Chord Electronics Qutest

Chord Electronics
Qutest is a standalone DAC whose performance belies its compact dimensions. With DAC architecture based on the award-winning Hugo 2, Qutest offers class-leading digital conversion.

Discover Qutest, our exceptional DAC designed to revolutionize your home audio experience. Unlike other models in its range, Qutest is a pure DAC, free from headphone amplification or rechargeable batteries. It represents the latest advancement in our renowned standalone DAC series, replacing the highly acclaimed 2Qute.

Experience the transformative power of our digital technology across a wide range of connected devices. Qutest comes equipped with galvanically isolated USB-B, optical, and coaxial digital inputs, providing an instant performance upgrade while allowing you to modernize aging digital source components.

But it's not just the internals that have been enhanced. The Qutest chassis boasts a completely redesigned structure. Crafted from solid aircraft-grade aluminum billet, it offers substantial mass and is precision-machined to perfection. The Qutest PCB is nestled within a shallow cavity, providing superior protection and isolation from external vibrations compared to previous designs.

Qutest inherits the user-selectable frequency-shaping filters and input selection controls from its predecessor, Hugo 2. Accessible via two conveniently placed fascia-mounted spheres, these features offer exceptional flexibility and customization. Additionally, Qutest includes RCA analogue outputs for seamless integration with integrated amplifiers, preamps, and headphone amps. It also features high-resolution dual-data digital inputs, ensuring compatibility with future Chord Electronics products.

A noteworthy new addition is the user-selectable output voltage, allowing you to choose between 1V, 2V, or 3V RMS outputs. This flexibility ensures seamless connectivity with a diverse range of partnering devices, catering to your unique preferences.

Upgrade your audio setup with Qutest, the ultimate DAC that combines cutting-edge technology, superior craftsmanship, and unrivaled performance. Experience sound like never before.



Qutest has earned the prestigious title of What Hi-Fi?'s Best DAC (£500-£1500) and has been awarded Best DAC every year since its introduction in 2018 until 2022. Powered by our award-winning proprietary FPGA technology, originally developed for the industry-leading Hugo 2 DAC/headphone amp, Qutest delivers unparalleled technical and sonic performance, firmly establishing itself as a class-leader.


Materials: Precision machined aluminium casing with polycarbonate buttons and glass viewing portal. Available only in Jett Black.

Device power supply: 5v 2amp Micro USB

Tap length filter: 49,152 – 10 element Pulse Array design

Connectivity (input): USB Type B (White): 44.1kHz to 768kHz – 16bit to 32bit 2x BNC Coax (Red): 44.1kHz – 384kHz – 16bit to 32bit 1x Dual data mode input (using both BNC coax inputs together): 44.1kHz to 768kHz – 16bit to

Connectivity (output): 1x stereo pair of RCA (Left and Right)

PCM support: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 352.8kHz, 384kHz, 717.6kHz, and 768kHz. 16 – 32bit

DSD support: Native playback supported. DSD64 (Single) to DSD512 (Octa-DSD)

Variable output: Fixed, but selectable between 3v (blue), 2v (green), and 1v (red) via dual press of ‘Filter’ + ‘Input’ upon startup

Driver support: Driverless with Mac OS X and Linux, driver required for Windows OS

Country of manufacture: England

lwh: 45x160x88

Weight: 1500g

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