Digital to Analogue Converter

Using the same technology found within Hugo, our multi-award-winning portable DAC, 2Qute offers a simple, compact and affordable standalone solution for your two-channel system.

Range: Chordette
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The 2Qute is our 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; the input is driverless on Apple and Android devices, with (ASIO included) drivers for Windows devices.

Key Features

Chord Custom FPGA DAC
384kHz USB Type B Input
192kHz Optical Input
USB Galvanic Isolation
1x 384kHz BNC Coax Input
1x RCA Outputs
Supports up to 384kHz
DSD 128 (2x) Capable
DSD Transmitted via DoP
Solid Aluminium Chassis

Included Accessories

1.5m 12v 0.5a Switching Power Supply
1.5m Type A to Type B USB Cable
2Qute Owners Overview Manual


9 May 2017
I am using my 2qute for about 6 months now (in a Classé/B&W stereo system) and it is truly THE HEARD of the system, lifting the music to a completely different level of detail, purism and stunningly natural reproduction. It cannot be described by words, you need to try/test it in your own system. I just cannot understand why almost all important brands rely on the same standard types of D/A converter chips, even within their really expensive top range devices. What's the point, since you cannot "improve" a signal, which never got correctly extracted from the digital source (storage) by a standard D/A converter?!
8 January 2017
I own a Chord 2qute for a couple of months and it is the best upgrade that i have made for my stereo listening. The sound is natural and detailed, so detailed that it's like if i was listening in slow motion. It is amazing. Thanks Marc-André

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