Portable USB DAC


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 our engineers designed our 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.


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

    The DacMagic XS is available in 5 stunning nishes, Titanium, Red, Gold, Blue and all Black. Take your pick.


    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. You don’t need to put up with bad sound from a laptop, ever again.

  • Press reviews


      United Kingdom, December 2014

      "It's a great choice for someone who wants to enjoy higher-quality music on the go."
    • Magnetic Mag

      United States, March 2105

      "A highly recommended piece of technology for anyone that is listening to a lot of music on their computer. For its output, size and price it truly is one of the best buys in the after market DAC marketplace."
    • Device Squad

      United Kingdom, January 2016

      'If you really want to hear your headphones, in-ears or external speakers as they were meant to be heard, get yourself one of these pocket-sized DAC converters from renowned sound specialists Cambridge Audio.'
    • Philly.com

      United States, March 2015

      “If price is no object and your music source has a USB jack, the better-finessed Dac Magic XS ( $189 at amazon.com) is an audiophile's dream come true.”
    • The Absolute Sound

      United States, February 2015

      "The DacMagic XS delivers a lot of functionality and sonic goodness for under $200. For audiophiles looking for a road warrior that will also be at home hooked up to any computer, portable, or desktop, and will successfully drive most headphones, the Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS DAC is a very affordable option."
    • Trusted Reviews

      United Kingdom, February 2015

      "Boy does it deliver on the sonic front. It creates a huge, detailed soundstage that's full of warmth."
    • Philly.com

      United States, December 2014

      "Headphone amps built into computers are disgraceful, too - hissing audibly, always. DacMagic XS from Cambridge Audio is a terrific work-around, a tiny, 5-ounce DAC (digital to analog converter) box that plugs into a computer's USB jack and puts out high-quality, ultra-low-distortion sound. Just add headphones and serve."
    • Phile-Web

      Japan, November 2014

      "I'm using my DacMagicXS every day with my Macbook Air and headphones. It's a very nice sound, and I'm  enjoying my music more now. I hope many Japanese Audiophiles get to know Cambridge Audio's sound."
    • The Batchelor Guy

      United States, November 2014

      "If you thought the pricey cans you treated yourself to sounded good before, just wait until you jack them into the XS and hear what digital music is supposed to sound like."

      Customer Reviews

    • The details

      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 @ 1kHz 66dB
      Output impedance 0.5 Ohms
      Volume steps 53 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)
      Whats in the box Dac Magic XS Portable USB DAC, Quick Start Guide, Pouch bag, USB cable, USB2.0 instruction card