- MyST 1704: Picture Sunday: MyST 1704 and PortAMP II. There’s a strange sort of madness that connects modern DAC interfaces like HDMI to NOS DAC chips. But the 1704 is a brilliant DAC, and made to last the years.
- Pro-Ject Pre Box RS Digital: Review: Pro-Ject Pre Box RS Digital – Chameleon. While its headphone amp is just okay, its switchable DAC sections, outputs out the wazzoo, and a great pre-amp make this one-box solution one to watch.
- Winner: Astell & Kern AK XB10: Review: Astell & Kern AK XB10 – You are the original. Sure, its battery life isn’t great, and sure, it’s got lots of hiss. But it works, measures well, and adds balanced output to everything with a solid Bluetooth connection. Strange, it only works well with players and phones with good antennas, viz., nothing from Astell & Kern.
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