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Benchmark DAC 1 HDR Reviewed

Benchmark DAC 1 HDR Reviewed

By Dr. Ken Taraszka

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

The aptly named Benchmark DAC 1 HDR has the well-earned reputation as "the one to beat" even among far pricier DACS. This $1,895 wonder is smaller than a shoebox yet has all the functionality of a DAC and a preamp, making it an ideal candidate for any superior high-end desktop or computer-based system. Read More

 
Cary Audio Xciter DAC Reviewed

Cary Audio Xciter DAC Reviewed

By Jim Swantko

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Cary's Xciter DAC wowed Jim Swantko with its input flexibility and great sound. With USB 2.0 as well as S/PDIF, Toslink, and BNC inputs, the Xciter can handle all your digital sources. Its only shortcomings are the lack of a remote and balanced XLR outputs, otherwise a home run. Read More

 
High Resolution Technologies Music Streamer DAC

High Resolution Technologies Music Streamer DAC

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

The first product aimed at computer owners who want better sound than what's offered by their internal soundcards. The HRT Music Streamer delivers surprisingly good sound for under $100. It's easy to install and it works - not bad for an entry-level-priced product. Read More

 
Ayre QB-9 USB DAC Reviewed

Ayre QB-9 USB DAC Reviewed

By Jim Swantko

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Ayre's USB-only QB-9 is one of the first to utilize a proprietary asynchronous USB data transmission protocol developed by Wavelength Audio. The QB-9 extends the sonic capabilities of USB sources from merely listenable to staggeringly good. If only it had SPDIF inputs... Read More

 
Cambridge Audio DacMagic D/A Converter Reviewed

Cambridge Audio DacMagic D/A Converter Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

With both balanced and single-ended outputs as well as inputs for USB, SPDIF, and Toslink, the DacMagic is a very full-featured and fine-sounding DAC that won't break the bank. Its asynchronous upsampling converts signals to 96/24 for internal processing. It also sounds very nice. Read More

 
DCS Delius DAC Reviewed

DCS Delius DAC Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Regarded by some hi-fi experts as the finest converters money can buy, the DCS Delius DAC makes a strong argument in favor of this opinion. Beautifully constructed and elegantly designed, the Delius qualifies as a classic piece of digital kit, worthy of being in the finest stereos. Read More

 
Sutherland 12dAX7 USB DAC and Preamp Reviewed

Sutherland 12dAX7 USB DAC and Preamp Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Using 12 AX7 tubes this USB-only DAC has its own analog volume control so it can be used without a preamp. Using true dual-mono construction throughout, the 12dAX7 USB DAC brings PC audio up to a level that's competitive with stand-alone transports. Read More

 
Chord DAC 64 Digital To Analog Converter Reviewed

Chord DAC 64 Digital To Analog Converter Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

The DAC 64 from Chord looks unique with its retro-industrial styling. With a polished sound that Ken Kessler found "liquid...with plenty of slam..." the DAC 64 is ideal for audiophiles who are tired of big ugly black boxes and long for something more stylish for their music. Read More

 
Audio Research DAC2 Digital to Analog Converter Reviewed

Audio Research DAC2 Digital to Analog Converter Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

As loved as any audio brand in the industry, Audio Research keeps coming out with high-end audio gear that is better than the last. The DAC2 tries to tame the digital beast. It's not even as expensive as you'd expect, especially give its amazing performance Read More

 
Audio Research DAC1 Digital To Analog Converter Reviewed

Audio Research DAC1 Digital To Analog Converter Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Audio Research producing a digital converter? This company -- analogue stalwarts enamoured with valves -- has resisted involvement with Things Digital until the moemnt in the format's history when digital earned, in ARC's own words, 'a degree of technological maturity... Read More