my budget) and the combined price of my speaker + amp is 60K . This DAC has replaced my current CA Azur Dacmagic. Look wise awesome (specially the lights), sonically terrific. The sound is very smooth and non-fatiguing. Could clearly spot the difference with the previous DAC. My friend also noticed the same difference with a higher end amplifier+speaker combo.
Definitely a recommended buy.

Heavenly sound!

This is the best and only DAC that you'll ever need. 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 the pops and crackles. However, with high bit rates like 24 bit 192 khz and above, there may still be ocassional 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.

Qutest-2 qute

One of the best DACS I have ever heard, period. The soundstage is sublime, I listened to Coke Studio for about 2 hours straight with a Massdrop THX AAA 789 and HD800S, bliss, heavenly, felt like I was in the middle and the sound was all around me, definitely a big yes from my side.

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