DAC reviews

ADL X1 DAC
DAC ADL X1
Build quality is high - it is easily the most fashionable little DAC here - and is accessible with blue, red or silver anodised aluminium panels together with the black version pictured. An assortment of adaptors and leads are provided the X1 for your mobile device or connect to a computer's USB port....
Arcam D33 DAC
DAC Arcam D33
High resolution sound is coming closer to really being a significant section of day to day listening. The catalogs are growing on a regular basis although the selection of stuff is not a patch on what's accessible. Together with the escalation in selection has come an explosion of DACs competent to take...
Arcam irDAC DAC
DAC Arcam irDAC
Arcam sells a variety of DACs, of which this is the merchandise that is middle. This irDAC is strengthened by the addition of more input signals, improved circuitry and infrared remote control. The case is a bigger form of the rDAC, keeping the form alloy casing that is exquisite and refined top,...
Arcam miniBlink DAC
DAC Arcam miniBlink
Nowhere to the packing box's very best three sides is it possible to see the word Arcam. Rather, this mobile DAC is described as 'miniBlink', with '123' added on a single surface. Because Arcam is a small business to be modest about, now this is not, it is because the Cambridge-based business is selling...
Arcam rDac DAC
DAC Arcam rDac
More than 20 years past Arcam made the Rear Carton standalone digital-to- analogue convertor. As a result, the Black Box sold nicely and was highly regarded. Throughout the late 1990s, an alteration in doctrine as well as research found the DAC fall from favour and the output signal only at that time...
Audio Research Reference DAC DAC
DAC Audio Research Reference DAC
The DAC offers seven connections on one and the back about the facia for USB memory sticks. One would definitely be hard pushed to find a national digital connection that wasn't covered by the Reference DAC, which up-samples 44.1kHz (CD-quality) and 48kHz sources to 176.4kHz or 192kHz. Sound quality The...
Audiolab M-DAC DAC
DAC Audiolab M-DAC
The first embodiment of Audiolab made some exceptionally highly regarded digital sound products and its present owner, International Audio Group, continues to be discovered to keep this reputation complete. It's made across attributes and the ESS Sabre DAC processor for fine tuning the audio to your...
Audiolab Q-DAC DAC
DAC Audiolab Q-DAC
Efficiently a DAC preamp, the Q-DAC is well defined, being assembled around the latest 32-bit ESS Sabre 9016 DAC processor, which runs at up to 24/192 resolution and sports seven adjustable filter settings, that are digital It's an excellent range of connections, including one, one optical and one...
Cambridge Audio Azur 851D DAC
DAC Cambridge Audio Azur 851D
Someplace around the turn of the millennium, hi fi began becoming interesting again - with DVD Audio and SACD arriving, MP3 going computer audio and gangbusters taking hold. Afterward asynchronous USB conferred hires ability on PCs and Macs, and simple wireless has come to aptX Bluetooth. Cambridge Audio's...
Cambridge Audio DacMagic 100 DAC
DAC Cambridge Audio DacMagic 100
It is barely been a secret in hi fi groups that Cambridge Audio was due to replace its value DacMagic D-to-A converter that is remarkable. Giant-killer though it was - it even boasted balanced outputs - its USB input signal was limited to 16-bit/48kHz. Cambridge has created two new models this year....
Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus DAC
DAC Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus
The first DacMagic claimed a fair few scalps that are high-priced in its time and was among the early goods in the present DAC renaissance. As an electronic preamplifier, the DacMagic can act like the Audiolab M-DAC as well as the volume may also be changed from the circuit allowing the Cambridge...
Cyrus DAC X+ DAC
DAC Cyrus DAC X+
The products can be combined in various pairings to suit most requirements. Such is the type of DAC design that this is true here, although it is an uncommon evaluation in which a Cyrus merchandise is the biggest version present! The DAC X comes in the typical Cyrus half-width casework and is about...
Denon DA-300USB DAC
DAC Denon DA-300USB
Of a prize was given by us for the finest-appearing DAC in this round upward, then the Denon will function as the clear victor. Not only is it nicely constructed and attractively styled, but it's the added flexibility of allowing itself to be placed vertically or horizontally, including a good amount...
exaSOUND E22 DAC
DAC exaSOUND E22
Hifi is no distinct, with change occurring in striking transformations of the natural order, and then a glacial rate for decades. Then, only when we least expected, computer sound caught on and became many people's manner of playing with those same high resolution music records that we all had spurned...
Grace Design m920 DAC
DAC Grace Design m920
The crazy world of DACs continues to expand having a brand new upgrade in the pro-leaning firm Grace Design. The m903 was released only 3 years preceding but already it looks like a (merchandise) life past. 1 collection or a preceding generation iPad as of September of the year the m903 is forever discontinued...
