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Cambridge Audio DacMagic

Cambridge Audio DacMagic
alaScore 92

125 reviews

Oct, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 125 reviews of Cambridge Audio DacMagic. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, 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 Cambridge Audio DacMagic is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 53 user reviews of Cambridge Audio DacMagic from The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Receivers & Amplifiers on

98% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Cambridge Audio DacMagic Digital-to-Analog Converter with USB, SilverCAMBRIDGE - DACMAGIC XSCambridge Audio DacMagic 100 Silver

Oct, 2015

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Expert review by: Caleb Denison (

Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC Review


This tiny device sounds spectacular, and its ability to turn any computer, Mac or PC, into an audiophile-worthy source can't be understated.

Exquisite sound quality ; Volume control is handy ; Great fit and finish ; Unnoticeably light and compact

More expensive than competing products ; Lack of strain relief on USB cable is cause for concern

The Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC/headphone amplifier’s $190 price tag may seem a little steep, especially when the well-reputed Audioquest Dragonfly v 1.2 is appears to be very similar, likely capable of the same performance and at about $40-$50...

Mar, 2014

Expert review by: Clint DeBoer (

Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC Review


Review: The Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS. Cambridge Audio has a number of DacMagic offerings, currently three on their website, and this is by far the smallest and the least expensive.

Jan, 2014

Expert review by: Mike Wuerthele (

Review: Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS


Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS pumps up the volume, dance, dance

Sturdy construction ; Driverless on OS X ; Simple operation ; Stunning sound quality

Micro USB plug for charging ; Short USB cable length ; Not for mobile

Every computer with a microphone or headphone port has one -- a digital to analog converter (DAC). There are nearly as many chipsets and DAC models as there are models of laptop, and as many opinions on the efficacy of various implementations. Cambri

Jul, 2014

Expert review by: Brian Kahn (

Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC/Headphone Amplifier


The growing popularity of headphones and computer audio playback has led to the inevitable introduction of portable USB DACs that add a headphone amplifier, which makes it very simple to get high-quality sound from your computer. Cambridge Audio has...

Feb, 2014

Expert review by: Kirk McElhearn (

Review: Cambridge Audio DacMagic


At $429, the DacMagic is not a device for everyone, but if you do have good audio equipment, it'll definitely make your music sound much better.

There are a wide range of DAC chips, ranging from very low-cost to very expensive. At the low end, a DAC chip may be used in a cheap PC soundcard or throw-away MP3 player. At the high end, expensive DAC chips are found inside top-of-the-line CD...

Jan, 2010

Expert review by: Richard Black (

Cambridge Audio DACMagic review


£200 is all it takes to transform your old digital sources into cutting edge wonder machines

User-selectable filters allow a degree of tuning to taste ; Basic sound is excellent ; Clear and highly detailed ; Remarkably neutral ; Energetically rhythmic

No volume control ; Lacks audiophile credibility that comes with acres of 10mm-thick front panel

The performance of the DACMagic is so good it's almost embarrassing. Not only does it sound great, it locks to incoming signals almost instantly and takes up very little space. Balanced output too – what more could one want?

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: Jim Hill (

Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS review


This affordable headphone amplifier uses the dark art of the DAC to rejuvenate your music library. Check out our Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS review

Improvement in sound quality ; Tiny portable design ; Effective and inexpensive

Won't work with smartphones ; No volume level indicator ; Only on headphone jack

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ExpertReviews Award

Expert review by: Kat Orphanides (

Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS review


Update your laptop audio with this compact and competitively priced DAC

Apr, 2014


Expert review by: Andrew Harrison (

Cambridge Audio DacMagic review


Cambridge Audio's DacMagic is back - and this time it wants your USB

Cambridge Audio has introduced an affordable high-end-quality DAC for use with computers and home entertainment devices alike. The DacMagic seems to revel in bringing out the best in digital stereo sound, whether MP3 or lossless music on a computer, or...

Nov, 2008

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Cambridge Audio DacMagic 100


An affordable, very listenable DAC, but lacks dynamic reach and scale

Neat design ; fine connectivity ; inputs support up to 24-bit/192kHz ; open, detailed sound

Lacks dynamic reach and scale

Cambridge Audio DacMagic 100: Sound quality Fed a 16-bit/44.1kHz rip of Dusty Springfield’s Son Of A Preacher Man, the DacMagic 100 serves up an open, spacious sound. Vocals are given space to breathe and, even with a mix of instruments thrown in,...


Product Specifications

Enjoy digital music like never before... Adapted Time Filtering (ATF) asynchronous upsampling technology might sound complicated but the benefits are instantly audible. Essentially it converts 16-24 bit audio to 24 bit/192kHz so you hear so much more from compressed material. Meanwhile a 32 bit Digital Signal Processor (DSP) eradicates jitter which is especially effective with hard disk playback from PCs or Macintosh computers. Whether your digital music collection is stored on a PC or you use a network music client SqueezeboxTM, SoundBridgeTM, SonosTM etc - the difference in audible quality is incredible! Games just explode into life Gaming isnt just about the moving image. By connecting your games console - PlayStations(PS2 and PS3TM), XboxTM and Xbox 360sTM to your hi-fi via DacMagic, dramatically improved soundtracks and special effects are immediately apparent. DacMagic is an audiophile tour de force! DacMagic sports a range of components youd never dream could be crammed into such a compact case. These include a 32-bit Texas Instruments Digital Signal Processor (DSP), dual Differential Virtual Earth balanced filter topology and twin Wolfson WM8740 high quality DACs in dual differential mode for excellent stereo imaging. Other features include a choice of digital filters - linear phase/minimum phase/steep filter - and an incoming sampling rate indicator which shows the original source quality. You can experiment with different filters for each source connected but DacMagic always remembers the last one assigned to that source. Its flexible and easy to set-up Up to two digital sources - network music devices, games consoles, CD/DVD players etc. can be connected concurrently using S/PDIF or Toslink inputs. Additionally, you can connect DacMagic directly to your PC using a USB connection (no drivers needed) and dramatically improve the quality of your digital music.


AirPlay: No
Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB): No
DLNA certified: No
Internet Radio: No
PC Streaming: No
USB Recording: No
Web Content Access: No
WiFi Connectivity: No


iPod Control: No
Number of Output Channels:Not Applicable
PMP Docking: No
USB Interface: Yes

General Features

1080p Upscaling: No
2D to 3D Conversion: No
3D: No
CD Player / Recorder: No
DVD Player / Recorder: No
Home Theatre System (Digital Dolby and DVD Player): No
Network Music System: No
Sound Projector: No


Wireless Speakers: No


Blu-ray Playback: No
DivX Playback: No
DVD Audio Playback: No
MP3 Playback: No
Super Audio CD Playback: No
Super Video CD / Video CD Playback: No


Blu-ray Recording: No
DVD-R Recording: No
DVD-RAM Recording: No
DVD-RW Recording: No
DVD+R Recording: No
DVD+RW Recording: No


Dolby / DTS: No