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Best DACs 2021: USB, portable and desktop DACs

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Best DACs Buying Guide: Welcome to What Hi-Fi?'s round-up of the best DACs you can buy in 2021.

You might not realise it, but most of us make use of at least one digital-to-analogue converter (DAC) every single day. Any device that delivers digital sound – be it a laptop, Blu-ray player, digital TV box, games console, portable music player or smartphone – requires a DAC to convert its audio to an analogue signal before it is output to speakers, headphones or another analogue device.

Without a DAC, your digital music collection is nothing but a sizeable collection of “0s and 1s” that makes sense only within the digital domain. In short, DACs play a huge part in making digital music worthwhile.

The very best DACs will make your hi-fi, desktop or audio system sing, but something sub-optimal – or sticking to the ones used in regular do-it-all components like those mentioned above – will prevent you from getting the most out of your set-up.

So, whether you're after a cheap USB DAC for your laptop, a portable model to improve your on-the-go phone sound, a high-end device to slip into a home hi-fi system, or a multi-purpose hybrid, you're sure to find a contender on this list of the best DACs...

Best DACs 2021: Chord Qutest

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1. Chord Qutest

Pound for pound the best DAC on the market right now.

Specifications
Inputs: Coaxial digital, optical digital, USB Type-B
Outputs: RCA phono
Bluetooth: No
Max sample rate support: 32bit/768kHz PCM, DSD512
Dimensions (hwd): 4.1 x 16 x 7.2cm
Weight: 770g
Reasons to buy
+Clear, precise and subtle performer+Excellent timing+Well equipped
Reasons to avoid
-No Bluetooth

Chord continues to light up the premium market for DACs and the Qutest is the proof. It's the product that lesser rivals look up to at this price point. The DAC delivers a crisp, clean and concise sound, with Chord's now familiar neutral tonal balance.

As with all decent hi-fi gear, it'll take a bit of running in time before the Qutest really starts to sing. But when it does you're in for a treat: songs are imbued with a great sense of scope, and there's warmth and texture in abundance.

The Qutest boasts Chord's trademark colour-denoting buttons which tell you which source it's drawing on: they glow white for USB-Type-B (capable of accepting 32-bit/768kHz PCM/DSD512); yellow for the first BNC coaxial and red for the second (24-bit/384kHz); and green for the optical (24-bit/192kHz/DSD64).

Given there's no Bluetooth connectivity or headphone amp on-board, the Qutest’s sole purpose is to be the digital-to-analogue bridge between your digital source and amplifier. And it does the job brilliantly.

Read the full review: Chord Qutest

Best DACs 2021: Cambridge Audio DacMagic 200M

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2. Cambridge Audio DacMagic 200M

Cambridge’s generously featured DAC is the best you can buy at this level

Specifications
Inputs: Coaxial digital x2, optical digital x2, USB Type-B
Outputs: RCA phono, XLR
Bluetooth: aptX
Max sample rate support: 332-bit/768kHz PCM, DSD512, MQA
Dimensions (hwd): 5.2 x 21.5 x 19.1cm
Weight: 1.2kg
Reasons to buy
+Smooth, clean, insightful sound+Generous connectivity+Native MQA support
Reasons to avoid
-No remote control-Tough competition

If you're looking for a DAC that combines all manner of useful features into an attractive and sonically astute package, the DacMagic 200M is a bot of a no-brainer, especially at this price.

It's well-equipped enough to slot effortlessly into any hi-fi or desktop system. A wide selection of digital inputs caters to a range of sources and there's aptX Bluetooth on board too. Add balanced and unbalanced outputs into the mix, plus a headphone output and hi-res audio support and that's pretty much any and all bases covered.

Sonically, it's got that recognisable 'Cambridge' sound which means a full, smooth tone partnered with an open, expressive, and authoritative delivery. Ignore this talented all-rounder at your peril.

