1. Wharfedale Diamond 230

    Wharfedale Diamond 230

    They’ve lost a star, but the Wharfedales are still speakers to be reckoned with

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  2. 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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  3. Quad Vena

    Quad Vena

    The Vena’s a solid effort from Quad. Greater subtlety could turn it into a brilliant amp

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    Available from £599.95
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  4. Geneva Model M Wireless

    Geneva Model M Wireless

    A commendable speaker if you’re mainly after Bluetooth and radio

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  5. 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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    Available from £556.87
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  7. Marantz PM6005

    Marantz PM6005

    Best stereo amplifier up to £500, Awards 2014. Superb sound quality on a budget for your analogue and digital music

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    Available from £539
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  8. TEAC AI-501DA

    TEAC AI-501DA

    The gorgeous retro design is hard to resist, but the TEAC fails to deliver an engaging and musical performance at this price

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    Available from £689
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  9. Audiolab 8200CD

    Audiolab 8200CD

    Delivering a very capable sound at a competitive price, the 8200CD will sit pretty with any music fan

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  10. Sony UDA-1

    Sony UDA-1

    Provided you use the UDA-1 in a set-up optimised for desktop use it’s a fine product. We’re really impressed by the build and finish too

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    Available from £499
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  11. 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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    Available from £425
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