The DacMagic XS USB Digital to analogue converter (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.
"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."
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"The DacMagic XS delivers a lot of functionality and sonic goodness for under $200. For audiophiles looking for a road warrior that will also be at home hooked up to any computer, portable, or desktop, and will successfully drive most headphones, the Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS DAC is a very affordable option."
“If price is no object and your music source has a USB jack, the better-finessed Dac Magic XS ( $189 at amazon.com) is an audiophile's dream come true.”
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"The DacMagic XS has an upfront, engaging and punchy sound, but this never descends into hardness or sounds unpleasant. It is a dramatic improvement over the internal sound systems of an Apple Macbook Pro for example"
"Boy does it deliver on the sonic front. It creates a huge, detailed soundstage that's full of warmth."
„Der Cambridge DacMagic XS bietet für den abgerufenen Preis von 150 Euro enorm viel Klang, unkomplizierte Bedienung sowie flexible Anwendungsmöglichkeiten. Im Handumdrehen an den Laptop angeschlossen, katapultiert er diesen zu einer formidablen Wiedergabequelle. Etwaige HiRes Inhalte werden somit problemlos und hochwertig wiedergegeben.”
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."
"I'm using my DacMagicXS every day with my Macbook Air and headphones. It's a very nice sound, and I'm enjoying my music more now. I hope many Japanese Audiophiles get to know Cambridge Audio's sound."