Gordon said: In short, the Node is an affordable, painless way to add streaming and other 21st-century capabilities to a legacy audio system.
The gist: Do you really need to spend more to stream music?
Gordon said: Quite simply, it’s the most revealing and most musical digital source I’ve ever had in my system. (It’s also the most expensive.)
The gist: Hardware is an A+, but has operational quirks.
Mark said: It’s a jack of all trades—other DACs in its price range might do one or two things better, but you’d be hard-pressed to find something anywhere near its price that does everything as well as does the DacMagic 200M.
The gist: Latest feature-laden budget DAC from Cambridge is a winner.
Price: 2go AU$2000, 2yu AU$1000
Edgar said: Coupled as a seamless single unit, the 2go and 2yu form a beautifully-built component which will open the door to streaming an endless universe of music.
The gist: Chord’s answer to the streaming question.
Dennis said: If your main concern is simply enjoying music from digital sources but you think digital sounds inherently too sterile or clinical, then the Denafrips Ares II might scratch an itch you didn’t know you had.
The gist: Huge value in the under-$1000 DAC market.
Price: $8698 SGD
Evan said: After many weeks of very enjoyable listening sessions, the Terminator-Plus proved a distinct step up in sound quality from my Bryston BDA-2 DAC in every regard.
The gist: Unique in the world of me-too high-end DACs.
Barry said: Bringing to bear the power of Space Optimisation and the Organik DAC, the Klimax brought a level of improvement to my system that was not subtle.
The gist: Space Optimisation took Barry’s system to new heights.
Stephen said: It does perform beautifully with loudspeakers and has a great deal of flexibility.
The gist: Needs a better owner’s manual.