Originaly purchased for 2nd room but plans have changed.
Twin Wolfson WM8740 24-bit DACs used in dual differential configuration
New Anagram Technologies ATF2™ 24-bit, 384 kHz audio upsampling and jitter reduction
Optional Digital Preamp mode allowing connection directly to power amp or active speakers
24-bit, 96 kHz driverless USB Audio 1.0
24-bit, 192 kHz USB Audio 2.0 with ASIO or kernel streaming modes
Asynchronous USB transfer for very low jitter
Selectable digital filters - linear phase, minimum phase and steep
Balanced XLR audio output and RCA phono output
Two 24 bit digital inputs (selectable 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
Supports high quality apt-X Bluetooth CODEC as well as standard SBC Bluetooth CODEC
Audiophile-quality headphone stage
Available in black or silver finishes
D/A Converters: Dual Wolfson WM8740 24bit DACs
Digital filter: Analog Devices ADSP21261 DSP with upsampling to 24-bit, 384 kHz
Analog filter: 2-Pole Dual Differential Bessel Double Virtual Earth Balanced
Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz (±0.1dB)*
THD @ 1Khz 0dBFs: <0.001% 24-bit
THD @ 1kHz -10dBFs: <0.001%
THD @ 20kHz 0dBFs: <0.002%
Signal to Noise Ratio: -112 dBr
Total correlated jitter: <130 pS
Crosstalk @ 1kHz: < -130 dB
Crosstalk @ 20kHz: < -112 dB
Output Impedance: <50 ohms
Max. output level (unbalanced): 2.1V rms
Max. output level (balanced): 4.2V rms (2.1V per phase)
Digital input word widths supported: 16-24 bit
Digital input sampling frequencies supported: 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz**, 192kHz
Audio output up sampling: Fixed 24-bit/384kHz
Max power consumption 12W
Dimensions: 2.0" high, 8.6" wide, 7.6" deep
Weight: 2.6 lbs
* Steep filter disabled
** Digital 1 & 2 Inputs only
THD: at 1 kHz 0dBFS 24-bit signal with 22 kHz low pass filter = 0.001%; at 20 khz 0dBFS 24-bit signal with 80 kHz low pass filter = 0.003%
S/N: -111 dBrA
Frequency Response: 10 Hz - 100 kHz
Recommend headphones with impedance between 32 Ohm to 600 Ohm
"Best Performance I've Ever Measured"
Improving on a legend is never easy, but Cambridge Audio has gone back to the drawing board to create the DacMagic Plus. This upgrade of the wildly successful original DacMagic adds advanced Wolfson DACs, an asynchronous USB input, and the new preamp mode, which allows you to connect the Plus directly to a power amp or powered speakers without the need for a separate preamp.
You can also enjoy the full sonic potential of the Plus without hooking it up to an amplifier, receiver, or powered speakers. Just plug in a pair of 'phones and enjoy the extremely high-quality headphone stage.
"It has the best performance I've ever measured over USB of any DAC at any price," notes gadget guru Ken Rockwell at KenRockwell.com. "It's completely immune to even the slightest jitter that other excellent DACs can't remove from USB, as well as often the best performances I've measured for distortion."
It Turns Humdrum Audio Spectacular
Computers, TVs, and Blu-ray players can all deliver audio to your hi-fi system, but because they're primarily designed to perform other functions, their audio outputs lack quality. But by simply connecting them to DacMagic Plus, you can bypass your devices' built-in digital-to-analog converters and transform their humdrum performance into something altogether more spectacular!
England's What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision magazine praises the DacMagic Plus. "Versatile, impressive feature count, aptX Bluetooth, sound is detailed, subtle and fast."
In Australia's SmartHouse.com for November 20, 2011, Matthew Lentini says, "Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus is magic for digital sound... a slew of upgrades make the DacMagic a definite Plus on the old model."
Dramatically Improves Sound Quality
The DacMagic Plus dramatically improves sound quality, putting digital music and gaming audio in a totally new light. Cambridge Audio has a passion for faithfully reproducing music as those in the recording studio intended, and with the DacMagic Plus, Cambridge once again sets a new benchmark for audiophile excellence at a more than affordable price.
DacMagic Plus works by taking a digital audio signal from your PC, digital iPod dock, or TV. It analyzes and upgrades that signal using Cambridge Audio's clever ATF2™ algorithm. You'll hear a significant improvement in the sound quality.
DacMagic Plus is totally flexible and supports digital music of all formats. It even supports 24-bit data over USB, allowing you to enjoy better-than-CD quality from uncompressed music stored on your PC.
By linking Cambridge Audio's optional plug-and-play BT100 wireless audio receiver to the DacMagic Plus, you can also stream music wirelessly from your iPhone, Android smartphone, iPad, tablet, laptop or any device that supports Bluetooth.* And if your smartphone, tablet, or Apple Mac supports the high-end audio aptX CODEC, you can stream audiophile quality music from your device to DacMagic Plus.
The range of music available from today's mobile devices is almost endless. DacMagic Plus can help. In addition to controlling and playing stored music, DacMagic Plus can share online music services like Spotify and Last FM with your hi-fi in stunning quality.
Twin Cutting-Edge Wolfson DACs
DacMagic Plus has cutting-edge Twin Wolfson WM8740 24-bit DACs used in dual differential configuration. Anagram Technologies ATF2™ technology provides 24-bit, 384 kHz audio upsampling and jitter reduction for true high-resolution audio performance.
The generous selection of inputs begins with two 24-bit digital inputs (with selectable optical or coaxial for each). On the USB side, DacMagic Plus offers 24-bit, 96 kHz driverless USB Audio 1.0 and 24-bit, 192 kHz USB Audio 2.0 with ASIO or kernel streaming modes. Asynchronous USB transfer delivers very low jitter. On the output side, you get coaxial and optical digital outs, balanced XLR analog audio out, and unbalanced RCA out. You can also plug in a pair of 'phones and enjoy the audiophile quality headphone stage.
The Dual Differential Virtual Earth balanced filter topology via low order two-pole linear-phased Bessel filter takes advantage of the high sampling rate achieved for sonic excellence.
Selectable Digital Filters
The DacMagic Plus provides a choice of filters that let you fine-tune the results. Linear phase, minimum phase and steep filter can all be selected to suit your listening preferences. Phase select to invert or reinvert input allows you to correct for possible recording problems. The optional Digital Preamp mode allows you to connect DacMagic Plus directly to a power amp or powered speakers.