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DACMAGIC XS

CAMBRIDGE AUDIO
DACMAGIC XS
USB DAC/Headphone Amp

  • 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.

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

RRP £99.95 SAVE £20

NOW £79.95

All our web prices are valid in-store
6 YEAR SUPERCARE -  £9.99 6 YEAR SUPERCARE

6 YEAR SUPERCARE COSTS JUST £9.99 ON ALL ITEMS UNDER £100, OR 10% OF PURCHASE PRICE ON ANYTHING OVER £100.

This page is intended to demonstrate the incredible value of our 6 Year Supercare. Under recent legislation, we are obliged to point out that you obviously do not need to purchase an extended warranty at the same time you purchase your electrical goods and are entitled to shop around. We have been encouraging our customers to do just that for years because, not only are our prices significantly cheaper than our competitors, but just look at what else we include:

Free loan machine (only if taken back to store)
Should you encounter a problem, just ask and you'll be provided with a unit to ensure you're not without music whilst your equipment is being fixed.

Like for like machine if unit is unrepairable
If, for any reason, we are unable to repair your unit, we'll replace it. Naturally, models do change so, while we can't guarantee that it will be the same model, we do guarantee that it will have equivalent specifications.

Free routine service / Maintenance checks
have your unit serviced as often as you wish, free of charge, during the 6 year period. (Normally excluded from extended guarantees).

45 day cooling off period
If you're not happy with our 6 Year Supercare package just ask for a full refund - no questions asked. After 45 days, providing no claim has been made, you can also terminate the agreement and receive a pro-rata refund.

If you use the policy in the 6 years, you'll have saved yourself tens and perhaps hundreds of pounds. If you don't use it...IT WON'T COST YOU A THING!*


* Simply return your unused Supercare policy within one month of the expiration date, and we'll refund the price of your warranty.
LOWEST PRICES GUARANTEED!We'll beat any genuine advertised price,
even from the web & give you up to £100!
LOWEST PRICES GUARANTEED

We're confident that our prices are amongst the very keenest out there, so we've made it as easy as pie to qualify for our Price Beat. Richer Sounds also guarantees to beat web prices, and Price Beat is even valid for 7 days after purchase, so if you've seen a cheaper price, let us know, and we'll happily beat that price by up to £100!

Products must be brand new, boxed, carry a comparable guarantee and be in stock at time of purchase. Richer Sounds price used to compare will be net of any voucher / trade in discounts.
T&Cs apply.

"We're used to Cambridge Audio being aggressive when it comes to price, but even by its standards the DacMagic XS represents truly excellent value for money." What Hi-Fi Sound & Vision magazine.

Your music, your way

Gone are the days of CD being the only way of listening to a new album. Now it comes in a variety of formats, with downloading a popular choice. Your computer is perfect for storing music, but with playback, less so. Often the quality of the built-in DACs (Digital to Analogue Convertor) and headphone amplifiers leave a lot to be desired, failing to reproduce your music with the soul and character as intended by the artist. The Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS is the answer.

Music the way it was meant to be
Don't let the miniature size of the DacMagic XS fool you. Cambridge Audio has managed to bring together a class-leading DAC and powerful headphone amplifier to breathe new life into your digital music in one small casing. Using a low jitter asynchronous USB connection along with support for USB Class 1 & 2 modes, DacMagic XS connects using the highest quality USB connection with the least amount of distortion.

For PC or Mac
Both Mac and PC platforms are supported. Regardless of whether your music consists of MP3 files or high definition 24-bit/192kHz FLAC files, the DacMagic XS has all varieties covered. So as your music library evolves over time, the DacMagic XS will have you covered.

Headphone amp
Along with the accomplished DAC, the DacMagic XS is paired with a high quality headphone amplifier. Capable of providing up to 10 times more power than the headphone output found on most PCs and laptops it also has an on-board analogue volume control. Able to reproduce your music as faithfully as possible it provides a dynamic range and audio fidelity that is a league above what's possible on most PCs and laptops.

Compact and robust
Crafted using high quality brushed aluminium, the DacMagic XS is both lightweight and strong. Its streamline design combined with its small size and weight ensures that it's just as suited for music on the go as it is for use at home. With power being provided by the USB connection, there's no need for batteries or an external power supply. As an elegant addition, the built-in LED changes colour corresponding to the input sample rate.

A small package with a performance that defies its dimensions, the Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS has all your digital music needs covered, on the road or at home.

