The Sony PHA-3AC is a good product, and is worth an audition, but isn’t the class leader we hoped for
There's a lot to like about this retro-looking DAC and headphone amp combo...
Not everyone has £12,000 to spend on a DAC, but the TAD DA-1000 is one of the best money can buy...
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
Worth auditioning at this price, but it needs to deliver more energy and excitement for the full five stars
Best DAC £1200+, Awards 2015. The Hugo delivers hard-to-beat sound quality in an unbelievably small and versatile package
The Benchmark DAC2 HGC is a hugely capable product but it’s up against some formidable competition
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
A good ad for crowd-funded hi-fi; solid but not quite as talented as some rivals
Solid performer for the money, even if it can't scale the heights of the class leaders