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13th Note 2022 DAC Index

This is a DAC Index based on my personal preference and view of all the major DACs I have reviewed to date at 13th Note for 2022, but based JUST on SOUND QUALITY.

I’ve include my main view in a commentary-less review video with music and for summary purposes. You can watch the individual reviews or read the articles, for more information on each DAC (see links below)

This Index doesn’t represent what is best or what constitutes the better products, because a product is always a combination of features, price, specification, and ease of use, and best is a determinant for you and not me.

If you have a similar or different view then drop me a line in the comments of my YouTube video, embedded below:


DACs in order of Sound Quality:

1. dCS Bartok – see here
2. Chord DAVE – see here
3. Holo Audio MAY DAC KTE – see here
4. Chord Hugo TT2 – see here
5. PS Audio Directstream – see here
6. Holo Audio Spring 3 DAC level 2 – see here
7. Denafrips Venus II – see here
8. Denafrips Pontus II – see here
9. RME ADI-2 DAC FS – see here
10. Chord Qutest – see here
11. Chord Mojo 2 – see here
12. Denafrips Ares II – see here
13. Cyrus DAC XP Signature (+pre) – now obselete model – see here
14. Musical Fidelity MX-DAC – see here
15. Cambridge DAC Magic 200M – see here
16. Audioquest DragonFly Cobalt – see here
17. Hidizs S9 Pro
18. iFi Zen DAC Ver 2 – see here
19. Audioquest DragonFly Red – see here
20. Audioquest DragonFly black – see here

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Written by Simon Price

I'm music lover who shares experiences of faithfully reproduced audio in an ENGAGING way with HIGH VIDEO PRODUCTION VALUES. I enjoy and make reviews as I love audio gadgets, being a voice on audio and producing creative videos that ultimately benefit the industry and new participation. I keep technicalities easy, as I believe great audio serves music and music is inclusive and to be enjoyed by all!

Denafrips Pontus 2 Film

A Film about the Holo Audio MAY DAC KTE