DAC - Index

This is the master index for all DACs (Digital to Analog Converters). Each entry here links to an index of reviews, impressions and comparisons of a particular model of DAC.

Manufacturer Model Type
Massdrop “x” Airist Audio R-2R DAC Discrete R-2R (multi-bit)
Massdrop “x” Grace SDAC Balanced AKM4452 (delta-sigma)
Schiit Audio Modi 3 DAC AKM4490 (delta-sigma)

"DAC" Definition:

A “DAC”, for the purposes of this index, is a pure Digital to Analog Converter that has no headphone output or built-in amplification. Variable level output is, however, permitted. In some cases, units intended primarily as high-end DACs, but that have basic headphone output capabilities, maybe included in both “DAC” and “DAC/Amp” categories.

For example, the Schiit Yggdrasil is a “pure” DAC and would live in this index. The AudioQuest Dragonfly Red is a “DAC/Amp”. And the Chord DAVE would show up in both “DAC” and “DAC/Amp” categories.