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Cambridge Audio DacMagic 100

Stereo digital-to-analog converter with asynchronous USB input (Black)

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Add a little magic to your music

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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-analog 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.


High-res audio

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.


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The DacMagic 100 offers multiple digital inputs for your sound sources.

Plenty of connections for your gear

DacMagic 100 lets you connect multiple digital source components to your home audio or desktop system:

  • two coaxial digital inputs: ideal for connecting a CD or DVD player, Logitech Squeezebox™ Touch, Sonos® Connect, or any other digital audio component with coax out, and taking advantage of the DacMagic 100's high-performance processor for better sound.
  • one optical digital input: ready to take on a set-top box, most HDTVs, a game console, or other digital audio sources with optical digital output, and feed a high-quality audio signal into your stereo system.
  • Type B USB jack feeds digital audio from your computer into the DacMagic 100's onboard digital-to-analog converter, bypassing your computer's sound card to yield much clearer sound with stored music files and Internet radio.

A pair of gold-plated RCA outputs lets you connect the DacMagic 100 to your home audio system's receiver or integrated amp. Or feed a set of powered speakers for a high-end, compact desktop stereo.


Product Highlights:

  • latest-generation Wolfson Microelectronics 8742 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
  • asynchronous USB technology for reduced timing jitter and better sound with computer audio sources
  • incoming sampling rate indicator helps verify source quality
  • full-metal case design with thick brushed aluminum front panel
  • ground lift switch to eliminate potential ground hum
  • three digital audio inputs: one optical (Toslink) and 2 RCA coaxial (S/PDIF)
  • USB (Type B) input for connection to a computer
  • supported sample rates:
    • USB: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, and 96kHz (24-bit/192kHz supported with downloaded USB driver and WASAPI, ASIO, or kernel streaming modes)
    • optical: 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, and 192kHz
    • coaxial: 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, and 192kHz
  • built-in driver for USB 1.0 connection (up to 24-bit/96kHz)
  • dedicated Cambridge Audio USB 2.0 driver required for 24-bit/192kHz playback on a Windows® PC (free USB driver download available from Cambridge Audio website)
  • Mac OSX 10.5 or later supports 24-bit/192kHz USB output natively, so no dedicated driver is required
  • frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz (±0.1 dB)
  • THD: less than 0.0025%
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 113 dB
  • external power supply included
  • 4-1/4"W x 1-13/16"H x 6-1/16"D
  • weight: 1.1 lbs. (without power supply)
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • If connecting to a TV, please make sure you can select "PCM" output in its audio menu. This DAC is not compatible with Dolby® Digital signals.

Turn 1s and 0s into sweet sounding music

Why buy a separate DAC? These devices are all about getting true high-fidelity sound from digital sources like computers, streaming music players, smartphones, and more. While these kinds of sources usually have their own digital-to-analog converters built in, you can expect a separate DAC to give you much better accuracy and finer detail.

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What's in the box?

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  • External digital-to-analog converter
  • AC power adapter (with attached 4' DC cord)
  • 3 AC power plugs (US/EU/UK)
  • 28" USB (type-B) to USB (type-A) cable
  • Cloth pouch
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Important Safety Instructions

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Features
Controls
Connections

Features

Overview: The Cambridge Audio Azur DacMagic 100 is a high-quality, external digital-to-analog converter featuring a USB (type-B) digital audio input, a Optical (toslink) digital audio input, and two Coaxial (RCA) digital inputs. The Cambridge Audio DacMagic 100 takes the digital audio output from your computer, game console, digital iPod dock, or Blu-ray DVD player and converts it into a high-resolution analog signal for your home's integrated amplifier or A/V receiver.

Full Metal Casework: The DacMagic 100 features full metal casework design with a brushed aluminum front-panel to prevent any audio distortion caused by vibration.

Wolfson WM8742 24-bit DAC: The DacMagic 100 employs the latest generation Wolfson WM8742 24-bit DAC (digital-to-analog converter) for exceptional sound quality.

