T+A DAC 8Price: $3250

Website: www.taelektroakustik.de

Garrett said: If you’re in the market for a desktop or console-top DAC, I strongly recommend checking out the T+A DAC 8. It can be the solo source for a superb three-piece system of DAC-preamp, power amp, and speakers. And as the hub of a digital system it’s completely flexible, accepting USB from a computer, S/PDIF and optical systems from other digital sources, and works terrifically with most any headphone out there. I loved it.

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The gist: Highly configurable DAC is a product of fine German engineering.