This is an interesting question! How critical is the noise floor when listening to music? After all, vinyl playback has only about 50dB of signal to...
Benchmark’s DAC3-DX DAC is designed for recording and mastering studios, but it is a great product for consumer use as well. Its clean, low distortion...
Monitor Audio’s Airstream A100 integrated DAC amplifier combines an AirPlay streaming receiver, DAC, remote-controlled preamp, and high-performance Class AB amplifier in a compact and stylish package.
The Benchmark DAC2 DX is a product of yore (in hifi time), yet has kept up with the competition in every way, all at a price at the low end of the audiophile scale...
DACs have an electronic characteristic called "Linearity" which means how close the output follows the input. DACs with less linearity can sound more detailed, as long as they have good time domain performance.
AVR – Audio Video Receiver – Build Quality: Part IV – The Emotiva XMC-1 SSP: A Paradigm of a Pre-Pro Implementation
It has been a disappointing time in the AVR world. "Excellent" parts have been substituted by "good parts", and in the majority of cases "average parts" in anything below $3,000.
OPPO has just released the HA-2 DAC and Headphone amplifier. It is sized to use with your smart phone's digital output using a USB-micro-to-USB-micro cable. With a Sabre Mobile DAC, the HA-2 will decode up to 32/384 PCM and DSD256 music stored on your phone (you will need a downloadable app).
Modern DACs have asynchronous USB inputs to connect your computer for playing music files. This results in the bitstream being re-clocked to the outboard DAC's own clock, which is much more accurate than a computer's digital clock. However, older DACs, even expensive ones, don't have asynchronous USB inputs. The Bryston BUC-1 solves this by having a USB input for connection to your computer, and an accurately re-clocked digital output that can be connected to your old, and perhaps very expensive, DAC, giving you the essential asynchronous input.
What does your money purchase inside the chassis of an AVR or Pre-Pro in an audio / video system? In this article, one in a three-part series, I attempt to answer this question: I will open the top and look at the parts inside and show how each of the individual parts can affect the audio quality.
On its website, respected British manufacturer Audiolab proclaims the M-DAC is the follow-up to the 8000 DAC, introduced all the way back in 1992. I have gathered that DACs were quite popular in that era because CD players had not become all that good yet. With the market now awash in quality DACs, I guess it is safe to say we are in a DAC renaissance. Here, we review the Audiolab M-DAC, which, at $899, turns out to be an audio bargain.