Read the full review: Cambridge Audio DacMagic 200M

Best DACs 2021: iFi Zen DAC v2

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3. iFi Zen DAC V2

One of the very best ways to upgrade your desktop headphone system on a budget

Specifications
Inputs: USB3.0 (USB2.0 compatible)
Outputs: RCA, balanced 4.4mm x 2, 6.3mm
Native sample rate support: 32bit/384kHz PCM, DSD256, MQA
Dimensions (HWD): 3 x 10 x 11.7cm
Weight: 0.8kg
Reasons to buy
+Clearer and more insightful than predecessor+Expressive dynamics+Good output selection
Reasons to avoid
-No mains adapter included

The ‘if it ain’t broke…’ saying isn’t lost on us. But at the same time we realise that in a competitive industry such as hi-fi, making the best even better off your own back isn’t necessarily a bad idea. It’s what iFi has done with its budget home DAC and headphone amp offering, with the original Zen DAC now making way for a ‘V2’ model that offers improvements in terms of processing, MQA decoding and circuitry.

They pay off. This budget DAC, which can be USB or mains powered, is excellent in both the features and performance department for the money.

Offering a significant upgrade over computer sound quality in an era where people need it most, the Zen DAC V2 is another feather in the cap for iFi’s budget Zen series.

Read the full review: iFi Zen DAC V2

Best DACs 2021: Audiolab M-DAC nano

4. Audiolab M-DAC nano

The best portable DAC we've heard recently.

Specifications
Inputs: n/a
Outputs: 3.5mm
Bluetooth: Yes
Dimensions (hwd): 44 x 44 x 14mm
Weight: 28g
Reasons to buy
+Sonic punch and refinement+Compact and lightweight+Wireless operation
Reasons to avoid
-Battery life could be better

A great way to improve the sound of your phone or laptop, we can’t think of a better alternative for portable use. The M-DAC nano is a tiny unit, barely bigger than a custard cream biscuit. It’s light, weighing in at just 28g, and there's a built-in rechargeable battery, too.

Being small and light are major plus points for portability, but the nano’s biggest advantage over rivals such as the Cyrus Soundkey or the AudioQuest Dragonfly (below) is that the connection with your device is done wirelessly, in this case by aptX Bluetooth (v4.2).

Sonically, it's just as sweet as the custard cream we mentioned earlier: this is an impressively solid performance, giving a marked improvement in bass punch and power. Not only that, it also adds volume while still managing to refine the sound.

Overall, it's an exciting and entertaining performance that will improve your music on the move with minimum fuss. What could be better?

Read the full review: Audiolab M-DAC nano

Best DACs 2021: AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt

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5. AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt

Another brilliant portable DAC from AudioQuest with a clever design.

Specifications
Inputs: USB Type A
Outputs: 3.5mm
Bluetooth: No
Native sample rate support: 24bit/96kHz PCM
Dimensions (hwd): 1.2 x 1.9 x 5.7cm
Weight: n/a
Reasons to buy
+Clear, insightful sound+Excellent timing and dynamics+Extensive file support
Reasons to avoid
-Not the most relaxed sound-Adaptor can be tricky to fit

Want all the benefits of the DragonFly Red (2.1v headphone output, bit-perfect digital volume control and MQA renderer) with more detail, greater dynamics and an even better sense of timing? Then you should try the latest instalment in AudioQuest's line of portable DACs - the DragonFly Cobalt.

The new model boasts a more advanced DAC chip, and a new microprocessor draws less current and bumps up the DAC's processing speed. Yes it costs around a little more, but it does take performance to another level. We'd willingly pay the extra.

Once attached to your laptop or smartphone, and selected as means of audio output, the DAC’s LED will shine one of six colours to indicate sampling rate: red for standby, green for 44.1kHz, blue for 48kHz, yellow for 88.2 kHz, light blue for 96kHz or purple when decoding MQA. It's a great feature for at-a-glance checking, and helps justify the extra outlay.

Read the full review: AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt

Best DACs 2021: Astell & Kern AK USB-C Dual DAC Cable

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6. Astell & Kern AK USB-C Dual DAC Cable

Another brilliant portable DAC from AudioQuest with a clever design.

Specifications
Inputs: USB-C
Outputs: 3.5mm
Bluetooth: No
Native sample rate support: PCM 32-bit/384kHz, DSD256
Weight: 27g
Reasons to buy
+Notable improvement to audio+Clean, precise character+Nicely made
Reasons to avoid
-No iOS device compatibility

Before Astell & Kern announced its AK USB-C Dual DAC Cable, it wouldn’t have been a stretch to imagine the company making such a product. After all, it has been in the portable digital audio game with portable music players for years and enjoyed much success.

