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Review - Oppo Sonica DAC

Oppo Sonica DAC

Oppo's new Sonica Digital Audio Convertor reviewed by AV Forums
A V Forums gives the Sonica Digital Audio Convertor from Oppo the once over in a new review. The Sonica Digital Audio Convertor's review price was £800.00. The Sonica Digital Audio Convertor gets 8 out of 10 from the respected reviewer.



Review - Audiolab M-DAC Mini

Audiolab M-DAC Mini

A new review of the Audiolab M-DAC Mini from Audiolab by What Hi-Fi
T he new cut down Audiolab M-DAC Mini is reviewed by What Hi-Fi. The Audiolab M-DAC Mini's review price was £300. The Audiolab M-DAC Mini gets 4 stars from the respected reviewer.



Review - iFi Audio nano iOne

iFi Audio nano iOne

What Hi-Fi review the iFi Audio nano iOne
W hat Hi-Fi has reviewed the iFi Audio nano iOne DAC and Bluetooth receiver. The review compares the iOne DAC at £200 to the now reduced in price to £295 Arcam irDAC-II. What Hi-Fi gives both products by the way 4 stars. Their initial summary is Aesthetically unassuming, the iOne is an exciting product that puts iFi on the hi-fi map.



Review - Chord Hugo 2

Chord Hugo 2

What Hi-Fi has reviewed Chord Electronics's Chord Hugo 2
A new review of the Chord Hugo 2 from Chord Electronics by What Hi-Fi. The Chord Hugo 2's review price was £1,800. Overall the Chord Hugo 2 has earned 5 stars from What Hi-Fi.



Review - Oppo Sonica DAC

Oppo Sonica DAC

What Hi-Fi has reviewed Oppo's Sonica DAC
O ppo's new DACs the Sonica DAC is out and What Hi-Fi has given their verdict. The Oppo Sonica DAC's price at the time of the review was £800. All in all the Oppo Sonica DAC gets just 3 stars from the respected DACs reviewer.



Review - Chord Hugo TT

Chord Hugo TT

Review of the Chord Hugo TT and TToby by Hi-Fi Choice
T he pairing of the Chord Hugo TT – USB DAC and headphone amp and the Chord TToby power amp is the subject of this review by Hi-Fi Choice. It’s 5 stars all round and an “Editor’s Choice” award for the pairing.



Review - Leema Quasar

Leema Quasar

AV Forums has reviewed the Leema Quasar - One Box Streaming System
L eema's new one box streamer the Leema Quasar was first seen at the Bristol HiFi Show 2017 and AV Forums has given their verdict. The Leema Quasar's price at the time of the review was £2,995.00. In summary AV Forums believes that the Leema Quasar merits 8 out of 10.



Review - Meridian Explorer DAC 2

Meridian Explorer DAC 2

Meridian's new DAC the Explorer 2 Digital Audio Convertor is out and AV Forums has given their verdict
A V Forums has reviewed Meridian's Explorer 2 Digital Audio Convertor. The Explorer 2 Digital Audio Convertor's price at the time of the review was £150.00. The venerable DAC reviewer AV Forums has given the Explorer 2 Digital Audio Convertor 9 out of 10.



Review - Benchmark DAC3 HGC

Benchmark DAC3 HGC

Does Benchmark's new Benchmark DAC3 HGC justify its billing? - What Hi-Fi has given its verdict
D oes Benchmark's new Benchmark DAC3 HGC justify its billing? - What Hi-Fi has given its verdict. The Benchmark DAC3 HGC's price at the time of the review was £2,350. All in all the Benchmark DAC3 HGC gets 5 stars from the respected DACs reviewer.



Review - Sony TA-ZH1ES

Sony TA-ZH1ES

Sound And Vision gives the Sony TA-ZH1ES, headphone amp and DAC the once over in a new review
D oes Sony's new Sony TA-ZH1ES justify its billing? - Sound And Vision has given its verdict. The Sony TA-ZH1ES's review price was $2,200 or £1,640. The Sony TA-ZH1ES gets 4 stars mostly, except 5 stars for features from the respected reviewer.



Review - Chord Hugo TT

Chord Hugo TT

A new review of the Chord Hugo TT and TToby from Chord Electronics by Trusted Reviews
A new review of the Chord Hugo TT table top USB DAC and TToby power amp from Chord Electronics by Trusted Reviews. The Chord Hugo TT and TToby's review price was £5,745.00. All in all the Chord Hugo TT and TToby gets 9 out of 10 from the respected reviewer.



Review - Meridian Explorer DAC 2

Meridian Explorer DAC 2

Meridian's new Explorer 2 USB DAC is reviewed by What Hi-Fi
M eridian's Explorer 2, MQA capable USB DAC, is reviewed by What Hi-Fi. The Explorer 2's price at the time of the review was £130. All in all the Explorer 2 gets 4 stars from the respected DACs reviewer.



