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Manufacturer: Chord Electronics
"Whatever lowly recording you feed it, it appears able to strip out the detritus and present you with a pristine and polished sound."
–HiFi Choice, Editor's Choice Review
The new 2Qute is a compact, affordable standalone DAC which combines two award-winning products in one: the revolutionary Hugo DAC/headphone amp and the class-leading Qute EX standalone DAC. The new 2Qute takes the technology from What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision's 2014 Best DAC - (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.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%.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.
WHAT HIFI 2015
This Dac is worth every cent and more.It's very musical without losing detail.All I can say is that this dac ticks all the boxes for me in terms of sound and build quality.The service I have received from Gary over the past 5 years has been phenomenal.Keep it up Mr Gary Penska.
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Superb build and sound quality!!I`m very impressd by the sound of this “little” DAC!The 2Qute offers a well balanced sound with deep bass and wide midrange . Best with vocals and acoustic instruments.Thank you Analogue Seduction for support and (very) fast delivery!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Great product from Chord. The service provided by Analogue Seduction has been fantastic in terms of delivery, product knowledge, and range of items they stock. Gary and Terry I wanted to say many thanks for all your help, I will be purchasing from Analogue Seduction in the very near future.
This is a great sounding DAC just as everybody raves about. Fast delivery to Hong Kong! I will buy products again from Analogue Seduction for sure. Thank you very much!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
This little DAC is a little gem.Really impressed.An improvement to my system. Highly recommended.
I must confess that I like Chords DACs, having previously had a DAC64 and currently a QBD76. The do somethings that other DACs can't or gloss over. The 2Qute follows on in the footsteps of these great DACs and gives a sound that does not throw detail at you but gives you the performance in the way it was recorded. I would love to hear the new DAVE but I cannot imagine how it is going to get any better.
I find the 2Qute DAC to be a major upgrade on my QuteHD DAC. I'm enjoying every album in my collection as if for the first time. PCM is wonderful as I expected, but DSD is the real revelation for me. An amazing product for any price.The service provided by Analogue Seduction was flawless. I would wholeheartedly recommend both the product and the dealer. Now back to the music!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
After 4-5 days 2Qute equals Hugo - possibly even better.
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