Digital Input Sampling Frequencies: The Cambridge Audio DacMagic 100 supports the following digital input sampling frequencies through its USB (type-B) and Coaxial (RCA) digital inputs - 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, and 192 kHz. The Optical (toslink) digital input only supports 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, and 96 kHz.

Asynchronous USB Transfer: The DacMagic 100 provides Asynchronous USB transfer for very low jitter USB Audio input, allowing streaming of up to 24-bit/192kHz audio from a computer.

Controls

Standby/On: The Cambridge Audio Azur DacMagic 100's front-panel Standby/On button turns the unit On or Off.  When in Standby (Off) mode, the unit draws less than 1-watt.

Source Button: The Cambridge Audio DacMagic 100 features a front-panel Source button. You can press this button to cycle through the DAC's four inputs - USB (type-B), Toslink (optical), S/P-DIF 1 (coaxial), and S/P-DIF (coaxial). The corresponding LED will light up to show which source you have selected.

Incoming Sample Rate LEDs: In the presence of an incoming digital stream, the relevant LED will light up to indicate the incoming digital sampling frequency (44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 192 kHz). For 32kHz material, the DacMagic 100 will still operate, but no LED will be lit.

Ground/Lift Switch: The DacMagic 100 features a rear-panel Ground/Lift switch. When Grounded, the DacMagic 100 is connected to the earth connection of the PC directly. When Lifted the ground connection is made via a network designed to break any hum loops that may be caused by the source equipment. The Grounded setting is recommended, unless audible hum is experienced.

Connections

USB Port: A rear-panel 24-bit/192kHz USB (type-B) port enables the DacMagic 100 to be connected to your Windows PC or Mac computer. The DacMagic 100 will act as a very high-quality DAC/sound-card with very low jitter for your computer, offering genuine Hi-Fi-quality playback from your stored music and Internet radio. The DacMagic 100 is both USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) and USB 1.1 (Full-speed) USB port compatible. It will also work with the new USB 3.0 ports where the PC will simply treat the DacMagic 100 as if it were a USB 2.0 or 1.1 device. The DacMagic 100 also supports two USB Audio protocols (not the same as the port types themselves) USB Audio 1.0 (which works over USB 1.1 ports and supports up to 24-bit/96kHz) or USB Audio 2.0 (which requires a USB 2.0 port and can support up to 24-bit/192kHz).

  • PC Compatible: With the DacMagic 100 switched to USB Audio 1.0 (this is the default setting), the DacMagic 100 will work with the native Windows XP, Vista or 7 Audio 1.0 driver (no need to load any new driver) and accept audio up to 24-bit/96kHz. With the DacMagic 100 switched to USB Audio 2.0, the DacMagic 100 needs the Cambridge Audio USB Audio 2.0 Driver to be loaded and can then accept up to 24-bit/192kHz (and support ASIO and WASAPI Exclusive if required).
  • Mac Compatible: No extra drivers are required to connect your Mac computer. With the DacMagic 100 switched to USB Audio 1.1,  the DacMagic 100 will work with the native Mac OS-X 10.5 (Leopard) or above Audio 1.0 driver and accept audio up to 24/96kHz. With the DacMagic 100 switched to USB Audio 2.0 the DacMagic 100 works with the native Mac OS-X 10.5 (Leopard) or above Audio 2.0 driver and can accept audio up to 24/192kHz.

Digital Inputs: The DacMagic 100 is fitted with three rear-panel 24-bit digital inputs; one Optical (toslink), and two Coaxial (RCA). The optical and coaxial digital inputs allow a wide range of digital source (CD, DVD, Game Console, etc.) to be connected to the DacMagic 100.

Note: This unit only accepts two-channel LPCM digital audio (Stereo PCM or Dolby Digital 2.0). You cannot connect a Dolby Digital 5.1 or a DTS signal, as they will not be recognized. If you wish to connect a DVD or similar device, please ensure that the sound output of your player is set to two-channel PCM.

Unbalanced RCA Outputs: The DacMagic 100 features an unbalanced stereo analog RCA audio output for connecting your stereo receiver or amplifier.

