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Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus DAC/Preamplifier

DacMagic Plus Performance and Features Belie its Affordable Price Tag: The Reviews Have It

Wireless Connectivity, Twin Wolfson 24-Bit DACs, AFT2 Upsampling, Asychronous USB Input Just the Beginning of Giant-Killing DacMagic Plus

Cambridge Audio's DacMagic Plus ups the ante on how much DAC you can get for $600. Consider: Twin Wolfson 24-bit DACs in dual differential configuration. AFT2 24-bit/384kHz up sampling and jitter reduction. Asynchronous USB input. Selectable digital filters. Balanced XLR output and RCA phono output. External input for an optional Cambridge Audio BT100 Bluetooth receiver for wireless streaming from any Bluetooth device. And tremendously good sound no matter what format you throw its way.

"Better sound and better features than the original... sound is detailed, subtle and fast"
What Hi-Fi

Designed in London, DacMagic Plus instantly improves audio from any imaginable digital source and turns your computer, TV, Blu-ray player, and other devices into an essential link in the chain of your hi-fi system. After taking a direct digital audio signal from your device, bypassing its DAC, DacMagic Plus upgrades it via the ATF2 upsampling system. Finally, DacMagic Plus outputs your music in a much purer, realistic, analog-like signal to your amplifier.

"It has an open and revealing character that is strong on timing... comes highly recommended."
Hi-Fi Choice, Recommended Product review

DacMagic Plus also doubles as a hard-working digital preamplifier and is created to pair with the aptX-compatible Cambridge Audio BT100 Bluetooth receiver, which allows wireless streaming from Bluetooth-enabled devices. Is there a better DAC/preamplifier combination on the market for less? Our Money-Back Guarantee allows you to find out for yourself, and we highly encourage that you do.

"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 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."

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DAC: Dual Wolfson WM8740 24bit DACs
Digital filter: Analog Devices ADSP21261 DSP, upsampling to 24-bit/384kHz
Analog filter: 2-Pole Dual Differential Bessel Double Virtual Earth Balanced
Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz (±0.1dB)
    1Khz 0dBFs: <0.001% 24-bit
    1kHz -10dBFs: <0.001%
    20kHz 0dBFs: <0.002%
Signal to Noise Ratio: -112dBr
Total correlated jitter: <130pS
    1kHz: < -130dB
    20kHz: < -112dB
Output Impedance: <50ohms
Max. output level:
    Unbalanced: 2.1V rms
    Balanced: 4.2V rms (2.1V per phase)
Word widths supported: 16-24bit
Sampling frequencies supported: 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz
Audio output up-sampling: Fixed 24-bit/384kHz
Headphone output:
         1kHz 0dBFS 24 bit signal with 22kHz low pass filter: 0.001%
         20khz 0dBFS 24 bit signal with 80kHz low pass filter: 0.003%
    S/N: -111dBrA
    Frequency Response: 10Hz - 100kHz
Max power consumption: 12W
Dimensions (HWD): 2.0" x 8.6" x 7.6"
Weight: 2.6 lbs.

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