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Cambridge Audio DacMagic

Cambridge Audio DacMagic
alaScore 92

378 reviews

Nov, 2019

alaTest has collected and analyzed 378 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 products in the same category for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Cambridge Audio DacMagic is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Cambridge Audio DacMagic

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 67 user reviews of Cambridge Audio DacMagic from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk.

97% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Nov, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Cambridge Audio DacMagic

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 53 user reviews of Cambridge Audio DacMagic from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com.

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

Nov, 2019

DT Editors' Choice

Expert review by : Caleb Denison (digitaltrends.com)

Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC review

 

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

Expert review by : Ty Pendlebury (cnet.com)

Cambridge Audio's new DAC adds headphone amp but little extra value

 

The Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus offers a lot of features and decent sound quality but its price tag could be the limiting factor.

Aug, 2012

Expert review by : Clint DeBoer (audioholics.com)

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.

Dec, 2013

Expert review by : John E. Johnson, Jr. (hometheaterhifi.com)

Cambridge Audio DacMagic

 

Cambridge Audio has come up with a product that has wowed everyone: the DacMagic. For $479, you get a DAC that is fully differential (a stereo DAC on each of the two channels), upsampling to 24/192, very low specified distortion, and selectable output...

Jun, 2009

Expert review by : Mike Wuerthele (macnn.com)

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 (hometheaterreview.com)

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 : Mark Fleischmann (soundandvision.com)

Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC

 

Though not ideal for more demanding headphones with challenging music, this is a highly affordable way to improve computer audio. See what I mean. Thin line between overall performance and value? ...You bet, and that line is different for each...

Inexpensive; Compact; 192-kHz capable

Potential dynamic limits; Runs warm

Feb, 2014

Expert review by : Kirk McElhearn (macworld.com)

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

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Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS review

 

The Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS is a pocket-sized headphone amp

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

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

Apr, 2014

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (whathifi.com)

Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS review

 

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

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

Oct, 2013

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