That know-how has been put to good use in offering USB-C device owners an affordable, practical way to soup up their smartphone or desktop sound through wired headphones. Adding the AK USB-C Dual DAC Cable between these headphones and our source devices (which provide power to the DAC) makes the world of difference. It’s such an appealing option that we can almost forgive the unwieldy name.

Read the full Astell & Kern AK USB-C Dual DAC Cable review

Best DACs 2021: Cyrus soundKey

7. Cyrus soundKey

This compact little critter is a fine budget DAC.

Specifications
Inputs: Micro USB
Outputs: 3.5mm
Bluetooth: No
Native sample rate support: 24bit/96kHz PCM
Dimensions (hwd): 2.3 x 0.8 x 5.4cm
Weight: 16g
Reasons to buy
+Clean, open sound+Loaded with detail+Compact and unobtrusive
Reasons to avoid
-Attaching to an iOS device is a faff-Some rivals sound more dynamic

A cheaper alternative to the AudioQuest above is the Cyrus soundKey. There’s a 3.5mm socket for plugging in headphones (or connecting to a system). At the other end there’s a micro USB socket. There’s no need (nor any room) for anything else.

In the box Cyrus provides a cable terminated with a micro USB at both ends (for use with appropriate Android devices) and a micro USB/full-size USB cable (for use with laptop or desktop computers). Apple user? You'll need to buy a dedicated cable.

Sonically, it's the musical equivalent of the Tardis - it might be small, but it affords your tunes an immense amount of space so nothing sounds too cluttered. This is especially pronounced when listening to quieter, sparser material. There's also a great level of detail, with voices and instruments rendered in a completely natural way. Dynamics and transparency are also key strengths that make this mini marvel punch well above its weight.

Read the full review: Cyrus soundKey

Best DACs 2021: AudioQuest DragonFly Red

8. AudioQuest DragonFly Red

The DragonFly Red is another excellent portable DAC.

Specifications
Inputs: USB Type-B
Outputs: 3.5mm
Bluetooth: No
Native sample rate support: 24bit/96kHz PCM
Dimensions (hwd): 1.2 x 1.9 x 7.2cm
Weight: 22g
Reasons to buy
+Sophisticated, solid and subtle sound+As convenient as ever+Smartphone compatible
Reasons to avoid
-Red finish seems easily chipped

The majority of DACs and headphone amplifiers fitted to smartphones or laptops are cheap and not very good. Adding a dedicated DAC, no matter how small, can make all the difference. So, a DAC and headphone amp disguised as a USB stick sounds like a great idea - and the DragonFly Red, like the DragonFly Cobalt above, pulls it off superbly.

Though on first glance, it might seem a bit under-powered. After all, its hi-res support tops out at 24-bit/96kHz, which is the same as the much cheaper AudioQuest DragonFly Black. But it does have a higher voltage output (2.1v), which makes it better suited to driving more demanding headphones.

And it makes a real difference. Use it instead of the headphone output on your computer and you'll notice improved weight and texture to your tunes, combined with a natural and subtle sound. All told, it's a supremely compact and convenient device that can be taken anywhere for an immediate musical boost.

Read the full review: AudioQuest DragonFly Red

Best DACs 2021: Chord Mojo

9. Chord Mojo

A slice of high-end audio in a small DAC package.

Specifications
Inputs: Coaxial, optical digital inputs, Micro USB
Outputs: 3.5mm x 2
Bluetooth: No
Native sample rate support: 32bit/768kHz PCM, DSD512
Dimensions (hwd): 2.2 x 6 x 8.2cm
Weight: 180g
Reasons to buy
+Subtle and dynamic sound+Fine rhythmic drive+Solid build and good finish
Reasons to avoid
-Runs warm and gets hot charging

Mojo is short for ‘Mobile Joy’. And this DAC more than lives up to its name. 

Sonically, It can convey power and scale when the music requires but has the finesse to make the most of the subtler passages, too. That sense of organisation is clear here, as is the Mojo’s composure when music becomes demanding. There's plenty of detail to get your teeth into, and while it's a full-bodied sound, it avoids any hint of excess richness at mid- and low-frequencies.

We’re also happy with the unit’s sense of refinement. Its transparency means that poor recordings (and sources) will be easy to spot, but this DAC won’t go out of its way to be nasty.

