High-quality audio is a fickle thing. There are so many factors that play a role in how we hear our music, but like clockwork, the Cambridge Audio DacMagic 200M gets it right every single time.
What is the best sounding DAC chip?
- Editor’s Choice: RME ADI-2.
- Best for sample rate: Gustard DAC-X16.
- Best for Bluetooth DAC: S.M.S.L M400.
- Best DAC for PC: Cambridge Audio DacMagic 100.
- Best Portable DAC: Audioengine D1.
- Best for MQA file format : FiiO BTR5-2021.
Which is the most popular DAC and why?
- DAC: Dual ESS ES9028Q2M DACs.
- Included amplifier: Up to 300mW for headphones, 4.2 VRMS for speakers.
- Bit-depth/sample rate: 32-bit/768kHz.
- Format support: PCM, DSD, DoP, MQA.
- Bluetooth: Yes, 4.2.
Are DACs worth the money?
In most cases, the answer is no.
Unless your audio is suffering from jittering or hissing, a DAC isn’t going to do much for you. It’s generally better to invest the extra money you’d otherwise spend on a DAC into getting better headphones.