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Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus DAC (Black)

Cambridge Audio

Stereo DAC/Headphone Amp

Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus Stereo DAC/Headphone Amp - Front view.

Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus Stereo DAC/Headphone Amp - Front view.

Twin Wolfson 24-Bit Digital-To-Analogue Converters Plus Adapted Time Filter 2 For Reduced Jitter.

Digital Audio Inputs — Optical, Coaxial, And Asynchronous USB (Type B). Built-In Headphone Amplifier And Volume Control.

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Product Description

The Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus does the seemingly impossible and improves upon a legend! With a raft of improvements the Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus is still the best way of improving the sound from your hi-fi, AV system, PC, laptop and now, even your headphones!


Cambridge Audio’s DacMagic Plus™ does the seemingly impossible and improves upon a legend and that is never easy! But Cambridge Audio has gone back to the drawing board to create the DacMagic Plus with exciting new features, wireless device connectivity and best of all, significantly enhanced audio performance. 

The Best Just Keeps Getting Better: With a raft of improvements the Cambridge Audio’s DacMagic Plus™ is still one of the best and most affordable and effective ways of improving the sound from your hi-fi, AV system, PC, laptop and now, even your headphones! 

A Word From The Designer: “I’ve been working on its creation from the beginning and I also have a DacMagic Plus prototype at home. You could say I’m obsessed! Most of my music’s stored on my MacBook and I just love the depth DacMagic Plus provides. It reproduces every detail, every rattle and every sigh. Listen to a track like The Rosenberg Trio’s version of My Blue Heaven through DacMagic Plus and it just sounds incredible…”

Niall Duncan Software Engineer

The Purpose Of The DacMagic Plus - Better Sound Quality: As Niall says, the purpose behind the DacMagic Plus is simply to make your music sound better, whatever the digital source. For this reason, the DacMagic Plus is now attuned to more of your music sources than ever. As before, you can plug in your Blu-ray, DVD or CD player via optical or coaxial connections (there are two of each) and enjoy up-sampled music quality that's ahead of what you'd expect from CD. The USB connection for your computer is still there but on the latest DacMagic it now supports 24-bit transfer for "better than CD quality". This means that music files stored on your PC, laptop or NAS drive in top 24/192 quality can be streamed, uncompressed, through the DacMagic Plus and enhanced by its Digital to Analogue Conversion. 

DacMagic Features Now Available For Your Phone: One of the most exciting features about the Plus model is the option of being able to stream music from your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth. With the optional BT100 Audio Receiver connected, simply link up via high quality apt-X or standard Bluetooth and stream your stored or streaming tunes from your device to the DacMagic and on into your hi-fi. At last, convenience meets quality!

The Best Performance At The Price: In this respect, the DacMagic Plus starts spectacularly well with highest quality digital circuitry possible at its price. Twin Wolfson WM8740 DACs, implemented in a dual differential mode are complemented by a new Anagram Technologies AFT2 24 bit/384 kHz up-sampling circuit. Up-sampling conventional CD "stretches" the format to give the highest resolution possible. It also aids standard 24-bit/192kHz recordings with a faster sampling rate for less jitter.

Simply Amazing Sound Quality: Up-sampling sound gives a smoother, more relaxed sound quality with added detail. You'll also notice enhanced depth of sound and a more natural quality without the "edge" that can afflict digital music. You'll hear every detail, including the odd cough, squeaky chair and flutter of sheet music; in short, it's like being there for real!

More Than Just A Digital - Analogue - Convertor: Not content with producing the best sounding DAC in its class, Cambridge Audio have added a few extras that make the Plus so much more than just a DAC. First off, the DacMagic Plus comes with a dedicated headphone amp and volume control. Much higher quality than a standard headphone socket, this is truly the way to go for fans of cans - an affectionate word for over-the-ear headphones. More revealing, more dynamic and with less noise, the headphone output gives your cans a whole new lease of life.