Battery life is around eight hours which makes it a decent companion for a commute or business trip while inputs include micro USB, optical and coaxial. The only feature missing from Mojo's arsenal is Bluetooth, but we're prepared to give it some leeway because it sounds so good. Go on, get some Mobile Joy in your life.

Read the full review: Chord Mojo

Best DACs 2021: Audiolab M-DAC+

10. Audiolab M-DAC+

This impressive DAC delivers an organised, coherent and expansive listen.

Specifications
Inputs: 2 coaxial, 2 optical digital, XLR, stereo RCA, AES/EBU, USB Type-A, USB Type-B
Outputs: 6.3mm
Bluetooth: Yes
Native sample rate support: 32bit/384kHz PCM, DSD256
Dimensions (hwd): 11.4 x 24.7 x 29.2cm
Weight: 3.7kg
Reasons to buy
+Extensive spec+Fine build and finish+Organised, tidy and expansive listen
Reasons to avoid
-Could sound more attacking

The original M-DAC was among our favourite pound-for-pound DACs for half a decade - and in 2016 Audiolab finally gave it the long overdue update treatment. Thankfully, the M-DAC+ was well worth the wait and is still up there with the best DACs at the money.

You don't just get a bigger box, you get much better specs too. Such as? There's support for 32-bit/384kHz and DSD256 hi-res music, plus a host of new connections to keep you entertained. It also has added tweakability: there's a ridiculous 11 filters to play with, each making a subtle but noticeable difference to the sound. That should keep you busy.

And on the audio side, you won't be disappointed. There's a wide, believable soundstage, impressive detail levels, and good timing. It's not the last word in attack and drive but if you can handle that, there's not much else to quibble with here.

Read the full review: Audiolab M-DAC+

Best DACs 2021: iFi hip-dac

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11. iFi hip-dac

This talented portable DAC delivers high-quality sound on the go.

Specifications
Inputs: USB Type-A, USB 3.0, 3.5mm audio
Outputs: 3.5mm, 4.4mm
Bluetooth: No
Native sample rate support: PCM (up to 384kHz), DXD (up to 384kHz), DSD (up to 256kHz), MQA
Dimensions (hwd): 1.4 x 7 x 10.2cm (length)
Weight: 125g
Reasons to buy
+Easy-going by engaging sound+Battery power+Fine build and finish
Reasons to avoid
-Up against tough competition-Larger than some rivals-Sub-par sampling rate indicators

This portable DAC resembles a hip flask and delivers a shot of high-quality sound on the move. The most compact option in iFi's range, it's essentially the guts of the British brand's excellent desktop-based Zen DAC (below) squeezed into a smaller, battery-powered package. 

The aluminium case feels rock solid and is accented by a nicely-damped metal volume control. As for audio quality, the hip-dac serves up the typical easy-going, refined iFi sound – we're big fans of its "undemanding nature, expressive dynamics and pleasing rhythmic precision."

In short, the iFi hip-dac is a superb buy – but it's up against a strong field. The likes of Zorloo’s Ztella set high standards for below the £100 mark, while the Cyrus soundKey remains hard to beat. Still, if you're looking for a high-quality portable DAC, this talented box of tricks warrants an audition.

Read the full review: iFi hip-dac

Best DACs 2021: Chord Hugo 2

12. Chord Hugo 2

Chord's Hugo was already a stellar DAC, and this only improves on it.

Specifications
Inputs: Coaxial, optical digital inputs, Micro USB
Outputs: 3.5mm, 6.3mm, RCA phono
Bluetooth: Yes
Native sample rate support: 32bit/768kHz PCM, DSD512
Dimensions (hwd): 2.1 x 10 x 13cm
Weight: 450g
Reasons to buy
+Detailed, dynamic and open sound+Well-made and specified+Exotic multi-coloured control system
Reasons to avoid
-All those colours can get confusing-Not strictly speaking portable

The superb Hugo 2 features all the inputs and outputs you could realistically require from a product of this type, including digital optical, coaxial and mini-USB. Music can also be fed to a pair of wireless headphones via aptX Bluetooth. 3.5mm and 6.3mm headphone outputs also feature, plus a pair of stereo RCAs to connect an amplifier.

So to say it's a versatile piece of kit would be an understatement.

