Rated 4.5 out of 5áby 35
Rated 4 out of 5
áby Vortrax Very versatile DAC
Including the USB interface, this DAC supports up to four selectable inputs. Unusually, the optional TOS Link input is selectable separately from the other two co-axial inputs (on some devices, this is one input - you use either the optical input or the co-axial). This allows a range of modern digital sources to be interfaced with older amplifiers (in my case a recently renovated Quad 33/303)
Overall, the four selectable inputs makes this a very versatile device and its small size makes it reasonably unobtrusive. Compared to its bigger brother the DACMagic Plus, it's also reasonably priced for a high quality DAC.
28 January 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby Diccy Brilliant with Sky box and Blu-ray
Bought this to get decent television sound through my Naim system. Previously tried a ú6.45 DAC off Ebay which astonishingly worked but did not provide adequate quality. After this I looked more seriously and found the Dacmagic on offer at Richer Sounds for ú129.
Apart from Vinyl and FM radio all the audio that comes into our homes is digital and all these devices have some commercial grade DAC built in but generally they all muddle the sound to some extent. This little box is of much higher quality and solves all my problems and gives proper clean entertainment quality sound through my 2 channel system. Critically voices are very clear. To make it work with the Sky box I had to set the Sky sound output to Normal from the default Dolby and it needed 20ms time delay to synchronize with the video.
Cannot comment on how this would perform with a top end CD player as mine has its DAC built in with no access for digital out.
11 January 2016
Rated 4 out of 5áby Bes58 Product has great features and doesn`t break the bank.
Purchased this device because NEW TV only had audio optical out, therefore I required a device to convert to analogue for older hifi system.
This dac has numerous input connections and does the job without breaking the bank. Did try feeding CD player and SKY box via coaxial connections through dac but honestly could not hear any "gain" in sound quality over the in built dac`s so left them connected as before.
Because of all the features hoping this unit has made my older hifi system bullet proof.
10 January 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby SirNigelC Great to link iMac to Cambridge Audio AM10
I got this a few months ago from Richer Sounds so that I could listen to my iTunes library and Apple Music Streaming on my iMac through a Cambridge Audio TOPAZ AM10 amplifier.
The sound is much crisper than going through the computer's soundcard and it was easy to make the connections using USB at 24/192.
The metal front panel with blue lights blends in well with the Cambridge Audio AM10. I also tried connecting it up with a TOS-Link optical cable but I think the USB connection sounded better to my ears.
I'm very pleased with the purchase. I did consider getting a Pro-Ject DAC, as I have one of their turntables, but I don't think they offer USB and the Cambridge unit matches my amp very well.
This has been a very good purchase, although if I had been planning ahead, I could have got a Cambridge AZUR amplifier as that range seems to offer USB inputs as standard, a feature which is lacking on the TOPAZ range. Maybe the quality is better with a separate DAC, I don't know!
30 December 2015
Rated 3 out of 5áby Denden64 DAC but short on important features.
Sound wise it's good BUT the output level for TV is lower than other line level so volume knob is 30-40% higher which if you're not careful when changing to another source means sudden loudness...be warned! Also the DAC automatically switches off when no signal is present but will not turn on when it senses a signal! Therefore you've to physically turn it on every time! It's a DAC so no mechanical parts and low voltage hence leaving it on all the time means maximum quality and last longer. Should have facility to automatically go standby and switch on when senses an incoming signal...simple! When I find a better alternative this will go straight on eBay!
25 December 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 Great performance at a budget price
We needed a DAC to enable us to lsten to the TV sound through our aged but still very good analogue Naim amplifier and NEAT loudseakers. Whilst not expecting the earth from the low cost DACMAGIC 100 we hoped for a moderately good performance. In fact, what we achieved was an excellent result! Our enjoyment of TV shows in general has increased tenfold, whilst musical perormances are dramatically improved.
A great little buy!
25 December 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Oscar45 Just what we wanted
An excellent little box. Has given us the opportunity to listen to our new TV through our hi fi again, without having to go through the sound base route.
10 December 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Beanio Improved CD player performance
With an ageing but good CD player excellent detail can be achieved. Bass much more pronounced too. Easy to install and use with a digital out and fed into a hi fi amp.
09 December 2015