DAC Reviews

airplay loudspeaker
Nov 2014
Small is beautiful. This elegant Japanese desktop proves that size need not limit musical enjoyment nor aesthetic style.Desktop speaker systems take many forms but none as elegant as Eclipse’s ovular TD-M1. Not only does it...
integrated amplifier & DAC
Oct 2014
Norway is not the first country you think of when looking for manufacturers of great audio equipment. But it is home to companies that are well known all over the world. Some will remember Tandberg, famous in the seventies...
USB DAC
Oct 2014
Released into the wild in September 2013 the Loki is Schiit’s first dedicated DSD-capable USB DAC. As DSD is essentially a sub-niche within the existing niche of high resolution audio. While it remains to be seen whether DSD...
DAC/preamplifier
Sep 2014
An almost cubic DAC with a knob on it, from Bulgaria, with my reputation? Not half. Turns out that Antelope Audio has its origins in the US but all the R&D and marketing comes from Sofia, so Bulgarian enough then. I...
network amplifier
Aug 2014
The term all signing and dancing gets bandied around rather a lot when it comes to audio electronics but in the case of the NAD D7050 it would appear to be appropriate. The sheer amount of badges shown on its web page gives...
DAC
Aug 2014
California-based Schiit Audio was established in June 2010 by industry stalwarts Mike Moffat - digital audio specialist and founder of Theta - and Jason Stoddard - former chief amplification engineer at Sumo. Their ambitious...
digital to analogue converter
Jul 2014
The time must be right for music servers, streamers and D/A converters, I get one DAC or server after another, sometimes only for listening sometimes for reviews published in The Ear or in Dutch magazines. I love this kind...
Portable DAC & headphone amplifier
Jun 2014
Looks can be deceptive in audio as in life, the Chord Hugo looks a bit big to be a truly portable DAC but way too small be a serious piece of electronics. Yet it is both at the same time, a battery powered headphone...
DAC
Apr 2014
As soon as anyone removes the grey Nextel coated cover of the Aqua (Acoustic Quality) La Scala Mk II DAC he or she will see that they mean serious business in Italy. Where a lot of converters today consist of one or two...
USB DAC
Mar 2014
Quantization Noise Killed The Cat, an odd name for a DAC but this is no ordinary converter. Made in Norway for both the music lover and the hands on audio enthusiast the AB-1.2 is an asynchronous USB DAC in a compact box...
word clock
Feb 2014
Without a clock signal generated somewhere in your CD player, streaming device, D/A converter or digital video player you would not be able to get any sound or picture out of the box. Most clocks are very simple devices that...
DAC
Feb 2014
The original Metrum Octave was a rather special DAC. It came in two boxes, had minimal features and sounded remarkable, in fact truly superb and competed with products at twice its £729 Price. It had only one shortcoming and...

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