1. Audiolab M-DAC

    Audiolab M-DAC

    Best DAC £500-£700, Awards 2014. Effortlessly talented and enjoyable, the M-DAC is still the best product of its kind

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    Available from £599
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  2. Pioneer U-05

    Pioneer U-05

    There's a lot to like about this retro-looking DAC and headphone amp combo...

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  3. Creative Sound Blaster X7

    Creative Sound Blaster X7

    The Sound Blaster promises much but fails to shine. It’s a decent performer but is easily bettered by the likes of NAD’s D3020

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  4. Rotel RDD-1580

    Rotel RDD-1580

    There’s plenty to be impressed with this Rotel DAC, but its poor USB input holds it back

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  5. Parasound Zdac

    Parasound Zdac

    Not the final word in DAC performance at this price, but the Zdac still produces a lively, likeable sound

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  7. Meridian Director

    Meridian Director

    The diminutive Director packs a sonic punch but doesn’t have the rhythmic swagger of the best

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    Available from £249
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  8. Heed Audio Dactilus 3

    Heed Audio Dactilus 3

    Lots to recommend it, but sound plays it safe

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  9. Rega DAC

    Rega DAC

    Got the budget? Got the system? Hear the Rega

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