Streaming DACs: A List

A streaming DAC is a device that connects to your network via Ethernet or WiFi while outputting an analog audio signal. It streams and it’s a DAC.

I like the idea of a streaming DAC because less is less in hifi—less cables, less power cords, less noise. Or so the theory goes. Here’s a list, which I’ll maintain, of streaming DACs in ascending price order.

Amazon Echo Link ($199.99)

Sonos Connect ($349.00)

Yamaha WXC-50 MusicCast Wireless Streaming Preamplifier ($349.95)

Bluesound Node 2i ($499.00) Roon Ready

Marantz NA6006Audiophile Network Audio Player ($699.00)

Cambridge Audio CXN (V2) Network Streamer ($899.99) Roon End Point

ELAC Discovery Series DS-S101-G Music Server ($1099.98) Roon Ready

Cambridge Audio Azur 851N Network Player ($1499.99)

Bel Canto Designs e.One Stream ($1595.00) Roon Ready

NAD C 658 BluOS Streaming DAC ($1649.00) Roon Ready

Primare SC15 Prisma ($1795.00)

Pro-Ject Stream Box RS ($1999.00)

Teac NT-505 USB DAC/Network Player ($1999.99)

Lumin D2 ($2300.00) Roon Ready

Moon by Simaudio 280D Streaming DAC ($2300.00) Roon Ready

iFi Audio Pro iDSD ($2499.00) Roon Ready

Mytek Brooklyn Bridge ($2995.00) Roon Ready

Matrix Audio element X ($2999.00) Roon Ready

Naim ND5 XS2 Slim Chassis Network Player ($3495.00) Roon Ready

Aurender A100 Caching Music Server / Streamer / Player ($3900.00)

Cary Audio DAC-200ts Digital to Analog Converter ($3995.00)

AURALiC VEGA G10 Streaming DAC ($3999.00) Roon Ready

Lumin T2 ($4500.00) Roon Ready

KRELL Vanguard Universal DAC ($4500.00) Roon Ready

Hegel HD30 ($4800.00)

DEQX HDP-5  ($4949.00) Roon Ready

Gold Note DS-1000 MKII ($5000.00)

Aurender A10 Caching Music Server / Streamer / Player ($5499.95)

AURALiC VEGA G2 Streaming DAC ($5999.00) Roon Ready

McIntosh MS500 Music Streamer ($6,000.00)

PS Audio DirectStream DAC w/Optional Network Bridge II ($6899.00) Roon Ready

Naim NDX2 ($7495.00) Roon Ready

exaSound PlayPoint DM Dual-Mono D/A Converter and Network Audio Server ($8495.00) Roon Ready

Ayre QX-5 Twenty ($8950.00) Roon Ready

Lumin S1 ($9800.00) Roon Ready

Audionet DNC ($10,100.00)

Linn Akurate DSM ($10,250.00)

Merging Technologies NADAC 2 -ST ($10,500.00) Roon Ready

totaldac d1-tube-mk2 DAC ($11,275 w/streamer option) Roon Ready note: you can add the Streamer option to any totaldac for roughly $1100

Mola Mola Tambaqui DAC ($13,400.00) Roon Ready

dCS Bartók DAC ($13,500) Roon Ready

Bel Canto Black EX DAC/Control Preamp ($13,990.00) Roon Ready

Lumin X1 ($13,990.00) Roon Ready

Moon by Simaudio 780D v2 Streaming DAC ($15,000.00) Roon Ready

Naim Audio ND 555 Reference Network Player ($19,995.00) Roon Ready

Esoteric N-01 Network Audio Player ($20,000) Roon Ready

Brinkmann Nyquist Mk II ($20,000) Roon Ready

Mark Levinson № 519 Audio Player ($20,000.00) Roon Ready

Métronome DSC1 ($21,000.00)

Linn Klimax DSM ($23,380.00)

dCS Rossini DAC ($28,499.00) Roon Ready

dCS Vivaldi DAC ($35,999.00) Roon Ready

Constellation Audio Cygnus ($38,000.00) Roon Ready