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The 2Qute is a Hugo DAC in a
Chordette chassis. For those who want the best-sounding DAC for their
home system the new 2Qute ($1,795) is undeniably the best choice.
Enhanced RF filtering plus an extra stage of voltage regulation enable
the 2Qute to deliver the same performance levels as the Hugo despite
being AC powered. Endowed with all of
Chord’s trademark FPGA DAC technology, it is irrefutably the world’s
best buy in state-of-the-art high-performance DACs. 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.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 providedMeasured performanceOutput: 3v RMS 1kHzDynamic range: -119dB A WtTHD: 0.0003% at 3v RMS 1kHzCrosstalk: 126dB 1kHzFrequency Response: +/- 0.1dB 20-20kHz
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