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Antelope Audio Zodiac+ (£1895)

Antelope Audio Zodiac+ (£1895)

A crossover from the pro sphere with an extensive feature set

North Star USB dac32 (£1500)

North Star USB dac32 (£1500)

Technically accomplished and extremely insightful

Prism Sound Orpheus (£3495)

Prism Sound Orpheus (£3495)

Squeezed into a two-inch slim casing and necessitating quarter-inch rear jack plug connections, this advanced DAC may be costly but its performance is outstanding

Audio Research DAC7 (£2598)

Audio Research DAC7 (£2598)

The full gamut of optical, coaxial, BNC and XLR digital inputs are joined by a USB port in this plug-and-play outboard DAC

Pro-Ject DAC Box FL (£195)

Pro-Ject DAC Box FL (£195)

Pro-Ject offers a filterless DAC. Is less really more?

Firestone Audio Spitfire (£265)

Firestone Audio Spitfire (£265)

As cute as you like, Firestone's Cute Series claims to offer hi-fi performance from miniature boxes

Weiss Minerva (£3000)

Weiss Minerva (£3000)

If you're looking for a DAC to squirt uncompressed 96kHz/24-bit audio into your hi-fi system from your PC or Mac, stop right here...

MSB Technology Power DAC (£3090)

MSB Technology Power DAC (£3090)

Boasting proprietary converters and filters, this no-frills outboard DAC also sports a fistful of lead-acid power packs

dCS Scarlatti Upsampler/DAC (£6500/£12000)

dCS Scarlatti Upsampler/DAC (£6500/£12000)

Conceived as the ultimate digital terminus, dCS's upsampler offers both DSD and dual AES digital connections, clocked-locked to a matching DAC

Cambridge Audio DacMagic (£200)

Cambridge Audio DacMagic (£200)

Audiophile-quality upsampling and custom filter options combine in a pocket-sized DAC

Bel Canto DAC3 (£1999)

Bel Canto DAC3 (£1999)

A sophisticated outboard DAC with extensive re-clocking and sufficient digital inputs to service all conceivable sources

Pro-Ject USB Box (£75)

Pro-Ject USB Box (£75)

USB-powered outboard DAC for the PC generation

Top 5 Outboard DACs

Bel Canto DAC3 (£1999)

A sophisticated outboard DAC with extensive re-clocking and sufficient digital inputs to service all conceivable sources

Cambridge Audio DacMagic (£200)

Audiophile-quality upsampling and custom filter options combine in a pocket-sized DAC

Arcam rDAC (£375)

Arcam returns to DAC's with a diminutive but well implemented design with the added benefit of wireless

dCS Debussy (£7499)

Another digital masterclass from dCS but with added aesthetic charm.

EAR 192 DACute (£4003/£4440)

Valve DACs are intrinsically anachronistic - Tim de Paravicini's new EAR-Yoshino DACute takes the retro attitude a stage further by sounding deliberately analogue

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