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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Auto Power Down (APD): The DacMagic 100 has an Auto Power
Down (APD) mode that shuts the unit off after a period of time if the unit isn't
receiving a digital signal. The APD is a requirement in order to comply with
power regulations. The APD can be disabled by pressing and holding the Source
button for 5 seconds.
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,
- Output: 12V - 2A