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DacMagic Plus Digital to Analogue Converter & Pre-amplifier

The world's best DAC just got even better!

t3-top-100-gadgetImproving on a legend is never easy, but we've gone back to the drawing board to create our best ever DacMagic with exciting new features, wireless device connectivity, and best of all, truly amazing performance from music of all formats.

DacMagic Plus instantly improves audio performance from all your favourite digital products allowing you to make your computer, TV, Blu-ray player and other devices a true part of your hi-fi system.

Such impressive technology can be hard to explain, so why not enjoy a personal audition the award-winning DacMagic Plus? With Cambridge Audio specialists located across the globe, there's never been a better time to experience the future of digital music. ...Read more

 

 
 
 

Reviews

Home Theater and High Fidelity
 

"It would be a crime for me as a reviewer to not recommend the Cambridge DacMagic Plus as it is one of those products that performs above and beyond its expectations at its price level."

 

USA, August 2012

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In more detail

The DacMagic Plus works by taking a direct digital audio signal from your computer, TV or other device - bypassing its inbuilt digital to analogue converters.

This signal is then carefully analysed and upgraded using our clever ATF2 upsampling system. Once this complex but instant process is complete, DacMagic Plus then outputs your music as a much purer, lifelike analogue signal to your amplifier.

Custom developed by our dedicated team in the heart of London, DacMagic Plus is totally flexible and supports digital music of all formats. It even allows you to upgrade 24-bit music files stored on your PC for better-than-CD performance from your digital music collection.

DacMagic-PlusDacMagic Plus shown with iPad and optional BT100 Wireless Audio Receiver
 

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Features
Twin Wolfson WM8740 24bit DACs used in dual differential configuration
New Anagram Technologies ATF2, 24-bit/384kHz audio up-sampling / jitter reduction
Optional Digital Preamp mode allowing connection directly to power amp or active speakers
24-bit/96kHz driverless USB Audio 1.0
24-bit/192kHz USB Audio 2.0 with ASIO or kernel streaming modes
Asynchronous USB transfer for very low jitter
Selectable digital filters - linear phase, minimum phase and steep
Balanced XLR audio output and RCA phono output
Two 24 bit digital inputs (with optical or coaxial for each)
External input for optional BT100 Bluetooth receiver - allows audio to be streamed and up-sampled from any paired Bluetooth device
Supports high quality apt-X Bluetooth CODEC as well as standard SBC Bluetooth CODEC
Available in black or silver finishes

Specifications

 

Digital to Analogue Converters: Dual Wolfson WM8740 24bit DACs
Digital filter: Analog Devices ADSP21261 DSP
upsampling to 24-bit/384kHz
Analogue filter: 2-Pole Dual Differential Bessel Double Virtual Earth Balanced
Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz (±0.1dB)*
THD @ 1Khz 0dBFs: <0.001% 24-bit
THD @ 1kHz -10dBFs: <0.001%
THD @ 20kHz 0dBFs: <0.002%
Signal to Noise Ratio: -112dBr
Total correlated jitter: <130pS
Crosstalk @ 1kHz: < -130dB
Crosstalk @ 20kHz: < -112dB
Output Impedance: <50ohms
Max. output level (unbalanced) 2.1V rms
Max. output level (balanced) 4.2V rms (2.1V per phase)
Digital input word widths supported: 16-24bit
Digital input sampling frequencies supported: 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz**, 192kHz
Audio output up-sampling: Fixed 24-bit/384kHz
Max power consumption 12W
Dimensions (H x W x D): 52 x 215 x 191mm
(2.0 x 8.6 x 7.6”)
Weight: 1.2kg/2.6lbs
   
* Steep filter disabled
** Digital 1 & 2 Inputs only
   

Headphone output

 
THD: at 1kHz 0dBFS 24 bit signal with 22kHz low pass filter = 0.001%

at 20khz 0dBFS 24 bit signal with 80kHz low pass filter = 0.003%
S/N: -111dBrA
Frequency Response: 10Hz - 100kHz
  Recommend headphones with impedance between 32 Ohm to 600 Ohm.

 

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Reviews

Home Theater and High Fidelity
 

"It would be a crime for me as a reviewer to not recommend the Cambridge DacMagic Plus as it is one of those products that performs above and beyond its expectations at its price level."

 

USA, August 2012

Hi-Fi Plus
 

"If you are contemplating putting together a high-quality desktop audio system, or adding computer audio to an existing system, you will be hard pressed to find any DAC/Preamp that includes a more useful feature set or better sound for the DacMagic's £350 pricetag. Yes, it's a great value. Yes, it delivers excellent sonics. And yes, the Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus has earned my recommendation as the new benchmark for DAC performance with a price under £600."

 

UK, October 2012

Gramophone
 

"...part of the future of digital audio in the home."

 

UK, August 2012

Hi-Fi World
 

"technically slick and full featured budget DAC"

 

UK, April 2012

What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision
 

"Better sound and better features than the original... sound is detailed, subtle and fast"

 

UK, February 2012

Classica
 

"Really great, really magical!"

 

France, February 2012

Diapason
 

"Points for - dynamic expression. Points against - none"

 

France, January 2012

Technical Specifications

User Manuals

USB Audio Guide – everything you need to know

Frequently Asked Questions