MP3’s and streaming services are convenient and portable-friendly, but they don’t deliver the audio quality of the original recordings. If you want to hear that high-fidelity sound in compressed files, you need a Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC). The ACRO L1000 Desktop Headphone Amplifier by Astell&Kern is one of the best options out there.

This all-in-one desktop amp/headphone amp/DAC has two built-in AK4490 chips providing “superb resolution and rich spatial sound.” It can play audio files up to 32bit/384kHz without downsampling, has support for various audio output options, and offers native DSD playback and 15W audio output per channel for stereo speakers. It also has filters for different audio preferences, including default, bass-boost, and high-gain.

Optimally designed for both usability and sound playback, the ACRO L1000 sits at a 30-degree angle and is made of aluminum, boasting a huge volume wheel with a knurled pattern and 12 dots of LED displaying the playback volume.

Buy From Astell&Kern $900

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