Cambridge Audio DacMagic



Cambridge Audio has long been known to produce very affordable products that include CD players, DVD players, Receivers, Amplifiers, and Speakers.

Recently, they added something very special. A DAC that has high specified performance, including being fully differential, at an unheard of price of $479. Everywhere I have read about this product, people are raving about it.

So, I decided to get one myself, and not only listen to it, but perform bench tests, which no other review has done. I have a Squeezebox Duet, which is a wireless music streamer that plays music from my media server downstairs. The DAC inside the receiver is pretty good, but I wanted to see if substituting a different DAC - connected to the digital output of the Squeezebox - could improve things. The Squeezebox Duet costs about the same price at $399, so the DacMagic seemed the perfect choice.


  • Design: Differential Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC)
  • D/A Converters: Wolfson WM8740
  • Inputs: Two Sets of Coaxial and Toslink, USB
  • Outputs: XLR and RCA Analog, Coaxial and Toslink Digital
  • Output Level: 4.2 Volts XLR, 2.1 Volts RCA
  • Digital Input Sampling Frequencies Supported: Up to 96 kHz; 24 Bit
  • MFR: 20 Hz - 20 kHz ± 0.1 dB
  • THD+N: 0.001% at 1 kHz
  • Power Supply: 12 Volt Wall Wart
  • Dimensions: 2" H x 8.6" W x 7.6" D
  • Weight: 2.6 Pounds
  • MSRP: $479 USA (Available from Audio Advisor for $429)
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