Digital-to-analogue conversion is arguably the most critical process your system undertakes - all those ones and zeros are beautifully convenient to package, but they don't mean anything sensible to your ears until they've been turned into analogue information.

Which is where a DAC comes in.

But it doesn't follow you have to break the bank to do your d-to-a converting in style. Here we've rounded up the best DAC deals around.

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Best What Hi-Fi? deals

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