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Chord - Qutest

Own this at an EMI of ₹ 10,717. onwards

Buy Headphones on EMI

Go for an easy EMI scheme which allows you to pay for your orders over a convenient period. A minimum purchase value of Rs. 500 is required to avail the EMI facility and the facility can be availed for tenures of 3, 6, 9 or 12 months.

This payment method is currently only available for customers using credit cards issued by Kotak, Axis, ICICI, IndusInd, HDFC, HSBC, SBI, AMEX, RBL & STANC Banks.

After checking out, Select the "Credit Card / Debit Card / Net Banking / EMI" option, which will then direct you to the PayU Payment gateway. Select your card and check the installment value and the overall interest charged on the transaction. 

The interest rate charged varies from bank to bank. Here is a summary of the interest rates:

Bank Min Amount (INR) 3 Months 6 Months 9 Months 12 Months 18 Months 24 Months
KOTAK 500 12% 12% 14% 14% 15% 15%
AXIS 2500 12% 12% 13% 13% 15% 15%
ICICI 1500 13% 13% 13% 13% 15% 15%
INDUSIND 2000 13% 13% 13% 13% 15% 15%
HDFC 3000 13% 13% 14% 14% 15% 15%
HSBC 2000 12.50% 12.50% 13.50% 13.50% 13.50% -
SBI  2500
- -
- -

These are annualized interest rates charged on a monthly reducing balance, which means that the principal amount is reduced with every EMI and the interest is calculated on the outstanding balance.

No processing or convenience fees are charged on any EMI transactions.


  1. Minimum Order value for EMI eligibility varies from Bank to bank. 
  2. EMI purchases need to be made on a single credit card and cannot be split across multiple cards.
  3. EMI monthly schedules begin from the next card billing statement post the transaction date as determined by your bank.


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The Qutest is the successor to the multi-award-winning 2Qute. It is Chord Electronics’ most affordable standalone DAC. This DAC has been handcrafted with care so that you get only the best sound possible. It has an aluminium chassis that not only protects the PCB from getting damaged, it saves it from external vibrations as well.

Experience the sonic performance of the Qutest with its FPGA technology and DSD chipset. This chipset ensures that there is no loss in the audio quality as it converts from digital to analogue.

To connect with various source devices as well as amps, the Qutest has 4 inputs and RCA analogue outputs. The PCM supports a wide range of frequencies and you can also choose your preferred output voltage for better connectivity.


    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.



  • Chipset: Chord Electronics custom coded Xilinx Artix 7 (XC7A15T) FPGA

    Tap-length: 49,152

    Pulse array: 10 element pulse array design

    Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz +/- 0.2dB

    Output stage: Class A

    THD: <0.0001% 1kHz 3v RMS 300Ω

    THD and noise at 3v RMS: 117dB at 1kHz 300ohms ‘A’ wighted (reference 2.5v)

    Noise 2.6 uV ‘A’ weighted: No measurable noise floor modulation

    Channel separation: 138dB at 1kHz 300Ω

    Weight: 770g

    Dimensions: 41mm (H) x 160mm (W) x 72mm (D)

    Boxed Weight: 1500g


    1. Chord Qutest DAC

    2. 1.5m 5v 2a Switching Micro USB Power Supply

    3. 2m Type A to Type B USB Cable

    4. Qutest Owners Overview Manual

    5. Raw Silk Drawstring Bag


  • Three Year 

    Authorized Service Partner: Headphone Zone

    Manufacturer's Warranty covers only manufacturing defects. To claim warranty, please maintain a copy of your invoice and Contact Headphone Zone.

  • User Manual


  • Headphone-Zone-WhatHiFi-Logo
    "Chord has managed to do it again. The Qutest sets a new benchmark at this price."




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Customer Reviews

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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.