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Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6 V2

High-performance network music player/DAC (Silver)

Item #: 779SM6V2S

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Original Price: $699.99

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The Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6 V2 marries the convenience of digital music with superb sound quality. This network music player gives you instant access to Internet radio stations, online music services, and songs stored on networked computers and hard drives. It also can serve as an amazing standalone DAC that serves up pristine, nuanced sound from just about any digital source you can think of.

The Stream Magic 6 V2 is an easy-to-use playback system for your digital music library, complete with a free downloadable control app for your favorite smartphone or tablet. It offers the same sheer audio processing power as found in Cambridge's highly acclaimed DacMagic Plus digital-to-analog converter. That's a combination that's bound to keep high-end stereo lovers happy for a long, long time.

Improving on the original

This update to the original Stream Magic 6 offers the same connectivity and functionality while adding support for 24-bit/192kHz FLAC, WAV, and AIFF files, for uncompromised high-resolution playback. Improved internal processors also offer faster performance and browsing of all your digital tunes on networked computers, servers, or connected USB devices.

Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6

High-res audio

Advanced upsampling cleans up every source

The Stream Magic 6 V2 upsamples all incoming audio data — whether it's from an Internet radio stream, a lossless FLAC file stored on your network, or a connected component like a CD transport — with its ATF2™ (Advanced Time Filtering) technology. This system performs interpolation and data buffering, and re-clocks the audio signal to almost completely eliminate "jitter" — timing errors in the music signal that can add harshness, compromise clarity and cause instruments and voices to sound less distinct. The upsampled audio signal is then fed through twin Wolfson WM8740 24-bit DACs, for clean, detailed, noise-free sound and outstanding stereo imaging with every source.

Cambridge's free control app

A free app lets you use your tablet or smartphone to select digital music files or switch audio inputs.

Use your Apple® or Android™ device as the controller

While the Stream Magic 6 V2 features a large, easy-to-grab control knob on the front for navigating through your music options, you'll have more fun if you get your smartphone or tablet into the act. Cambridge offers a free control app for your favorite Apple or Android device, which integrates all your music choices into a single simple interface. From the music stored on your home network devices, to thousands of Internet radio stations, to streaming services like Spotify®, Rhapsody®, and Pandora® Internet radio, this app puts it all at your fingertips. You can even use the Spotify app to save playlists as presets, for instant playback without using your smartphone.

Connect your digital sources for better sound

The Stream Magic 6 V2 lets you connect digital source components to your home audio or desktop system, for taking advantage of its excellent audio processing and D-to-A conversion:

  • coaxial digital input: ideal for connecting a CD, DVD, or Blu-ray player, Sonos® Connect, or any other digital audio component with coax out
  • optical digital input: ready to take on a set-top box, HDTV, game console, or other digital sources with optical digital output
  • Type B USB: feeds digital audio from your computer into the Stream Magic 6's onboard digital-to-analog converter, bypassing your computer's sound card to yield much clearer sound with stored music files
  • Type A USB: connect a compatible memory stick or hard drive to play your digital music files

Product Highlights:

  • plays music from your computers, networked hard drives, and the Internet
  • supported streaming music formats: WAV (up to 24-bit/192 kHz), FLAC (up to 24-bit/192 KHz), AIFF (up to 24-bit/192 kHz), MP3, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, and WMA
  • free downloadable Stream Magic app lets you use your Apple or Android device as a music controller and remote
  • access thousands of Internet radio stations plus digital music services including Rhapsody, Pandora® Internet radio, and more
  • all input sources are converted to 24-bit/384kHz using Cambridge's advanced ATF2™ upsampling technology
  • dual high-performance Wolfson WM8740 24-bit DACs
Digital Inputs:
  • coaxial (S/PDIF) input — accepts signals up to 24-bit/192kHz
  • optical (Toslink) input — accepts signals up to 24-bit/96kHz
  • asynchronous USB (Type B) input — accepts signals up to 24-bit/192kHz from your computer (free USB driver download required for Windows® PCs for 24-bit/192kHz playback)
  • front- and rear-panel USB inputs (Type A) for plugging in thumb drives or portable hard drives (compatible with sampling rates up to 24-bit/192kHz)
Network Connections:
  • Ethernet port for wired connection to your network
  • built-in Wi-Fi® for wireless connection to your home network
  • accepts optional BT-100 Bluetooth adapter for wireless audio streaming from a mobile phone, tablet, or computer
Audio Outputs:
  • RCA analog stereo output
  • balanced XLR analog stereo output
  • optical and coaxial digital audio outputs (pass-through)
More Highlights:
  • digital volume control for use as a preamp (direct connection to a power amp or powered speakers)
  • gapless playback of digital files
  • remote control
  • detachable power cord
  • frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz (± 0.1dB)
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 112 dB
  • 16-15/16"W x 3-7/16"H x 12-1/4"D
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Feast on an endless buffet of music

A network music player presents you with virtually unlimited ways to play your favorites or discover new music. Access your computer's music library, Internet radio stations, and online music services through your wireless home network.

Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6 V2 Reviews

Average Customer Review:

2 Reviews

Very impressed

Written by: DeanG from Seattle, WA on February 15, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I'd been looking for performance preamp and a DAC. This sounded promising but really didn't know anyone with one but gave it a try anyway.

It sounds great and it's nice to have a DAC, home network and internet all in one place.

The Android app really needs some work, very limited, even odd, functions. And it crashes. Only reason I didn't give it 5 stars.

Still the unit is a very good choice for me.

Pros: Sounds great, Spotify works well, access it my music on my home computer.

Cons: Poor Android app. Surprised it's even mentioned as a feature.


Written by: JohnS from Garland TX on August 11, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Bought StreamMagic 6 V2 to replace a Logitech Transporter that failed and was originally twice as expensive. I store music on a NETGear ReadyNAS server and use streaming services such as Pandora. My view of digital is bits is bits and as long as those data steams get from point A to point B unchanged hardware will have no impact on sound. My expectations were minimal in that I thought the sound of the two devices would be the same. I was wrong, sonically the Stream Magic 6 way out performs the Transporter that the audiophile press and Squeezebox user community has raved about for years. I don't know if these results were the result of the newer DAC chip or up sampling feature built in to the Stream Magic but I can't imagine someone being disappointed in the quality of the sound. If there is a weakness and the reason I rated the rated it a 4 instead of a 5 is that the Mobile app has limited functionality especially if you are used to using the Logitiech Media Server or in my case Ipeg. The Media Server is what allows a very robust media management capability. Setup was very easy selecting UPnP on the menu and it found the NAS with no problem. There is an upside in that with no computer software to install the installation and trouble shooting of issues become easier. I found my Transporter lost connectivity with the NAS about once a week and required a reboot of the server in order to gain access. I have not had this problem with the StreamMagic.

Pros: Excellent sound. Easy setup, no computer software to install. Not having a media server running on a computer means you do not have to have a computer running in order to access a NAS device or streaming service. A computer would only be needed if you store your media on a computer.

Cons: The mobile app mirrors the functionality of the remote but media management functionality is limited and somewhat finicky compared to someone used to using Logitech Media Management of Ipeng. Subscription Streaming services requiring a user name and password to access currently offered at are limited. The remote provides all of the functions that can be accessed from the front panel but the view screen on the StreamMagic is hard to see from much more than five feet.

Hands-on research

What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • Network music player
  • 69" AC power cord
  • IR remote control (RC-Stream Magic 6)
  • WLAN antenna
  • 38" Mono-RCA cable
  • Three "AAA" batteries
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Important Safety Instructions

Product Research

Variety of Sources
Audio Section
Remote Control

Variety of Sources

Network Player: The Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6 V2 network music player lets you access Internet Radio, select online music services, and your computer's stored music files on your home entertainment system. The Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6 V2 offers wired (Ethernet) and wireless (WiFi) connectivity to your home network, and provides both analog and digital connections to your integrated amplifier or A/V receiver. The Stream Magic 6 network music player even offers a USB (type-B) input for direct connection to your computer. The Stream Magic 6 includes an IR remote control and supports the Stream Magic Remote App for Apple iOS and Android devices.

Wired or Wireless Network Connectivity: The Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6 V2 offers a wired or wireless connection to your home network for access to Internet Radio, select online music services, and music libraries stored on your computer.

  • Ethernet (LAN): The Stream Magic 6 V2 network music player is fitted with an Ethernet (R-J45) port to connect directly to your home's network hub. Only connect the LAN port of the player to an Ethernet port that supports 10BASE-T or 100BASE-TX.
  • WiFi: The Stream Magic 6 V2 features built-in WiFi (with a WLAN aerial antenna) to wirelessly connect to your home network. The Stream Magic 6 V2 supports 802.11 b/g/n (in 2.4GHz only) with WEP, WPA, WPA2 encryption. The unit has a wireless range of 30-98'.

