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
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
•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).