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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
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!
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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.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
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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