DAC Reviews

Network streamer, DAC, amplifier
Jun 2018
When Naim released news of their forthcoming network streamers (ND5 XS2, NDX 2, ND 555) it became that their hierarchy is not as straightforward as you might expect. I had imagined that each of the three would have the same...
DAC preamplifier headphone amplifier
May 2018
Using an acronym for a serious piece of hi-fi might be a fun play on words but it risks understating the product. Chord have used similar quirky names for other DAC products; the previous 2Qute and latest Qutest, for example...
CD player DAC preamplifier
Apr 2018
ATC aren’t into change for changes sake, they won’t revise the range every year or so just to refresh its profile in the market, indeed even when they give something a major overhaul as is the case here the appearance...
network DAC/streamer
Mar 2018
I don’t suppose it’s deliberate but some companies manage to come up with the most confusing naming for their products and Merging Technologies has joined the club. Originally the Swiss brand brought out the NADAC network...
DAC, Network streamer, preamplifier
Jan 2018
Last year Auralic introduced two new products that significantly upped the standard of build seen in their range up to that point. It’s not that the standard Vega or Polaris aren’t well executed and finished but rather that...
integrated amplifier, streamer, DAC
Dec 2017
It came as a surprise when I noticed that people were using the word Sonos as a generic name for streaming or multiroom sound systems. The brand has made it to Hoover status in under 15 years. It did this by making...
Metrum Acoustics Onyx and Jade
Digital to analogue converter
Nov 2017
For a long time Metrum Acoustics could only supply digital to analogue converters (DACs) at either end of the scale, they made expensive ones and relatively affordable examples but there was nothing in between. This gap has...
integrated amplifier, streamer, DAC
Nov 2017
In our steady progress through Auralic's slowly expanding range of streaming devices we have enjoyed the Aries Mini network streamer and Altair streamer/preamplifier, so it made sense to move onto the Altair based all in one...
Network streamer, DAC, amplifier
Sep 2017
When Naim announced the new Uniti models last year little did we know just how different they would be to the range that was replaced. Gone is the brushed aluminium facia and black paint finish and with it the...
all in one
Aug 2017
It says something about the size of the German market that AVM, a brand with a substantial range of high end hardware, was virtually unknown on these shores until it started working with PMC. AVM’s products have so much...
CD player/DAC, integrated amplifier
Jun 2017
Ken Ishiwata is a bona fide hi-fi guru, he’s got the look, the clothes and the underground lair, I mean listening room, to die for. In an unassuming office building in Eindhoven, Holland, Ishiwata has created one of the best...
Integrated valve amplifier & DAC
May 2017
Cute, that’s the reaction that this smallest of the current Quad amplifiers elicits. And it is I guess, a valve integrated in a chassis that’s about the size of an original Quad II is an unusual thing. But they sold an awful...

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