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CAMBRIDGE AUDIOSTREAM MAGIC 6Black Network Music Player

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  • If you have a wireless network at home, this unit can hook up to it straight away, without you having to connect additional cables or buy a
  • Access tens of thousands of free Internet radio stations with this product. Everything from national radio to obscure stations run from the other side of the world can be listened to instantly.
  • 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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With What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision magazine's over 35 years experience in the industry it's easy to see why a What Hi-Fi? Award is one of the greatest honours that can be bestowed upon a product.
What Hi-Fi? magazine is the world's leading independent guide to home entertainment products. Any product they award with a 5 star rating is instantly marked out as one of the best around..
If you have a wireless network at home, this unit can hook up to it straight away, without you having to connect additional cables or buy a "dongle" or other accessory.
Access tens of thousands of free Internet radio stations with this product. Everything from national radio to obscure stations run from the other side of the world can be listened to instantly.
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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"It looks good, is easy to use, sounds great and has list of uses longer than your arm: the Stream Magic 6 is an unequivocal success." What Hi-Fi Sound & Vision magazine.

SIMPLY THE BEST AUDIO SPEC IN ITS CLASS

In terms of its audio spec, the Stream Magic 6 is currently without rival and features the highest quality digital circuitry possible at its price. Twin Wolfson WM8740 DACs, implemented in a dual differential mode are complemented by a new Anagram Technologies AFT2 24 bit/384 kHz up-sampling circuit. Up-sampling digital files "stretches" the music to give the highest resolution possible. It also aids standard 24-bit/192kHz recordings with a faster sampling rate for less jitter.

What is ATF Upsampling Technology? Click here to learn more.


WHAT THIS MEANS FOR SOUND QUALITY

Up-sampling sound gives a smoother, more relaxed sound quality with added detail. You'll also notice enhanced depth of sound and a more natural quality without the "edge" that can afflict digital music. You'll hear every detail, including every deep breath, squeaky chair and flutter of sheet music; in short, it's like being there for real!

STREAM YOUR MUSIC IN THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE QUALITY - BETTER THAN CD!

However you experience digital music, the idea behind the Stream Magic 6 is to get the very best sound quality and ease of access from it. First off there's the streaming capability. By either using a wireless* or Ethernet home hub connection you can access your stored music on NAS (Network Attached Storage) drive, laptop or PC. What's more, the Stream Magic 6 makes it easy to access. Using a simple file sharing system called UPnP (Universal Plug n' Play), set-up is simple and there's no further software required. Where the Stream Magic 6 really scores over similar network streaming devices is in its ability to playback very high quality audio files, including 24-bit FLAC and WAV files. In practise this means that, provided you don't mind using up extra storage space on your hard drive, you can now stream music that's better quality than CD.

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR PC'S STORED MUSIC WITH THE 24/192 COMPATIBLE USB

Connect to the rear-mounted USB socket and you can stream music files from your PC at the highest quality possible - 24-bit/192kHz. Both kernel streaming and ASIO standards are accepted. (Apple computers support up to 24-bit/192kHz USB transfer natively and a free driver makes this possible from Windows PCs).

OPTIONAL BLUETOOTH CONNECTIVITY

The Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6 is fully compatible with the BT100 Bluetooth receiver. Simply pair the receiver up with your smart phone, tablet or any other Bluetooth media device and then stream your stored music or music streaming services via top quality Bluetooth aptX. Although not quite as good, in terms of sound quality, as the other streaming methods, it provides flexibility and is ideal for streaming stored music from smartphones or tablets, making it perfect for parties!

GREAT FOR INTERNET RADIO STREAMING AND STREAMING SERVICES

The Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6 will also let you access Internet radio and streaming music services without the need for your PC or Mac to be switched on. Again, it's the manner in which Cambridge Audio have refined the user interface that makes the Stream Magic 6 special here. Using a new and specially developed site called Stream Magic, the '6' accesses 20,000 Internet radio stations that have been assessed for their reliability and performance - including popular services such as the BBC iPlayer Radio, Pandora and Rhapsody.

STREAM MAGIC CONTROL FOR YOUR APPLE OR ANDROID DEVICE

With a free Apple/Android app you have effortless control over the radio stations with the comfort of your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad or Android device. Stream Magic also seamlessly manages all your streaming content and is, in effect, a very user friendly way of bringing together and controlling all your digital sources. Stream Magic will now even control the volume on a compatible Cambridge Audio amplifier or receiver.

BUILT-IN PRE-AMP - JUST ADD ACTIVE SPEAKERS!

If you're seeking quality hi-fi from a minimal system then the built-in pre-amp will appeal. Simply add active speakers via the digital or analogue outputs and you'll be able to control the volume and balance control via the Stream Magic.

FULLY CONNECTED, INCLUDING XLR BALANCED

When it comes to connectivity the Stream Magic 6 is, yet again, at the top of the class. The highlight is the addition of XLR balanced outputs. When used with a compatible amplifier, such as the Cambridge Audio 851A, these connections give the ultimate link possible, with greatly superior levels of shielding. Added to this there are USB inputs on both the front and rear, plus a third, Type B input for the direct connection of your PC or Mac. Both optical and coaxial digital sockets are provided for both inputs and outputs. This lets you connect up other digital components and take advantage of the superior quality DAC built into the Stream Magic 6. Finally, the choice of either Ethernet or wi-fi compatibility gives the ultimate flexibility in how you connect the Stream Magic 6 to your network.

For those that have embraced the new age of digital and streamed music but don't want to sacrifice genuine hi-fi sound quality, the Stream Magic 6 is simply the best in its class.

