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Chord 2Qute DAC

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The 2Qute is Sold Out & Discontinued

We recommend the Chord Qutest DAC to replace the 2Qute.

Chord Qutest DAC is here

The Chord 2Qute DAC is a super-DAC for 2015 with class-leading specifications, outstanding technical measurements and proven sonic performance. It advances the award-winning Qute EX DAC with the latest Hugo specifications.

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 provided

The 2Qute offers you the ability to listen to music from your computer, coaxial or optical source and deliver it with better quality to your hifi system. The 2Qute is an amalgamation of 2 outstanding products and offers superb value for money for those wanting to enhance their music listening experience.

2Qute takes the technology from the Chord Hugo and adds it to the previous model, Chord Qute EX. The result is a new super-DAC for 2015 with class-leading specifications, outstanding technical measurements and proven sonic performance. The 2Qute advances the award-winning Qute EX DAC into 2015 with the latest Hugo specifications.

Essentially a Hugo in a Chordette chassis, it brings the latest FPGA DAC technology into an affordable home-system-orientated unit. It contains the same high-performance Spartan 6 FPGA that has enabled Hugo to redefine the DAC genre in 2014. It also boasts astonishingly low distortion levels of 0.0003% and it 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.

A note on Upgrading the external Power Supply. It's really not necessary!  The internal configuration of the multiple highly complex dc to dc regulators within the unit were designed with this in mind and there can be no real discernible differences heard.  

We know this as Rob at Chord did some extensive testing and listening to make sure there was no difference. We know there was a difference with the Qute EX but not with the 2qute!  

Cable recommendations

The Chord 2Qute has a Digital Coaxial Input, a Digital Optical Input and a Digital USB Input. This means you can connect a computer and 2 additional digital sources at the same time.

• Optical Cable

The Silver Dragon Toslink Digital Cable has the bandwidth to deliver up to 24bit 192k resolution as well as DSD signals.  It is made of the finest plastic fiber available and it utilizes a 1300 core optical fiber.

• Digital Coax Cable

The Silver Dragon V1 Digital Cable is a pure silver 75ohm digital cable perfect for both audio and video applications. It is an all silver designed 75ohm digital cable with a characteristic impedance of 75 ohms making this a perfect sonic match for digital audio and video.

• Analog Cable

(to connect Headphone Amp or Integrated Amp)

The Silver Dragon Interconnect Cable V2 is our "top of the line" interconnect. It won 2014 Product of the Year by The Absolute Sound magazine & the braided geometry of the silver dragon acts as a noise rejection barrier. We also added an iron curtain with the external shield to truly allow your music to come shining through just as the artist intended.


The Blue Dragon Interconnect Cable V2 has been designed for the individual who wants to get close to the performance of the Silver Dragon but needs to stay on a budget. The heart and soul of this interconnect is a 4 wire braided geometry made up of solid 99.99% pure silver 24AWG Teflon insulated wire.


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Chord Electronics 2Qute DAC

Measured Performance

  • Output: 3v RMS 1kHz
  • 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

2 Qute DAC Specifications

  • Harmonic Distortion:103 dBV
  • SNR:115dBV
  • Frequency Response:118dBV
  • DAC:Chord's FPGA
  • SRC:Chord's FPGA
  • Resolution:32 Bit
  • Maximum Sampling Frequency:384kHz
  • Digital Coaxial Input:1
  • Digital Optical Input:1
  • Digital USB Input:1
  • Asynchronous USB Data:No
  • Wireless Input:Yes
  • RCA Output:1
  • Dimensions (WxHxD mm):160x70x40
    • Warranty

      • 3 years

4.8 / 5.0
4 Reviews
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1 Star
Epic DAC!
Excellent sound quality, it really brings out the detail in my music, movies, and games. I upgraded from a Cambridge Audio DAC Magic 100, and this is my first mid-fi DAC so I dont have much experience but I am loving it so far.
July 21, 2018
Best DAC for the $$$
If you are like me and want to try one of Chord’s amazing products but don’t have a lot of money to spend, this may very well be the DAC for you. Once it has been “burned in” for about 100 hours it settles in wonderfully and produces some of the richest, most detailed and gorgeously analog-sounding results you are likely to hear in this or any price range. You will need to couple the 2Qute with a good headphone amplifier or preamp/receiver. Also, do yourself a favor by adding Drew’s amazing Silver or Black Dragon cables to your setup for the ultimate auditory experience. Whether you use the 2Qute with headphones or speakers be prepared to be thrilled with the results. Highly recommended!
March 1, 2018
Pure magic! Awe-some!
As many have written before me, this is not just another dac. Whatever it does, the outcome is pure music magic. It's like I spend another $10K to improve my system. It finally sounds "expensive" and incredibly enjoyable. Wow! This is to dacs what the iphone was to the flip phone.
February 16, 2017
Fantastic DAC
This is my third DAC and by far the best.

The 2Qute is very analog sounding and reveals a realism that my previous ESS chip DAC could not. It's performance on PCM, especially redbook is incredible. Doesn't do native DSD but they still sound fine.

I'm glad I purchased it. Very pleased!
August 5, 2015
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