After years in the relative wilderness, a standalone DAC could be one of the most important parts of your system – we round-up the best on the market...

From the compact USB DAC, such as the Audioquest DragonFly Black, to more substantial offerings from Oppo and Chord we've been through all our DAC reviews to uncover the best DACs to buy, whatever your budget.

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Under £100

Audioquest DragonFly Black

Reviewed on 25th May 2016 at

The original DragonFly was a groundbreaking product, which rightly won accolades many moons ago. The Black continues this commitment to excellent sound quality on a budget in an even more impressive package. That makes it a 2016 Award winner.


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Under £200

AudioQuest DragonFly Red

Reviewed on 6th June 2016 at

The DragonFly Red builds on the qualities of the Black but it also manages to turn performance up a few notches. It's a near-flawless option for anyone looking to give their computer music a hi-fi boost. That's why it's our Best USB DAC £100+ in our Awards 2016.

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Under £300

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Under £500

Chord Mojo

Reviewed on 14th October 2015 at

Put simply, the £400 Mojo delivers much of the performance of the Award-winning, £1400 Chord Hugo at a fraction of the price. It's an outstanding product for the money and a worthy Product of the Year once again.

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Under £1000

Chord 2Qute

Reviewed on 7th July 2015 at
What happens when you combine two Award-winning products into one? You get the Chord 2Qute – a standalone DAC that’s the latest in Chord Electronics’ hugely successful Chordette range. We love it so much we made it Best DAC £500-£1000 in our 2016 Awards.
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Under £1500

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