DACs

Standalone digital-to-analogue converters (DACs) like the Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus squeeze the maximum sound quality from digital music (including CDs, streamed tracks and more). Digital files played through a decent DAC will achieve significantly superior levels of detail compared to the cheap DAC chips built into most digital kit. To give a brief explanation of how they work; all sound in the “real world” exists as a constantly changing wave of energy. Audio in the digital world is a snap shot of a large number of these changes (usually 44,100 a second), which then has to be converted back to a constantly changing wave before it comes out of your speakers. Quite simply, a better DAC will make sure the wave at the end is as close as possible to the wave at the start. Why not pop in for a demo and hear the difference for yourself?

Hi-Fi explained: Sources

Hi-Fi explained: Sources

We previously looked at how amplifiers work and why they are the first stop in your hi-fi system. Now we’ll have a quick look at some of the most popular sources you can connect up to get your music into …read more

Product review: Chord Qutest DAC

Product review: Chord Qutest DAC

A deep dive into Chord’s latest standalone DAC. First impressions The packaging gives an idea of the quality to come. The Qutest comes in the top of a robust box, and below is a drawer containing the accessories. Despite its …read more

Product Review: Audiolab M-DAC MINI

Product Review: Audiolab M-DAC MINI

  Audiolab adds to its award-winning M series with the introduction of the M-DAC MINI, but does this pint-sized newcomer live up to the accolades earned by its bigger siblings? Read on to find out… Upon hearing the news that …read more

Product review: Audioquest Jitterbug

Product review: Audioquest Jitterbug

The Jitterbug is a fascinating new product from Audioquest, designed to improve audio through USB type-A connections. When Audioquest first announced the Jitterbug I was a little sceptical, but after reading initial previews and seeing the price I decided to take …read more

Product review: AudioQuest DragonFly RED

Product review: AudioQuest DragonFly RED

AudioQuest’s DragonFly USB Digital-to-Analogue Converter (DAC) shone a new light on the US-based manufacturer, previously best known for their audio cables. Their first time effort in the category soaked up rave reviews across the globe, paving the way for a …read more