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Reviews of Digital to Analog Converters, both desktop and portable.

FiiO BTR1 Bluetooth DAC and Amp

INTRODUCTION Blue-tooth has changed a lot since it’s been introduced. Originally audiophile purists would turn their noses up at the overall quality (with good reason), and the early Blue-tooth standards […]

iFi xDSD Review

iFi have carved a name for themselves with affordable and powerful DACs and headphones amps, as well as noise-reducing USB and digital accessories. The new xDSD has been my first […]

Chord Hugo 2 2go

Chord 2Go for Hugo 2

John Franks has posted preview pictures of the upcoming 2go wireless attachment on Head-Fi. Expected to have the same features as the Poly for the Mojo, the 2Go will turn […]

Audio-gd Announces the R2R 1 DAC

With the previous announcement of the full-size R2R 7, and mid-size single-ended R2R 2, Audio-gd’s new mid-sized R2R 1 balanced DAC completes their line-up of resistor-ladders DACs. Due to the size of the […]

Audio-gd R2R 2

Audio-gd announces the R2R 2 DAC

Sitting in Audio-gd’s mid-sized chassis, the R2R 2 is the 4th ladder DAC announced by the Chinese company. Given its size and price, it is likely to replace the Singularity 19, […]

Chord Hugo 2 Review: Part 2

https://youtu.be/igXnopWRVP8 Chord’s original Hugo was something of an unusual revelation for me. I was quite used to thinking that high-end DACs had to be big, power-hungry beasts in heavy aluminium […]

Audio-gd R2R 11

Audio-gd R2R 11 announced

Not too long ago I had the privilege of announcing the new Audio-gd R2R 7 flagship resistor ladder DAC. I’ve long enjoyed the sound from these kinds of DACs, but never […]

Audio-gd R2R 7 DAC Preview

The new Audio-gd R2R 7 is the first flagship DAC from this well-known Chinese manufacturer to not use an off-the-shelf digital-to-analog converter chip. For the last decade or so, Audio-gd […]

Schiit Audio Yggdrasil Review

  Mike was happy. He had every reason to be, having just completed his Magnum Opus of DACs, the Yggdrasil. Manufacturers often make a statement product, then from that cheaper […]

Chord DAVE

Chord Dave Review (Updated)

When I was a child in the ’80s, one of my neighbour’s kids, a gloriously goofy-looking guy of the era, was always out on his driveway fixing his motorbikes, then […]