If there's one question that seems to come up over and over, it's "Which DAC did you like better?" While I can understand the interest, I think it’s more important that a review convey the sound of a given component and leave personal preferences out of it, as much as that's possible. If we want to interject the personal, just make sure it's explicit and no harm done. The harm comes from trying to boil a review down to whether the reviewer 'liked' a given component or not because that is ultimately not the point. The ultimate point is whether or not you will like it.
AudioStream's Greatest Bits is our version of Recommended Components. This list is culled from every piece of gear that we've reviewed each year and represents those components that stand apart in their ability to deliver a musically satisfying experience.