We continue our $50k gear giveaway with the Chors Elctronics Quetest DAC! Just keep reading and enter the giveaway!
Last week’s Winners
The Westone W80 giveaway is now over! The lucky guy/girl this week is CJ from the USA. You will be contacted very shortly by email (check your spam folder), so make sure to get in touch.
As promised and explained earlier, we’ll be doing a year long of weekly giveaways and last September was the start of our 52-week celebration. For this 50th round of the biggest audio giveaway the world has ever seen, we’re giving away the Chord Electronics Qutest DAC!! The Qutest is worth $1.895USD! This famous DAC can become yours and all you have to do is … sign up and leave a comment saying what DAC you use at home.
But first, let’s look at Chord Electronics and the Qutest you can win.
About Chord Electronics
Electronics is an English manufacturer of amplifiers, digital to analogue converters, upscalers and streamers. They have been active for many years already and are best known in our space of audio for their ground-breaking Hugo FPGA loaded DAC and of course for their massively popular Mojo. A cigarette sized DAC/Amp that surpasses every competitor with its incredible performance. Chord Electronics is seated in Kent and has a team of 27 persons in total.
The Chief Designer and Managing Director John Franks has started out in aviation electronics before he later on founded Chord Electronics. According to the interview we did with him last year, he was greatly influenced by that time, because no mistake was allowed without a perfect fix, no workarounds are accepted. This also is the philosophy of Chord Electronics. Don’t accept anything but the very best possible. That is why their designs are considered as segment leaders. Up to today, Chord has brought us a lot of gear which was loved all around the globe. Their Mojo has to be one of the most sold items ever.
A few years into the history of Chord Electronics, John Franks got in touch with Rob Watts, a DAC designer who made far superior products. Rob Watts is responsible for all FPGA DAC/Amps Chord has brought out in the past years. That includes their ultimate DAC – the DAVE, as well as the DAC you can win this week, the Qutest.
From linus’ review:
Qutest. It is built on the programming of their Hugo2, which I personally hold very high and which is one of my favourite products of all. Unlike Hugo2 it is a stationary product though, designed to sit tight in your home-audio chain.
When I received Qutest for review, I knew already it would be small, but I was not prepared for it to be this tiny. Qutest fully lives up to its name with its 16 x 4.1 x 7.2 cm (WHD) dimensions. With 700 Grams the Chord sits firmly on your desk and won’t be pulled backwards by the RCA cables. This is something Chord has changed due to feedback they got from the 2Qute owners in the past.
Qutest does not derive power from an internal battery, it sources juice from a 5V micro USB input. In theory you can hook up a power bank to it to get it away from your noisy mains. Qutest is what Chord describes as a pure DAC. It even says „This is pure audio“ on the packaging. Qutest has no built-in amplifier in it, so it spits out unaltered Voltage via its back-sided RCA’s. Depending on the input sensitivity of your amplifier, you can set the output Voltage of Qutest to 1, 2 or 3 Volts. This is a very welcome feature for me, as my integrated amplifier at home can only handle 2 V at its analogue inputs. Everything above causes it to go nuts with distortion.
Qutest has a tap-length of 49,152 taps and uses a ten element pulse array design, just like Hugo2. It supports sample rates of 32 bit / 768 kHz and native DSD up to 512. It has a measured dynamic range of 124 dB (A weighted) and a channel separation of impressive 138 dB (at 1 kHz, 300 Ohms). What can’t be measured though is the Noise floor modulation, as it is so damn low. Total Harmonic Distortion comes in at 0.0001% (1 kHz, 2.5V RMS, 300 Ohms). The frequency response goes all the way from 20 Hz to 20 kHz.
Qutest has a total of four digital inputs. All are located on the back side of the unit. There is a USB B, one optical and two coaxial (BNC) inputs. The coaxial inputs can be used in dual data mode, so you can also hook up Chord’s Blu Mk2 upscaler and push the tap-length of Qutest even further.
Qutest comes solely in black colour and will set you back 1,895 US Dollars.
You can read the full Qutest review here:
The lucky winner will get his/her unit shipped directly by Headfonia. Headfonia will cover the shipping fee of the DAC to you but Headfonia will cover any other expenses such as VAT, import fees, tax, etc. This is all the winner’s responsibility so if you’re not up for that, it’s best not to enter. Headfonia also won’t lower the unit’s value for shipping.
In order to enter the competition you need to do the following steps:
- Fill out the form on the page linked below. Use a real full name/surname to enter the contest (partial name entries are no longer accepted) + real email address as this is the address we will use to contact the winner
- Leave a comment on this post you’re reading here. Any comment is good but I prefer you telling me what DAC you use at home.
The winner will be chosen at random out of those that completed all 2 steps!
After signing up you’ll get a personal link to share. For each new participant that enters via your personal link on Twitter, Google+ or Facebook, etc. you get an extra chance to win! Make sure you share/use the referrer link! By entering the giveaway you agree to the rules shown under the “ENTER” button.
Participants will be contacted by email after subscribing, so by participating all entrants also accept us to email them. Do check your spam folder, but if you didn’t get an email you’re still entered. (Gmail addresses receive it slow/late! Don’t request us to check your entry)
The winner of the Qutest DAC will be announced next Monday as usual. That means you have till Sunday evening to enter this Chord Elecronics giveaway!
Thank you Chord Electronics for doing this with us! Good luck to everyone!
TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY, leave a comment below and then , CLICK HERE: