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The current market offers thousands of various stereo dac. It is really hard to choose the best one from such a big selection. To speed up the process of buying a stereo dac, feel free to use the list with out picks.

Members of our team had to buy and test hundreds of stereo dac from various manufacturers. The TOP list of the best stereo dac, which can be found below, is completely based on our own experience.

Top of Stereo Dac of 2018

Name and Features Image Rating Details
1. Smsl Sa-50 Plus 50wx2 Hifi Amplifier Dac
Our compact amp has a 0.96 oled display, is housed a tough aluminum shell, cnc (computer numerical control) finishing and an infrared remote control.
Smsl Sa-50 Plus 50wx2 Hifi Amplifier Dac
4.8
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2. Micca OriGain Compact Stereo Integrated Amplifier
Use the origain with speakers of any size, from small cubes to full size floor standing speakers.
Micca OriGain Compact Stereo Integrated Amplifier
4.5
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3. SMSL AD18 HIFI Audio Stereo Amplifier
With amplifier output port, 3.5mm headphone jack and subwoofer outputs, 80w, 2 output power, 1.44-inch color screen, the brightness of the display can be adjusted.
SMSL AD18 HIFI Audio Stereo Amplifier
4.3
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4. Nero-xd 200w Hifi Dac
Includes a broad array of analog inputs for wired sound systems as well as a built-in 4.1 bluetooth receiver that syncs to your laptop or smartphone for easy music streaming from as far as 65 feet away.
Nero-xd 200w Hifi Dac
4.0
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5. Onkyo A-9010 Integrated Stereo Amplifier
Features 192 khz/24-bit-capable coaxial and 96 khz/24-bit optical inputs to accept hi-res, lossless, or compressed audio signals from source devices including pcs and media streamers.
Onkyo A-9010 Integrated Stereo Amplifier
3.8
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6. Sabaj A2 Audio Digital Amplifier Class d Amp built-in AptX Bluetooth CSR 4.0 55Wx2 RMS
Tpa3116 amplifiaer chip, wm8524 dac chip and lc89091 digital optical recieving chip.
Sabaj A2 Audio Digital Amplifier Class d Amp built-in AptX Bluetooth CSR 4.0 55Wx2 RMS
3.8
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7. Sabaj A4 HIFI Audio Stereo Bluetooth Digital Amplifier 80Wx2 BT 4.2 Class D Supports Apt-X Bluetooth
A4 is a small full digital class d bluetooth amplifier built-in headphone amplifier, 80w, 2 output power, supports subwoofer output.
Sabaj A4 HIFI Audio Stereo Bluetooth Digital Amplifier 80Wx2 BT 4.2 Class D Supports Apt-X Bluetooth
3.8
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8. Dilvpoetry Dac
N5532+tpa6120.
Dilvpoetry Dac
3.5
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№ 1. Smsl Sa-50 Plus 50wx2 Hifi Amplifier Dac Music Player W Remote Control, Digital Power Amplifier, Tas5766m, Oled Display, Usb Sd Reader, 3.5mm Aux Optical Input Jack, Full Digital
 

Design
5/5
 

Size
5/5
 

Performance
5/5
 

Price
4/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
4.8
SMSL SA-50 PLUS 6.3 x 1.6 x 3.5 inches 2.07 pounds
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Your speakers will be protected from any voltage, current or heat damage(please note: don’t put your speaker wire too close together or it will cause short in power cord). Tone and eq: you can adjust the bass and treble to suit your listening preference and utilize the optional sdb sound effect developed and owned by smsl. (recommend for 2.0 passive speaker). Resume playback and smart volume control: the music will automatically play at the same location and volume as when you last powered it down. However, if the volume was above 20 it will only replay at 20 so as not to damage your speakers. Hi-res audio player, dac (digital to analog converter), and amplifier: 4 input options usb/micro sd/optical/aux; supports cue play list; supports mp3/wma/wav/aac/ape/flac/apple lossless format and has a sample rate up to 192khz/32-bit.

(note: when you use other inputs except the aux, if there is no signal within half of a hour, the sa50 plus will smart off automatically, this is special designed for save electricity and environmental protection.

 

 
The good
Enhanced sound
Resume playback
Hi-res audio player
The bad
I could not find a single drawback.
 

