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Cambridge Audio DacMagic Digital-to-Analog Converter with USB, Silver

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  • Twin WM8740 high quality DACs in dual differential mode for excellent stereo imaging
  • Incoming sampling rate indicator 32/44.1/48/88.2/96kHz
  • Phase select to invert or reinvert input, correcting possible recording problems
  • Two inputs with both SPDIF & Toslink sockets allow wide range of digital sources to be connected
  • Singled ended phono and XLR balanced audio outputs
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Product Description

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 isn't 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 you'd 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. It's 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.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds
  • ASIN: B001QFOG58
  • Item model number: DacMagic-S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,306 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Lars Tackmann on May 23, 2009
I recently purchased a Logitech Squeezebox to stream my music collection to my HIFI and have been pretty happy with it. The sound quality from the Squeezebox's DAC did however not impress me, compared to my old rather cheepish Denon CD player, it was dull, lacked attack and was generally uninspiring. So when I discovered that Cambridge Audio had made this little (and cheap) gem I immediately bought it.

So how good is it ? - In my opinion its the cheapest thing I have ever bought that made so clear a difference; the music is now warm, organic, detailed and full of attack. It is sturdy build and has a very cool and professional look. The device itself has a ton of nice features (such as being able to remember different settings based on input channels) yet is still very easy to use. It comes with three different high quality filters: "linear", "minimum" and "steep" which can alter the audio experience to your personal taste. Of these I have found the "minimum" filter to provide the best audiophile experience.

To sum up, if you have a Squeezebox or a similar device, but feel that its analog output is somewhat lacking, then get this brilliant little device.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Russell Bennett on November 1, 2009
I have suspected that music servers would most likely become the future of high-end music reproduction. The advantages seemed obvious. But it wasn't yet clear to me what platform, configuration or companies might provide that solution.

My epiphany came when I found a 2006 article by John Atkinson on Stereophile's website. He reviewed a Squeezebox Classic, comparing its output with an Ayre C-5xe ($5,995 universal player). Both were connected to a Mark Levinson No.30.6 Reference D/A processor ($16,950).

"Comparing the original CD on the Ayre C-5xe disc player, its digital output driving the Levinson DAC via a 1m DH Labs AES/EBU link, with SlimServer feeding an Apple Lossless-encoded file to the Squeezebox with its digital output feeding the Levinson via the AudioQuest OptiLink-5, I was hard-pressed to hear much of a difference."

He couldn't hear a difference!

Well, if this Stereophile reviewer admitted that he couldn't hear a difference between a $6,000 CD player and a $249 Squeezebox using a high-end DAC, I figured that I had found my solution. I just needed something more `affordable" than the $17,000 Mark Levinson DAC.

I began searching reviews of various DACs at all prices. I liked what people said about Music Fidelity's V-DAC, but I wanted to use XLR connections. DACMagic had them. The V-DAC did not.

The professional reviews had all been good for the DACMagic, but I was most influenced by Lars Tackmann's comments here on Amazon. So I decided to give it a trial in combo with a Squeezebox Duet.

I connected the Duet using RCA interconnects and the DACMagic using XLRs to my Krell integrated amp. My speakers are MartinLogan electrostatics.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By George H. Hackett on May 17, 2010
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Like many people, I gave up vinyl, reluctantly, some time ago. I prefer CDs to MP3 et al. But, inevitably, more and more of the music I listen to falls into that category. I live in New York City, where space is at a premium, and, let's face it, buying single tracks often makes more sense than paying for an entire CD.
I have a decent CD player, so the difference between its direct output and that through the DAC Magic is not pronounced, though I'd have to do an A/B comparison to make a real judgment.
Playing music from my Macs through an Airport Express is a different story. The improvement is HUGE, indistinguishable from CDs (again this is without A/B). The detail, soundstage and overall clarity is excellent. Tight bass. Playing from iTunes, Pandora or MOG sounds great.
NB: If you are using an Airport Express to wirelessly connect to your sound system, you must use the optical digital output. You might not know that the Express has one, but it does--it's hidden inside the 1/8 inch headphone output. You need to buy an adapter from Apple. It's part of a kit made by Monster Cable, which also includes a earphone-to-RCA adapter and an extension cord for the Express. It's $40. Some Apple geniuses don't realize they sell these, but they do. You need this for wireless operation.
An alternative is to use the USB output of the Express to the Mac Magic. This only works if you connect directly to a computer.
The Mac Magic is very compact, good looking and easy to use. It has pretty blue lights. A remote would be nice, but that would add size and price.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By MAT.I.AM on March 5, 2010
Being a budget stereophile, I was looking forward to improving the sound of my Zone-2 setup, consisting of a pair Mordaunt Short 902i bookshelf speakers on BTech BT-77 stands Rocelco B-Tech Rocelco BT77 Ultragrip Pro Loudspeaker Wall Mount - Pair (Black). These speakers are connected to an Onkyo TX-SR604 a/v receiver Onkyo TX-SR604 7.1 Channel A/V Receiver (Black) and Pioneer DV-610 universal DVD player Pioneer Dv610av-s Silver Multi Region Code Free Hdmi 1080p Upconverting DVD Player with SACD and DVD-Audio Playback.


I have a very good collection of CDs that are mostly made in the European Union (E.U.). To make the best of my CD collection, I was initially planning on getting a budget CD player under USD500. I had rounded up on two budget CD players - Cambridge Audio 550C & Emotiva ERC-1. I had heard the Emotiva ERC-1 at a friends place and it was too good for the money - USD400. The slot loading mechanism of the Emotiva ERC-1 was a deal breaker for me. I have had bad experiences in the past with slot loading CD players. I especially hate the way they attract dust on the slot opening and they eventually leave soft scratches on the CDs. I w'd have surely bought the Emotiva ERC-1 if only it had a tray loading mechanism. It is otherwise a superbly capable CD player with functions such as a 12V trigger and a whole lot of other great features. Anyone who does not mind slot loading CD player sh'd surely give it a listen.
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