When it comes to their headphone amp circuitry, most amps and smartphones are basic in the extreme. That's why you should pair your shiny new headphones with a dedicated headphone amp - then they'll really sing. Here are our favourites, from under a ton to nigh-on eight grand.

And as a bonus, many headphone amps (but not all) 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 figured strongly again in 2017 - 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 subtle, yet dynamic, sound. So it's a great choice for anyone looking to spend a little more.

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Chord DAVE

Reviewed on 27th June 2016 at
£7,995

Daft name, extraordinary product. If money's no object then you need to hear DAVE.

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