The Chord is a smooth, neutral listen – it doesn’t overstate, yet it doesn’t underplay. For some DACs, that could be playing it safe, but the Hugo 2 still manages to keep things interesting, creating a holistic sound: it arranges the pieces into a convincing whole where bass is balanced against treble in the most unforced and crystal-clear manner. There isn’t another DAC around at anywhere near this sort of price able to communicate so well and so effortlessly. We like it a lot.

Read the full review: Chord Hugo 2

Best DACs 2021

13. Chord Hugo TT2

Chord has produced another class-leading DAC.

Specifications
Inputs: Coaxial, optical digital inputs, USB Type-B
Outputs: 3.5mm, 6.5mm, RCA phono, XLR
Bluetooth: Yes
Native sample rate support: 32bit/768kHz PCM, DSD512
Dimensions (hwd): 4.6 x 23.5 x 22.3cm
Weight: N/A
Reasons to buy
+Articulate, informative sound+Great dynamic expression+Fine build
Reasons to avoid
-Ergonomics can be frustrating

Chord's DAC dominance only continues as you go up the price spectrum. In performance and feature terms it’s possible to make a strong case for the Hugo TT2 to be considered the best value DAC the company makes. You’ve got to have a mighty transparent system (not to mention a mighty fat wallet) to justify the use of anything more expensive than this.

There’s now also plenty of clear air between the performance of the TT2 and the Hugo 2, enough to make the price difference easily justifiable in a suitably talented set-up. Bluetooth aptX is onboard for wireless playback from a phone or tablet, and while it sounds good, it's not a patch on one of the TT2's wired connections. But these are a cut above, painting a vivid picture brimming with attack and a sense of coherence few can match, let alone better. It’s a wonderfully detailed and expressive presentation.

So, Chord’s seemly unstoppable digital bandwagon rolls on with yet another class leader. We're not a fan of the Hugo TT2's scrolling menu system, but in every other respect, it’s a stunner.

Read the full review: Chord Hugo TT2

Best DACs 2021

14. Chord DAVE

We haven’t heard a DAC at this level that sounds so natural or insightful.

Specifications
Inputs: Coaxial, optical digital inputs, USB Type-B
Outputs: 3.5mm, 6.5mm, RCA phono, XLR
Bluetooth: Yes
Native sample rate support: 32bit/768kHz PCM, DSD512
Dimensions (hwd): 7.1 x 33.3 x 15.4cm
Weight: 7kg
Reasons to buy
+Class-leading sound quality+Impressive feature list+Distinctive appearance
Reasons to avoid
-If the price isn’t an issue, nothing

Unlike the Mojo and Hugo 2, the Chord DAVE isn’t about portability. It’s about maximising performance, and it does this brilliantly. The DAVE’s sound is superbly refined, but it never uses that as an excuse to smooth things off and remove the sparkle from recordings.

It’s faithful to the source, and we can ask no more than that. You get plenty of source options too: there’s the usual trio of digital inputs (one USB type B, four co-ax and two optical) to go alongside the much rarer AES/EBU balanced digital input. There's also a quartet of BNC connectors that Chord calls DX inputs, for as-yet unannounced Chord source products.

It impresses on paper, too. The single USB accepts PCM signals with sampling rates up to 768kHz - that's very capable indeed, though we're not sure how many people will actually be able to take advantage of such numbers.

DAVE doesn't come cheap, but then this DAC is quite some product. We're smitten and we think you will be too.

Read the full review: Chord DAVE

Best DACs 2021

15. Nagra HD DAC/MPS

This Nagra (with its matching power supply) is one of the best DACs we've ever heard.

Specifications
Inputs: Coaxial, optical digital inputs, USB Type-B
Outputs: 6.5mm, RCA phono, XLR
Bluetooth: No
Native sample rate support: 24bit/384kHz PCM, DSD128
Dimensions (hwd): 7.6 x 35 x 27.7cm
Weight: N/A
Reasons to buy
+Natural, fluid and informative sound+Rhythmic and expressive delivery+Terrific build
Reasons to avoid
-Display could be better

We've no hesitation in saying Nagra’s HD DAC is one of the best DACs on the planet. It's a hugely desirable piece of kit which boasts immaculate build quality and immense attention to detail. Of course, to get the best from the Nagra you need to add premium partners (otherwise it's like running a Bentley on pram wheels), but once hooked up you're treated to a wonderfully organic, natural and detailed sound.