Note: It is not recommended to use a WiFi connection for content above 16 bits, 44.1/48kHz (if lossless/uncompressed).

Supported Audio Formats: Cambridge Audio's Stream Magic 6 V2 network music player supports all the most popular formats via Network, UPnP, and USB connection.

  • WAV containing uncompressed PCM 16-24-bit/32-192Hz. *An Ethernet connection (not WiFi) is required for 24-bit files.
  • Flac containing losslessly compressed PCM 16-24-bit/32-192kHz. *An Ethernet connection (not WiFi) is required for 24-bit files.
  • ALAC containing lossless compressed PCM 16-24-bit/32-192kHz. *An Ethernet connection (not WiFi) is required for 24-bit files.
  • AIFF containing uncompressed PCM 16-24bit/32-192kHz
  • Microsoft Windows Media Audio (WMA 9 standard) with bit-rate of 32-320 kbps
  • MP3 (CBR or VBR) with bit-rate of 16-320 kbps
  • AAC, HE AAC, and AAC+ (CBR or VBR) with bit-rate of 16-320 kbps
  • Ogg Vorbis with bit-rate of 32-320 kbps

Note: The Stream Magic 6 V2 does not support WMA pro, WMA lossless, RAW, AU, or other music file types not mentioned.

Stream Magic Music Services: With Stream Magic, powered by the Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6 V2, you can enjoy your favorite music streaming services through your home stereo system. Stream Magic allows you to access many of the world's favorite music streaming services for direct access through the Stream Magic 6 V2 network music player. The Stream Magic 6 V2 supports up to 20 presets of your favorite Internet Radio stations or streams from most online music streaming services. Here's a quick overview of each of the supported services.

Music Service Description
Internet Radio


These are radio stations from around the world broadcast over the internet. Currently, the Stream Magic 6 V2 can access about 20,000 internet radio stations all sorted by Location, Language, and Genre. The list of available stations is constantly maintained and automatically updated to the unit via the internet. If you register on the Stream Magic website ( you will also be able to browse the stations and set presets on your units from your PC. You can also add stations to your units that are currently not in the Stream Magic's Radio database, suggest new stations to us, and more.
Pandora Pandora radio is the personalized internet radio service that helps you find new music based on your old and current favorite music selections. You can explore Pandora's vast music collection for Free. Simply drop the name of one of your favorite songs or artists into Pandora and it will create a custom internet radio station for you. It will quickly scan its entire collection of analyzed music (almost a century of popular recordings) to find songs with interesting musical similarities to your choice. You can create up to 100 personalized stations.
Spotify With the Spotify app on your Apple iOS or Android device and Spotify Premium Account, you've got instant access to millions of songs. And now you can stream those same songs from your smartphone to the Stream Magic 6 V2 receiver by using Spotify Connect; simply hit play on the app to start streaming music. What's more, when you've been listening to Spotify on your smartphone outside and come inside, the song immediately begins to stream to the Stream Magic 6 V2 for uninterrupted music enjoyment. You can also personalize playlists and receive phone calls while listening to music.
Rhapsody Rhapsody is an online music subscription service which lets you listen to anything and everything in their catalog (over 10 million songs). With subscriptions starting as low as $9.99 per month, you don't have to worry about paying for individual songs, ripping CDs, or managing files any longer.
Live 365 You can listen to thousands of internet radio stations featuring online music in every genre, including hip hop, jazz, new age, rock, classical, oldies, and more. You can choose between a Free commercial-interrupted subscription or a $7.95 per-month commercial-free subscription.
BBC iPlayer Radio BBC iPlayer Radio lets you Listen to live BBC Radio or catch up on the last 7 days of BBC programming from across the UK and World Service.
Podcasts Podcasts are archived audio recordings downloadable over the internet. The Podcast services in your area will be available for access through the Stream Magic 6 V2.

Note: Internet Radio, Podcasts, Spotify, and BBC iPlayer Radio are available worldwide. Pandora and Rhapsody are only available in the USA and Canada.

UPnP Compatible: The Stream Magic 6 V2 network music player is a UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) AV Client. Being a UPnP Client means the it can connect to UPnP AV servers on a network and browse and playback their music content. A connection to the internet is not strictly needed for this. The Stream Magic 6 V2 just needs to be able to connect to the server to access its content. Most operating systems and/or music playback software now feature UPnP server facilities built-in. This allow you to share the music on the computer's hard-drive with Clients, such as the Stream Magic 6 V2. Your music library can include digital music located anywhere on your home network such as shared folders on your own computer (Windows or Mac), shared folders on another computer on your network, or music stored on a Network-Attached Storage (NAS) device on your network. Using UPnP, the Stream Magic 6 V2 can connect to these devices and play back, or 'stream' non-DRM music files via the network to your home entertainment system. UPnP connection supports up to 24-bit/192kHz and Gapless playback.

