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Cambridge Audio DACMagic XS (Black)

USB digital-to-analog converter/headphone amplifier
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Cambridge Audio DACMagic XS (Black) Details

Cambridge Audio DACMagic XS (Black): Portable USB DAC / Headphone Amp

  • DacMagic XS acts as a high quality DAC/soundcard for your computer or laptop
  • High quality headphone output with 10 times more power than a typical computer headphone output
  • Mac and PC friendly
  • Streaming of everything from MP3 to 24-bit/192kHz studio master quality audio files from a computer
  • On board analogue volume control with fingertip control, bypassing poor quality soundcard in computer
  • Asynchronous USB transfer for very low jitter
  • Support for USB Audio Class 1 & 2 modes
  • LED to indicate incoming sample rate
  • Sturdy brushed aluminium casework

The DacMagic XS USB Digital to analogue converter (DAC)/ headphone amp is an instant upgrade to any computer’s sound output. It connects quickly and easily to any USB port and allows you to hear your favourite music and movies with every drop of detail, exactly as the artist intended.

Whilst your computer might be great for spreadsheets and emails, it’s not at all that good at processing sound. That’s why Cambridge Audio engineers designed their award winning DacMagic XS to instantly upgrade the sound output from your laptop. Just plug it into the USB connection of your computer or Mac for incredible, detailed high resolution audio.

DacMagic XS delivers up to 10 times more power than most laptop soundcards. The headphone output from most laptops only outputs about 15-20mW, meaning weak bass and a lack of depth. The DacMagic XS however can output a massive 105mW for proper depth and volume that will drive the very best headphone set ups hard, with detailed sound and amazing bass. The volume available is easily adjusted on the simple fingertip controls and an LED shows the sample rate, so you always know you’re getting the right level of clarity and detail from your tracks.

They knew you won’t want to be without it, so Cambridge Audio machined the DacMagic XS’s lightweight but hardwearing chassis from aluminium, for a total weight of just 100g.

When running in USB Class 2 mode, the DacMagic XS can also use Cambridge Audio's dedicated Windows USB Class 2 USB driver (driver not required for Apple computers). This allows you to bypass the computer operating system’s poor audio path, preventing unwanted interference and re-sampling and guaranteeing professional quality audio output. You don’t need to put up with bad sound from a laptop, ever again.

Additional Information

Name Cambridge Audio DACMagic XS (Black)
Sub Title USB digital-to-analog converter/headphone amplifier
Manufacturer Cambridge Audio
Manufacturer Part# DACMAGICXS

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  • Connections: Micro USB input, 3.5mm analogue output
  • Digital to analogue converter: ESS9023 24-bit DAC
  • Sample rates supported: USB 1.0 mode: 16/24-bit, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
  • USB 2.0 mode: 16/24-bit, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz
  • Output voltage: 2V RMS
  • Max. power consumption: 150mW
  • Min. headphone impedance: 12 Ohms
  • Frequency response: +/-0.2dB 20Hz – 20kHz
  • THD (unweighted): <0.004%
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 103 dBr (unweighted)
  • Crosstalk: 66dB
  • Output impedance: 0.5 Ohms
  • Volume: steps53 steps (54 different volume levels)
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 30 x 10 x 53.5mm (1.2 x 0.4 x 2.1’’)
  • Weight: 100g (3.5oz)
  • Warranty: 2 years

What's in the Box
USB DAC/Headphone Amp
6" microUSB-to-USB cable
Cloth pouch
"Thank You" note