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Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS v2 DAC (Titanium)

Cambridge Audio


Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS v2 USB DAC - Angle view.

Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS v2 USB DAC - Angle view.

Listening To Music On Your PC, Laptop Or MAC Is Absolutely Brilliant With 10 Times More Power Than A Standard Computer Headphone Output.

24-bit/192kHz USB Audio. Built To Last With Sturdy Aluminium Casing.

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Product Description

Once again Cambridge Audio has responded to the latest developments in digital audio and released the groundbreaking DacMagic XS DAC/Headphone Amp. This magnificent matchbox size product will utterly transform the way music sounds from your computer.


Gone are the days of CD being the only way of listening to a new album. Now it comes in a variety of formats, with downloading a popular choice. Your computer is perfect for storing music, but with playback, less so. Often the quality of the built-in DACs (Digital to Analogue Convertor) and headphone amplifiers leave a lot to be desired, failing to reproduce your music with the soul and character as intended by the artist. The Cambridge DacMagic XS V2 is the answer. Listening to music on your computer is brilliant – instant, easy access to all your digital files and a world of streaming services, internet radio and video sites. The cheap headphone output of a typical laptop or computer is simply not good enough to get the maximum from your source material.

More Clarity: You can’t hear digital audio signals. They have to be converted into analogue signals by a Digital to Analogue Converter (DAC) before you can play them. This is a critical process and one that the engineers at Cambridge Audio are specialists at. The DacMagic XS v2 is smaller than a matchbox, yet it uses technology from their high-end DACs. But it is not just for audiophiles - anything from MP3s to high resolution lossless files, streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora, Skype, games and films will all benefit. If you’ve paid for a higher quality subscription service, the DacMagic XS v2 allows you to hear more of what you’re paying for.

Headphone Amplifier: As well as the accomplished DAC, the DacMagic XS V2 is paired with a high quality headphone amplifier. Capable of providing up to 10 times more power than the headphone output found on most PCs and laptops it also has an on-board analogue volume control. Able to reproduce your music as faithfully as possible it provides a dynamic range and audio fidelity that is a league above what's possible on most PCs and laptops. Even in the noisiest environments you will hear more of your music and won’t have to worry about the buzz of background noise.

Volume Control: The DacMagic XS also features a volume control, easily adjusted at the tap of a finger. What’s more, a convenient LED shows current sample rate, so you always know if you're getting the right level of detail.

For PC Or Mac: Both Mac and PC platforms are supported. Regardless of whether your music consists of MP3 files or high definition 24-bit/192kHz FLAC files, the DacMagic XS V2 has all varieties covered. So as your music library evolves over time, the DacMagic XS V2 will have you covered.

Compact And Robust: Crafted using high quality brushed aluminium, the DacMagic XS is both lightweight and strong. Its streamline design combined with its small size and weight ensures that it's just as suited for music on the go as it is for use at home. With power being provided by the USB connection, there's no need for batteries or an external power supply. As an elegant addition, the built-in LED changes colour corresponding to the input sample rate.

In The News

What Hi-Fi? - "It sounds solid, stable and refined ... the DacMagic XS is excellent for the money, and easily outpoints most DACs we’ve heard anywhere near this price.“

T3 - "The Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS adds depth and detail to your digital files that you didn't know existed.“

What Hi-Fi? Awards - Best DAC under £100 - "The best USB DAC if you're on a super tight budget, the DacMagic XS is truly portable, requiring no external battery, and connections are simple with just a USB input and 3.5mm output...delivering a refined and detailed sound."

Hi-Fi Choice - "Given how masterfully it handles hi-res sources in particular and its sterling work with lower-quality material, it isn't hard to say that this is probably the best entry-level DAC around."

Our Take

Cambridge Audio has managed to bring together a class-leading DAC and powerful headphone amplifier to breathe new life into your digital music in one small casing. The DacMagic XS v2 USB DAC / Headphone Amp is an instant upgrade to any computer’s sound output. It connects quickly and easily to any USB port and allows you to hear your favourite music and movies with every drop of detail, exactly as the artist intended. It is not designed for MP3 players or stereos with a USB port but is strictly for PCs, Laptops or MacBooks with a USB port and nothing else. The DacMagic XS v2 delivers the bass, clarity and power you've been missing from your digital audio, anywhere and everywhere. Versatile, pocketable and powerful – no other USB DAC at this price sounds this good or is this small. Hear what you've been missing.

  • Design: DacMagic XS acts as a high quality DAC/soundcard for your computer or laptop, improving all audio for music, films, streaming services and games
  • Headphone Output: High quality headphone output with 10 times more power than a typical computer headphone output
  • Streaming: Stream everything from MP3 to 24-bit/192kHz studio master quality audio files from computer
  • Compatibility: Mac and PC friendly
  • Volume Control: On board analogue volume control with fingertip control, bypassing poor quality soundcard in computer
  • USB Transfer: Asynchronous USB transfer for very low jitter
  • Support: Supports USB Audio Class 1 & 2 modes
  • LED: Indicates incoming sample rate
  • Case: Sturdy brushed aluminium casework
  • Connections: Micro USB input, 3.5mm analogue output
  • Digital to Analogue Converter: ESS9023 24-bit DAC
  • Sample Rates Supported: USB 1.0 mode: 16/24-bit, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz; USB 2.0 mode: 16/24-bit, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz
  • Output Voltage: 2V RMS
  • Max. Power Consumption: 150mW
  • Min. Headphone Impedance: 12 Ohms
  • Frequency Response: +/-0.2dB 20Hz – 20kHz
  • THD (unweighted): <0.004%
  • Signal To Noise Ratio: 103 dBr (unweighted)
  • Crosstalk: 66dB
  • Output Impedance: 0.5 Ohms
  • Volume Steps: 53 steps (54 different volume levels)
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 30 x 10 x 53.5mm 
  • Weight: 100 grams
  • Manufacturer's Warranty: 2 Years. Click here for full warranty terms and conditions.

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

Additional Information

Additional Information

Brand Cambridge Audio
Colour Titanium
Digital Inputs/Audio Formats USB Type A Input
Digital Outputs None
Analogue Inputs/Outputs None
Headphone Outputs 3.5mm Headphone Socket
Other Features None
Shipping Weight (kg) 1.0000
Price Range $249


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