Twittering Machines Favorite Digital Gear

I do not know exactly how many DACs and Streamers I’ve reviewed over the years, but the number is in three figure territory. And when I say reviewed, this means I’ve spent a minimum of weeks, most often months, in some cases years, with each and every one, listening and comparing. [footnote 1]

The entire point of sharing lists like these is twofold: Of greatest importance, I am offering a shortcut view into my preferences. This kind of information is invaluable for readers because it puts all of my reviews in a more meaningful context.

The secondary reason is people love lists — like shopping lists — and I am of the opinion that the following list contains DACs that are all capable of providing deep musical satisfaction and they stand out in this regard from all of the DACs I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know.

Twittering Machines Favorite Digital Gear [updated 1.26.2023]

Helm Audio Bolt DAC ($99.99) | Review

THX Onyx Portable DAC ($199.99) | Review

AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt ($299.95)

Chord Mojo ($499) | Review

Denafrips ARES II ($780) | Review

Mytek Liberty DAC II ($1495) | Review

Denafrips PONTUS II ($1700) | Review

Auralic ARIES G1.1 Wireless Streaming Transporter (starts at $3249) | Review

Sonnet Digital Audio Morpheus DAC ($3399.00) | Review

Denafrips Terminator II DAC ($4427.00) | Review

EMM Labs NS1 Streamer ($4500) | Review

Sonnet Digital Audio Pasithea DAC ($4995) | Review

HoloAudio KTE May DAC ($4999.99) | Review

Ideon Audio Ayazi mk2 DAC & 3R Master Time Black Star ($3900 / $3900) | Review

totaldac d1-tube DAC/Streamer (7320euro ex VAT or roughly US$8600) | Review

Weiss DAC501 ($8995) | Review

Meitner MA3 Integrated D/A Converter ($10,500) | Review

totaldac d1-tube MK2 (9100euro ex VAT or roughly $10,800)

Mola Mola Tambaqui DAC  ($13,400) | Review

EMM Labs DA2 V2 Reference Stereo DAC ($30,000) | Review


  1. These days, the amount of time spent listening is a necessary distinction to point out since there are reviewers who call listening to something for minutes a review, which is like spending minutes talking to a stranger on the phone and calling it a relationship.