YBA Design WD202Price: $879

Website: www.ybadesign.com

Doug said: While not perfect in every way, the YBA Design WD202 DAC is a good performer in a growing group of digital-to-analog converters in the $800-$1000 range. Its sound was articulate, enjoyable, and musical, with a slight bias toward a little extra romance, beauty, and warmth, and its input switching and variable volume control mean that it can be used as a DAC-preamp in an all-digital system.

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The gist: No hi-rez USB, but good sound for a fair-priced DAC.