Power Requirements: The Cambridge Audio DacMagic 100 operates off of standard household AC current, using the supplied AC power adapter. The external power adapter is separate from the digital-analog-converter to further improve sound quality. The supplied AC power adapter includes AC power plug inserts for North America, Europe, and the United Kingdom.

  • Input: 100-240V~50/60Hz, 0.55A
  • Output: 12V - 2A

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Great DAC That Won't Break The Bank

Written By Kyle, Texas on Wednesday, April 08, 2015

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Purchased this DAC to bypass onboard DAC in a Mac Pro - output to Yamaha RX-V1065 and Def Tech ProCinema 1000 (supercube sub and 2000 series center channel). Hi-res audio has a broader "soundstage" experience - audio is warm, crisp, and clear. A great sounding entry level DAC for those looking to upgrade from standard computer hardware/software. The difference is very noticeable, however less with yesteryear's compressed (MP3/4) formats.. obviously. Tested this unit with 16/44.1, 24/96, and 24/192 (AIFF) and all sound great. Highly recommend HDTracks for audio downloads. And as always, Crutchfield is my source for audio.. service goes above and beyond most competing brands.

Pros: Small/compact design; easy setup; Macintosh friendly; great quality for the price

Cons: Switching to USB 2 mode for 24/192 is a bit tricky

Meh

Written By ProfessorTK, New York on Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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Hooked it up via USB to my preamp to play HD files (24/96) from iTunes and was immediately disappointed. It took away the sparkle and depth from not only those files but all my digital music and was successful only in muddying the vocals. Called tech support and the tech thought the first unit was defective - he wasn't all that familiar with the product - and sent another yet the results were the same. Finally did a head to head comparison of the iTunes file with a 40 year old LP of the same song and the vinyl won hands down. Disappointing but not terminal; I'll keep looking for a better product. I contacted Cambridge tech support on my own and they weren't of much help either.

Pros: Easy to hook up

Cons: Muddy vocals and very bland overall sound

DAC Magic True to its name.

Written By Jim B, Arizona on Monday, March 23, 2015

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We use this little product on the TV, computer, blue ray and cd player. It is easy to set up and has greatly improved our listening experience. By hooking it up to the digital out put of the cable box movie soundtracks and voices are much fuller and detailed. Even my Cambridge audio CD player sounds better. This is a product that provides real enjoyment for the price. Plus when I upgrade my NAD amp it will work on any amp I choose, analog or digital. Worth the bucks even on entry level equipment!

Pros: Small size and easy to set up. Great sound and multiple inputs for the average user.

Cons: None

Cambridge Audio DAC 100

Written By Rev11, Massachusetts on Sunday, March 15, 2015

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Although the Cambridge Audio DAC 100 has great functionality, I personally use mine exclusively to play my I Tunes collection from my laptop to the home receiver. I hooked up the DAC via optical cable from my external sound card then RCA to the receiver. Once I made a few adjustments within the I Tunes equalizer the sound was remarkably improved. It is well known that I Tunes does not have the highest quality downloads but the Cambridge Audio DAC 100 certainly makes up for this. This DAC was easy to hook up and was working in no time. I can not think of any concerns and would recommend this DAC to anyone wanting to greatly improve their sound at a reasonable price.

Pros: Easy hook up, great functionality and much improved sound.

Cons: none

This is Black DacMagic!

Written By Steve, Bethlehem, Pa. on Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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My music just came alive! I can't believe I have been missing out all these years. Truly a worthwhile investment for the music lover.

Pros: Compact, Auto off, Quality finish

Cons: Does not "auto on"

cambridge Dac magic 100

Written By art, hudson valley NY on Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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I never knew what i was missing. I gave it only 4 stars because i don't have anything else to compare it to.

Pros: easy to set up. makes music sound better

Cons: none

dacmagic wow

Written By bob b, boston ma on Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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great machine does everything you would want and more. make sure if your using a mac to go into system preferences and go to sound and choose the dacmagic as ur soundcard.

Superb Sound!

