With more and more of us storing our music on our smartphones, laptops, PCs and tablets the market for digital-to-analogue converters has exploded. Fitting a high-quality DAC between your source and headphones or speakers will ensure you hear your music at its best. Whether you want something portable you can carry about with you, or a bigger desktop DAC, here are our five current Best Buys.
Up to £300
Audioquest DragonFly v1.2
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Product of the Year, Awards 2014. The original DragonFly blew us away, but the v1.2 takes performance to a whole new level and at a great price too!
£300-£500
Arcam irDAC
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Best DAC £300-£500, Awards 2014. A brilliantly talented DAC with bags of sonic appeal – its main rivals should be worried.

£500-£700
Audiolab M-DAC
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Best DAC £500-£700, Awards 2014. The Audiolab M-DAC raises the performance bar with apparent ease.

£700-£1000
Chord Chordette Qute EX
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Best DAC £700-£1000, Awards 2014. Chord has struck gold: a terrific performer for the money.

£1000+
Chord Electronics Hugo
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Best DAC £1000+, Awards 2014. With its compact, jewel-like design and amazing sound quality, this is a superb piece of engineering.