NAD Masters Series M12Price: $3499


Jeff said: The M12 is, in my opinion, an example of what tomorrow’s preamps will be: they’ll have analog inputs, but with a clear priority given to digital inputs; streaming capability, and a good app for its control (this is absolutely huge in importance); functionality for a 2.1-channel system; even a front-panel USB port.

Read the SoundStage! Ultra review.

The gist: Good-sounding and feature-rich DAC-preamp for an advanced stereo system.