Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus DAC/Headphone Amp (Playback 55)

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Digital-to-analog converters,
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Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus
Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus DAC/Headphone Amp (Playback 55)

Consider this DAC if:

•You must have a DAC with a variable volume control.
•You require a DAC with USB, S/PDIF, and Toslink inputs.
•You want a DAC that has both balanced and unbalanced outputs.

Look further if:

•You need a USB DAC/preamp that also has analog inputs.
•You require a DAC that also supports multi-channel codecs.
•You want a DAC with an AES/EBU input.

Ratings (relative to comparably-priced DACs):

•Design & Features: 9
•Tonal Balance: 8
•Timbral Purity: 8
•Detail & Resolution: 8
•Imaging/Soundstaging: 8
•Dynamics: 8
•Value: 9.5

BOTTOM LINE

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.

SPECS & PRICING

Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus DAC/preamplifier/headphone amp
Special features:

•Dedicated Cambridge Audio USB Audio 2.0 Windows driver for 24-bit/192kHz playback on a PC (download available from Cambridge Audio website). 24-bit/192kHz supported with downloaded USB driver and ASIO or kernel streaming modes.
•Mac OSX 10.5 or later supports 24-bit/192kHz USB output natively, so no dedicated driver is required. Built-in driver for USB 1.0 connection (up to 24-bit/96kHZ).

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