Note: Not all servers support serving of all audio formats. Always make sure the server you choose also supports your formats of choice. For example, Windows Media Server does not currently serve FLAC format.

USB Ports: The Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6 V2 network audio player is fitted with Dual USB type-A ports (1 front/1 rear) to connect a USB flash memory device or portable USB hard drive, and a rear-panel USB type-B port to connect your Windows or Mac computer.

  • Dual USB (Type-A) Ports: The Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6 V2 features two USB type-A (1.1) inputs for music playback from a USB flash memory device or portable hard drive (up to 24-bit/192kHz). One USB port is on the front-panel, while the other is on the rear-panel. Your USB device must be formatted in FAT32 format with non-DRM music files. The Stream Magic 6 V2 cannot supply greater than 500mA from the USB socket, itself. Good practice is to create folders for Artists within which you should have sub folders for each Album which then contain the tracks for that Album. Libraries with thousands of tracks in one folder will progressively slow down the Stream Magic product's media browsing.
  • USB (Type-B) Input: A rear-panel 24-bit/192kHz USB (type-B) port enables the Stream Magic 6 V2 to be connected to your Windows PC or Mac computer. The Stream Magic 6 V2 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 Stream Magic 6 V2 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 Stream Magic 6 V2 as if it were a USB 2.0 or 1.1 device.
    • PC Compatible: With the Stream Magic 6 V2 switched to USB Audio 1.0 (this is the default setting), the Stream Magic 6 V2 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 Stream Magic 6 V2 switched to USB Audio 2.0, the Stream Magic 6 V2 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 Stream Magic 6 V2 switched to USB Audio 1.1, the Stream Magic 6 V2 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 Stream Magic 6 V2 switched to USB Audio 2.0 the Stream Magic 6 V2 works with the native Mac OS-X 10.5 (Leopard) or above Audio 2.0 driver and can accept audio up to 24/192kHz.

    Note: Click here to download the Cambridge Audio USE Audio 2.0 Driver.

Digital Inputs: The Stream Magic 6 V2's optical (toslink) and coaxial (RCA)digital inputs allow it to act as a high quality upsampling Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) to improve the sound from other devices, such as set top boxes, games consoles ,or disc players. The optical and coaxial digital connections support up to 24-bit/192kHz.

Bluetooth Audio Streaming (optional): The Stream Magic 6 V2 will support Bluetooth audio streaming. All you need is Cambridge Audio's plug & play BT100 wireless audio receiver (779BT100, sold separately) to stream music from your Apple iPod touch, iPhone, iPad; or other Bluetooth enabled smartphone tablet, laptop or MacBook to the Stream Magic 6. Simply plug in the Cambridge Audio BT100 Bluetooth Audio Receiver into the Stream Magic 6 V2's rear-panel USB (type-A) port for wireless music streaming. The Cambridge Audio BT100 supports Bluetooth A2DP wireless audio streaming.

Note: The Cambridge Audio BT100 does not support Bluetooth AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile) or HFP (Hands Free Profile).

Audio Section

Audiophile Performance for Outstanding Reproduction: The Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6 V2 network music player provides audiophile performance for outstanding reproduction of your streaming music files. The Stream Magic 6 V2 incorporates dual Wolfson digital-to-analog converters with bit-perfect signal path and jitter suppression, as well as Cambridge's advanced ATF2 upsampling technology and Dual Differential Earth Balanced Filter Topology for all sources.

  • Dual Wolfson Digital-to-Analog Converters: : The Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6 V2 employs two very high-quality Wolfson WM8740 24-bit DAC ICs in dual-differential mode for excellent stereo imaging. Since each channel has its own DAC to process information, completely separate and symmetrical analog filter circuitry can be implemented. This implementation allows both the left- and right-channel circuitry to operate identically, ensuring the Stream Magic 6 V2 delivers fantastic sound-staging and stereo-imaging properties.
  • ATF2 Upsampling Technology: The Stream Magic 6 V2 utilizes an asynchronous up-sampling process called "Adaptive Time Filtering 2nd Generation" that intelligently interpolates (converts) incoming audio data from 16-24 bits (at any standard sampling frequency between 32-96kHz) to 24-bit/384kHz for dramatically improved musical reproduction. ATF2 will enhance the audio clarity, richness, and dynamic range of your compressed music.
  • Dual Differential Virtual Earth Balanced Filter Topology: The Stream Magic 6 V2 uses Cambridge Audio's proprietary Dual Differential Virtual Earth Balanced filter topology, configured as a low-order two-pole liner-phase Bessel filter, in order to take advantage of the achieved high-sampling rate. As a result your music will have extreme linearity with greater dynamic range.
  • Bit-Perfect Signal Path w/ Jitter Suppression: Music stored on computers and other hard drives inherently suffers from jitter, so the Stream Magic 6 V2 implements a host of enhancements such as bit-perfect signal path and jitter suppression to vastly improve the quality of digital music playback. Total correlated jitter is less than 200ps.

