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Chord Electronics Qutest DAC

SKU 61693
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Original price £1,350.00
Original price £1,350.00 - Original price £1,350.00
Original price £1,350.00
Current price £1,195.00
£1,195.00 - £1,195.00
Current price £1,195.00
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  • In Store Item Only

    Available at our Nottingham Store

  • Hassle-Free Returns Within 30 Days

    Hassle-Free Returns Within 30 Days

  • 1 Year Warranty

    1 Year Warranty for Peaceful Ownership

Chord Electronics Qutest DAC

Recipient of What Hi-Fi?'s prestigious 'Best DAC' award in the £1,000+ category for 2023, the Qutest DAC has consistently been recognised as a class-leader since its inception in 2018, thanks to its unrivalled technical and sonic performance driven by award-winning proprietary FPGA technology.

Versatile Connectivity Options

Featuring galvanically isolated USB-B, optical, and coaxial digital inputs, the Qutest DAC offers an instant performance upgrade and the ability to modernise aging digital source components, making it perfectly suited for a wide range of connected devices.

Precision Engineering and Enhanced Chassis

The Qutest boasts a newly designed chassis crafted from solid aircraft-grade aluminium billet, providing significantly greater mass and enhanced protection for the PCB. The precision-machined construction ensures additional isolation from external vibration, delivering superior performance compared to previous designs.

User-Selectable Features

With user-selectable frequency-shaping filters and input selection controls accessible via two fascia-mounted spheres, the Qutest offers flexibility and convenience. It also includes RCA analogue outputs for seamless connection to integrated amplifiers, preamps, and headphone amps, along with high-resolution dual-data digital inputs for future compatibility with Chord Electronics products.

Flexible Output Voltage Options

An innovative feature of the Qutest is the user-selectable output voltage, available in 1, 2, and 3V RMS outputs, providing flexible connectivity options with a wide range of partnering devices.

The Definitive Small Audiophile DA Converter

Recognised as the definitive small audiophile DA converter by What Hi-Fi?, the Qutest DAC delivers unparalleled sound quality and performance, making it a must-have for discerning audio enthusiasts.


  • 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 32bit
  • Optical (Green): 44.1kHz to 96kHz – 16bit to 24bit

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

Digital Designer:

  • Rob Watts

Mechanical Designer:

  • John Franks

Country of Manufacture:

  • England

ChipsetChord Electronics custom coded Xilinx Artix 7 (XC7A15T) FPGA
Pulse array10 element pulse array design
Frequency response20Hz – 20kHz +/- 0.2dB
Output stageClass A
THD<0.0001% at 1kHz 3V RMS 300Ω
THD and noise117dB at 1kHz 300ohms ‘A’ weighted (reference 2.5V)
Noise2.6 uV ‘A’ weighted: No measurable noise floor modulation
Channel separation138dB at 1kHz 300Ω
Dimensions4.5cm (H) x 16cm (W) x 8.8cm (D)
Boxed Weight1500g

  • Chord Electronics Qutest DAC
  • User Manual

Delivery is made by common carrier next working day. Delivery is FREE for orders in-stock and over £100 or £9.99 for orders less than £100 or special delivery items.

Statutory Cancellation Right

You have the statutory right to cancel your order for any reason within 14 days beginning with the day you receive the item (please see clause 2 of our Conditions of Sale for the full instructions on cancellation and further information on your right of cancellation). We only accept cancellations via phone - 0115 975 8613, email - or post - Superfi Returns, DB House, Rani Drive, Nottingham, NG5 1RF, United Kingdom.

Our Voluntary Returns Policy

As well as your statutory cancellation rights described above, you can return most products within 30 days of receipt of the products if the products are complete and are in an unused and undamaged condition. We only accept returns via phone - 0115 975 8613 or post - Superfi Returns, DB House, Rani Drive, Nottingham, NG5 1RF, United Kingdom.

Please note that this returns policy doesn't affect your statutory rights and therefore doesn't affect your right of cancellation as described above.

Please note that you must return each item in the same condition in which you received it. This means that new items must be returned new, unused and complete (including all accessories). Refunds for returned items that are not received in this condition, may be reduced.

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