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alaScore 87

16 reviews

Aug, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 reviews of TEAC AI-501DA. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Receivers & Amplifiers for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Receivers & Amplifiers the TEAC AI-501DA is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 16 reviews)

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of TEAC AI-501DA from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Receivers & Amplifiers on

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Teac AI-501DA-B Receiver with Integrated Amplifier and High Quality DAC's (Black)Teac AI-501DA-S Receiver with Integrated Amplifier and High Quality DAC's (Silver)

Aug, 2015

Expert review by: Ian Morris (

Teac USB DAC Amplifier AI-501DA review


If you live on your computer and want to hear better sound then you need to break away from the in-built soundcard and move to an external digital-to-analogue converter (DAC). That's where the Teac AI-501DA - an integrated amplifier and USB DAC - comes...

Looks beautiful, brilliantly built, sounds amazing when fed lossless audio (24-bit /192kHz max), lots of physical inputs, doesn't taint or bias sound

USB-based problems - likely related to Windows driver, expensive, lossless audio hard to track down

We won't pretend the Teac AI-501DA is not expensive, because it is. Now, £700 is not too much money for such a high-quality system, but it is a lot of money for anyone to cough up. By the time you've added decent speakers and any other devices you're...

Dec, 2013

Expert review by: (



The gorgeous retro design is hard to resist, but the TEAC fails to deliver an engaging and musical performance at this price

Stunning retro design ; Impeccable build quality and compact size ; Nice, clean sound ; Decent detail and punch ; Supports high-res audio

Isn’t as detailed, dynamic or exciting as rivals ; Can get confused with complex rhythms

We have mixed feelings about the TEAC AI-501DA. On the one hand, we love the way it looks.

Product Specifications


DLNA certified: No


Ethernet: No
iPod Control: No
USB Interface: Yes

General Features

Loudspeakers: No


Dolby / DTS: No