All-Metal Chassis: The Stream Magic 6 V2 has an all-metal construction to ensure all components are completely isolated for the very best possible performance. What's more, the elegant brushed metal finishes mean it'll look great in any environment too.

Balanced & Unbalanced Outputs: The Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6 V2 features both balanced (XLR) and unbalanced (RCA) audio outputs to connect to a wide variety of home stereo receivers and amplifiers.

  • Unbalanced: The Stream Magic 6 V2 features an unbalanced stereo analog RCA audio output for connecting your stereo receiver or amplifier.
  • Balanced: The Stream Magic 6 V2 features true balanced XLR analog audio outputs to connect high-end home receivers and amplifiers. XLR is a higher-quality output that can reject noise and interference with equipment with balanced inputs.
Note: The Digital Preamp Mode is used to connect the Stream Magic 6 V2 directly to a separate power amplifier or active speakers. The Stream Magic 6 V2 is supplied as default with Digital Preamp mode enabled. In this mode, the output from the Unbalanced and Balanced audio outputs is controlled by the front-panel Volume control. If you wish to disable this mode (and have fixed line-level level output from the Unbalanced and Balanced Audio outputs) switch the Stream Magic 6 V2 off, then push and hold the Volume control in while switching the Stream Magic 6 V2 on.

Digital Outputs: A rear-panel digital output (optical/coaxial) allows pass-through of the selected digital source for recording purposes (no up-sampling performed). These outputs loop or pass-through unprocessed digital audio from the selected digital input. Both the optical and coaxial digital outputs are always active and can be used to connect and run equipment at the same time. A 5.1 Dolby Digital or DTS signal can be passed through the unit's digital outputs. The 5.1ch signal is not decoded or processed (only pass-through).

Ground/Lift Switch: When Grounded, the Stream Magic 6 V2 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.

Remote Control

Slim-Line Remote: The Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6 V2 includes a slim-line IR remote control for wireless operation of the unit. The IR remote also operates other Cambridge Audio devices, like Azur series integrated amps and AV receivers.

Stream Magic Remote App: The Stream Magic 6 V2 can also be controlled using the free Stream Magic Remote App (from the Apple App Store or GooglePlay App Store) on your Apple iOS (4.0+) or Android (2.3+) device. The new Stream Magic Remote App gives you full control of the Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6 V2 from your Apple iOS or Android device. From the palm of your hand you can access music stored across your home network, control streaming music services, browse Internet radio stations and USB media using your Apple iOS or Android device. For added convenience, track information and album art is retrieved and displayed automatically on your mobile device's touchscreen. You can also edit preset stations and streaming services, while setting up a queue of your favorite tracks which will continue to play even if your Apple iOS or Android device is switched off or loses its network connection. In addition, the Stream Magic Remote App supports volume control, digital input selection, and powering off/idle; all from your compatible mobile device.

Note: Your Apple iOS or Android device must be connected to the same network as the Stream Magic 6 V2.

IR Emitter In (3.5mm): 3.5mm minijack input that enables modulated IR commands from multiroom or IR repeater systems to be received by the Stream Magic 6 V2.

Control Bus In/Out (RCA): The Control Bus RCA input enables un-modulated commands from multiroom systems or other components to be received by the Stream Magic 6 V2. The Control Bus RCA output provides control bus output commands for further downstream units. This can be useful if using the iPhone app to control the volume on a Cambridge Audio amplifier.

Firmware/Software Updates: The Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6 V2 will offer firmware/software updates through its wired (Ethernet) or wireless (WiFi) connection. Check for the latest firmware/software updates.

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The V2 does not have a built in amp. You have to connect the V2 to a Preamp/Receiver. The Preamp would have the headphone jack. [ Steven  Oct 03, 2014 ]