This, we believe, is a world-beater. But don’t just take our word for it: Britain’s biggest hi-fi magazine, What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision gave it five stars and awarded it Best DAC of 2012 (#900-£1,200) and 2013 (£700-£1,000) international specialist hi-fi bible, Hi-Fi News, gave it an Outstanding Product award and US giant enjoythemusic.com have also awarded it 5/5! Then there are recommendations from: PC Advisor, Record Collector, Tone Audio, Hi-Fi Choice, Hi-Fi Word, the list goes on to over 10!
The QuteHD is a 192kHz-capable, multiple-input, USB DAC which offers a range of bespoke technologies taken from the acclaimed QBD76HD, our reference DAC. Part of the beautiful Chordette series, the QuteHD boasts a groundbreaking sonic performance, custom D/A conversion technology and cutting-edge DSD-over-USB functionality.
The QuteHD is a high-quality, super-high-performance D/A convertor that, for the first time, offers our world-renowned proprietary DAC technology for an incredibly low price. QuteHD brings exceptional detail-retrieval, insight and transparency to audio systems, thanks to its bespoke circuit design implemented by our internationally renowned engineering team.
Fully future-proof , even for the most adventurous computer audiophile, the QuteHD is ready to take advantage of today’s advanced studio-master-quality music files. It can handle sample rates from 44.1kHz to 192kHz (and up to 384kHz on S/PDIF), allowing users to experience music in true high definition, along with the best possible reproduction of CD-quality music. The QuteHD benefits from an advanced 192kHz-compatible USB input and can also bring sparkling clarity to any connected component with a digital output thanks to two additional digital inputs – coaxial and optical.
In addition to standard PCM files, the QuteHD can also process DSD data using the latest DSD-over-USB support, making it the world’s first affordable DSD-compatible USB DAC. Whether using Mac OS or Windows OS, Chord Electronics’ own proprietary driver software is provided, removing the restrictions of current operating system audio playback.
Input sensitivities for rated output level:
Input 1 (phono) input sensitivity = 2.1mV at 47KΩ in parallel with 220pF.
Maximum Input 1 (phono) input level = 100mV
Input 2-5 (line) input sensitivity = 210mV at 47kΩ
Maximum input 2-5 (line) input level = 10.25V
Power outputs at 230/115V supply voltage:
50 Watts RMS both channels driven into the rated load of 8Ω
58 Watts RMS one channel driven into the rated load of 8Ω
73 Watts RMS both channels driven into the rated load of 4Ω
93 Watts RMS one channel driven into the rated load of 4Ω
Continued high level use into 4Ω may cause the case to exceed 40° C above the ambient temperature.
No load = 8V
32Ω = 1.8V
54Ω = 2.6V
300Ω = 5.9V
Source impedance = 109Ω
195 Watts at 230V/220V/115V/100V into the rated load of 8Ω
Record output level:Record output level (with rated input levels) = 210Mv.
Record output impedance = 470Ω
Phono 15Hz to 40KHz (-3dB Points) / 27Hz to 20.5KHz (-1dB Points)
RIAA accuracy (100Hz to 10KHz) ± 0.4dB typically better than ± 0.3dB
Line 12Hz (-1dB points) to 43KHz (-3dB points)
Remote control batteries included – 2 x AAA Alkaline.
T2AL 250V - 230V/50Hz and 220V/60Hz
T3.15AL 250V - 115V/60Hz and 100V 50/60Hz
345mm (D) -inc volume control x 216mm (W) x 78mm (H)