Hegel Music Systems HD25Price: $2500

Website: www.hegel.com

Jeff said: Although you can buy a higher-resolution device for more money, I’m not sure you’ll find one that you’ll enjoy as much, regardless of price. The reason? That elusive quality of musicality. That makes the Hegel HD25 a Select Component, and a surefire way to elevate your sound system for what is, by today’s high-end standards, relatively little money.

Select Component

Read the Ultra Audio review.

Garrett said: If I had the extra cash, I’d get the Hegel HD25 right away. Affordably priced, with plug’n’play installation, and easy to operate, it’s an excellent product and a gateway to high performance in computer-based digital playback.

Reviewers' Choice

Read the SoundStage! Hi-Fi review.

The gist: Perhaps the DAC to buy for $2500.