Hegel HD10Price: $1200

Website: www.hegel.com

Doug said: If I weren’t a reviewer with an almost endless supply of new, often very expensive products trooping through my listening room -- stuff I couldn’t otherwise afford -- a sensibly priced, overachieving DAC such as the HD10 is exactly what I’d own. If you’re serious about sound and sensible about money, you, too, should look into it. 

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Read the SoundStage! Hi-Fi review.

The gist: The specs don’t tell you how good this thing is.