Audeze Deckard headphone amp and DAC lands in the UK for £599

We first saw the Deckard at CES in January, and it was slated for a UK launch in spring 2015. Well, what's a few months between friends?

Inside it has Class A amplification and high-performance DAC (digital-to-analogue converter) capable of handling audio up to 32-bit/384kHz.

Gain and input can be adjusted using the front-panel switches, so you can also use the Deckard as a line-level preamp. You also get optical digital and analogue RCA inputs.

Although designed to work in harmony with Audeze's EL-8 headphones, the unit is compatible with a wide range of headphones from other manufacturers.

The Audeze Deckard is available now for £599 from leading hi-fi retailers including Richer Sounds.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.