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Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS Portable USB DAC with Headphone Output

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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... Read More

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 best from your headphones.  The DacMagic XS 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.

The DacMagic XS delivers the bass, clarity and power you've been missing from your digital audio, anywhere and everywhere.  High quality DAC – The DacMagic XS uses a high quality 24-bit Digital to Analogue Converter to provide far superior sound than your computer would ever be capable of.  The built-in headphone amp puts out 150mW of serious power, for the bass and volume you need even in the noisiest environments.

Analogue volume control
Finger-tip volume control fully bypasses the soundcard and volume control of your computer. Not only does this improve sound quality, but also means no more combinations of button presses with two hands, or several mouse clicks to change volume.

High resolution audio
Most computers can’t play high resolution audio through their headphone output. Featuring asynchronous USB audio clocking, and supporting both USB Class 1 and USB Class 2, the DacMagic XS can be used to play everything from MP3 to the highest quality 24-bit/192kHz studio master recordings from your computer, free from unwanted noise, jitter and distortion.

USB Class 2 audio
When running in Class 2 mode, the DacMagic XS can also use Cambridge Audio’s dedicated Windows USB Class 2 USB driver (driver not required for Apple computers). This allows you to bypass the computer operating system’s poor audio path, preventing unwanted interference and re-sampling, guaranteeing a professional quality audio output.

Versatile connections
Micro USB and 3.5mm headphone connections mean the DacMagic XS isn't just easy to connect laptop to headphones, it can also be used to connect your laptop to your home hi-fi.

LED sample rate indicator
Ensures that you always know you’re getting the best quality or when you’ve hit maximum/minimum volume.

Micro USB cable included
By plugging in via a cable, the DacMagic XS removes any risk of flex or movement damaging your computer’s USB port and also avoids adding a bulky and easily-bashed lump to the side of your laptop.

Technical Data:

  • Connections: Micro USB input, 3.5mm analogue output
  • Digital to Analogue Converter: ESS9023 24-bit DAC
  • 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%
  • SNR 103 dBr (unweighted)
  • Crosstalk 66dB
  • Output Impedance 0.5 Ohms
  • Volume Steps 53 steps (54 different volume levels)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D) 30 x 10 x 53.5mm (1.2 x 0.4 x 2.1’’)
  • Weight 100g (3.5oz)
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