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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.

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

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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
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even from the web & give you up to £100!

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!

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"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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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
30 x 10 x 53.5
Weight of unit,unboxed, in Kg
Rated 4.7 out of 5áby 53 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5áby CA DacMagic XS This tiny Dac is awesome. I use it in conjunction with my laptop and a pair of AKG K550 mk2 headphones whilst watching movies. It has added clarity and weight to the sound not just more of but also correcting the sound stage as the director intended the movie to sound. Flac audio files also sound out of this world. It may be small, but it is very well built and For the price hard to beat. I recomend this product as a must have item. 13 September 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby A robust product with crisp sound Cambridge Audio have produced a simple and very effective product that delivers a much needed boost to the clarity of my iMac's sound. The DacMagicXS is a piece of cake to set up and in minutes I was enjoying new life from my mp3's and television watched via the computer 06 September 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby World class British audio by Cambridge Audio as always. Bought this to replace my generic sound card in my PC, money well worth spending. Audiophile quality for a great price. It's transformed the sound quality to another level. So much more detail and dept to every song. My KEF Q100 speakers are finally doing what they are suppose, provide pitch perfect sound quality. This DAC is yet again showing that the British are in a class almost of their own still. 04 July 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby Very good value for money. For this price, the sound quality and build quality are exceptionally satisfactory. Its small size is a bonus too. 17 June 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby Sound improvement varies depending on computer Really improves the sound from my old PC (Win XP), but is a bit choosy about which USB port it will run from. Even improves the already good sound from my Mac at work. But has little effect from my Chromebook - which has a surprisingly good headphone output for a cheap laptop. 19 April 2016
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
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RRP = Recommended Retail Price. RRPs are based on information supplied by What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision magazine, manufacturers, Hi-Fi Choice, Home Cinema Choice, Google, Which? & Pricerunner. Further information is available on request.