Written By JohnG, Diamondhead, MS on Sunday, March 16, 2014

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I loved the sound quality emanating from this DAC so much that I bought a second one for another system. I run it from lossless CD files imported to iTunes library on my iMac. I do prefer the sound I get from the mini-toslink output of the iMac, rather than the USB output, to the DacMagic. For the money, it really doesn't get better than this. I've done a lot of very critical listening and everything from voices to bass and triangles, sax, piano, etc. is very life- like. The sound is going to be limited only by the associated equipment, not this DAC. A true test is whether one still loves a piece of equipment after a year or more. I've had my first for about two years and I wouldn't trade this DAC for any near its price.

Pros: Sound quality Price Minimalist- All I need. I pay nothing for things I really don't need (such as a remote control.)

Cons: Not a thing

First DAC doubts Blown Away

Written By Chris S, Oklahoma on Sunday, February 16, 2014

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Four other Cambridge products have added a tremendous amount of clarity and presence in my music. Made my audio out from my MacBook Pro Retina sound kind of crappy. Using a USB connection from MacBook to DacMagic and then to my amp. Dac does all the work and music truly sounds beautiful. Notice it most on audio with lots of dynamic range - quiet moments to louder. There is literally no noise and the music that comes through is much crisper. Listen to 70s, 80s, bluegrass, classic, electronic and older vinyl rock - kind of all over the place. No regrets in fact kind of irritated as now I am wondering if another DACMagic between my Apple TV and cambridge AZUR 641r would be a good idea.

Pros: All of it

Cons: None

DacMagic 100

Written By Chuck, Iowa on Friday, January 31, 2014

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Well, this unit sounds great, I have it feeding a Adcom Preamp going to a Carver M1.5t and connected by USB to a highly modified copy of Windows XP, my computer now sounds like a VERY high end Reel to Reel without any of the background noise, only complaint is the Windows plug and play drivers would not work with this unit "all audio wound play for a few seconds and then freeze" but this could had been due to the modified OS that I run anyhow I just installed the driver they provided on their website and all was well after bypassing the windows driver. Great product PS: go into your bios and disable on board sound

Pros: Great Sound, what more can you ask

Cons: They need to explain how to stop the auto install of windows drivers when you are using the provided driver, the windows driver install will have to be disable before you can install the provided driver

Great sound

Written By Bruce, Vancouver, WA on Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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Overall a great product. The most important item is the improvement in sound to my compressed music files. So my huge iTunes library is now worth listening to on something other than my earbuds.I have a Pioneer Elite CD player that has a decent internal DAC, so the sound improvement is minimal for my CD collection, subtle, and highly dependent on the CD. Ware as the iTunes files every last one of them has improvement, no matter how bad the original recording. And then being able to have a Mac Mini hooked up via the USB for hi resolution downloads is a great added bonus. If it had a remote I would give it a five star rating.

Pros: Flexible setup, quality, makes my iTunes streaming though my iTV sound almost as good as my CD's, better in some ways. Gives the music a more open sound than the CD's and definitely adds some needed warmth to the highly compressed songs. Was blown away with the improvement in bass, tightness of things like the attack of a drumstick on the snare, and airiness of vocals. And that terrible digital sounding MP3 that made me not want to listen to music on my high end system is gone.

Cons: Would be nice to have a remote to turn on and off. As it is now I have it set to always be on. Also changing the inputs via remote would be a nice feature. With it in a cabinet with no lighting it is hard to see which input I'm selecting. So even manual switching of inputs is more of push the button until I hear the sound. :-)

Reviews for the Cambridge Audio DacMagic 100

Written By John B, Green Bay Wisconsin on Friday, January 03, 2014

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Excellent product. Worked right out of the box giving great results on internet music source.

