January 2024 issue now on sale

Welcome to the January issue
To DAC or not to DAC – believe it or not,that was once the question. Whether it was necessary to shell out for a gadget that claimed to enhance your digital transmission and introduce your system to a cleaner sound. Today, of course, there’s no argument that bolstering the conversion capacity of your kit so that you’re getting a better, brighter listening experience is the only course of action. The DAC is here to stay.

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up half a dozen of the latest, mid-price digital-to-analogue converters for our Group Test to help you decide which will work best for you. In addition, this issue’s Beginners’ Guide suggests a few other ways that you can enjoy your digital music to the richest effect.

Elsewhere there’s our report on the UK Hi-Fi Show Live! where an incredible array of brands assembled at the plush Grandstand at Royal Ascot to demonstrate their high-end wares. Our review begins on p48. We’ve also unearthed an amazing interview with David Bowie for our Flashback feature on p124.

Finally, a heads-up about our next issue, which is our Yearbook celebrating all the very best gear to grace our pages over the past 12 months. Look out for it on sale from 28 December.

Have fun!