Rated 5 out of 5áby jaycee79 top class sound for reasonable money
Excellent dac for a good price, every bit as good as the arcam I had in the nineties, better than the very good converters that It has replaced on a quality pc, far far better than the converters on my tv, set top boxes, mp3 player etc...
Drives my castle and audiolab set up beautifully. Heard some Adam studio actives recently, which were amazing, but my setup certainly holds its own, and this dac has added extra space and detail to the best sources, and improved the poorer ones beyond recognition.
Richer sounds online shop and delivery both excellent. Managed to pick this up in a sale, but is great value even at normal price- quality converters make a huge difference to digital sources.
02 June 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby skellycyp Superb DAC for the money
I bought the Dacmagic 100 to partner my recently purchased Marantz PM5005 - I didn't realise the PM6005 had a DAC built in...
First impressions are very high. Small and very well built. Multiple inputs - I have a Samsung TV connected through the optical input and a Blu ray player through one of the RCA connectors. Audio quality is superb in this level of system, deep bass, well layered mids and crisp top end. My main music source these days is my (lossless) library streamed from my mac via Airport Express which also has a very capable DAC. The Dacmagic 100 really is great value at ú130!
28 May 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby Geofffunkey Great bit of kit
Wow turned my dull digital MP3 sound in to a warm enjoyable sound. Brilliant. Well happy.
14 May 2016
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