The 2Qute is Chord's entry level ”straight’ DAC (no headphone amp) and is an evolutionary product which has scooped a number of press awards in recent years. The 2Qute is undoubtedly a super-DAC for the modern age and features class-leading specification, outstanding technical measurements and proven sonic performance.
The 2Qute advances our 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%.
The 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 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.
Fantastic natural sounding DAC. In very good condition. Excellent reviews by What Hi Fi (https://www.whathifi.com/chord/2qute/review), CNET (https://www.cnet.com/news/for-the-serious-audiophile-the-chord-2qute-digital-converter/), and Hi-Fi Choice (https://www.bluebirdmusic.com/edit/files/pdf_documents/chord_electronics/hfc402_chord_2qute_reprint-low.pdf).
I am selling because I have upgraded to the Chord Qutest - which is better, but only marginally better (and costs twice as much).
Comes with the original A/C adapter (UK plug, but I will include an adapter for the US).
No box or manual.
The manual can be found on-line at https://chordelectronics.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/2Qute-User-Manual.pdf
Buyer pays for shipping and 3% paypal.