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USB DAC/Headphone Amp: The DacMagic XS USB DAC/Headphone Amp instantly upgrades your
computer's sound output. It connects quickly and easily to a free USB (type-A)
port on your laptop or desktop computer and allows you to hear your favorite
music and movies with clarity and detail, as the artist intended. This portable
USB DAC/Headphone Amp is easy to use and small enough to be carried around the
home, to the office, or on vacation; anywhere you take your laptop.
ESS 9023 24-Bit DAC: The DacMagic XS uses a high quality
ESS9023 24-bit DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) to provide far superior sound
than your computer's soundcard would ever be capable of. The built-in DAC
dramatically improves the sound quality of your computer's digital audio;
including low-resolution and high resolution music files, plus online streaming services, movies, TV shows, and games.
Asynchronous USB Port (Class 1/Class 2): The DacMagic XS
features a microUSB (type-B) port and includes a microUSB-to-USB cable to
connect to a free USB (type-A) port on your computer or laptop. 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.
- Class 1 Mode: You will be able to improve the sound from your
computer by using the DacMagic XS in its default USB Class 1.0 mode. Instead
of connecting your headphones or 3.5mm cable directly to your computer, you
will instead be connecting them to the DacMagic XS. By doing this, you are
bypassing the computer's own internal soundcard and allowing the DacMagic XS
to perform the Digital to Analog conversion in far higher quality, resulting
in a much better sound.
- Class 2 Mode: To improve the sound even further, it is
possible to use the DacMagic XS in USB Class 2.0 mode.
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.
Note: The DacMagic XS USB DAC/Headphone Amp is powered by your computer's
USB port; no need for AC outlet or extra connections.
Computer Compatibility: The DacMagic XS USB DAC/Headphone
Amp is compatible with Windows PCs (XP/Vista/7/8) and Mac computers (Mac OS-X
10. Snow Leopard +). Windows USB Class 2 USB driver required for Windows PC when
device is in Class 2.0 mode.
Supported Sampling Rates: The DacMagic XS supports a variety of
low-resolution music files (like MP3 or WMA), and high resolution music files
(like FLAC or WAV) with various sampling/bit rates. A single LED
indicates the incoming sample rate by variable color.
- 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,
Headphone Amp: The DACMagic XS is fitted with a gold-plated 3.5mm
headphone jack that has a 150mw maximum power output and 12-ohm minimum
headphone impedance; that is 10x the power of most computer headphone outputs. The headphone jack lets you connect a set of headphones for private listening of your laptop's digital music files; or connect to your home
audio system, so you can enjoy your computer's digital music library from your
Analog Volume Control: The DacMagic XS features a finger-tip analog
volume control (53-steps) that 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
Compact Aluminum Casing: The 1.25" (w) x 0.4375" (h) x 2.125" (d)
brushed aluminum case weighs a mere 3.5 oz, protects the electronics from shock
or damage, and minimizes undesirable interference.
- Frequency Response: 20 to 20,000 Hz (+/-2dB)
- THD: <0.004%
- SNR: 103 dBr (unweighted)
- Crosstalk: 66dB
- Output Impedance: 0.5 ohms
- Output Voltage: 2V RMS