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Chord launch the 2Qute DAC

Chord Electronics has launched the 2Qute DAC, bringing Hugo performance levels to the Chordette range (£995)

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The new 2Qute takes the technology from What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision’s 2014 Best DAC
£1,000+ (Hugo) and adds it to What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision’s 2014 Best DAC £700-£1,000
(Qute EX). The result is a new super-DAC for 2015 with class-leading specification, outstanding technical measurements and proven sonic performance.

The device features a Class 2 USB input which, because of the 2Qute’s home-system orientation compared to Hugo’s more mobile aspirations, has been galvanically isolated for greater sonic performance. This has been achieved using a novel technique which allows for very high data rates of up to 384kHz; the input is driverless on Apple and Android devices, with (ASIO included) drivers for Windows devices.

2Qute advances the award-winning Qute EX DAC into 2015 with the latest Hugo specification. Essentially a Hugo in a Chordette chassis, it brings the latest FPGA DAC technology into an affordable home-system-orientated unit. 2Qute contains the same high-performance Spartan 6 FPGA that has enabled Hugo to redefine the DAC genre in 2014. The 2Qute also boasts astonishingly low distortion levels of 0.0003%.

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The 2Qute offers support for up to 32-bit/384kHz audio via coax and USB, and 24-bit/192kHz over optical. DSD64 is supported on all inputs and DSD128 is supported via coax or USB (all via DoP). The new DAC also gains a handy switch to easily move between coax, optical and USB digital inputs.

The device features a Class 2 USB input which, because of the 2Qute’s home-system orientation compared to Hugo’s more mobile aspirations, has been galvanically isolated for greater sonic performance. This has been achieved using a novel technique which allows for very high data rates of up to 384kHz; the input is driverless on Apple and Android devices, with (ASIO included) drivers for Windows devices.

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2Qute key features

  • Coax, optical and USB digital inputs with input switch
  • Galvanically isolated Class 2 USB input up to 384kHz
  • Driverless operation on Apple and Android devices; drivers supplied for Windows
  • Support for up to 32-bit/384kHz audio via coax and USB, and 24-bit/192kHz via optical
  • DSD64 supported on all inputs, DSD128 supported via coax or USB input (all via DoP)
  • Source and sample rate indication/illumination
  • 12V 0.5A power supply provided

Measured performance

Output:                                 3v RMS 1kHz
Dynamic range:                  -119dB A Wt
THD:                                    0.0003% at 3v RMS 1kHz; 0.0002% at 2v RMS 1kHz
Frequency Response:       +/- 0.1dB 20-20kHz
Crosstalk:                            126dB 1kHz

Price and availability

The new 2Qute DAC will be available in March/April. Price: £995

Web: www.chordelectronics.co.uk

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