While there’s plenty of refinement and a total lack of unwanted hardness, there remains a healthy dose of dynamic punch when required. Whether enjoying aggressive or subtle selections, the Nagra is capable of staggering levels of detail presented in an effortlessly musical style. And of course it goes without saying that the build quality is second to none (as you would expect at this price).

If you're in the market for a serious high-end DAC, then you need to hear this.

Read the full review: Nagra HD DAC/MPS

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Andy Madden

Andy is Deputy Editor of What Hi-Fi? and a consumer electronics journalist with nearly 20 years of experience writing news, reviews and features. Over the years he's also contributed to a number of other outlets, including The Sunday Times, the BBC, Stuff, and BA High Life Magazine. Premium wireless earbuds are his passion but he's also keen on car tech and in-car audio systems and can often be found cruising the countryside testing the latest set-ups. In his spare time Andy is a keen golfer and gamer.

  • djh1697
    The MARCH USB DAC is only £260, and made the Naim DAC sound pale! Works great with Tidal/Qobuz/Roon. Grab one while you can! They are superb! The will take DSD64 and 384/24 PCM
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  • aaadavid
    I had a Rega Dac R - just upgraded to this DAC : RME adi-2 fs dac - astonishing improvement - see this review as an example https://www.themasterswitch.com/rme-adi-2-dac-reviewI have no affiliation with RME
    If you want the best DAC this is it.
    Please review What HiFi !!
    David
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  • Jacore
    Nice list. Would be good to see some reviews of R2R ladder DACs. Massive analogue dynamic sound. I’m currently running the Denafrips Ares II and it sounds astonishing. Like having my LPs on demand :)
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  • jgladden
    Agree w aaadavid, huge miss excluding rme adi-2. Either the list is wildly out of date or whathifi is getting a kick back from chord. The rme costs less than the qutest, offers mind blowing options to dial in the sound, superior reproduction across the frequency range, balanced and unbalanced output, much quieter output (the qutest hiss is a thing folks), qutest might edge out the rme in regards to wider soundstage - it remains hotly contested which is the better DAC, but missing the rme entirely is unforgivable. Come on whathifi, its 2020, test a wider range of product please!
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  • david_malcolm
    I agree that not featuring the RME ADI-2 and R2R ladder DACs seem to be either oversights or commercial decisions in this review.
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  • Jota180
    What Hi-Fi? said:
    The digital-to-analogue conversion process is absolutely critical, so make sure you enlist the help of a decent DAC.

    Best DACs 2019: USB, portable and desktop DACs : Read more

    No RME, no list.
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  • Jota180
    jgladden said:
    Agree w aaadavid, huge miss excluding rme adi-2. Either the list is wildly out of date or whathifi is getting a kick back from chord. The rme costs less than the qutest, offers mind blowing options to dial in the sound, superior reproduction across the frequency range, balanced and unbalanced output, much quieter output (the qutest hiss is a thing folks), qutest might edge out the rme in regards to wider soundstage - it remains hotly contested which is the better DAC, but missing the rme entirely is unforgivable. Come on whathifi, its 2020, test a wider range of product please!

    Agree with all of this. I was thinking of pulling the trigger on the Chord and was looking around the internet and I'd never heard of RME beofre, but once I'd read up on it, looked at the specs and feature list it's an absolute no brainer.
    It's just so well specced with useful things, well thought out and the two plugs for headphones and in ear phones is the icing on the cake.
    I'm so glad I found this one because the sound and features makes this unbeatable in my view.
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  • Friesiansam
    I would want to see far more than just that one review about the RME. It tells us that the noise floor is low, timing is good and clarity is good but, there is lot more that affects perceived sound quality and this review tells us nothing else about the sound it delivers. Make sure to buy from a retailer that will facilitate easy returns.
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  • gaburko
    Again no RME? Guys, your objectivity has always been questionable, but when you persistently ignore one of the best products out there for years, it makes me think you might have other things on your mind apart from product quality.
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  • TenTonTarantula
    No Schiit, Denafrips, RME....in general in WHF, not just this list. Must be something to do with not upsetting established relationships with manufacturers, but would make WHF much more interesting if they covered the full range of the industry, not just the same old roster of incumbents. Might given the reviewers a bit more excitement too...and even the chance to give something less than four stars for a change.
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