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  • USB sockets allow you to do all sorts of things. Most commonly you can play media stored on a flash drive, but some units can record to one too or connect accessories like video-calling cameras.
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USB sockets allow you to do all sorts of things. Most commonly you can play media stored on a flash drive, but some units can record to one too or connect accessories like video-calling cameras.

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Better value than ever but with the same class-leading performance, the Cambridge Audio DacMagic 100 is a true audio bargain.


The purpose behind the DacMagic 100 is simple: to make your music sound better, whatever the digital source. For this reason, the DacMagic 100 will work with pretty much any digital music source you have. So, simply plug in your digital iPod dock, Blu-ray, DVD, TV or CD player via optical or coaxial connections and enjoy audio quality that's way ahead of what you might expect. There's also a USB connection for your computer, laptop or tablet. It also supports 24-bit/192kHz transfer for "better than CD quality" via USB. This means that music files stored on your PC, laptop, tablet or hard drive in top 24/192 quality can be streamed, uncompressed, through the DacMagic 100 and enhanced by its Digital to Analogue Conversion. Simply connect the DacMagic 100 to your existing Hi-Fi's AUX input and you're good to go.


Whatever your music source, you'll enjoy genuine hi-fi quality sound by using the Cambridge Audio DacMagic 100. A Wolfson WM8742 24-bit DAC is teamed up with Cambridge Audio's wealth of digital engineering knowledge to create a sound that's vibrant, detailed and remarkably free from jitter. Jitter is especially prevalent on music sent via network devices or hard drives and can give the sound a harsh and unnatural quality.


Designed to be the perfect match for the Cambridge Audio iD100 digital dock, the DacMagic 100 is very neat and easy to find shelf space for. Yet, despite this, it still offers no fewer than three digital inputs. There are two coaxial inputs and a single optical one, all switchable from the front. Add to this the USB input and gold-plated analogue RCA outputs for connecting to your hi-fi and the DacMagic 100 has every angle covered.

Audiophile quality sound from your digital sources without having to spend a fortune? Now, Dac's magic!

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Coaxial Digital InputDoes the DAC have a coaxial digital input? This is the electrical type that uses an RCA phono connection.Yes
Optical Digital InputDoes the DAC have an Optical Digital Input? This is the light type of input that uses a Toslink connectionYes
USB InputDoes the DAC have a USB Input? This allows connection of a PC/Mac or other media device. Wireless connection possible if stated.Yes
Headphone SocketDoes the DAC have a headphone output?No
DimensionsSize of unit (W x D x H) mm106 x 130 x 46
WeightWeight of unit,unboxed, in Kg0.5
Rated 4.3 out of 5áby 9 reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5áby Smooth sound from digital source Connected new Mac to an old Technics amp. Simple Phono and usb connect and instant set up recognition. Amazed to get detail results including bass improvement from simple MP3 files. Ok on iplayer too. I still play vinyl but this is a good add on in digital world. 26 November 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Remarkable little box. Bought to improve the performance of a cheap media streamer with an optical digital output, which it has done in spades. What I didn't expect is what it has done to the output from an old but trusty CD player that once cost nearly ú500. Have yet to try direct from computer, but am expecting wonders. No remote control however - something of a mixed blessing. I can do nothing other than highly recommend this as an upgrade to digital music reproduction. 06 September 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Buy this now and put some hi in your fi. If you need to revive a tired old hi-fi without breaking the bank this is the best two hundred quid you could ever possibly squander. Instead of the cold, harsh digital noise, there is a wonderfully warm, open sound where every instrument from the hi-hat to sousaphone has it's own space to create a joyful listening experience. And the vocals sit in the middle clear as you like. It's like hearing your cd collection for the first time: there is so much detail that was just lost before. It also connected to the laptop with minimal fuss and made MP3 files sound better than I thought possible. I can honestly say this little gadget has improved the quality of my life. I have not simply enjoyed listening to music, any music, for a long time. Who needs the telly! 28 August 2014
Rated 3 out of 5áby Apparently this dac is very good! I was recommended this particular dac to partner my new Panasonic tv. Unfortunately, there was a compatibility issue when using it through my Naim pre power amp and Linn speakers. The sound quality was crystal clear, yet it was totally devoid of any bass whatsoever. It was as if the bass drivers had been disconnected. I understand this dac is very popular, and I am guessing in a lot of audio systems it works extremely well, but sadly not in mine! 27 August 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Brought my CD Collection Back to Life Got rid of various seperates years ago, but noticed I Pod in car gave far better sound, and playing from computer everything seemed tired. Changed the listening experience for the better. 11 August 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby Good sound, fiddly driver install It worked 'out of the box' connected via USB to a Windows Vista 32bit PC. Sounded great - much better than the analogue from the sound card. However I read that it worked better with the bespoke driver from Cambridge Audio, and it also needed the bespoke driver to be able to upload the latest firmware to the DAC. I had a struggle loading the driver - you have to force the DAC into USB Class 2 Mode (using arcane button presses on the power button) before the install process will recognise the DAC. After a lot of cursing and swearing and emails to support, it suddenly worked, and the upload of the new firmware was problem free. So far I am very impressed with the sound, paired with a Marantz PM6004 amp and a pair of Kef Q300 speakers. I haven't yet tried it with any other digital source, but it does look very promising. One thing to note - if you need the firmware upgrading and you don't have a Windows PC then you will have to ask your dealer to do this. 05 August 2014
Rated 3 out of 5áby problems connecting Brennan jb7 Brought this specifically to link up with my Brennan jb7 , but cant seem to connect , if anyone has some advice it wuld be greatly appreaciated 19 March 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Massive improvments in all areas of audio replay Purchased this dac to improve the sound quality of music stored on a games console that I use for background music (aac 320kpbs 44.1khz) Simply use the digital output on your console etc, other connections are possible, then connect the dac magic 100 to your amplifier, its tiny size means placement is not a problem. The improvment to the sound is well "staggering" instruments have a more natural sound and are well seperated, the pace/rhythm really gets your foot tapping. When compared to my reference cd player( wolfson dacs used in dual differential mode) the dac magic 100 is left wanting but not disgraced, its give away price makes it a genuine 5 star buy!!!!!!! 16 March 2014
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