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Digital to Analogue Converter


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 What is a DAC?


DAC stands for Digital to Analogue Converter. This device is required to convert digital information into an analogue sound wave. CD Players, MP3 Players, Computers and any other device that stores sound digitally will have one. The quality varies greatly, though, and when improving a system is a good place to start.


An external DAC allows you to get sound from your TV, computer or other digital source through a stereo or system that only has analogue inputs


There are a lot of small factors which differentiate between a good DAC and a great one:

  • Power Supply
  • Discrete Analogue Outputs (As opposed to Integrated Circuits)
  • Quality of DAC Chip (This is a lot less important than everyone makes out)
  • Support for newer formats
  • Variable Outputs
  • Jitter Reduction Circuitry
  • Overall Build Quality
  • Input Flexibility.
  • Ease of Setup (Drivers for PC etc.)

Maybe this explains why we have such a wide variety of DAC's!



So how do I go about choosing the correct DAC?


Because this section of the market is exploding rapidly, there are a lot of products on the market to choose from and there seems to be more just about every week.


At the end of the day, there's no substitute for listening to a few options. DAC's are notoriously subjective, and the reviewers notoriously biased. The good thing is they are generally very easy to A/B test and try in your system. So pop into one of our stores and give it a go!


You can view our range of DAC's here: Products | DAC's



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