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Chord - Qutest

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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 Cayin product is covered by a 1 Year 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 1 review
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.