DAC reviews

DAC April Music Stello DA100

The Korean company "April Music" runs different brands for different price segments of its assortment. Stello brand usually offers n equipment for middle category which is always very well constructed and as in the case with 100 series has a small, half a standard width, aluminum case. Now there is quite...
DAC Audiolab 8000DAC

Here we have a DAC that is cleverly designed, excellently made and well-equipped; which measures superbly and which has earned the enthusiastic approval of a broad spectrum of listeners. The fact that it is also competitively priced is the icing on an exceedingly fine cake. That's how we concluded...
DAC Audiolab M-DAC

Externally, the M-DAC is markedly different from all the converters, which are still offered the audio industry. It is relatively small and lightweight, powered by an external adapter, but at the same time looks like a very serious device. The rear panel of five digital inputs: a pair of coaxial, pair...
DAC Audiolab Q-DAC

Following on from the success of the M-DAC a couple of years back, Audiolab recently launched a stripped-down version with a slightly cheaper DAC chip and no rotary volume control or balanced XLR audio output sockets. Effectively a DAC preamp, the Q-DAC is very well specifi ed by the standards of the...
DAC Benchmark DAC1

A few years ago Benchmark has become one of the companies that gave an impulse to the current revival of DACs. The company's reputation spread across the network in the manner of the real viral marketing. And although the Internet sometimes gives popularity to absolutely marginal products, DAC1 is really...
DAC Blacknote DAC 30

Italian DAC30 is made in a simple, even rude way. It has simple steel chassis, enclosed by stamped cover with slots, surfaces painted in black powder enamel, simple buttons with the fixation on the faceplate... But in spite of external primitive, the device causes a lot of respect. On the narrow 240-mm...
DAC BLACKNOTE DSS 30 TUBE

In front of us - a very unusual thing. CEO Bluenote (it owns the brand Blacknote) and one of the developers of DSS 30 Tube, Maurizio Aterini, confident that devices based on this principle, the future belongs. Completely agree with him. Abbreviation DSS stands as: Digital Static Source - digital static...
DAC Cary Audio DAC100t

American Cary Audio has become widely known in audiophile circles through a wide range of tube amplifiers that were produced for many years. They are present in the current directory of the company, but most of it are still high-tech products that meet the demands of today's music lovers. I must say...
DAC Chord Chordette Peach

In due time Chordette Gem gave to people with little means the possibilities of Chord DACs and also its technology of Bluetooth use. Peach is essentially the same Gem but with added coaxial and optical inputs. There is the inscription "Gem Mk 2" on the circuit board inside and it is enclosed into the...
DAC Denon DA-500

As refinements in the design of conventional digital-to-analog (D/A) converters have narrowed the gap between actual performance and theoretical ideal, equipment manufacturers have increasingly sought unconventional means of expanding the performance envelope and, not coincidentally, differentiating...
DAC Hegel HD11

DAC range of the middle class in the market is pretty scanty - affects the orientation of the producers on the younger generation of online listeners. With regard to the uncompromising luxury models, something about them and say no. In the era of network technologies and computer formats of physical...
DAC Hegel HD20

Hegel HD20 DAC is remarkable by construction - a compact body is made of metal with a substantial factor of safety. On the front panel there are only the logo and display - all switching is made from a miniature remote control. On the back panel there are a connector for standard power cable, power...
DAC Lavry DA10

DA10 has no RCA outputs but you can find a curious feature inside: you can set each of pins 2 and 3 on the XLR outputs on "phase" or "earth", providing compatibility with imbalanced systems, and use RCA adaptors. Inputs include both types S/PDIF and AES/EBU. The selection is made by three-position switch...
DAC Luxman DA-200

Although this device is itemized as digital-to-analog converter in the documentation, and a full-sized, it has a first class telephone amplifier, borrowed from the specialized amplifier - Luxman P-200. Therefore, in the face of DA-200 you receive two, or rather three devices in one - the converter, designed...
DAC Meridian Director

Meridian, lest we forget, was one of the very earliest entrants to the DAC market, way back in the mid nineteen eighties. It has taken digital very seriously, and subsequently built much of its business around it. So when this Huntingdon-based company does a new digital convertor, the world sits up and...
DAC Musical Fidelity V90-DAC

This company's entry-level DACs have come a long way - not so long ago its V-DAC predecessor came in an unattractive metal box with lurid graphics, which rather undersold the respectable circuitry inside. Now though, the new V90 a very swish-looking affair - it looks like a high-end product that's shrunk...
DAC NuForce DAC9

Californian company NuForce, despite the relatively modest experience on audio market, quickly gained recognition among audiophiles. Its engineers think progressively, prone to non-standard approaches in the design, use the most advanced electronic components. Looking at DAC9, and do not say that...
DAC Onkyo DAC-HA200

Digital to analog converters, as separate units, reversing the past few years have returned in a big way and allow users to listen to high quality music from your PC, on the other hand listening to music on the move remains mostly limited quality output on today's smartphones are by far the most popular...
DAC Primare DAC30

In the line of audio components of the Swedish company Primare clearly lacked a separate digital-to-analog converter. And such a device finally appeared, and at once the flagship of "thirtieth" lineup. But before I introduce him to you, I must warn - this model is able to change preconceived ideas about...
DAC Pro-Ject DAC Box DS

This Austrian brand is mostly famous for its turntables and it still makes a wide range of competitive designs. As far back as the mid nineties, the company made integrated amplifiers, but it's only recently that the electronics range has really taken off in the UK. The 'Box' series is now vast and confusing...
DAC Quad Link D-1

The packaging looks, frankly, pretty impressive. But it turns out, the den box volume occupies the cradle of polyethylene foam, and the device is very petite. However, it performed very solidly. Specialists British company Quad clothed him in a robust housing metal profile with a single button on the...
DAC Simaudio MOON 300D

MOON 300D is not very specific power (power supply 10 V*A and the total capacity of the filter capacitors in the 13 200 uF), but it has as many as eight steps Input voltage adjustable. Digital stream inlet exposed eight times oversampling for converter Burr-Brown PCM1793, a proprietary patented jitter...
DAC T+A DAC 8

A complete description of all the technical details and solutions used in the T+A DAC 8, it would take up too much space, but it can easily be found on the manufacturer's website. If the outline is short, the digital to analog conversion takes four chip Burr-Brown PCM5142 with a resolution of 32 bit/384...
DAC TAD DA1000

Advantage USB-converters to CD-players in that way from the studio original audio to the listener, a much shorter than in the records from the CD. But this is not the only advantage of this type of technology. DAC - it is, in fact, a computer, and here for imagination development is much broader than...
DAC Wadia 151 PowerDAC mini

For companies Wadia, which for two decades has developed and produced exclusively digital sources and converters, PowerDAC mini - first experience of creating integrated amplifier, also very unusual - in a miniature package and without the usual analog inputs. And mentally I was ready to take it easy...