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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.)

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NOW £69.95

One per customer/household
5 YEAR SUPERCARE - £9.99FREE 5 YEAR SUPERCARE

5 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 5 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 5 year period. (Normally excluded from extended guarantees).

45 day cooling off period
If you're not happy with our 5 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 5 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.
T&Cs apply.

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*We guarantee you'll love it! Try the DacMagic XS at home with your own Mac/PC or laptop and hear the difference it makes for yourself. If you're not absolutely convinced then return the unit within 30 days for a full refund!


"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 LIBRARY

The way we listen to and the format that our music resides in has changed dramatically over the years. Long gone are the days of CD being the only way of listening to your favourite band's new album. Now you can get that same album in a plethora of formats with downloading being the preferred choice for many, with the computer becoming the sole storage and playback for your entire music collection. While being perfect for storing thousands of albums, playing them back has never been the strong suit of most PC's. Often the quality of the built-in DACs (Digital to Analogue Convertor) and headphone amplifiers leave a lot to be desired, failing to faithfully 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, despite its compact nature it has been imbued with the same hi-fi characteristics of its bigger siblings. Cambridge Audio have managed to bring together a class leading DAC and powerful headphone amplifier to breathe new life into your digital music. Utilising 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. 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. You can be assured that as your music library evolves over time, the DacMagic XS will have you covered.

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 PC's and laptops. An on board analogue volume control provides fine control over this power. Both combine to reproduce your music as faithfully as possible, providing a dynamic range and audio fidelity that is a league above what is possible on most PC's and laptops.

COMPACT AND ELEGANT

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.

Click here for link to our blog review

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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
.1
Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 22 reviewers.
Rated 2 out of 5 by Not Spectacular Did not exhibit the claimed sonic improvement on either my Laptop or Desktop PC. Increasingly the new generation of motherboards and/or sound sections are using good quality DAC and analogue driver stages. This being so in my case so there was no improvement in sound quality. Service from Richer Sounds was first class. 21 April 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great Value The Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS is great value for money as the performance more that justifies the price. Easy to set up and reliable in use it has transformed the sound I get from my PC. Highly recommended. 21 April 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Second purchase Great product. And even better value now. First one as part of docking station for MacBook Pro attached to denon piccolo. This one for my new B and W P7s. Bliss!! 21 April 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by A game changer for my mobile set up Connecting this to my MacBook and newly acquired beyer dynamics cans has taken my sounds at 192khz to an incredible level of clarity and performance. Very portable. Beautifully made. A quality product wholeheartedly recommended - mindblowingly good! 21 April 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by A must for any music listening via a PC or laptop. My audio needs have been fully met for the past several years by Richer Sounds. My old PC-attached Creative kit was well past its best and I was looking for a DAC to connect to my three year old Teac CR-H258i and old Wharfedale speakers. The opportunity arose to buy the CA DACMagic XS at half price and it is one of the best bargains that I have ever had. I have gone from essentially only quality checking copies that I have made, to actually sitting and listening to the music. The clarity is amazing and set up is just plug and play. 09 April 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Reduced price super fast delivery It came next day so was very pleased given the 3-5 day window i was given. It is a great product. I listen to headphones a lot and it makes it much easier on the ears. 08 April 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by The single best value for money, part of my hi-fi, and portable high definition sounds. Having just purchased the DAC MagicXS and had my MacBook Air and Bose Comfort headphones to hand for my return train journey home, I sat at a table and opened up Spotify Premium with offline albums already selected, I listened with great anticipation. Despite it being on the default mode of USB1, not realised until I downloaded the manual from the net, the sounds experienced were a revelation. It was so detailed. Detailed and extremely enjoyable. My next big surprise was when hooked it up to my old Audiolab 8000s and transmission line speakers TDL RTL 2. Quality very close to my Linn LP12 with Dynavector 10X MC cartridge and NAD mc amp. Great product and service from Richer Sounds. 30 March 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Can't believe something so small makes such a big difference This little gadget makes a big difference when listening to music. Music is clearer with new levels of detail revealed that are missing when listening through the normal pc headphone jack. The built in amplifier means you can get a decent volume into more power-hungry headphones. I have tried it with some hi res audio files and they sound amazing. I have also used it to output sounds/music from my pc to our theatre group's sound desk withut the buzz we used to get. 29 March 2015
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