Heed Dactilus 3 DAC
DAC Heed Dactilus 3
The Anglo Hungarian concern continues to be making DACs for some years and the Dactilus 3 has evolved in the initial Dactilus. Well, the largest difference is the inclusion of a USB input signal. This can be an asynchronous 24-bit/192kHz-able layout, meaning the Heed is entirely effective at working...
Hegel HD12 DAC
DAC Hegel HD12
Offering connectivity options that are likewise remarkable to the DA-300USB of Denon is this fairly unassuming house DAC. It is easily the most expensive version in the group, and across the rear you will find choices including a set of balanced XLR output signals in addition to routine RCAs to high...
Marantz HD-DAC1 DAC
DAC Marantz HD-DAC1
He might be among the very powerful presenters in the hifi business, but Marantz Brand Ambassador Ken Ishiwata can also be quite a good judge of character as it pertains to the attractiveness of the products of his firm. So that it absolutely was no surprise he seen me spending somewhat more in front...
Meridian Explorer DAC
DAC Meridian Explorer
The MERIDIAN EXPLORER is an external DAC aimed at delivering outstanding sonics from a desktop computer or a notebook. It works by using asynchronous USB clocks, which are of a higher quality than those built into most computers, resulting in less jitter. It is other critical attribute is that it may...
Musical Fidelity M1 DAC DAC
DAC Musical Fidelity M1 DAC
It is also notable for being the only model in the test to truly have a matching CD transportation, and extremely nice it is too... The specification is still completely competitive however. In addition to a USB input able to manage files up to 24-bit/192kHz, the Musical Fidelity M1 DAC has a coaxial...
Musical Fidelity MX-DAC DAC
DAC Musical Fidelity MX-DAC
Only 15 years ago, the world was getting excited about DVD-Audio and Super Audio Compact Disc. These two hires formats had been a long time coming; almost two decades, but it felt more. The hi-fi world was rightly excited, but unfortunately this did not translate to the music buying public. Sound buffs...
Musical Fidelity V-Link 192 DAC
DAC Musical Fidelity V-Link 192
It simply has electric output signals at the other, and a USB B plug input signal just like the others, at one end, in unbalanced form with a phono socket and balanced form via an XLR socket. There's no visual output signal with no power supply; it is USB powered. An array of indicators that are bright...
NAD C510 DAC
DAC NAD C510
As a class, digital-to-analogue converters were on the brink of extinction just several brief years past. With CD in fall as well as a variety of listening to digital taking its position of processes, DACs are a huge deal. The C510 would be remarkable as a DAC given that it contains some connectivity...
NAD D1050 DAC
DAC NAD D1050
New Acoustic Dimension, as the company used to call itself, has made quite a splash with a wide selection of affordable electronic equipment set right into a new form factor by industrial designer David Farrage, who has also done NAD's VISO I loudspeaker dock, among other things. Like its partnering...
Naim DAC-V1 DAC
DAC Naim DAC-V1
The Naim DAC-V1 is the Salisbury company's latest effort to create computer sound accessible to everyone. Basically, it packages much of the technology that we have seen on the very able (and pricey) Naim DAC, adds a little more and then crams it all into a quite pleasant small 'half-width' box complete...
Parasound Zdac DAC
DAC Parasound Zdac
The Zdac's specifications look impressive exceptionally remarkable given its cost that is competitive - and its features help it stick out alongside its burgeoning contest. It comes in two finishes - silver and black, with only the latter-coloured units being accessible with rack-mount alternatives....
Pioneer U-05 DAC
DAC Pioneer U-05
For anyone with a sizeable digital music collection - including Compact Discs, possibly SACDs and DVD-As, and music files from MP3s to hires FLACs - 2015 is a harvest year. Never have a lot of multi-tasking DAC preamplifiers come out, and nor have they been so affordable. It all began in 2007, almost...
Rega DAC DAC
DAC Rega DAC
Those assembling a library of hi res digital downloads should buy hires able USB-to-S/PDIF converter (or make use of a computer with a proper soundcard) to take complete benefit of the possibility of the Rega DAC. The DAC uses PLL that have their very own dedicated power supplies and a Wolfson digital...
SOTM DX DAC
DAC SOTM DX
The awkwardly named SOtM is from Korea. It really is an asynchronous convertor that adapts 44.1 and 48k sample rates and their multiples all the way up to 192kHz, with up to 24bit resolution, so this convertor ticks all the boxes. It comes with a USB driver disc for Windows (XP/SP3, Vista/SP2, 7), or...
Wadia di122 DAC
DAC Wadia di122
As one of the original purveyors of high end digital, Wadia has been connected to the rarefied ending of the market. Lately, but at least a few of its products has moved back into territory that was more affordable and dispensed with optical drive products. The di122 sits towards the low end of Wadia's...