Magic Dac

Written By Teegood, PA on Monday, December 09, 2013

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First piece of audio equipment I have sent back. Replaced a Yamaha CDS300 that played digital files from a thumb drive. Liked the playing of my music right from my laptop. My system has four speakers and a sub (Martin Logan Motion 12's, NHT Classic Two's, NHT Sub, NAD 356BEE Amp) in a large basement barroom. The sound was LOUD (playing this DAC at the same sound level as the Yamaha DAC) was overwhelmingly boomy and, thus, not real tight. Also, the Yamaha had better response in high frequency levels. May just be that this DAC is not system specific for me where it may be for most others. I can see how if you had a smaller room and wanted heavier bass response from bookshelfs and generally play music at softer levels..I can see how this DAC would be a good fit. Honestly, years ago I used an vintage AMP that had a LOUDNESS button and when I replaced it with the NAD (which does not have a loudness button) I kinda missed it! So this DAC sounds good at lower levels albeit void of high imaging or floating of music. I wished it would have worked but you know how LOUDER is ALWAYS better? Not in this DAC's case...or not in a big room with equipment that wants a lot of power. This DAC is a loudness button! You always turned off the loudness button when you turned the music up!

Pros: Great package/size. Liked the blue lights/levels of music playback. Cool looking. Sounds good at low volume levels and can probably make a lower end system sound a lot better by adding bass response.

Cons: Turning it up in a larger room created a lot of boom and limits the power one can provide to speakers that want the power. The real benchmark here in comparison was my pro-ject turntable with pro-ject S phono box. This DAC sounded inferior in all facets of music, highs, mids, lows. But to be fair, vinyl is hard to beat (I only use the entry level Pro-ject stuff). Still, the Yamaha sounded better on my equipment (burr brown) but maybe not at low sound levels.

not bad, software download issues

Written By MZH, Maryland on Friday, December 06, 2013

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software would not download onto laptop. had to return it.

DAT's Magic!

Written By JohnC, Kensington, MD on Sunday, October 06, 2013

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Combined with a sweet pair of Totem speakers and an Outlaw RR2150 Receiver, the Cambridge Audio DacMagic 100 gives a totally new life to both my CD's and my audio files. Sounds amazing. Can't recommend it enough!

Pros: Multiple connectivity options (USB, tosslink optical, etc.) Well constructed. Plug it in, connect it up, sit back and enjoy.

Cons: None.

Cambridge Audio DacMagic 100

Written By Dave, Philadelphia Pa. on Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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Dac magic is everything i was looking for. i was able to plug in my mac to my old stereo with just a couple connections and instantly have access to all my ripped cd collection. i also think the sound quality is fantastic,it may even be better than when i listen to just cds thru the stereo

Classical

Written By Anonymous, NY on Saturday, June 15, 2013

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Like the NYTIMES review indicated better for classical than rock.

Cambridge Audio DacMagic 100

Written By DanW, San Diego, CA on Thursday, May 23, 2013

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It wasnt until Crutchfield rep Shane clued me, a digital to analog audio solution was even available to provide input from different audio sources (dvd, cable box, etc.) to fix my problem of wanting an old school RCA input to my wireless Sennheiser headphones for 'quiet time' in the house, when no one else wants to hear the tv. This fit the bill most excellent, and notwithstanding the pricey solution, the unit is solid, sleek, and does the job perfectly.

Pros: I little expensive what what I needed, but am VERY happy with the quality, and the solution.

Cons: None

Have your digital audio files come alive

Written By rsleve, Charlottesville, VA on Saturday, April 20, 2013

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This DAC is a little power house! Of course you can spend a lot more money on a more expensive DAC, but if you want to open up the soundstage of your digital audio files, or you're interested in putting those AAC files through a quality amp and speakers, this little DAC does wonders. Great depth and richness of sound from the Wolfson DAC inside. TOSHLINK ensures excellent transfer. Well-made.

Pros: Excellent price point. Great sound for such a little unit.

Cons: Wish it had a real on-off switch instead of just a standby. When there are power-outages, I'd like to be able to really shut it down (without having to turn off the entire power-surge protector).

Really IMproved My Sound Quality

Written By bubba4369, New Orleans, LA on Saturday, April 06, 2013

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I was pleasantly surprised when I hooked this up that it made such a significant improvement in the sound quality of my music. I have ripped my cd collection to mp3 and am playing it on a Dell Latitude tablet using J River Media Center. The DAC made a surprising difference, even with the mp3s. I want to really express my thanks to the Crutchfield team. They called me after my order to make sure this was what I needed, and provided advice to rip to Flac instead of mp3, then let J River convert to mp3 for my mobile device. Flac is lossless, where mp3 is lossy. Also said to rip at higher bit rate if disk space is not an issue. Overall the DAC was a good decision, and the service and support from Crutchfield is, as always, fantastic. Recommend this to similarly configured users.

