Whether you’re listening to powered monitors or a set of high-end cans, the JDS Element Headphone Amp & DAC ensures your audio sounds as good as possible. When receiving audio from your computer over USB, the wide dynamic range of the DAC keeps things noise- and hiss-free. It can drive everything from standard headphones to power-hungry planar magnetics, thanks to a dual gain setting and a peak output of over 1.5W. Should you want to use a secondary audio source — a turntable, for example — there’s an option to add an extra set of RCA jacks to the back. And thanks to its sleek machined body and oversized, top-mounted volume knob, you won’t mind it taking up space on your desk.