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  • Cambridge Audio - DacMagic 100 - DAC

    DacMagic 100 is a mini marvel of digital engineering. Designed to significantly improve the sound quality of your existing digital music devices, DacMagic 100 is capable of extracting real hi-fi...
    $349.00
    $290.00
  • AudioQuest - DragonFly Red - USB DAC + Preamp + Headphone Amp

    While the original DragonFly defined the market for micro-DACs, its USB power draw made it compatible with computers only. Music lovers have craved a more portable version—one that could be...
    $290.00
    $276.00
  • Chord Electronics - Mojo - DAC

    Welcome Mojo, the world’s most advanced portable digital to analogue converter DAC/Headphone amplifier. Thanks to technology derived from our Hugo series units and Dave reference converter, our little powerhouse, that’s...
    $799.00
  • Arcam - Rblink - Bluetooth DAC

    Arcam, synonymous with their reference and audiophile-grade DACs have introduced the new rBlink Wireless DAC, enabling users to stream high-quality audio via the high-end PCM5102 DAC chipset onboard. The rBlink...
    $399.00
    $349.00
  • Cambridge Audio - DacMagic Plus - DAC

    Improving on a legend is never easy, but Cambridge Audio has gone back to the drawing board to create the DacMagic Plus with exciting new features, wireless device connectivity, and...
    $699.00
    $531.00
  • Arcam - rPAC - DAC

    This award-winning DAC from Arcam's range of premium reference and audiophile-grade Digital Analogue Converts is near impossible to fault. Whether you're looking to transform your audio experience at home, work...
    $399.00
    $348.00
  • AudioQuest - Beetle - DAC

    Beetle is a mul ‐purpose DAC for today’s many different lifestyles. Capable of delivering naturally dynamic, uncompressed music via its high‐performance op cal or asynchronous USB inputs, Beetle adds excep...
    $349.00
  • Perreaux - Audiant DP32 - Preamplifier & DAC

    The Audiant DP32 is a USB DAC preamplifier equipped with a 32-bit digital to analogue converter (DAC), fully balanced analogue audio circuits and ample input options – featuring AES/EBU digital input...
    $3,495.00
  • Chord Electronics - 2Qute - DAC

    The 2Qute is our entry level ”straight’ DAC (no headphone amp) and is an evolutionary product which has scooped a number of press awards in recent years. The 2Qute is...
    $2,100.00
  • Burson Audio - Conductor Air - Portable DAC & Headphone Amplifier

    The Conductor Air redefines the size and performance ratio of portable audio. It is a USB DAC/Soundcard, Headphone amplifier and Remote controlled preamp 3 in 1. It is the perfect...
    $499.00
  • Rotel - RDD 1580 - DAC

    RDD-1580 Digital-Analogue Converter At its heart, the RDD-1580 makes use of Wolfson’s extraordinary WM8740 stereo digital-to-analogue converter. But where competitive products use only one of these converters to handle two...
    $1,099.00
    $990.00
  • Rega - DAC-R - DAC

    Developed to be simple to set up and use the Rega DAC-R is designed to optimise performance from any two channel PCM digital audio source. With the PC now widely...
    $1,199.00
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DACs

If you’ve got digital music (and who doesn’t these days?), you need a DAC, or digital-to-analog converter. Almost every audio device contains a built-in DAC, and you probably use a few smaller DACs every day without even realising it – there’s one in your computer’s sound card, and a tiny one inside your phone. The DAC takes a digital signal and transforms it into audible sound. Not all DACs are created equal, however. An external DAC decodes music files with much greater precision than that tiny one in your phone. Low quality DACs have poorly designed circuitry and introduce unwanted noise during playback, and can also add extra distortion due to jitter. A great DAC, on the other hand, gives you audio that’s detailed and rich, revealing a sound you never knew was there.

DACs come in all shapes and sizes and have a huge variety of functionality and input options. Some are integrated into an amplifier, like the Pathos Logos Mk2, which What Hi Fi says “has it all”, with “looks, fine sound, and excellent build”. Or how about the Devialet 120, called the “single most impressive product” that Hans Wetzel of SoundStage has ever reviewed. Many headphone amps also have a built-in DAC, like the Oppo HA-2, a five-star rated headphone amplifier and DAC unit that’s also portable.

There are also several options for standalone DAC units, which can be a great option to get the very best sound out of your system (especially if you’re currently relying on the wimpy, pitiful DAC that came inside your receiver or laptop, in which case we beg you to give dedicated DACs a go. You’ll never look back). We carry the very best, including the Arcam FMJ D33, which is a SoundStage Hi-Fi Reviewers’ Choice.

As always with a DAC or amplifier, make sure the one you’re looking at has all the connections you need for the type of music sources you use, and that you match it correctly to your existing (or future) system. Also make sure that you’re using the best quality cables, as upgrading from the ones included in the box usually pays off in much better sound quality. The best DACs also have higher possible bit rates and resolutions, and lower levels of distortion, so pay attention to those specs.

Have questions about which DAC is best for your setup? Let us know, and we’ll be more than happy to help out with our expert audiophile advice. Our pros are available via phone, email, and in-store to answer your questions and help you choose.

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