*wireless/wi-fi not recommended for 24 bit streaming due to the variable speed of wi-fi networks due to environmental and other factors. Users streaming 24 bit files should ideally use a wired connection.

  

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Apple AirPlayDoes 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
BluetoothDoes 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.Optional - BT100
Wireless ConnectionWhether a wireless or, Wi-Fi, connection is included as standard or optional (via dongle). This allows for wireless connection to your home network hub.Yes
Internet Radio & ServicesDoes it have access to Internet radio and other online music services?Yes
DimensionsDimensions of unit (W x D x H) mm.430 x 305 x 85
WeightWeight of unit, unboxed, in KG.4.0
Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 14 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by WOW Factor with Mp3 files If you have a midrange or better equipment then tbh personnel i found imposible to tell the difference between using this DAC and the DAC in my Arcam Alpha 7SE and was left feeling disappointed given what these cost new However put some MP3's @ 128 or 64 Kbps and WOW, totally blown away, dont matter if its a FLAC or low quality mp3 file, you will not believe the quality that this throws at you, sounds even better than listening to a CD, even the internet radio is first class Now il be putting all my music onto memory stick and saying good bye to my much loved Arcam 7se Also considering changing my Arcam DiVa P85 power amp for the Cambridge offering 09 December 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by I LOVECAMBRIDGE AUDIO STREAM MAGIC 6 IM A HI FI ADDICT OVER 20 YEARS I WORKED IN THE FIELD IN ONE OF THE BEST SHOWROOMS IN THE WORLD AS WELL AND SEEN MANY DIFFERENT GOOD BRANDS AND PRODUCTS BUT THIS CAMBRIDGE AUDIO STREAM MAGIC 6 IS ONE BEST I EVER SEEN IN THIS PRICE RANGE SO FAR AND OWNED CHECK THE SPECS AND GO AND LISTEN TO IT IN A SHOWROOM YOU WILL LOVE STREAM MAGIC 6 I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. 20 September 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great hardware. Shame about the original Android app. I've owned a Stream Magic 6 since June 2013. I store all my music on a Synology NAS in FLAC format. I compared this unit to my Arcam CD-192 player and could not hear any difference between them. The original Android app is useless (see reviews on Play) - I could never get it to work no matter what. Cambridge Audio customer support was not at all helpful. It's a real shame that they released the app in this state. As a result, I purchased BubbleUPnP which does the job pretty well. Richer Sounds were brilliant, offering to exchange the unit without quibble but, as I had a working app, I stuck with it. Earlier this month CA released StreamMagic Lite beta on Android and this works. It has some bugs but, hopefully, they'll iron these out and have a working app that can be used to remotely control the SM6 properly. *** Note that the video on Google PlayStore shows the *iOS* version being demonstrated *** 16 September 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fantastic value for money Upgraded from the Cambridge Audio NP30 to the Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6. Very pleased with the sound quality and the additional features of the Stream Magic 6. Superb piece of kit. 15 September 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Fantastic piece of kit. Pity about the APP. Music source has been mostly from a hard drive in WAV format. Storage space is cheap so why compromise. Sound is far better than the 640c CD player whether you are streaming WAV files or SPDIF from the CD. There seems to be endless internet radio channels, quality will depend on the transmission. Files streamed from a USB stick in the router sound just as good, bearing in mind the router is hard wired to the Stream Magic. I use a Nexus tablet for control but be warned, you only have to look at it the wrong way and it latches up. You then wait 1/2 hour and maybe it will sort itself out or power cycle everything. C.A. you need to sort the APP out. Back to the Stream Magic 6, a brilliant piece of kit that does a first class job of anything you throw at it. I have given it 4 stars but only because of the APP. 30 August 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a hi-fidelity point of view, streaming is still low-grade I bought this item thinking that I could enjoy "high-definition" streaming of radio 3 broadcasts (e.g. BBC Proms), but unfortunately I am accustomed to FM radio, which turns out to be vastly superior. Not that streaming is horrible, just not up to the standard of regular radio, sorry folks. Maybe if i had a bank of uncompressed .wav audio files the quality would be good but I haven't yet figured out what the best hardware configuration would be, and there isn't much practical advice comes with the device. Sorry to be negative, it's just that because of my age (60+)I am used to analogue recording and broadcast and digital does not come close, as far as I can tell. I should add that my amplifier is an old Creek 4040, FM tuner Creek 3140, played through a pair of Mordaunt-Short floor-standing speakers (2x titanium cones+ tweeter), nice affordable quality. 16 August 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Stunning hi res audio I use the Stream Magic 6 to play hi res audio only so I cannot comment on the internet radio or it's streaming capabilities. What I can comment on is the sound quality of the 24 bit music quality, it is truly amazing. I downloaded the Rolling Stones 50th anniversary album GRRR it is 24/88.2 hi res audio it sounds amazing through the Stream Magic 6 bear in mind some of the tracks on there are 50 years old and they sound as good as the day they were first produced. It will also play all the 24 bit sampling rates. Add to the fact that you can download the Stream Magic 6 app which makes navigation through your music so easy. Plus it looks great (mine is black) on top of my Atacama AV stand. All credit to Cambridge Audio for a great product. 15 August 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by clunky controls great sound as long as the music isn't too driving ( way better with Miles Davis than Outkast) connected nicely with my NAS drive and PS3 on my server. only real downside is the i pod app. when it works its great. but put the ipad to sleep and it takes ages to find the stream magic. 02 August 2014
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