Ellisdj has I thinkHappy_Listener said:Hey Everyone,
I'm looking for advice. Do you think there would be a sound improvment if I bought the Chord 2Qute DAC to use with my Marantz SA-8005?
Go audition a benchmark dac3 it's great and compares to the chord according to what hisHappy_Listener said:Thanks for the replies everyone.
A couple of you mentioned the Chord Hugo 2. However, I have a few reasons to go for the Chord 2Qute instead. 1) The 2Qute is basically a Hugo 1 minus the other features. They share the same DAC. 2) I do not need the extra features of the Hugo, battery and headphone. 2) The Hugo 2 will cost me about $1000 more here in the States. I don't think the sound quality difference for pure DAC duty will be that much better with the Hugo 2. I could be wrong but I read some people on the message boards saying they think the orginial Hugo 1 acutally sounds smoother than the 2. So it could go either way to which I like more anyways. 4) The Hugo 2 has a strange way of using the coaxial input having you use some adapter that fits into a smaller hole on the unit.
I think if I go beyond the 2Qute then I should start looking into a dedicated CD Transport. It's also part of the whole equation. I am not sure my Marantz SA-8005 is up to task. Yes, I am still mainly a CD person. I like to have hard copies of my music rather than computer files. If anyone knows of a good storage drive server that will last me for years and is easy to use I'd be happy to know. I go through laptops about every three years so the thought of finding and tranfering files all of the time on them is unappealing to me. I always know where my CD's are.
I've never heard the Chord, so I can't say if one's better than the other, but for the price alone, it's worth demoing if you can.Happy_Listener said:By the way, that Audiolab MDAC does look really good too. I'll do some reasearch on it.
I did upgrade to a linear power supply which comes in two stages. The main linear block then a further smaller block which acts as a DC supply to the 2qute. The sound was much smoother and the noise floor dropped much more.ellisdj said:You will need to check the specs to be sure on that. I know the chord dacs are well supported into dsd and very high sample rates. The hugo 2 has more comtability in that regard.
The hugo 2 is the only chord dac currently that offers these filters.
The dave has one adjustment called hifi and that seems to make it a smoother listen bit of HF roll off I dare say.
I found out yesterday the hugo2 has a desktop mode that it goes into after 24 hours of that type of use to help protect battery life. The original one didnt have that.
You could use the 2qute with a different / better power supply a linear etc but that adds to the cost and pushes it closer to the hugo 2 and I havent tried that to know if it would make any difference.
It normally does so it probably would