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Cambridge Audio Azur DacMagic Plus Digital to Analogue Convert, Black

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  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Twin Wolfson 24-Bit DACs
  • AFT2 Upsampling
  • Asychronous USB Input
  • Doubles as a hard-working digital preamplifier
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  • Brand Name: Cambridge Audio
  • Model Number: C10424K
  • Includes Rechargable Battery: N

Product Description

Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus DAC/Preamplifier DacMagic Plus Performance and Features Belie its Affordable Price Tag: The Reviews Have It Wireless Connectivity, Twin Wolfson 24-Bit DACs, AFT2 Upsampling, Asychronous USB Input Just the Beginning of Giant-Killing DacMagic Plus Cambridge Audio's DacMagic Plus ups the ante on how much DAC you can get for $600. Consider: Twin Wolfson 24-bit DACs in dual differential configuration. AFT2 24-bit/384kHz up sampling and jitter reduction. Asynchronous USB input. Selectable digital filters. Balanced XLR output and RCA phono output. External input for an optional Cambridge Audio BT100 Bluetooth receiver for wireless streaming from any Bluetooth device. And tremendously good sound no matter what format you throw its way. "Better sound and better features than the original... sound is detailed, subtle and fast" - What Hi-Fi Designed in London, DacMagic Plus instantly improves audio from any imaginable digital source and turns your computer, TV, Blu-ray player, and other devices into an essential link in the chain of your hi-fi system. After taking a direct digital audio signal from your device, bypassing its DAC, DacMagic Plus upgrades it via the ATF2 upsampling system. Finally, DacMagic Plus outputs your music in a much purer, realistic, analog-like signal to your amplifier. "It has an open and revealing character that is strong on timing... comes highly recommended." - Hi-Fi Choice, Recommended Product review DacMagic Plus also doubles as a hard-working digital preamplifier and is created to pair with the aptX-compatible Cambridge Audio BT100 Bluetooth receiver, which allows wireless streaming from Bluetooth-enabled devices. Is there a better DAC/preamplifier combination on the market for less? Our Money-Back Guarantee allows you to find out for yourself, and we highly encourage that you do. "If you are contemplating putting together a high-quality desktop audio system, or adding

Product Information

Product Dimensions 7.5 x 8.5 x 2 inches
Item Weight 2.6 pounds
Shipping Weight 4.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B006GJU33I
Item model number C10424K
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3.9 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #51,198 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
#351 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Home Theater Systems > Receivers & Amplifiers
#880 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Stereo System Components
Date first available at Amazon.com December 5, 2011

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I have a massive collection of WAV files on my HTPC and I've been feeding them to my Denon AVR via HDMI for the past three years. I recently decided to build a "decent" sound system in my "man-cave" with a pair of KEF Q300 and an integrated amp - Marantz PM800. I was looking for a decent CD player with a USB input or networkable. I tried out various devices like the Marantz CD6004 with the USB input, but I felt it was lacking and didn't bring out the best of my speakers. I returned the CD6004 and decided different alternatives like SONOS.

I came across the DacMagic Plus on accident while looking at Musical Fidelity M1DAC A. I felt the DacMagic Plus offered more features for less cash. It seemed like a better alternative than the regular DacMagic although both shared the same Wolfson DACs with balance and unbalance out. The Plus offers a few other options that you may or may not need/want.

Plus vs Regular:

Plus cost roughly $150 USD more. For this you get the following.

Plus upconverts to 384KHz compared to 192KHz (Different digital filter chip). Not sure if you will notice any difference with mediocre gears.

Plus can act as a digital pre-amp stage that can drive headphones or be plug directly into an amp or powered speakers.

Plus is capable to stream from bluetooth device with the optional BT100 adaptor. I have not tried this yet as the BT module is not yet available. I am looking forward to this feature!!! I want to be able to stream from bluetooth capable devices like my laptop and smartphone.

Overall, this outboard DAC showed significantly wider soundstage, bass response, and imaging than the DAC in my Blu-ray player and Denon AVR - it's the real deal.
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Connected the device to a Mac. First is sounds nice but not spectacular. Changed the settings from the DACmagic+ from USB 1 to USB2 (look into the manual) and the game changes from good to exceptional. From that moment on the Mac uses the DM+ as an external clock and all audio generated in the Mac is being synchronized on the clock of the DM+. Furthermore the sample frequency becomes 192 Khz. 192 is high enough to do interpolation on a 44.1 K signal from audio CD's. Funny enough, part of the quality is in the Mac, because the up sampling to 192 K is a major step. The USB connection is superior to the TOSlink, because of the ability to do the external synchronization.
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Have spent the last few days using this unit and I am very satisfied. The DAC was very easy to setup and get going. I connected it to my iMac 27 inch via a USB cable. Immediately I found that it was connecting up at only USB 1.0(allowing only up to 96K)according to the Mac. I then got out the manual and found out USB 1.0 was default and a procedure had to be followed to configure for USB 2.0 to allow the Mac to send up to 192k FLAC tracks. I followed the easy steps in the manual and got it going in a couple of minutes. I was then able to play WAV and FLAC 96/24 tracks from the Mac. Sound quality was outstanding. Beautiful non fatiguing sound with a very good stereo image. Even compressed 384k AAC tracks sounded very good. My vinyl is probably going to see a lot less usage now.

The only cons I can see with this unit is that for setting up some things, like the USB2 for example, you have to refer to the manual for the easy procedures since it is not intuitively obvious from the controls what procedure needs to be followed. That is a very nitpick gripe though. This unit does what it is supposed to do and provides excellent sound quality.
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I have owned about 10 DAC's ranging from $300 models to $2000 models. I was a fan of the original DacMagic and it was a leader at the cost of $350. This "+' model has now incorporated a headphone out but to put it bluntly, the sound was dull and without any kind of passion or excitement from this output. I did put it into USB 2 mode and tested it with USB2 and Optical (even using cables costing more than half of the dacmagic) and the sound was so uninvolving with my Grado PS 500 headphones...very very soft and dull. When I attached it to my little Grado amp the sound opened up and became 3 dimensional but I can attach this amp to my iMac out and get that (with less volume) but still, this DAC does improve on your sound with more soundstage and fullness but do not use the headphone out with good headphones as it is not so hot. The Arcam rDac beats this one for less money IMO and I preferred the previous dacmagic sound and price.

I sent mine back after being disappointed. Its good but not worth $599. Just my opinion, as always but the cost would be good at $349

I only used it connected to an iMac using Grado PS500 headphones (which are AMAZING). I am now testing the DacMagic 100, the cheaper newest model. It has a crisper sound but still a little on the uninvolving side. BUT it is $350, which is about right for this performance. It's no giant killer like the previous dacmagic but it can open up your sound compared to your computer sound card. I'd go with the 100 over the plus just due to the cost.
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