1. Oppo HA-1

    Oppo HA-1

    Worth auditioning at this price, but it needs to deliver more energy and excitement for the full five stars

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    Available from £1199
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  2. Chord Hugo

    Chord Hugo

    Best DAC £1000+, Awards 2014. The Hugo delivers hard-to-beat sound quality in an unbelievably small and versatile package

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    Available from £1400
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  3. Sony PHA-3AC

    Sony PHA-3AC

    The Sony PHA-3AC is a good product, and is worth an audition, but isn’t the class leader we hoped for

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  4. Benchmark DAC2 HGC

    Benchmark DAC2 HGC

    The Benchmark DAC2 HGC is a hugely capable product but it’s up against some formidable competition

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  5. Chord Chordette Qute EX

    Chord Chordette Qute EX

    Best DAC £700-£1500, Awards 2014. Chord has achieved some rave reviews for its latest DACs, and the QuteEX is another to add to the list

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  7. LH Labs Geek Out

    LH Labs Geek Out

    A good ad for crowd-funded hi-fi; solid but not quite as talented as some rivals

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  8. Cambridge Audio Azur 851D

    Cambridge Audio Azur 851D

    Solid performer for the money, even if it can't scale the heights of the class leaders

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  9. Fostex HP-A8

    Fostex HP-A8

    The A8 is a passable piece of kit with some neat flourishes, but it fails to really inspire

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  10. Myryad Z20

    Myryad Z20

    The Z20 struggles against excellent competition; it’s shown up as average

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  11. Denon DA-300USB

    Denon DA-300USB

    A great first DAC from Denon, if on the over-friendly side

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    Available from £219
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