Chord Electronics’ world renowned hi-fi sound quality for your connected devices: groundbreaking new ‘HD’ USB DAC launches!

Immediate Release - No Embargo. You can now get world-class Chord Electronics’ sound quality from all your connected digital devices thanks to the new QuteHD USB DAC (digital to analogue convertor). Designed to maximise sound quality from a range of digital sources, the new QuteHD DAC cleverly transforms ordinary music streams into hi-fi quality audio.  Available in the UK now, the QuteHD has a SRP of £990.00

The QuteHD is a high-quality, super-high-performance D/A convertor that, for the first time, offers Chord Electronics’ world-renowned proprietary DAC technology for under £1,000. Hand-built in Chord Electronics’ riverside HQ in Kent, the QuteHD offers a groundbreaking mix of features and has been created by the same engineering team behind Chord’s £100,000 hi-fi systems. It brings incredible transparency and detail to connected digital devices such as PCs and Macs, digital iPod docks, Blu-ray players and set-top boxes and all in a beautifully engineered, palm-sized device.

The QuteHD is the latest edition to Chord Electronics’ affordable Chordette range, which comprises a number of advanced boutique hi-fi products including Bluetooth/USB DACs and amplifiers, network music players, vinyl replay systems and more. Each individual high-performance module is hand-built in England and enables users to create a flexible and versatile hi-fi system that is far removed from typical big-box systems.

This surprisingly affordable newcomer, which offers a range of bespoke DAC technologies taken from Chord Electronics’ internationally acclaimed QBD76HD DAC (£4,100), offers truly groundbreaking functionality thanks to its custom DA conversion technology and cutting-edge DSD-over-USB functionality. The technology allows advanced, high-resolution DSD data files (the native format of Sony’s SACD) to be converted, making the QuteHD the world’s first affordable DSD-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.

The QuteHD also brings the brand’s legendary build quality, exemplary audio engineering and renowned service and backup department to consumers who may have only previously aspired to Chord ownership. The QuteHD brings exceptional detail-retrieval, insight and transparency to audio systems, thanks to its bespoke circuit design implemented by Chord Electronics’ internationally renowned engineering team.

Fully future-proof – even for the most adventurous computer audiophile – the QuteHD is ready to take advantage of today’s advanced studio-master-quality music files. It can handle sample rates from 44.1kHz to 192kHz (and up to 384kHz on SPDIF), allowing users to experience music in true high definition, along with the best possible reproduction of CD-quality music.

Technical specifications

Harmonic distortion: 103 dBV
Signal-to-noise ratio: 115dBV
Dynamic range: 118dBV
Digital inputs: 1 x USB HD with DSD decoding, 44.1 kHz to 192kHz, 16-32-bit (future 384kHz-ready)
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)

Availability: now Price: £990

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