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Auralic Vega (£2890)

Auralic Vega (£2890)

The Vega's feature set makes it an outstanding proposition for anyone looking for a top quality DAC/preamplifier

TAD TAD-DA1000 (£11,995)

TAD TAD-DA1000 (£11,995)

Matching a commanding physical presence with impeccable sonics, the TAD-DA1000 sounds inviting and unruffled across any media you throw at it

Chord DSX1000 (£7500)

Chord DSX1000 (£7500)

If the network option is for you, then the DSX1000 will deliver some of the very best sound quality available from a remote hard drive or NAS

T+A MP 3000 HV (£7900)

T+A MP 3000 HV (£7900)

This magnificent digital front-end component exhibits considered thinking and is evidently a work of passion and dedication to excellence

Marantz NA-11S1 (£3500)

Marantz NA-11S1 (£3500)

Marantz's new NA-11S1 has a plethora of facilities and its subtle, smooth and intricately detailed sound sets an enviable standard

MBL 1511F (£7920)

MBL 1511F (£7920)

MBL's 1511F DAC's ability to paint spookily realistic images out of silence is fabulous, while its build quality shows carefully considered engineering both inside and out

Metrum Acoustics HEX (£2660)

Metrum Acoustics HEX (£2660)

The HEX shines with 96kHz media and is stunning with 192kHz material. Great value and a 'must-hear' DAC for the high-res enthusiast.

Musical Fidelity M6 (£2000)

Musical Fidelity M6 (£2000)

The M6 DAC is great for hi-res, while the convenience of Bluetooth will be appreciated by anyone who carries music around in a portable device

Audio Research Reference DAC (£14,000)

Audio Research Reference DAC (£14,000)

Recordings pushed into the DAC's USB and S/PDIF inputs sound enchanting, providing an open listening window for the high-end audiophile

EAR 192 DACute (£4003/£4440)

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

Benchmark DAC1 USB (£1260)

Benchmark DAC1 USB (£1260)

USB adds to the already useful feature set of this capable design

Bricasti Design M1 (£6500)

Bricasti Design M1 (£6500)

A new arrival from the US with superb measured performance

HRT Music Streamer II+ (£290)

HRT Music Streamer II+ (£290)

A simple but effective USB DAC solution

Musical Fidelity V-DAC II (£199)

Musical Fidelity V-DAC II (£199)

New version of the V-DAC offers asynchronous USB and improved appearance.

Arcam rDAC (£375)

Arcam rDAC (£375)

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

North Star Design Essensio (£825)

North Star Design Essensio (£825)

A well priced Italian design with an impressive USB implementation.

dCS Debussy (£7499)

dCS Debussy (£7499)

Another digital masterclass from dCS but with added aesthetic charm.

Chord QBD76HD (£4110)

Chord QBD76HD (£4110)

The new HD version of its QBD76 DAC - with a USB input capable of accepting audio up to 24-bit/192kHz - is designed to make hi-res playback from computers a breeze

CEntrance DACmini (£720)

CEntrance DACmini (£720)

Designed to mimic the design of the Mac Mini, the CEntrance has wider appeal

Electrocompaniet PD-1 (£1250)

Electrocompaniet PD-1 (£1250)

A very capable design with the added benefit of wireless connectivity

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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