DacMagic XS

Our best ever portable 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.

ENHANCE YOUR MUSIC

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.

POWER AND VOLUME

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 ngertip 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.

HIGHLY PORTABLE

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.

PURE PROCESSING

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

Recent reviews

Device Squad
GB, 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.'

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HOMETHEATERREVIEW.COM BEST OF 2014 AWARD
GB, December 2014

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

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WHAT HI-FI?
GB, August 2014

"The Cambridge delivers plenty of insight and has an appealingly delicate way with vocals – there’s natural warmth here and a nice full-bodied balance.“

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STEREO
DE, December 2015

“Man sollte es stets zur Hand haben, wenn es gilt, Kopfhörer an Laptops zu betreiben.“

T3
GB, April 2014

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

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Hi-Fi Choice
GB, July 2014

"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."

Technical specifications

  • 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)
  • Crosstalk @ 1kHz66dB
  • 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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