Rated 5 out of 5áby Moff A small magic box...
Great value product that is easy to set up and gives a new digital lease of life to my 1986 Technics SU-V40 amplifier.
17 April 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby JamesY1981 Makes Spotify a pleasure
Really fantastic quality product in every way. See Ken Rockwell's analysis with a R&S spectrum analyser for confirmation.
Works so well with Spotify. I did a side-by-side comparison with a CD of Erik Satie, and if anything Spotify is better.
09 April 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby Euphonictrancer A very DAC for the money
This deceptively little box is a very good and well appointed solution as DACs go. It has plenty of inputs and works well with Mac OSX for anyboty wanting to get a bit more out of their iTunes collection and will even run 192Kbps.
It has a very enjoyable presentation soundwise, it probably isn't going to compete with really serious hi-fi DACs out there but the money and the features it would be churlish to complain.
Feature missing from this is ability to work with DSD but many more expensive DACs don't support this. Its a good inexpensive DAC to have in the meantime whilst DSD market place develops.
30 March 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby WahidKhan Small, sweet and punchy!
I wanted to make a music server for home with the following requirements; good quality, small, simple, value for money.
Bought: a Eee PC netbook (ú25). 1TB portable HD (ú40) for FLAC music files. Installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, MPD as the music server and finally Contata as a front-end.
Researched for a decent DAC and the Cambridge Dacmagic 100 got repeated mentions. To source it; Richer Sounds were miles in front on value.
Ordered on-line and arrived within 3-4 days (free deliver) option.
Set up DAC in minutes (via USB connection) and it sounded absolutely brilliant right from the off! Better than many decent top-end CD players I've owed over the years.
Just one little caveat - make sure that the DAC is switched on before you boot-up the PC. This way it takes over the USB port and receives the data asynchronously as intended.
The DAC is so transparent both functionally and musically, you just switch it on an forget about it. As it should be. Highly recommended.
21 March 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby Tony310b Great solution if you have lots of digital music/movies
Bought this and a Topaz AM10 to replace an ageing NAD T760 (being used only in stereo) that I bought from Richer's around 15 years ago! Massive improvement from all my sources, be it movies or music - bass is deeper, voices and background sounds in movies are clearer, instruments have good separation - all in all its a real step up in sonic performance. This is my first off-board DAC, so I cannot judge how it performs compared to others, but it is clearly a massive step up to my previous system
Sony BD now used as CD/DVD/BD transport (coax)
TV with USB'ed hard drive as music server (optical)
Mission 700 (next thing to be upgraded!)
Thanks to Glen at Milton Keynes for all your time and great discussion/advice
05 March 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby Rob61 great bit of kit!
For the price,you will enjoy a genuine enhancement of all your music,from cd/ipod/laptop or tuner.The music has more detail and depth with none of the jitter you can get with digital music from network/hard drives.
04 March 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby Robin1972 Great DAC
I bought this to add digital inputs to my Yamaha A500 integrated amp, it was an open box at my local store and I had got a 20% coupon so could not pass up the deal.
The DAC is very good in sound production, perhaps a little more mid range heavy than top end that I usually like but very listenable and non fatiguing. I use it with my laptop mostly and have tried some high resolution files 192/24 which sounded really well rounded. I also have a bluetooth receiver plugged into it's toslink which sounds very nice with music I stream from my phone (for convenience rather than critical listening). It is really nice to have the 3 additional digital inputs (2 coax and one toslink) and a UBS high resolution input.
I did have to update my laptop to used the CA (Cambridge Audio) driver off their website - needed only for USB 2 audio and I also updated the firmware which was pretty straight forward from emailing CA technical support for the .bin file. I was very happy with CA support.
28 February 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby Booshubby Major upgrade to Sky Box, TV and Blu Ray player.
I wanted an inexpensive DAC with enough inputs to cover my Sky HD box, TV and Blu Ray having used a Firestone DAC for the Sky box only. The Dacmagic 100 has been a revelation, providing an improvement that my Wife also immediately noticed. Compared to the Firestone the sound is both clearer and more detailed plus the bass is deeper and more defined. The overall effect is one of a natural analogue sound that makes all my AV sources much more enjoyable to listen to. For the price the Dacmagic 100 is quite incredible.
26 February 2016