Best portable DACs: the best external DACs to replace your phone’s awful amp best portable dacs iFi xDSD

We know what you’re thinking: what’s a portable DAC and do you really need another new bit of kit when you’ve already bought the best headphones you can afford? 

The best portable DACs, or Digital-to-Analogue Converters, can make a world of difference to your listening experience, making the music you play from your smartphone and through your headphones sound clearer, crisper, and bassier – and more like what the artist intended you to hear.