DAC Comparison

AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt vs Chord Qutest

AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt

DragonFly Cobalt, our new flagship DAC, takes what music lovers around the world have come to expect from the multi-award-winning DragonFly family—naturally beautiful, seductive sound—and strips away fuzz and fog that weren't even noticeable until Cobalt removed them.

$299.95 MSRP

Chord Qutest

Qutest is a standalone DAC whose performance belies its compact dimensions. With DAC architecture based on the award-winning Hugo 2, Qutest offers class-leading digital conversion.

$1,695.00 MSRP
Features
Physical Dimensions
Mass

770 gram

Power

Micro USB

Input/Output
Inputs

USB-A

BNC S/PDIF

TOSLINK S/PDIF

USB-B

Outputs

3.5mm

RCA

Output Voltage

2.1 volt

Audio
Sample Rate

24 bit / 96 kHz

32 bit / 768 kHz

Frequency Response

20 Hz - 20 kHz

DAC Chip

ESS ES9038Q2M 32 bit with minimum-phase slow roll-off filter for more natural sound

Reviews
4/5
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Although the DAC chip has been upgraded to a much more expensive one ($25 vs $10 in sample quantities), there is little, if anything, to show for the effort in terms of measured performance.

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