The DAC and server/streamer categories are presently enjoying the benefits of swift technological progress.

To rate a DAC, server, streamer or re-clocker is to hit a moving target, such is the re-contextualisation brought by newcomers, upgraded models, firmware updates and RRP movement.

Therefore, what follows is not intended as a definitive assessment of every DAC (or streamer or server or re-clocker) currently available – that’d be impossible. Here lies tabulated value for money judgments based upon sound quality and feature set.

I hope this helps you choose your next DAC, server/streamer or re-clocker.

Premier League 

Division 1

Division 2

Division 3

Division 4

Division 5

Division 6

Spread Spectrum Technologies

And the rest…


Streamers and servers:

Premier League

Division 1

Division 2

Division 3

Division 4

Division 5

  • Apple MacMini (unmodified)

Division 6

  • Apple Macbook Air 11″ 2014 (unmodified)
  • Raspberry Pi 3
  • Sonos Connect

 


USB-S/PDIF converters, S/PDIF re-clockers, USB filters and USB re-clockers:

Premier League

  • Sonicweld Diverter 24/96
  • Devialet Expert 200
  • Empirical Audio Off-Ramp
  • Audiophilleo w/ Pure Power

Division 1

Division 2

Division 3

And the rest…

 

Last updated: 13th December 2017.