1. NAD D 1050

    NAD D 1050

    A brilliant box of tricks that holds plenty of appeal for those in the hunt for a desirable desktop DAC

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  2. 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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  3. Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS

    Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS

    We’re used to Cambridge Audio being aggressive when it comes to price, but even by its standards the DacMagic XS represents excellent value

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  4. 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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  5. Arcam irDAC

    Arcam irDAC

    Best DAC £300-£500, Awards 2014. A brilliantly talented DAC with bags of sonic appeal – its main rivals should be worried

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  7. T+A DAC 8

    T+A DAC 8

    The DAC 8 is beautifully engineered and usefully equipped, but most of all – it sounds great

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  8. Naim DAC-V1

    Naim DAC-V1

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

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  9. Audiolab Q-DAC

    Audiolab Q-DAC

    Sounds inoffensive – to such an extent that it becomes uninteresting

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  10. Pro-ject DAC Box DS

    Pro-ject DAC Box DS

    It’s not going to set the world alight, but the DAC Box DS is a solid performer

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  11. Chord Electronics QBD76 HDSD

    Chord Electronics QBD76 HDSD

    Chord’s QBD76 HDSD is a top-class converter that delivers a brilliant sound from a well-built package. It has plenty of visual appeal, too

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