YBA Passion 550Price: $8000

Website: www.ybahifi.com

Aron said: If you’re in the market for a reference-level preamp-DAC, you need to hear the YBA Passion 550, even if you’re shopping considerably north of its price. It’s not inexpensive, but considering its build quality, design, and sound, I can say with conviction that the Passion 550 is one heck of a value.

Read the SoundStage! Hi-Fi review.

The gist: Solid competition for the benchmark Classé CP-800.