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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.
  • Digital in: 1 optical, 2 coax
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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.
Digital in: 1 optical, 2 coax

(For more features refer to the specification table below.)

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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.

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Connection Features
Coaxial Digital Input
Number of coaxial digital inputs? This is the electrical type that uses an RCA phono or BNC connection.
Optical Digital Input
Number of Optical Digital Inputs? This is the optical light type of input that uses a Toslink connection
USB Input
Does the DAC have a USB Input? This allows connection of a PC/Mac or other media device. Wireless connection possible if stated.
Headphone Socket
Does the DAC have a headphone output?
XLR Balanced Outputs
Balanced XLR outputs offer a professional grade connection with minimal interference
Optical Digital Output
Does it have an optical digital output? Optical digital output for digital recording or using with a digital amplifier
Coaxial Digital Output
Does it have coaxial digital output? Coaxial digital output for digital recording or using with a digital amplifier
Networking Features
Does the unit support Bluetooth? A built-in Bluetooth receiver lets you stream music from a suitably equipped device such as a smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC.
Does the unit support Apple AirPlay? Apple AirPlay lets you listen to your entire iTunes music library from a suitable iOS device such as iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad. Best of all, the system is wireless and so is ideal for building up a wireless multi-room system.
Green Credentials
Eco Friendly Features
Power Consumption - Standby
This is the power used in watts when the unit is switched off but still powered at the mains and ready to be turned back on.
Power Consumption - Normal Use
This is the power used in watts when the unit is on, using standard settings. Note, different manufacturers use different methods to arrive at this figure. In some cases only the maximum power consumption is quoted
General Features
Size of unit (W x D x H) mm
106 x 130 x 46
Weight of unit,unboxed, in Kg
Rated 4.2 out of 5†by 13 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5†by Great little product works well Excellent sound for the well with a yamaha cd player Cambridge audio np30. 26 March 2015
Rated 5 out of 5†by Very impressed :-) Had this a few weeks now and am very impressed! I have it between my airstream wireless receiver and Rotel ra-03 amp, it makes a huge difference in soundstage and all round musical enjoyment. I'm using Rega R3 speakers and am throughly impressed with this little box :-) Get one! 27 January 2015
Rated 5 out of 5†by Great cost effective upgrade to PC soundcard. This well made DAC provides a big upgrade in sound quality over a PC soundcard, but be sure to read all instructions including info on Cambridge Audio website to get the best out of it. You must use in USB 2.0 mode, the sound quality if better than just using it out on the box in plug and play mode. Its easy to do. 25 January 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 doesn't work with optical-cable + airplay Trying to beam music from laptop -> airport express -> dacmagic (via optical cable) -> amp. I get dropouts every minute or so, which I don't get at all if I beam music from laptop->airport and take the analogue output straight to the amp. No point having the dacmagic :-( 18 January 2015
Rated 4 out of 5†by 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 5†by 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 £500. 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 5†by 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 5†by 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
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