2Qute from Chord is an entry-level ”straight’ DAC (no headphone amp), an evolutionary product that has scooped a number of press awards in recent years. 2Qute is undoubtedly a super-DAC for the modern age and features class-leading specification, outstanding technical measurements, and proven sonic performance.
2Qute advances the much-loved Qute EX DAC with 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 since its launch. The 2Qute also boasts astonishingly low distortion levels of 0.0003%.
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 unit 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 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 that 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.
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- Solid aluminum chassis
- 2Qute is entirely designed and manufactured in Great Britain
- What's in the Box:
- 2Qute DAC
- 1.5 m 12v 0.5a switching power supply
- 1.5 m type-A-to-type-B USB cable
- Inputs (w/ Input Switch)
- 384kHz USB type B
- 192kHz optical
- 384kHz BNC coax
- 3v RMS 1kHz RCA phono
- USB Galvanic Isolation
- Chord custom FPGA DAC
- Supports up to 384kHz
- DSD 128 (2x) capable
- DSD transmitted via DoP
- Sample Rate: 32-bit/384kHz via coax and USB, and 24-bit/192kHz via optical
- USB Specification: 32/384kHz galvanically isolated class compliant
- Dynamic Range: -119dB A/Wt
- THD: 0.0003% at 3v RMS 1kHz; 0.0002% at 2v RMS 1kHz
- Crosstalk: 126dB 1kHz
- Frequency Response: +/- 0.1dB 20-20kHz
- Power Supply: 12V 0.5A
- Weight: 0.9 lbs (0.4 kg)
- Dimensions: 6.3"w (160 mm) x 2.8"h (70 mm) x 1.6"d (40 mm)
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