In The News

Already several reviews have appeared praising the new updated model. Click here to read this one in Stereophile Magazine and another here in HiFi+ Magazine.

In addition to this, the DacMagic Plus comes with a new digital pre-amp function. Combined with the volume control you can now connect directly to active speakers or a power amp for a shorter signal path and superior sound quality. The original DacMagic won an unprecedented array of awards from the world's leading tech and hi-fi press including a prized position in T3's Hot 100! We are confident the DacMagic Plus is destined for even greater acolades. With more features than ever but the same performance boosting appeal, the DacMagic Plus is more than magic, it's magic plus!

Our Take

The ATF2 Adaptive Time Filtering now in its second generation is an up-sampling process developed by Cambridge Audio in conjunction with Anagram Technologies. It intelligently interpolates incoming audio data to 24-bit/384kHz through the use of a 32-bit Analog Devices DSP (Digital Signal Processor). The ATF2 system applies sophisticated polynomial curve-fitting interpolation and incorporates a time domain model which adaptively generates the new data in the temporal domain, dramatically reducing digital jitter, and this second generation uses the latest version of the algorithm, which now supports noise-shaped data scrambling for enhanced linearity with 24-bit content. This is one fabulous piece of kit that is a popular seller and highly recommended by ourselves.

  • Design: High quality stereo DAC that is ideal for any source material and for headphones
  • DACs: Twin Wolfson WM8740 24bit DACs used in dual differential configuration for accurate stereo presence
  • Headphone Amp: Built-in headphone amplifier and full-size (6.3mm) front-panel headphone jack
  • Anagram Technologies Adapted Time Filtering: ATF2™ 24-bit/384kHz audio up-sampling / jitter reduction for better sound with compressed audio sources.
  • Optional Digital Preamp Mode: Allows connection directly to power amp or active speakers
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz (±0.1 dB)
  • THD: <0.002%
  • S/N Ratio: 112dB
  • USB Audio 1.0 Driver : 24-bit/96kHz driverless USB Audio 1.0
  • USB Audio 2.0 Driver: 24-bit/192kHz USB Audio 2.0 with ASIO or kernel streaming modes
  • Supported Sample Rates As Follows: 
    • USB: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, and 96kHz (24-bit/192kHz supported with downloaded USB driver and WASAPI, ASIO, or kernel streaming modes)
    • Optical: 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz and 192kHz
    • Coaxial: 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz and 192kHz
  • Asynchronous USB transfer for very low jitter
  • Selectable digital filters 
    • Linear phase, minimum phase and steep
  • Audio Outputs 
    • Balanced XLR audio output
    • RCA phono output
  • Inputs 
    • Two 24 bit digital inputs (with optical or coaxial for each)
    • External input for optional BT100 Bluetooth receiver - allows audio to be streamed and up-sampled from any paired Bluetooth device
  • Mac OSX 10.5 or later supports 24-bit/192kHz USB output natively, so no dedicated driver is required
  • Bluetooth Ready: Enjoy wireless playback from any compatible Bluetooth device (requires optional Cambridge Audio BT100 wireless audio receiver)
  • Supports high quality apt-X Bluetooth CODEC as well as standard SBC Bluetooth CODEC
  • Power Input: 12 Volt DC Power pack (supplied)
  • Power Consumption: 12 Watts
  • Finish: Black or Silver
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 215 x 52 x 191mm
  • Weight: 1.2kg
  • Manufacturer's Warranty: 2 Years

Note: Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice. E&OE.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Name Stereo DAC/Headphone Amp
Brand Cambridge Audio
Colour Black
Digital Inputs/Audio Formats USB Type B Input, Coaxial Digital Input, Optical Digital Input
Digital Outputs Coaxial Digital Output, Optical Digital Output
Analogue Inputs/Outputs Stereo RCA Outputs, Stereo XLR Outputs
Headphone Outputs 6.3mm Headphone Socket
Other Features Bluetooth Optional
Shipping Weight (kg) 1.2000
Price Range $699


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