 

 
№ 2. Micca OriGain Compact Stereo Integrated Amplifier and Dac, 50w X 2, 96khz 24-bit, Usb and Optical S Pdif (black)
 

Design
4/5
 

Size
5/5
 

Performance
4/5
 

Price
5/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
4.5
Micca OriGain 5.6 x 3.2 x 1.3 inches 2.65 pounds
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Use the origain with speakers of any size, from small cubes to full size floor standing speakers. Experience the convenience and superior quality of digital audio from a computer via usb, or to from a tv’s optical audio output. Compact stereo amplifiers are the best choice for powering speakers in the home or office. 50w x 2 power output into 4 ohm.30w x 2 into 8 ohm, less than 0.5% total harmonic distortion. Includes ul-certified 24v/4.75a power adapter with level vi energy efficiency rating.

 

 
The good
Compact stereo amplifiers are
50w x 2 power output in
Includes ul-certified 24v/4.75a power adapter
The bad
May be uncomfortable for tall people.
 

 

 
№ 3. SMSL AD18 HIFI Audio Stereo Amplifier with Bluetooth 4.2 Supports Apt-x, Usb Dsp Full Digital Power Amplifier 2.1 for Speaker, Small 80wx2 Class D Amplifier with Subwoofer Output
 

Design
4/5
 

Size
3/5
 

Performance
5/5
 

Price
5/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
4.3
SMSL AD18 – Bluetooth 6.8 x 2 x 3.4 inches 3.44 pounds
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The bluetooth amplifier uses tas5508c+tas5342a from ti as amplifier chips, dsp technology, built-in sdb sound patented. With amplifier output port.3.5mm headphone jack and subwoofer outputs.80w.2 output power.1.44-inch color screen, the brightness of the display can be adjusted. This class d amplifier supports usb coaxial analog bluetooth and two optical inputs. Customized bt4.2 bluetooth module, supports apt-x, easily connect with bluetooth by nfc. What you get: smsl ad18 amplifer.24v power supply, micro usb cable, remote control, antenna.1 year warranty and friendly customer service by, s.

 

 
The good
With amplifier output port.3.5mm headphone jack
This class d amplifier supports usb coaxial analog bluetooth
Customized bt4.2 bluetooth module
The bad
Was not delivered in time.
 

 

 
№ 4. Nero-xd 200w Hifi Dac 2-channel Class D Stereo Power Amplifier W Bluetooth Wireless, Optical, Rca, 3.5mm Inputs, Remote Control
 

Design
2/5
 

Size
4/5
 

Performance
5/5
 

Price
5/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
4.0
OSD Audio 4 pounds
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Compact with remote: designed to fit easily inside cabinets and shelves and includes a high quality function remote control. Bring on the boom: a compact but powerful wireless/wired class d amplifier rated at 50w x 2 that serves up big sound for tower or bookshelf speakers, so you ll experience spine-tingling clarity at low, medium or high volumes. Supports wired and wireless systems: includes a broad array of analog inputs for wired sound systems as well as a built-in 4.1 bluetooth receiver that syncs to your laptop or smartphone for easy music streaming from as far as 65 feet away. Includes old school and digital interfaces: all audio bases are covered with digital and analog outputs such as usb, rca, optical and coaxial so no matter what type of configuration you have, nero will work.

Efficient class d technology: uses highly efficient class d amplifier technology that produces less heat than linear amps and will take tower or bookshelf speakers to the highest level possible without unwanted distortion and noise.

 

 
The good
Bring on the boom
Efficient class d technology
Compact with remote
The bad
Took me a lot of time to figure out how to use it.
 

 

 
 

Design
4/5
 

Size
4/5
 

Performance
5/5
 

Price
2/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
3.8
Onkyo A-9010 13 x 17 x 5 inches 17.42 pounds
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Features 192 khz/24-bit-capable coaxial and 96 khz/24-bit optical inputs to accept hi-res, lossless, or compressed audio signals from source devices including pcs and media streamers. 44 w/ch (8 ohms.1 khz.0.08% thd.2 channels driven, ftc). Built-in mm phono equalizer, phono overload 94 mv (mm.1 khz.0.5%). Powerful independent headphone amplifier for clear and detailed sound signature. High-quality wolfson wm8718 dac unit decodes pcm signals to 192 khz and 24-bit resolution, to create beautifully open and airy analog sound from digital sources.

 

 
The good
Built-in mm phono equalizer
High-quality wolfson wm8718 dac unit decodes pcm signals
Features 192 khz/24-bit-capable coaxial
Powerful independent headphone amplifier
The bad
Similar products are much cheaper.
Not designed for regular use.
 