Review - Sony TA-ZH1ES

Sony TA-ZH1ES

Sony's new TA-ZH1ES - DAC, Pre-amp and Headphone amp - is reviewed by What Hi-Fi
W hat Hi-Fi gives the Sony TA-ZH1ES, which is both a DAC, pre-amp and headphone amp, the once over in a new review. The TA-ZH1ES's price at the time of the review was £1,640. The TA-ZH1ES gets 4 stars from the respected reviewer.



Review - Audioquest Dragonfly Black

Audioquest Dragonfly Black

Sound And Vision has reviewed Audioquest's Dragonfly Black and Red
D oes Audioquest's new Audioquest Dragonfly Black and Red USB DACs justify their billing and awards? - Sound And Vision has given its verdict. The Audioquest Dragonfly Red's review price was $199.



Review - Oppo HA-2 SE

Oppo HA-2 SE

Oppo's SE version of the HA-2 -portable headphone amp and DAC is reviewed by What Hi-Fi
O ppo have released an SE version of the HA-2 portable headphone amp and DAC that at £290 costs £40 more. What Hi-Fi finds it hard to spot many physical differences but hear many audible differences in their review. In summary What Hi-Fi believes that the Oppo HA-2 SE merits 5 stars.



Review - iFi iDAC2

iFi iDAC2

Review of The iFi Audio iDAC2 and iUSB 3 By PFO
T he iFi Audio iDAC 2 a USB DAC and headphone amp is coupled with iFi's iUSB 3 which combines USB power regeneration with USB signal improvement and noise reduction are reviewed as a pair by PFO. the reviewer's main DAC is a Bel Canto C7R which costs considerably more than the iFi duo, so the reviewer is very pleasantly surprised in his conclusion of :-



Review - Audioquest Dragonfly Red

Audioquest Dragonfly Red

Computer Audiophile's take on both the Audioquest Dragonfly Red And Black
T he Audioquest Dragonfly Black and the more expensive and powerful Audioquest Dragonfly Red, both minimalist USB DAC and headphone amps, are reviewed by Computer Audiophile (CA). Very favourably reviewed too as both the Dragonfly Black and Dragonfly Red are "Highly Recommended" and make Ca's prestigious C.A.S.H. list. C.A.S.H. stands for Computer Audiophile Suggested Hardware. CA conclude with :-



Review - Meridian Explorer DAC 2

Meridian Explorer DAC 2

Best DACs Under US $1000 By DAR
D AR list 6 DACs in their best DACs under US $1,000 article. The 6 DACs are all comfortably sub $1,000 and many are known on these shores. There's also great variety in the selection, battery powered, mains powered, USB powered, with or without a headphone amplifier. One DAC, the Meridian Explorer 2 DAC they haven't even heard but list it anyway because of MQA support - they like MQA even though a bit sceptical currently on MQA's future. They see the Explorer DAC 2 as a cheap way to experience MQA sound quality. The 6 DACs are :-



Review - Chord DAVE

Chord DAVE

Review Of The Chord DAVE - USB DAC And Headphone Amp By PFO
C hord's top of the range USB DAC and Headphone Amp is the subject of this review by PFO. The review also compares DAVE to the Hugo TT noting improvements that DAVE brings to the listening experience. PFO conclude on DAVE :-



Review - Optoma NuForce uDAC5

Optoma NuForce uDAC5

Video Review Of The Optoma NuForce uDAC5 - USB DAC and Headphone Amp
A video review of The Optoma NuForce uDAC5 a £186 USB DAC and headphone amp. Like the uDAC3, the uDAC5 is USB powered and can drive both headphones and a conventional HiFi amplifier. The review also uses the NuForce Primo 8 In-Ear headphones.



Review - NuForce uDAC3

NuForce uDAC3

Video Review Of The NuForce uDAC3 By The HB Channel
T he small NuForce uDAC3 a circa £70 USB DAC and headphone amp is the subject of a video review via the HB Chanel. The uDAC3 is powered from the computers 5 volt USB output so is effectively a superior sound card.



Review - Audioquest Dragonfly Black

Audioquest Dragonfly Black

Audioquest's new DACs the Audioquest Dragonfly Black and Red are out and AV Forums has given their verdict
A V Forums has reviewed Audioquest's Audioquest Dragonfly Black, the Dragonfly Red and for good measure the Jitterbug a USB noise suppressor is thrown in. The Audioquest Dragonfly Black's price at the time of the review was £89.00. The complete Audioquest Dragonfly Black / Red and Jitterbug receive a combined 9 out of 10 from AV Forums.



