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A short film about the Chord Qutest

  • Value for money isn’t the preserve of inexpensive products — it can exist at any price point. Chord Electronics’ Hugo 2 is a DAC that edges out similarly-priced rivals on detail retrieval and spatial cues to take up residence in a many a two-channel enthusiast’s hi-fi system, seemingly flying in the face of its internal rechargeable battery and high-quality headphone output that give users go-anywhere possibilities. Where we go, Hu-go. That spells Value with a capital V, italicised and emboldened.

    Recognising Chord contractor Rob Watts and his FPGA + WTA filter code as over-achievers in the DAC world, the British manufacturer has since shorn the Hugo 2 of its Li-on battery and headphone output for a standalone decoder that uses a 5V wall-wart supply to take squarer aim at home hi-fi-ers. The result – the Qutest DAC – was previewed here.

    Keeping the Qutest’s Value quotient buoyant, Chord has trimmed six hundred Brexit pounds from the Hugo 2’s street price. Depending on your territory, £1195 / €1600 / US$1895 brings the Qutest home.

    Less obvious, but more interesting, is the Qutest’s audible edge on the Hugo 2. A smidge more detail, a little more refinement and marginally more emphatic biff bang pow. Our video tells the rest of the story:

    Camera: Line Kühl | Editor: Jana Dagdagan

    Further information: Chord Electronics


    Chord Qutest music playlists…

    Spotify here

    Tidal here

    Qobuz here

    (Playlists converted from Spotify to Tidal and Qobuz with Soundiiz)

    John H. Darko

    Written by John H. Darko

    John is the editor of Darko.Audio, from whose ad revenues he derives an income. He is an occasional contributor to 6moons but has previously written pieces for TONEAudio, AudioStream and Stereophile. John used to live in Sydney. Now he lives in Berlin.

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