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Cambridge Audio DacMagic

Cambridge Audio DacMagic
alaScore 92

127 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 127 reviews from magazines and websites.

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.

Review analysis

(Based on 127 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

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Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC review

 

It's appalling how terrible audio processing is in some laptops. What sense does it make to spend a bunch of money on a turbo-charged processor, blazing fast graphics card, gobs of RAM and a speedy solid state drive (SSD) only to wind up with terrible...

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

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

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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.

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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...

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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...

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Cambridge Audio DACMagic review

 

The name of this little box of tricks may ring a bell: Cambridge Audio has had a DacMagic in its range before, but the last one disappeared a while ago when DACs appeared to be in terminal decline. Now they are back and the name has been revived for...

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 audiohile credibility that comes with acres of 10mm-thick front anel

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Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS review

 

Update your laptop audio with this compact and competitively priced DAC

PC ADVISOR - GOLD

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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...

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Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS

 

We're used to Cambridge Audio being aggressive when it comes to price, but even by its standards the DacMagic XS represents excellent value

A stable, refined and detailed sound ; Lovely build and finish ; Portability

At this price? Nothing

You have to feel a little sorry for the DacMagic XS, previously five stars, now bumped to four.

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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,...

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Cambridge Audio DacMagic

 

One of the best DACs we've tested

Sleek, solid design; powerful yet subtle sound; well made

Not cheap

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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.

Configuration

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

Connectivity

HDMI: 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

Loudspeaker

Wireless Speakers: No

Playback

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

Recording

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

Sound

Dolby / DTS: No
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