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.

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 above 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.

Key Features
Tech Specs
Reviews
Digital to analogue converters

Dual Wolfson WM8740 24-bit 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

<50 Ohms

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 upsampling

Fixed 24-bit/384kHz

Max power consumption

12W

Colour

Black or silver

Dimensions (HxWxD)

52 x 215 x 191mm; (2.0 x 8.6 x 7.6”)

Weight

1.2kg/2.6lbs

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 headphone impedance

32 Ohm to 600 Ohm

*

Steep filter disabled

**

Digital 1 & 2 Inputs only

Hi-Fi+

United Kingdom,

"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."

Hi-Fi Choice

United Kingdom,

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

Gramophone

United Kingdom,

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

Secrets of Home Theatre and High Fidelity

United States,

"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."

The Independent

United Kingdom,

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

Good Sound

United States,

"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."

Witch Doctor

New Zealand,

"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."

AVguide.com

United States,

"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."

Ultra High-End

United States,

"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."

Hi-Fi World

United Kingdom,

"technically slick and full featured budget DAC"

AV Forums

United Kingdom,

"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."

Ken Rockwell

United Kingdom,

"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"

United Kingdom,

"Versatile and feature-packed DAC/headphone amp majors on detail"

Classica

France,

"Really great, really magical!"

Diapason

France,

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

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DacMagic Plus

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A very good piece of audio but when i opened the box i found the instruction booklet for an azur dacmagic. which i find confusing ,can you forward the correct instruction book I would be very grateful. i might a i own all Cambridge audio equipment

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A very good piece of audio but when i opened the box i found the instruction booklet for an azur dacmagic. which i find confusing ,can you forward the correct instruction book I would be very grateful. i might a i own all Cambridge audio equipment

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