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
HRT microStreamer
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Best DAC up to £300, Awards 2013. This bijou headphone DAC makes the most of music on your laptop or PC.

£300-£500
Arcam irDAC
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Product of the Year, Awards 2013. 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 2013. The Audiolab M-DAC raises the performance bar with apparent ease.

£700-£1000
Chord Electronics QuteHD
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Best DAC £700-£1000, Awards 2013. Chord has struck gold: a terrific performer for the money.

£1000+
Naim DAC-V1
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Best DAC £1000+, Awards 2013. A stunning all-round performance from what is arguably Naim’s best DAC yet.