 

 
 

Design
4/5
 

Size
3/5
 

Performance
3/5
 

Price
5/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
3.8
Sabaj A2 4.1 x 4.1 x 1.2 inches 2.07 pounds
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Well selected nichicon capacitor. Custom-built air core inductance. Golden rca and pure copper speaker terminal. Tpa3116 amplifiaer chip, wm8524 dac chip and lc89091 digital optical recieving chip. Sampling rate is up to 44.1khz-192khz. Body all made of aluminum scrub, effective screen disadvantages battery interference, so that sound more pure. With optical bluetooth analog input, class d digital amplifier with remote control and antenna. Simple design but high-quality workmanship.

 

 
The good
Visualized led digital screen
With optical bluetooth analog input
Tpa3116 amplifiaer chip
Body all made
Well selected nichicon capacitor
The bad
Starts to tear apart after a month of use.
 

 

 
 

Design
4/5
 

Size
4/5
 

Performance
2/5
 

Price
5/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
3.8
Sabaj A4 5.9 x 5.4 x 1.8 inches 3.44 pounds
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A4 is a small full digital class d bluetooth amplifier built-in headphone amplifier.80w.2 output power, supports subwoofer output. Amplifier chip: using tas5508c for digital signal dsp processing and pre-amp. Tas5342a for digital signal rear-amp. Independent headphone amplifier design and advanced dsp technology. Sabaj a4 supports usb coaxial analog bluetooth and optical inputs. Bt4.2 bluetooth module, supports apt-x, press “mute” button to connect with last bluetooth device when bt input mode is working.

 

 
The good
Amplifier chip
Independent headphone amplifier design
Bt4.2 bluetooth module
Sabaj a4 supports usb coaxial analog bluetooth
The bad
You will have to find a separate room to store it.
There are many better options on the market.
 

 

 
№ 8. Dilvpoetry Dac -x6 Amp 24bit 192 Optical Coaxial Usb Digital Stereo Audio Headphone Amplifier Dac Decoder (silver)
 

Design
5/5
 

Size
5/5
 

Performance
2/5
 

Price
2/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
3.5
Dilvpoetry 4332835095 1.32 pounds
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It uses the highly regarded cs8416+ak4452+jrc5532 in its dac chipset, along with the opa2134 opamp, and supports files up to 16 bit/192 khz and 24 bit/96 khz. A newly released iteration of the dac-x6, this dac/amp from dilvpoetry shines in the sub- 100 category. Headphone amplifier chipsets: n5532+tpa6120. Compact and adaptable, it s ideal as a desktop unit for sending a signal out to pc speakers, or for use as a powerful headphone amp. On the back panel, you ll find inputs for usb, optical, and coaxial, plus an rca signal output. On the front, there s a stepped attenuator for super-smooth control over your music s volume.

 

 
The good
Headphone amplifier chipsets
A newly released iteration
The bad
It is easy to break because of poor assembly.
 

What are the price limits for decent stereo dac?

Price is a very important factor of any stereo dac. Usually, the higher it costs the better its quality. However, we recommend you to consider all characteristics of a stereo dac. There are many models with an average price tag that can compete with the most expensive options.

How much money do I need to buy the best stereo dac?

Obviously, a good stereo dac cannot be very cheap. If you want to buy a decent product, you should not be trying to save money on it. We recommend you to order the best models from our list of the best stereo dacif you can afford it.

What warranty should be offered with a decent stereo dac?

We think that a two-year warranty is more than enough for a decent stereo dac. There are many premium options with a lifetime warranty, but we do not think that it is necessary. We recommend you to simply replace stereo dac with a new one after some time.

How long does the warranty lasts for a decent stereo dac?

We highly recommend you to buy stereo dacfrom brands that offer prolonged warranty. If something goes wrong and your stereo dac breaks down, you will be able to repair it without spending a single penny. Most companies offer a two-year warranty for their products.

What did you do to create the TOP list of stereo dac?

During the creation of this buying guide, we had to look through hundreds of stereo dac. Our team compared many products from various brands in order to find the most optimal model with the best price to quality ratio. The goal was to determine stereo dacthat offer the most value for their money, and we think that we have achieved it.

What are the risks of buying a stereo dac online?

Nowadays, online shopping is completely safe. In fact, it might even be safer than regular shopping, since you do not have to leave your home to buy products you need. There is nothing dangerous in buying stereo dac. After all, you can always get a refund if you will not like the model you bought or you received it in a malfunctioning condition.

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