Cambridge Audio DacMagic DAC 100




Add a little magic to your music

Whether it’s a CD player, computer, digital music streamer, or set-top box, here’s a fantastic way to improve the sound quality coming from any of these digital sources. Simply plug the DacMagic 100 digital-to-analogue converter in between your source’s digital audio output and your receiver, amp, or powered speakers. You’ll instantly hear greater detail and clarity, plus a real sense of scale and drama. This versatile little DAC will bypass the one inside your PC or audio component, and magically transform those cold hard zeroes and ones into warm, organic sound.

There’s magic on the inside

The DacMagic 100 comes packed with high-tech engineering designed to extract better sound from all your digital sources. Its latest-generation Wolfson DAC provides superb resolution that really brings out the fine details in your tunes, for a truly breathtaking listening experience.

Asynchronous USB means better sound from your computer

Standard USB outputs from most computers pose a serious limitation to sound quality. That’s because while you’re trying to listen to music, your PC is busy performing virus scans, data backup, and other background tasks that may take priority over your tunes, causing it to alter the data rate to suit its own needs. Unfortunately, this situation results in timing errors within the digital data stream – known as ‘jitter’ – that adversely affects sound quality. Jitter can make your music sound harsh and edgy, and smear subtle details.

The DacMagic 100 solves this problem by reaching out to your computer through the USB interface, and instructing it to relinquish control of the data stream timing. In its place, this advanced DAC inserts its own separate, or asynchronous, clock to precisely control the timing of the data rate, reducing jitter to the vanishing point. You’ll hear a stunning improvement in low-level ambient detail along with a wider, deeper soundstage.

Enjoy full-resolution USB audio

Along with all the sonic benefits the DacMagic 100 provides for your compressed and CD-quality music files, it also has another trick up its sleeve – it decodes high-resolution data streams with up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution through its USB connection, so you can enjoy better-than-CD audio quality. (Free USB driver download required for Windows” PCs.) If you download high-res music files from HDtracks and other audiophile sources, this DAC will ensure that you hear them in all their glory.

For more information and the latest reviews on the DacMagic 100 visit the Cambridge Audio website.

Key Features of the DACMAGIC 100

  • Digital to analogue converter : Wolfson WM8742 24-bit DAC
  • Frequency response : 20Hz to 20kHz (±0.1dB)
  • THD @ 1Khz 0dBFs : <0.0025% 24-bit
  • THD @ 1kHz -10dBFs : <0.0025% 24-bit
  • THD @ 20kHz 0dBFs : <0.0025%
  • Signal to Noise Ratio : -113dBr
  • Total correlated jitter : <130pS
  • Crosstalk @ 1kHz : < -130dB
  • Crosstalk @ 20kHz : < -112dB
  • Output impedance : <50ohms
  • Max. output level (unbalanced) : 2.3V rms
  • Digital input word widths supported : 16-24bit
  • Digital input sampling frequencies supported : 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 192kHz
  • Max. power consumption : 5W
  • Colour : Black or silver
  • Dimensions (WxHxD) : 106 x 46 x 130mm (4.1 x 1.8 x 5.1″)
  • Weight : 0.5Kg (1.1 lbs)