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Connections
Connection Features
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Coaxial Digital Input
Number of coaxial digital inputs? This is the electrical type that uses an RCA phono or BNC connection.
N
Optical Digital Input
Number of Optical Digital Inputs? This is the optical light type of input that uses a Toslink connection
N
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.
Yes
Headphone Socket
Does the DAC have a headphone output?
Yes
XLR Balanced Outputs
Balanced XLR outputs offer a professional grade connection with minimal interference
No
Optical Digital Output
Does it have an optical digital output? Optical digital output for digital recording or using with a digital amplifier
No
Coaxial Digital Output
Does it have coaxial digital output? Coaxial digital output for digital recording or using with a digital amplifier
No
Networking
Networking Features
+
Bluetooth
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.
No
AirPlay
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.
No
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.
NA
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
150mW
General
General Features
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Dimensions
Size of unit (W x D x H) mm
30 x 10 x 53.5
Weight
Weight of unit,unboxed, in Kg
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Rated 4.7 out of 5áby 48 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5áby Great Little Unit I have since I bought some Grado 125 headphones early last year wanted to try a DAC on the music stored on my Mac . The lower price offered on the lead up to new year meant I was willing to take a punt . Much improved sound now on headphones and through amp from Mac 04 January 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby A tiny device to transform Linux PC audio Reviewed at ú49 I bought this to resolve sound issues with my old P4 Dell PC running Xubuntu. I was getting a dirty sound with very annoying distortion especially at higher volume levels whilst Spotify kept 'skipping' during playback. The whole setup was a chore to listen to and quite an unpleasant experience. Once I connected the Dacmagic XS to the PC and played music through it to my old Cambridge Audio amp, the difference was immediate. The sound coming out of the speakers was clean and sweet, whilst Spotify lost its hiccups. I can now stream tracks without any 'skipping' (the way a CD player would skip if jolted). For just under ú50 this was an excellent investment. It took a couple of reboots for Xubuntu to recognise the Dacmagic but once the DAC was detected, I could set it up as my default output device and forget about it thereafter. 03 January 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby CAMBRIDGE AUDIO DACMAGIC XS Having read so many good reviews from satisfied customers & considering Richer Sounds generous 30-day refund policy + 50% price cut, I thought I?d try out the DacMagic XS. Many buyers will probably have queried whether such a tiny device could make a significant impact to the quality of sound coming from their computer ? Well after using it for a while, I can assure you that I will NOT be returning this ?keeper? to Richer Sounds for a refund. Usefully, when the DacMagic XS is connected to the computer?s USB socket, it appears to mute the sound from the laptop?s headphone socket. Previously, when listening to loud passages of music on my headphones via the laptop?s 3.5mm socket, I often detected audible background distortion, but ever since plugging my headphones into the DacMagic XS 3.5, ALL such DISTORTION has been COMPLETELY ERADICATED ! On that basis alone, this ingenious gizmo seems well worth the price, so I'd buy one very soon before remaining stocks disappear rapidly ! 27 December 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Makes a great difference even to mp3s As a newbie audiophile I don't have much high quality music, however this device brings out definition even from compressed mp3 files. Was also able to use with a samsung note 4 phone and otg cable, using onkyo hf app. 10 December 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Does the trick Sound quality improved considerably upon connecting the Dacmagic XS which I am pretty pleased about. I did however think the set up process would take the best part of 10 minutes but this went on for at least a hour. I was aware that I had to get it into USB2.0 by downloading he software but for some strange reason it just would not install and despite consulting the manufacturers website I could not find anything to resolve this issue. One thing i noted though in the instructions was that once it has been set up in USB 2.0 mode it stays that way. So I set it up using my laptop running XP and voila. I then moved it to my PC running Win 7 Pro and I was then able to install it. 06 December 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Great product, great price This small device makes a real difference to listening to music on my laptop. It received good reviews when priced at ú100, so at ú49, it's a real bargain 06 December 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Immediate access to clearly higher quality output Quick and simple: immediate access to clearly higher quality output from an very compact device. Being so small it is initially unconvincing while you have it in your hands (still very pleasant high quality touch finish). Doubts quickly disappear once plugged in. 04 December 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Amazing little box Have a pair of HD600 plugged into this amazing little box, wow! Use it for wav editing on my laptop and you can really tell the difference. Sound is bright and much more defined. 31 October 2015
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