Pros: Better Sound Quality, easy to hook up

Cons: None really, unless it were free!

Lovely Sound, open and fresh

Written By Lokki, Dallas TX on Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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I purchased the DACMagic 100 as a transfer device to move my audio collection from my computer to my home audio system; its sound quality improvement potential was secondary, I thought, as my system -without boring you with a component list- is pretty good. However, I haven't gotten that far yet, and so this review deals with the unexpected improvement in sound quality I've discovered. There's always the danger with hi-end audio of hearing what you want to believe, and I've only been listening thought the DACMagic 100 for a few hours at this point, but so far I'm very impressed. The sound is open and pure, and never harsh, as sometimes happens with digital sound. I'm running my CD player, via the Toslink Optical cable. It's impressive High notes round off smoothly and never 'snap'. Bass response is smooth way down. However the most notable point is how the DAC opens up the sound stage and gives placement to the individual instruments. You'll find that sound quality becomes more 'volume independent - you won't need volume to bring out the detail in the sound. In short, this device's better converter helps digitally recorded music come closer to it's potential. You won't get higher highs or lower lows, per se, If you are just using this to get sound out of your computer and into your Pre-Amp there are probably cheaper solutions that 'will do'. However, if you actually close your eyes and listen to your music, this is worth the money.

Pros: Easy to hook up, and sounds great. Will give me high fidelity access to my hundreds of recordings that are stored on my computer, but actually improves the sound of my CD player.

Cons: It's a small box that won't stack with your audio components and it adds yet another 'wall wart' to your collection of things that run off DC but plug into AC. It apparently turns itself off after some period of activity, which is good I guess, but another button to push every time you want to use it. Doesn't include any cables or connectors, so purchase a TosLink Cable while you're at it.

Review for the Cambridge Audio DacMagic 100

Written By ArtMat55, New York on Monday, December 03, 2012

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I gave this product 5 starts because it did everything it was said to do. I heard a difference immediately when I plug'd it in. It was easy to install and it gave me multiple options to connect my digital music to it. I used the recent Beatles Re Master loaded in my itunes as ALAC - and the sound was almost as good as my OMR Vinyls. They were 100% better than playing direct without the DAC. I don't know how this DAC compares to the more expensive DAC's, but this seems to work 100% better than without and for the money - it's perfect.

Pros: Price, lightweight and easy to install.

Cons: Doesn't support an Ipod through the old iPOD stand, but I get why it's not PCM.

DacMagic 100

Written By Val, Pleasant Hill, CA on Monday, September 24, 2012

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Wow! I never new music could sound so good. I've been listening to music for over 40 years and thought CD's and music downloads sounded pretty good. How wrong I was. I listen mostly through my computer using a Bose Companion 5 speaker system which sounds great. I hooked up the DacMagic 100 and boy was I surprised. The volume increased and the highs were phenomenal. I heard pianos, violins and other instruments in the background that I didn't know existed. Great addition to my music library.

Pros: Nice unit and well constructed

Cons: A little pricey but well worth it.

Cambridge Audio DacMagic 100

Written By DBXSharpe, New Orleans, LA on Monday, June 04, 2012

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The Cambridge Audio DacMagic 100 gets my 5-star rating because it exceeds my expectations. It mildly improves the CD sound played by my NAD T557 BluRay player, which already sounds great. But the real thrill is the quality I now hear from my Apple TV 2nd gen and my old Yamaha 5-disc CD changer. The improvement in sound is akin to putting your sunglasses back on after removing smudges from both lenses. Nifty little package, too.

Pros: Dramatically improves audio quality from devices like Apple TV and older CD player with TosLink optical outputs.

Cons: Only one TosLink optical input, but I knew that when I purchased it.

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