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Digital-to-Analogue Converters (DACs) are critical components in any digital audio playback system, responsible for converting digital audio signals into analogue signals that can be amplified and heard through speakers or headphones. They are found in various devices, including smartphones, computers, AV receivers, and dedicated high-fidelity audio equipment. A standalone DAC can significantly improve the sound quality of digital music by providing a higher quality conversion than the DACs typically built into consumer devices.
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    Chord Electronics Mojo 2 Portable DAC & Headphone Amplifier

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    Chord Electronics Mojo 2 Portable DAC & Headphone Amplifier The Chord Electronics Mojo 2 stands as the pinnacle of portable DAC and headphone a...

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    iFi Audio Zen DAC V2 DAC/Headphone Amplifier

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    iFi Audio Zen DAC V2 DAC/Headphone AmplifierRecognized as the winner of multiple awards, including the prestigious What Hi-Fi 2020 'Best DAC £100 -...

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    Chord Electronics Hugo 2 Transportable DAC/Preamp/Headphone Amplifier

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    Chord Electronics Hugo 2 Transportable DAC/Preamp/Headphone Amplifier In 2014, Chord Electronics introduced Hugo, a revolutionary portable DAC and ...

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    iFi Audio NEO iDSD 2 Wireless DAC, Pre-amp & Headphone Amplifier

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    iFi Audio NEO iDSD 2 Wireless DAC, Pre-amp & Headphone AmplifierNEO iDSD 2 from iFi Audio is a versatile 3-in-1 DAC/Amp designed for dedicated ...

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    iFi Audio xDSD Gryphon Portable DAC & Headphone Amplifier

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    iFi Audio xDSD Gryphon Portable DAC & Headphone AmplifierWhen it comes to portable DAC/amps, most compromise either on the digital or analog se...

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    iFi Audio Hip Dac 3 Hi-Res Portable DAC & Headphone Amplifier

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    iFi Audio Hip Dac 3 Hi-Res Portable DAC & Headphone AmplifierSay hello to the hip-dac 3, the 3rd generation portable hi-res DAC/headphone amp f...

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    iFi Audio Neo Stream | Network Audio Streamer

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    iFi Audio Neo Stream Network Audio StreamerThe NEO Stream by iFi Audio is a network audio streamer designed by passionate enthusiasts, for passiona...

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    iFi Audio GO Pod Bluetooth DAC & Headphone Amplifier

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    iFi Audio GO Pod Bluetooth DAC & Headphone AmplifierThe iFi Audio GO Pod redefines your audio experience, offering a wearable Bluetooth DAC and...

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    iFi Audio Zen Blue V2 Hi-Res Bluetooth/DAC Streamer

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    iFi Audio Zen Blue V2 Hi-Res Bluetooth/DAC StreamerThe iFi Audio ZEN Blue V2 redefines high-quality Bluetooth audio streaming, effortlessly connect...

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    Primare I25 Integrated Amplifier and Digital to Analogue Converter

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    Primare I25 DAC DM36, a modular integrated amplifier that pioneers the revolutionary UFPD 2 power system. This system, a radical advancement of Pri...

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    IFi Go Blu | Bluetooth DAC/Headphone Amplifier

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    IFi Go Blu | Bluetooth DAC/Headphone AmplifierThe iFi Go Blu redefines Bluetooth audio, offering a super-small yet powerful DAC/headphone amplifier...

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    iFi Audio Zen ONE Signature Universal DAC

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    iFi Audio Zen ONE Signature Universal DACThe new ZEN One Signature Universal DAC by iFi Audio is here to redefine your home audio experience. Build...

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    Tangent DAC-II Mini D/A Converter

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    The Tangent DAC II stands as the ultimate solution for enhancing your audio experience. With a premium Sabre ES9023 24-bit Stereo Audio DAC, this h...

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    Chord Hugo TT2 Desktop DAC/Preamplifier and Headphone Amplifier

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    Chord Hugo TT2 Desktop DAC/Preamplifier and Headphone Amplifier Experience the pinnacle of desktop audio with the Chord Hugo TT2. Boasting a radica...

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    Chord Electronics Dave Reference-level DAC, Preamplifier and Headphone Amplifier

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    Chord DAVE DAC/Preamp Amplifier: Unparalleled Audio Excellence Chord Electronics presents DAVE, the epitome of digital-to-analogue perfection. Feat...

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    Chord Electronics Qutest DAC

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    Chord Electronics Qutest DACRecipient of What Hi-Fi?'s prestigious 'Best DAC' award in the £1,000+ category for 2023, the Qutest DAC has consistent...

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FAQs about DACs

An external DAC can offer superior sound quality compared to the DACs built into most consumer devices, with better signal processing, reduced noise and distortion, and support for higher-resolution audio formats. This leads to clearer, more detailed, and more dynamic sound, providing a more immersive listening experience.

Yes, DACs can be easily integrated into most audio systems. They connect between your digital audio source (like a computer, digital music player, or streaming device) and your amplifier or powered speakers, converting the digital signal to analogue. Ensure your DAC has the appropriate inputs for your sources and outputs that match your audio system's requirements.

Many modern DACs include wireless connectivity options such as Bluetooth, allowing you to stream audio wirelessly from compatible devices. These DACs often incorporate advanced Bluetooth codecs like aptX, aptX HD, and LDAC, offering high-quality wireless audio streaming.

Key considerations include compatibility with high-resolution audio formats, the quality of the DAC chip and other internal components, the variety and type of inputs and outputs, any additional features like volume control or headphone amplification, and the overall build quality. Personal listening preferences and the type of equipment you'll be using the DAC with should also guide your choice.

While a DAC cannot restore lost data from compressed files, a high-quality DAC can better handle the artifacts and limitations of compression, leading to a smoother, more natural sound. Advanced DACs may also include up-sampling or other processing technologies to improve the perceived quality of compressed audio.

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