There are many aspects to enjoying Hi-Res Audio (or better-than-CD-quality or high-resolution audio). One of the first is to source the Hi-Res Audio content either from SACDs or from online download providers. The next is to be able to send these digital hi-res audio files into an external DAC so as to reproduce the music into its analog version. There are many DACs available and more produced daily, which prompts the question “which DAC should I buy to enjoy Hi-Res Audio?”. The following should help in the pursuit of Hi-Res Audio bliss.
DAC Comparison Table
Here is a nifty comparison matrix for available DACs to review before making a purchase decision. The main characteristics used for sorting are price, frequency response minima and maxima, max PCM frequency as well as DSD capability. If you know of a good DAC not represented in the matrix, do let us know in the comment section below!
|Name||Reviews and buy link||Min Freq (Hz)||Max Freq (kHz)||Max PCM (kHz)||DSD||Price ($)|
|Read reviews and buy on Amazon||48||96||No||250|
|Read reviews and buy on Amazon||10||100||192||No||599|
|Read Reviews and Buy on Amazon||5||80||384||Yes (x2)||849|
|Buy on eBay||192||Yes (x2)||1,595|
|Read reviews and buy on Amazon||10||45||192||Yes||1,795|
|Read reviews and buy on Amazon||10||80||192||Yes||925|