Chord Electronics adds QuteHD DAC to Chordette range

Chord QuteHD

Chord Electronics has added a new DAC to its Chordette range, the £990 QuteHD.

Described by its maker as the "ultimate USB DAC", the QuteHD is a multi-function, 192kHz-capable device that can handle sample rates from 44.1kHz to 192kHz (and up to 384kHz on its SPDIF digital connection).

As well as the ability to handle standard PCM files, the QuteHD can also process DSD (Direct Stream Digital) data using the latest DSD-over-USB support.

A four-element Pulse Array DAC was chosen to provide high low-level signal resolution and low jitter sensitivity.

The one-piece aluminium chassis is milled from solid billet, like all other products in the Chordette range, and the top-mounted 'porthole' changes colour with different incoming sample frequencies.

Coaxial and optical digital inputs are provided, along with a single pair of RCA phono outputs.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.