Review - Audioquest Dragonfly Red

Audioquest Dragonfly Red

10 Audiophile Bargains In 2016 By DAR
D AR approaches this review by searching for the best bargains out there. They're looking for either outstanding bargains from well-known names or not so well known products that should be better known given how good they are. Their list includes the AudioQuest Dragonfly Black and Red as well as the iFi S/PDIF iPurifier which they see as a fantastic streamer if combined with Google Chromecast Audio say to create a sub $200 streamer. The full list is :-



Review - HRT Music Streamer III

HRT Music Streamer III

Review - HRT Music Streamer III - USB DAC By AudioFi
T he HRT Music Streamer III - A USB stick sized USB DAC and headphone amp is the subject of this review by AudioFi. Currently you're looking at £189 for the well-reviewed HRT Music Streamer III as AudioFi sum up with :-



Review - Leema Libra DAC

Leema Libra DAC

Review Of The Leema Libra DAC By What Hi-Fi
W hat Hi-Fi gives the Libra DAC from Leema the once over in a new review. The Libra DAC's price at the time of the review was £5,995. The venerable DACs reviewer What Hi-Fi has given the Libra DAC 4 stars.



Review - Chord Mojo

Chord Mojo

Chord Mojo Makes It Into The Financial Times
T he Financial Times has a how to spend it section and the Chord Mojo has made it into this section. The FT don't relish the time required to fill a portable music player with high quality computer audio but instead want to get a better sound quality from existing MP3 files on a smartphone. They also want to get higher sound levels out of their headphones and do better than just the not loud enough smartphone power.



Review - Chord DAVE

Chord DAVE

Review - Chord DAVE - USB DAC And Headphone Amp By What Hi-Fi
D oes Chord Electronics’ new Chord DAVE DAC justify its billing? - What Hi-Fi has given its verdict. The Chord DAVE's price at the time of the review was £7,995. The Chord DAVE gets the full 5 stars from What Hi-Fi.



Review - Meridian Explorer DAC 2

Meridian Explorer DAC 2

Review - Meridian Explorer DAC 2 And MQA By Speaker Shack
T he Meridian Explorer DAC 2 a £200 portable USB DAC and headphone amp is reviewed by Speaker Shack. Their review is in two parts as they first of all listen to the Explorer DAC 2 then go onto discuss MQA (Master Quality Audio) - Meridian's new Hi-Res Audio format that can deliver Hi-Res audio at much smaller file sizes. The Explorer DAC 2 can decode MQA files so at £200 provides an entry point into the world of MQA computer audio. In a TLA rich conclusion Speaker Shack conclude on the Explorer DAC 2 :-



Review - Teac UD-503

Teac UD-503

Review - Teac UD-503 - USB DAC And Headphone Amp - By What Hi-Fi
D oes TEAC's new Teac UD-503 justify its billing? - What Hi-Fi has given its verdict. The Teac UD-503's review price was £700. The venerable DACs reviewer What Hi-Fi has given the Teac UD-503 3 stars.



Review - Audiolab M-DAC+

Audiolab M-DAC+

Review - Audiolab M-DAC+ - USB DAC And Digital Preamp By What Hi-Fi
A new review of the M-DAC+ from Audiolab by What Hi-Fi. The M-DAC Plus's review price was £800. The M-DAC Plus gets the full 5 stars from the respected reviewer. The MDAC+ is an upgraded and more costly version of the award winning MDAC.



Review - iFi Audio Nano iDSD

iFi Audio Nano iDSD

Review - iFi Audio Nano iDSD - USB DAB By Gadgeteer
T he small iFi Audio Nano iDSD at £165, a USB DAC and headphone amp that as the reviewer finds, is just about portable, is the subject of this review by US based Gadgeteer. They conclude favourably on the upgrade the Nano iDSD represents compared to just listening via a smartphone or laptop with :-



Review - Audioquest Dragonfly Red

Audioquest Dragonfly Red

Review - Audioquest Dragonfly Red - Portable USB DACs And Headphone Amp By Richer Sounds
T he Audioquest Dragonfly Red a tiny portable USB DAC and headphone amp is reviewed by Richer Sounds. The Dragonfly Red is the more expensive and more powerful of the two new Dragonflys (the other being the Dragonfly Black). Richer Sounds enjoy their listening concluding :-



Review - Audioquest Dragonfly Black

Audioquest Dragonfly Black

Stereophile loves the new DragonFly Black/Red
S tereophile is impressed with the extension of the USB DACs range to work with phones and tablets. Both iOS and Android are supported. One of the ways they made this happen was with more efficient chips inside and lowering the output voltage a tad to 1.2 volts. They are also impressed with the lower price - so are we!



Review - Audioquest Dragonfly Black

Audioquest Dragonfly Black

Review - Audioquest Dragonfly Black - Portable USB DACs And Headphone Amp By What Hi-Fi
A udioquest's new DACs the DragonFly Black v1.5 is out and What Hi-Fi has given their verdict. The DragonFly Black v1.5's review price was £90. Overall the DragonFly Black v1.5 has earned 5 stars from What Hi-Fi.




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