Cambridge Audio Dacmagic DACs

4.11/5 (9 Reviews) MSRP : $449.00


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Product Description

D/A Converter with USB input

D/A Converters: Dual Wolfson WM8740 24bit DACs
Digital filter: Texas Instruments TMS 320VC5501 DSP upsampling to 24bit 192kHz
Analogue filter: 2-Pole Dual Differential Bessel Double Virtual Earth Balanced
Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz (±0.1dB) - steep filter disabled
THD @ 1Khz 0dBFs: <0,001% (24 bit)
THD @ 1kHz -10dBFs: <0.001%
THD @ 20kHz 0dBFs: <0.002%
Signal to Noise Ratio: -112dBr
Total correlated jitter: <130pS
Crosstalk @ 1kHz: < -100dB
Crosstalk @ 20kHz: < -90dB
Output Impedance: <50ohms
Output level (unbalanced): 2.1V rms
Output level (balanced): 4.2V rms (2.1V per phase)
Digital input word widths supported: 16-24bit (16 bit for USB)
Digital input sampling frequencies supported: 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz (44.1kHz, 48kHz for USB)
Audio output up-sampling: Fixed 24bit 192kHz



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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Pontifex a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 26, 2011

Bottom Line:   
This is truly one of those products that will make you wonder how you ever lived without it in the first place. Like many others have said - it can make a modest and/or dated CD player sound way ahead of it's time. Not to mention how it really brings MP3's to life! This device is somewhat of a God send in this new era of digitized music. My hopes are that it will become more desirable among music listeners who gravitate towards the convenience and economics of MP3's and potentially spark their interests a little further into the world of hi-fi and the value of appreciating and discovering music that is created and recorded with purity and integrity.

For anyone considering purchasing this item I would have to say that it is well worth every penny.

By all means, it is arguable that there are higher quality units on the market but for many times the price. Do not be persuaded by the dichotomy of "mid-fi" vs. "audiofile" because there is often a fine line between higher quality and pretentiousness. Every eardrum and stereo system is completely unique and that cannot be emphasized enough. It would be foolish to claim otherwise. Remember the golden rule. Whatever sounds best to you will sound best to you. Try a few things out and go with whatever is best! A chacun son goute!

Getting lost in the magic is half of the fun. The rest is all beauty.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2010



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by MusicalPoet a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 2, 2011

Bottom Line:   
DAC is a good bargain but just because of the advancements in electronics and as a result the price drop of equipment over the last 10-20 years.

Good dynamics and can make an older $500 cd player sound like a $1000 cd player. However, with the markup on audiophile equipment as a rule that does not say much.

Bass response is excellent however that awful graininess that is present in most digital players' reproduction of sound is still present. This can make for a rather unpleasant experience when listening to music with a lot of treble such as classical. The soundstage is rather poor as it is very flat and when listening to a truly good DAC like the Lavry DA11 (which I upgraded to) the faults of this DAC really show up. I thought that buying this DAC would bring me closer to the transparency, smoothness and deep soundstage of analog but it did not.

If I were t to do it over again I would wait and save my money for a better higher priced DAC like the Lavry and not get this as my main source.

A side note. The power switch went on the unit after about 2 months of use and this leads me to think that it is produced of inferior quality parts.

If you want a good mid-fi upgrade and listen to a lot of pop or computer downloaded music then this may be for you. But, if you want high end sound save your money, do your research and opt for something better you can keep for a good long time.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2008



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by julian a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: February 20, 2011

Bottom Line:   
Astonishing who needs a £1000 cd player with a squeezebox and the DAC magc just fantastic !

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2010



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by naudio8 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 11, 2010

Bottom Line:   
I use the DAC with USB connecting to computer with windows vista, useing foobar (output device: DS)
and compare it with CDPLAYER MARANTZ CD-52-MKII.
I'v played a few albums on the dac & cdplayer,
when I played through the DACMAGIC the "stage" was wider and deeperand when there is a part with alot of instruments the DACMAGIC express it very clearly.
In other words the DAC is better then my CDPLAYER.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2009



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by tilepronc a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 8, 2009

Bottom Line:   
Ok,I'm not a golden ear kinda of listener, but for the money this DAC sounds great. I hooked up my 7yo laptop and also my Marantz 8001 CDP.The CDP sounded a little better but the best part was the laptop.I didn't expect it to sound as good as it did. Sure a 2k DAC will kick this unit to the curb, but for 429.00 I can't complain. The only thing that I didn't like was the box said British Audio Engineering and under that made in China. I'm sure this thing cost nothing to produce. Good value overall
An as for the guy who sold his after 3 days? give the thing a chance to burn in bro!

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2009




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modest budget: dacmagic vs v-dac2 or upgrade integrated?

Hello, I have enjoyed my current system for a while but am now looking for a way to improve it without spending a lot more money. I listen to mostly classical and jazz on lossless (apple) files which are streamed from my MAC through a Squeezebox3 to a Marantz PM7001 integrated amp. The IA drives ... Read More »

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