DacMagic XS

The best USB DAC for the biggest laptop sound

The DacMagic XS USB 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.

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Small but mighty

The DacMagic XSs built-in headphone amp puts out 150mW of serious power, for the bass and volume you need even in the noisiest environments. Now you can enjoy perfect sound from your laptop wherever you are. Watch the video opposite for more information.

Pure Processing

The DacMagic XS bypasses your computer's in-built digital to analogue converter (DAC), instead using its own high quality 24-bit DAC.

When running in USB Class 2 mode, the DacMagic XS can also use our 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.

More power

The built-in headphone amp increases the punch of your headphones, delivering 10 times more power than most laptop soundcards can manage. Even in the noisiest environments you will hear more of your music and won’t have to worry about the buzz of background noise.

The DacMagic XS features a volume control, easily adjusted at the tap of a finger. What’s more, an LED shows current sample rate, so you always know if you're getting the right level of detail.

Highly Portable

The high quality brushed aluminium case weighs a mere 100g, so this tiny powerhouse can come anywhere with you.

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“DacMagic XS adds no weight or bulk to my existing laptop bag, but carrying it means my music sounds so much better through my headphones. I can hear tiny details and get a far more emotional, immersive response to my music.”


What Hi-Fi?

"It sounds solid, stable and refined ... the DacMagic XS is excellent for the money, and easily outpoints most DACs we’ve heard anywhere near this price.“

Read more - United Kingdom August 2013

"The Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS adds depth and detail to your digital files that you didn't know existed.“

Read more - United Kingdom April 2014
What Hi-Fi

Best DAC under £100 "The best USB DAC if you're on a super tight budget, the DacMagic XS is truly portable, requiring no external battery, and connections are simple with just a USB input and 3.5mm output...delivering a refined and detailed sound."

Read more - United Kingdom February 2014
Hi-Fi Choice

"Given how masterfully it handles hi-res sources in particular and its sterling work with lower-quality material, it isn't hard to say that this is probably the best entry-level DAC around."

United Kingdom July 2014
Witch Doctor

"Kramer searches for flaws but finds little to fault in Cambridge Audio’s new DAC that also happens to be a headphone amp, and for a small cost will resurrect the ‘hi’ in fi coming out of your PC or Mac.“

Read more - New Zealand March 2013

„Der Cambridge DacMagic XS bietet für den abgerufenen Preis von 150 Euro enorm viel Klang, unkomplizierte Bedienung sowie flexible Anwendungsmöglichkeiten. Im Handumdrehen an den Laptop angeschlossen, katapultiert er diesen zu einer formidablen Wiedergabequelle. Etwaige HiRes Inhalte werden somit problemlos und hochwertig wiedergegeben.”

Read more - Germany January 2014
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ConnectionsMicro USB input, 3.5mm analogue output
Digital to analogue converterESS9023 24-bit DAC
Sample rates supportedUSB 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 voltage2V RMS
Max. power consumption150mW
Min. headphone impedance12 Ohms
Frequency response+/-0.2dB 20Hz – 20kHz
THD (unweighted)<0.004%
Signal to Noise Ratio103 dBr (unweighted)
Output impedance0.5 Ohms
Volume steps53 steps (54 different volume levels)
Dimensions (WxHxD)30 x 10 x 53.5mm (1.2 x 0.4 x 2.1’’)
Weight100g (3.5oz)

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