DAC upgrade

Let me start by saying I am a vinyl guy, but digital streaming, particularly if I can achieve the right sound has many advantages. My 2 channel equipment is as follows: 

Rogue RP-1 w/ NOS Brimar CV4003, LSA Warp 1, KEF R11’s, Rhythmic F12SE, Pro-ject 1Xpression w/Hana ML, Rega Aria, Bluesound Node, Marantz CD6007, Schiit Modi Multibit 2. Good to very good power, speaker, interconnect cables.  
My weakest link (I believe) is my DAC.

My desire is the best sounding DAC below $2,500, but certainly don’t mind spending less. i want the DAC to be as good as my best current component. I don’t need a DAC with preampliflication, don’t need balanced, don’t need headphones, however I would not eliminate a DAC with superior sound with those features. I do prefer a small form factor.  
My current top contenders are:

Chord Qutest, Schiit Yggy, RME ADI-2, Topping D90 III.

The Chord checks all my boxes… reviews, sound, form factor, no unneeded features, etc and don’t mind its quirky lights… but, looking your thoughts/ recommendations.  Thanks!




A bit late to the game, but in my opinion the delta sigma dacs can be quite resolving, but lose on soundstage. R2R dacs typically excell at soundstage, and with good material, put the vocalist in the room with you. I did audition a Chord Qtest once, and it did nothing for me. I bought a Gustard R26 dac, and have no interest in looking any further. Glad you arrived, enjoy!

Thanks, that’s the plan. My new USB cable just arrived. I had attached the node via USB to my MM2. Moving from USB C to B with the Qutest. 

Just installed the Qutest. Sounds wonderful, clarity throughout the range, dynamic with great soundstage. Similar sound signature to my MM2, but with clarity throughout the range. Looking forward to it being fully broken in (used, but only 12-15 hours on it). Another benefit is CD quality streaming from Qobuz also sounds great. With my MM2, only HR sounded ok, CD quality was less than OK. 

Might not need a new streamer after all. 😎

Question for Qutest users. What filter setting do you prefer? I am using flat with rolloff after 20mHz. 

Anyone using the supplied USB cable? I bought an Audioquest cinnamon but will return and get my $140 if the supplied USB is good. 

BTW, listening to Diana Kroll in HR right now. Sounds magical! Thanks again for all your outstanding recommendations!