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Chord Electronics Hugo 2 DAC headphone amplifier

Chord Electronics Hugo 2 DAC headphone amplifier

HFC listens to Chord’s Hugo 2, which promises the world and pretty much delivers

World Exclusive Review: Audiolab M-DAC+

World Exclusive Review: Audiolab M-DAC+

Meet the new and updated version of Audiolab’s excellent digital-to-analogue converter

Hegel HD30

Hegel HD30

Can Hegel’s new DAC emulate the light and shade of Norway’s midnight sun and polar nights?

Chord Electronics Hugo - £1,400

Chord Electronics Hugo - £1,400

Sounding like no other digital convertor that David Price has heard, Chord's DAC/headphone amp is a landmark product

B.M.C PureDAC - £1,290

B.M.C PureDAC - £1,290

Followers of fashion know that DAC/preamps are all the rage, and with the PureDAC, it's justifiably so, says David Price

Sony UDA-1 - £499

Sony UDA-1 - £499

Andrew Simpson asks if this mini DAC/amp marks a return to form for the daddy of digital audio

NAD DAC 1 £300

NAD DAC 1 £300

NAD's new £300 DAC connects both wirelessly and effortlessly. But, asks Richard Black, how does it fare against the competition?

TEAC UD-H01 - £300

TEAC UD-H01 - £300

TEAC's latest 'Reference Series' DAC is more than just a pretty box, says Richard Black, it's also a 'star' performer

Deltec PDM3- £2,650

Deltec PDM3- £2,650

Deltec was one of the first to make a standalone DAC and now its back in the fray, Jason Kennedy finds out if its experience has paid off

Pro-Ject DAC Box - £140

Pro-Ject DAC Box - £140

Pro-Ject's £140 DAC Box is a no-brainer for anyone playing music from a computer, says HFC's technical consultant Richard Black

Cyrus DAC X+ - £1,550

Cyrus DAC X+ - £1,550

Plenty of inputs, but no USB - and is the sound starting to show its age, too?

Electrocompaniet PD-1- £1,250

Electrocompaniet PD-1- £1,250

With or without the proprietary wireless link, this new addition to Electrocompaniet's range has us wired!

Lavry DA11 - £1,239

Lavry DA11 - £1,239

Pro from start to finish, but does the sound really match up to the internet buzz?

M2Tech Young DAC- £1,200

M2Tech Young DAC- £1,200

Sample rates and word-lengths that you can't even buy yet are great, but what about day-to-day sound?

Moon 300D- £1,350

Moon 300D- £1,350

Externally, this is Moon at its most typically unpretentious, but is there a dark side?

NuForce DAC9 - £1,095

NuForce DAC9 - £1,095

Well equipped and smart in a retro science fiction kind of way – flexible too!

Matrix Mini-I - £260

Matrix Mini-I - £260

Richard Black discovers a small, inexpensive DAC from newcomer Matrix that offers much for the audiophile for very little outlay

Rega DAC- £498

Rega DAC- £498

Rega's first ever DAC, a £500 five-filter mini marvel, is here and Technical Consultant Richard Black has (five) stars in his eyes ...

Antelope Audio Zodiac Plus - £1,895

Antelope Audio Zodiac Plus - £1,895

This new compact DAC/preamp from 'prosumer' digital clocking expert Antelope is better equipped than anything else says Jason Kennedy

Furutech GT40 DAC - £395

Furutech GT40 DAC - £395

Richard Black discovers a neat little DAC from Furutech which doubles up as a phono stage and A/D convertor, too - enter the GT40

Top 5 Outboard DACs

Rega DAC- £498

Rega's first ever DAC, a £500 five-filter mini marvel, is here and Technical Consultant Richard Black has (five) stars in his eyes ...

Antelope Audio Zodiac Plus - £1,895

This new compact DAC/preamp from 'prosumer' digital clocking expert Antelope is better equipped than anything else says Jason Kennedy

Arcam rDac - £300

Arcam, one of the pioneers of off-board DACs re-enters the market. Ed Selley finds out if the wait was worth it

Synthesis Matrix - £2,399

The valve-equipped Matrix DAC from Synthesis transforms ordinary CD players into extraordinary ones, says Jason Kennedy

Stello DA100 Signature - £750

A high-end DAC, the Stello DA100 Signature is intended for the audiophile who thought he had everything. Richard Black investigates

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