When it comes to headphone amp circuitry, most amps and smartphones are pretty basic. That's why you'll want to pair them with a dedicated headphone amp - so your shiny new pair of headphones can really sing. Here are our favourites, from under a ton to nigh-on eight grand.

As a bonus, many headphone amps now include a built-in DAC, so you can hook up a laptop and create a compact and effective desktop hi-fi system.

Tempted? These are the best headphone amp/DACs around right now.

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Chord Mojo

Reviewed on 14th October 2015 at
£399

This DAC and headphone amp won our Product of the Year Award in 2016 and is strongly in the frame again this year - and it's easy to hear why. Its audio quality surpasses what we'd expect at this price. It's portable. It's solidly built. It's capable of a subtle yet dynamic sound. Put simply, it's a great choice for anyone looking to spend a little more.

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Under £1000

Audiolab M-DAC+

Reviewed on 24th June 2016 at
£800

Extensive features, fine build and the sound quality we've come to expect from Audiolab. This is another solid upgrade on an Award-winning product that well and truly justifies the outlay.

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Chord DAVE

Reviewed on 27th June 2016 at
£7,995

Sure, it's pricey, and sure, it has a silly name. But this feature-packed box delivers seriously impressive, high-end performance. Just make sure the rest of your set-up is up to the task, or you won't get the best out of it.

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