It's 100% subjective but stills my thoughts all the same: https://www.audiosciencereview.com/...dac-and-headphone-amp.5147/page-4#post-114537Has anyone heard the chord Qutest before? If so, how did it compare to other dacs you've heard, preferable the RME dacs. Any advice is welcome.
Not exactly. Rob Watts saids on Head-Fi: If the digital section is similar, the output stage is designed differently.Qutest is just the DAC part of a Hugo 2
Did you level matched the two devices?I could tell little to no difference in sound between my two, maybe qutest by a nose, but the features of the RME DAC won it over for me.
Yep. Still don't know if it was placebo, or just the higher output, but I found the Qutest more fatiguing to listen. I kept my ADI-2 at 1.73V at the end, cause I have a VERY sensitive preamp.Level matched and measured. Interesting , people usually pick the louder unit! You made the right choice