201008_esoteric_d07Price: $4800

Website: www.esoteric.teac.com

Peter said: I can unequivocally state that the sound of the Esoteric D-07 DAC is very elegant and refined, and its appearance is stunning; if you’re shopping for a DAC for somewhere in the vicinity of $5000, the Esoteric D-07 is definitely worth auditioning.

Read the SoundStage! review.

The gist: A few limitations, but fantastic nonetheless.