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DacMagic Plus

Digital to Analogue Converter & Preamplifier

The DacMagic Plus has fantastic new features including wireless device connectivity and stunning audio performance from music of all formats. Thanks to twin DACs it instantly improves audio fidelity 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.

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DacMagic Plus

Digital to Analogue Converter & Preamplifier

The DacMagic Plus has fantastic new features including wireless device connectivity and stunning audio performance from music of all formats. Thanks to twin DACs it instantly improves audio fidelity 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.

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PURE PROCESS

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

This signal is then carefully analysed and upgraded using our ATF2 upsampling system. Once this process is complete, the DacMagic Plus outputs your music as a much purer analogue signal straight 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.

Watch the video opposite to find out why our proprietary ATF2 upsampling technology makes such a difference to the sound produced by our DACs.

WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY

By linking our plug-and-play BT100 wireless audio receiver to the DacMagic Plus, you can also stream music wirelessly from your smartphone, tablet, laptop or any gadget that supports Bluetooth*. Additionally, if your device supports the superior aptX CODEC Bluetooth encoding, you can stream lossless CD quality music from your device to the DacMagic Plus.
*Optional BT100 audio receiver required

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

As well as controlling and playing music that’s stored on your computer or smartphone, streaming services like Spotify and Last FM can be shared with your hi-fi in stunning quality.

Our View
 
David M.
Electronic Engineer
"I’ve been working on its creation from the beginning and I also have a DacMagic Plus prototype at home and I love the depth it provides. It reproduces every detail, every rattle and every sigh. Listen to a track like The Rosenberg Trio’s version of My Blue Heaven through DacMagic Plus and it just sounds incredible…”

REVIEWS

Hi-Fi+

"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."

United Kingdom October 2012
Hi-Fi Choice

"It has an open and revealing character that is strong on timing... comes highly recommended."

United Kingdom September 2012
Gramophone

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

United Kingdom August 2012
The Independent

"...the DacMagic turns the often iffy sound of MP3s into high-end audio."

Read more - United Kingdom July 2012
Hi-Fi World

"technically slick and full featured budget DAC"

United Kingdom April 2012
AV Forums

"this excellent performance, as well as the great flexibility, superb build quality, extensive connections, impressive features and value for money, the Dacmagic Plus is a worthy successor to its much loved predecessor."

United Kingdom March 2012
Ken Rockwell

"astounding performance... It has the best performance I've ever measured over USB of any DAC at any price. It's completely immune to even the slightest jitter that other excellent DACs can't remove from USB"

Read more - United States March 2012
What Hi-Fi?

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

United Kingdom February 2012
Secrets of Home Theatre 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."

United States August 2012
Good Sound

"DacMagic Plus is a fantastic audio component and an even more phenomenal value for the money... It may get you thinking up new ways to configure your audio system and listen to music -- always a good thing."

Read more - United States May 2012
Witch Doctor

"With Cambridge’s DACMagic Plus plugged in and fed by my MacBook Pro, the system really came alive... the detail levels were noticeably better with the DacMagic Plus in place."

Read more - New Zealand May 2012
AVguide.com

"Benchmark, price/performance leader, giant-killer… call the Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus anything you’d like, but the bottom line is that it can deliver a surprisingly high level of performance and ergonomic elegance at a price that will leave plenty of money left over for the other components in your system."

United States April 2012
Ultra High-End

"Yes, it’s great value. Yes, it delivers excellent sonics. And yes, the Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus has certainly earned my recommendation as the new benchmark for DAC performance."

Read more - United States April 2012
Classica

"Really great, really magical!"

France February 2012
Diapason

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

France January 2012
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Features

    • Twin Wolfson WM8740 24-bit DACs used in dual differential configuration
    • New Anagram Technologies ATF2, 24-bit/384kHz audio upsampling/jitter reduction technology
    • Optional digital preamp mode allowing connection directly to power amp or active speakers
    • 24-bit/192kHz USB Audio 2.0 with ASIO or kernel streaming modes
    • Selectable digital filters - linear phase, minimum phase and steep
    • Supports high quality aptX Bluetooth CODEC as well as standard SBC Bluetooth CODEC

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Specifications

Digital to analogue convertersDual Wolfson WM8740 24-bit DACs
Digital filterAnalog Devices ADSP21261 DSP; upsampling to 24-bit/384kHz
Analogue filter2-Pole Dual Differential Bessel Double Virtual Earth Balanced
Frequency response20Hz 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<50 Ohms
Max. output level (unbalanced)2.1V rms
Max. output level (balanced)4.2V rms (2.1V per phase)
Digital input word widths supported16-24bit
Digital input sampling frequencies supported32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz**, 192kHz
Audio output upsamplingFixed 24-bit/384kHz
Max power consumption12W
ColourBlack or silver
Dimensions (HxWxD)52 x 215 x 191mm; (2.0 x 8.6 x 7.6”)
Weight1.2kg/2.6lbs
*Steep filter disabled
**Digital 1 & 2 Inputs only
Headphone output
THDat 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 response10Hz - 100kHz
Recommend headphone impedance 32 Ohm to 600 Ohm.

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