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DacMagic XS USB DAC Headphone Amp

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #92 in Portable Amps

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Pros: -amazing price/size/performance ratio - very low output impedance (0.5) -quite powerful with low impedance headphones -good upgrade with HD spotify

Cons: -no power knob(only buttons so you don't really know where you are concerning volume) -for this price not so much.

Having those for 5 months, I am very impressed as they openned up really with my senheiser momentum after some burn in.

I use them with my laptop (pc). This review will be about the VERY good synergy between this dac and the momentum. 

 

I listen to all kind of music (classical, pop, rock, electro...) (flac or 320kbps mp3)

 

I was surprised there was no review for this really good DAC/amp.

The bundle costing 500 USD together, I am very happy with this beginner/all rounder system and I highly recommend it.

 

Bass : Kid Cudi "Soundtrack 2 my life" / Alicia Keys "Girl on fire" / Howard Shore The lord of the rings "Khazad Dum"   the bass is precise/deep and the percussions make you shiver literally especially on very low frequency <60hz. The vocals as well as the double basses on Khazad Dum seem unbelievable for such low price system. The soundstage on the bass makes you feel like in the room.

 

Middle : Adele "Skyfall" the female voice is very well transcripted and you can hear many details of her wonderful voice. U2 "Sunday bloody sunday" the voice seems a bit too neutral. It feels like there could be some improvement there.

 

Treble : Alicia Keys "Girl on fire" / Madonna "Luck Star" . Even if the treble can go very high, there is no real clarity and transparency unfortunately. 

 

To conclude i would say that this system has a lot of upsides :

-price/performance ratio
-amazing bass structure especially with percussions
-Spacialization is decent/good

Nevertheless, even if I am not an audiophile I can hear the limitations on the middle and treble. They do not match the bass quality. Maybe it is because of my headphones which are not really transparent and more bass orientated.

 

Anyway, I would highly recommend it for low impedance headphones owners who like some precisions (It will not drive efficiently >100ohms headphones). For good bass/percussions lovers, go for this DAC paired with the momentum.
it is a no brainer for me with very small volume and small price. 

DacMagic XS USB DAC Headphone Amp
Description:

DacMagic XS Headphone Amplifier The tiny USB DAC for the biggest and best laptop sound! Whether you realise it or not, your laptop's headphone socket is delivering dull, lifeless and small sound that's lacking in vital detail and volume when you need it. That's because the Digital to Analogue Converters (DACs) found on laptop soundcards are cheap, basic rubbish. The DacMagic XS transforms the way your computer sounds by providing an instant upgrade to the sound output. It connects quickly and easily to your computer's USB port and allows you to hear your favourite music, games and films, exactly as the artist intended. A marvel of British engineering, the DacMagic XS delivers the bass and clarity you're missing from your digital audio, anywhere and everywhere. And no other USB DAC at this price sounds this good or is this small. More power The built-in powerful headphone amp increases the punch of your headphones, delivering 10 times more power than most soundcards can manage. Even in the noisiest environments you will hear what you want and nothing you don't. Simple set up This headphone amplifier plugs straight into a PC or Mac via a USB cable, with your headphones plugging into it. It's up and running instantly and is small enough to carry anywhere. Easy control With its ergonomic design, simply adjust volume at the tap of a finger Tiny, but full of technology The DacMagic XS is smaller than a matchbox, yet it uses technology from our high-end separate system DACs to give you absolutely amazing digital audio detail on the go. Plug your headphones into a Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS and hear what you've been missing.

Details:
DetailValue
BindingElectronics
BrandCambridge Audio
EAN5055300408037
FeatureThe little gadget that will transform the way your computer sounds USB DAC plugs into PC/Mac via cable Dramatically improves audio quality and detail on all digital audio, including MP3s, streaming servi Headphone amplifier built in for more volume and 10 times more power than laptop headphone output Use your headphones to their full potential
LabelCAMBRIDGE AUDIO
ManufacturerCAMBRIDGE AUDIO
ModelDacMagic XS
MPNDacmagic XS
PublisherCAMBRIDGE AUDIO
StudioCAMBRIDGE AUDIO
TitleDacMagic XS USB DAC (Digital to Analogue Converter) / Headphone Amp
Package Height1.02 inches
Package Length8.19 inches
Package Weight0.4 pounds
Package Width3.31 inches
PackageQuantity1
PartNumberDacmagic XS
ProductGroupCE
ProductTypeNameCE_ACCESSORY
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