Chord Electronics Limited - Chordette QuteEX Double DSD USB DAC


Chord Electronics Limited



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D/A Converter or Processor

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The new Chordette Qute EX DAC is an upgraded version of the multi-award-winning QuteHD DAC: a What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision 'Best DAC' winner for both 2012 and 2013. The Qute EX, which is available alongside the QuteHD, now offers both 384kHz PCM and DSD 128 playback for today’s high-resolution DXD (Digital eXtreme Definition) music files.

Forming part of the bijou Chordette range, the new Qute EX adds an advanced new chipset and motherboard which enables decoding at up to 384kHz PCM and DSD 128 over USB (against the QuteHD’s 192kHz PCM and DSD 64). Existing QuteHD DACs can be upgraded affordably with the new chipset and motherboard at the factory.

The Qute EX builds on the strengths of original QuteHD, a compact high-performance D/A convertor that eschews off-the-shelf DAC chipsets in favour of a bespoke FPGA (programmable) circuit. Its EX stable mate, with the ‘EX’ suffix denoting its DXD (Digital eXtreme Definition) intentions, takes the Qute’s high-resolution file playback capability to a whole new level.

The Qute EX offers a range of bespoke DAC technologies taken from the flagship QBD76 HDSD, which forms part of our stylish Choral range, and is the latest edition to our beautiful high-performance boutique line, Chordette; a comprehensive range that brings the brand’s exemplary audio engineering and legendary build quality to a far more affordable price point. The Qute EX brings exceptional detail-retrieval, insight and transparency to digital music files, thanks to its bespoke circuit design created by DAC technology guru Rob Watts and implemented by our internationally renowned engineering team.

Ready to take advantage of today’s advanced studio-master-quality (DXD) music files, the Qute EX can handle sample rates from 44.1kHz to 384kHz (PCM), allowing users to experience music in true high definition, along with the best possible reproduction of CD-quality music. The Qute EX benefits from an advanced asynchronous USB input (up to 384kHz) and can also bring sparkling clarity to any connected component with a digital output, thanks to two additional digital inputs: coaxial and optical.

In addition to 384kHz PCM files, the QuteEX can also process DSD 128 data using the latest DSD-over-PCM standard (DoP), making it the world’s most affordable high-quality DSD 128- and 384kHz-compatible USB DAC. Whether using Mac OS or Windows OS, Chord Electronics’ own proprietary driver software is provided, removing the restrictions of current operating system audio playback.

For additional information:

Information & Drivers

Manufacturer’s Product page


DSD Set Up Guide

Windows XP Driver

Windows 7 Driver

Mac Driver

OSX 10.9 (Mavericks)

Technical specifications

  • Harmonic distortion: 103 dBV
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: 115dBV
  • Dynamic range: 118dBV
  • Digital inputs:
  • 1 x USB HD with DSD 128 decoding, 44.1 kHz to 384kHz PCM, 16-32-bit
  • 1x Optical
  • 1x Coaxial 44.1 kHz/384kHz-ready, 16-32-bit
  • Outputs: 2x RCA phono
  • Power supply: 12v 1A 2.1mm connector. Centre point positive 100V- 240V – 50/60Hz, 1A wall adapter supplied
  • Weight: 0.4kg
  • Dimensions: 160x70x40mm (WxHxD):


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