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Cambridge Audio DACMagic XS £49.95 @ RicherSounds
Cambridge Audio DACMagic XS £49.95 @ RicherSounds

Cambridge Audio DACMagic XS £49.95 @ RicherSounds

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A cracking DAC for use with Laptops or PCs. £30 cheaper than Amazon. Nice way of spending some of that christmas money!

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Seems to have got universally good reviews across the board at £100

voted cold by people who haven't a clue

I expect you mean £49.95 rather than 349.95.

Could explain the cold votes. Shot yourself in the foot there!

For £49.95 you can't go wrong. Bought one during Black Friday. Excellent sound for the laptop.

Great device delivering clearer and cleaner audio. A real bargain at the price. Usb 2 function provides even better results for Mac users.

I wonder whether it capable to drive a high-end headphone beautifully?

Thought about purchasing one of these during Black Friday deal but didn't then the price went back up.

Is there anything better for around this price? Will mainly be using connected to my desktop PC and currently driving a pair of Sennheiser HD 398 Pro headphones. That could change if Amazon.fr run a Lightening Deal on Sennheiser HD 598 again anytime soon!

IMHO this little DAC is a gem. It has made a real difference to the quality of the music I listen to. Drives all different kinds of headphones really well not had any issues at all

Cold. The specifications leave a lot to be desired.

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Cold. The specifications leave a lot to be desired.



Brilliant review from someone who doesn't own one.

Specs seem good to me. 24bit 192kHz. Wonder if it'll work with an android phone?

Connections Micro USB input, 3.5mm analogue output
Digital to analogue converter ESS9023 24-bit DAC
Sample rates supported USB 1.0 mode: 16/24-bit, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
USB 2.0 mode: 16/24-bit, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz
Output voltage 2V RMS
Max. power consumption 150mW
Min. headphone impedance 12 Ohms
Frequency response +/-0.2dB 20Hz – 20kHz
THD (unweighted) <0.004%
Signal to Noise Ratio 103 dBr (unweighted)
Crosstalk 66dB
Output impedance 0.5 Ohms
Volume steps 53 steps (54 different volume levels)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 30 x 10 x 53.5mm (1.2 x 0.4 x 2.1’’)
Weight 100g (3.5oz)

Signal to Noise Ratio 103 dBr (unweighted) & Crosstalk 66dB

are on the low side.

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Specs seem good to me. 24bit 192kHz. Wonder if it'll work with an android … Specs seem good to me. 24bit 192kHz. Wonder if it'll work with an android phone?Connections Micro USB input, 3.5mm analogue outputDigital to analogue converter ESS9023 24-bit DACSample rates supported USB 1.0 mode: 16/24-bit, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHzUSB 2.0 mode: 16/24-bit, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHzOutput voltage 2V RMSMax. power consumption 150mWMin. headphone impedance 12 OhmsFrequency response +/-0.2dB 20Hz – 20kHzTHD (unweighted) <0.004%Signal to Noise Ratio 103 dBr (unweighted)Crosstalk 66dBOutput impedance 0.5 OhmsVolume steps 53 steps (54 different volume levels)Dimensions (WxHxD) 30 x 10 x 53.5mm (1.2 x 0.4 x 2.1’’)Weight 100g (3.5oz)




Works with some and not others. There's a list Here
Edited by: "inertia" 24th Dec 2014

I have one of these and it's a huge improvement over the DAC in my laptop. To get the best out of it you need to set it up in USB 2 mode and the driver for this is on Cambridge Audio website. To improve it even further you can install the ASIO plugin which means that the audio data goes directly to the DAC. I use MediaMonkey with this plugin. The headphone amp easily drives my Sennheiser HD 518s.
You can audition the DAC for 30 days and if you are not impressed it can be returned for a full refund.
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