The CHORD QUTEST provides an extra layer of detail without any added harshness to the sound. Even better, music I thought was causing a room mode emphasizing higher frequencies in my room, no longer hit those unpleasant frequencies. While I don't notice much difference between its filter settings, BOTTOM LINE, music is more enjoyable with the CHORD QUTEST in my system.
I would say I have a modest Mid-Fi 2 channel set up in my happy hour listening room. We have a turntable, cd transport and a good library of music. However I have gotten to where I stream most of the time using my MacBook via USB or a Wyred 4 Sound modified Sonos Port via coaxial digital. I have those plugged into the Chord Qutest and also my CD transport. The USB is streaming at 192 kHz and the Sonos Port at 96 kHz. I swear I can’t tell an audible difference between the two. But I can say the Chord Qutest has taken my setup to the next level and sounds really good to these old ears. The music has become more enjoyable.
Excellent sounding DAC highly recommend it ! Great service from Bloom Audio !
Sounds amazing and was even better when I combined it with the Hugo M Scaler. Also got MCRU linear power supply for both with made the sound even smoother and warmer. All Moon Audio silver Dragon cables running to HiFiman EF-1000 then to Susvara. Can’t be beat imo.
It’s so hard to find a pure DAC these days! Sometimes I just need a DAC, not a headphone amp too. While rather expensive for what you get (Chord *eyeroll*), the Qutest is definitely a solid purchase and I can tell it will stand the test of time.