Cambridge Dacmagic anyone
"This is very promising since the PS audio is in the same category price wise as the Lavry and Benchmark. The PS audio is modded alot by various USA companies to sound better of what i have read. The rus andrews looks like a re packaged stello100."
Originally Posted by dingwall View Post
"I can personally vouch for the Benchmark and Lavry (which I know off by heart, as I have owned both) knocking the socks off the 840C which I tried as a converter, let alone this new DacMagic.
A real box of tricks to get computer audio (and much, much more besides) would be something like the KRK Ergo.
A good bargain DAC would be Harman Kardon CD players (which, being polite to CA, 'inspired' the design of theirs), or the Lavry itself (its variable outputs are top notch too, and make up for the extra cost).
It's dead easy to try these out at home against each other before keeping, which as ever I recommend."
My thoughts exactly Dingwall.It would appear from reading relevant posts on this and other respected av sites that the new CA Dacmagic is based on,and on a par sonically with the Cambridge 740cd player Dac which is reported to be vastly less refined sonically than the Cambridge 840cd Dac. As the Benchmark Dac 1 and Lavry are regarded as reference Dacs, in that they are often used as a reference standard by which to compare other Dacs ,including; Russ andrews Dac1 (which is reported to be a Stello da100 rebadged with some extra shielding) and the PS Audio DLIII Digital link Dac, and as the Stello Da100 and PS audio are generally regarded to be on a par with the Benchmark and Lavry, albeit with a warmer signature. How did Hi Fi Choice give the Dacmagic a 'Gold' award up against the the RA/Stello 'silver' and especially the PSaudio DLIII 'bronze' ,given that the PSaudio is generally regarded by respected Audiophile circles (in America where it is best known) as being the the best of the lot and, with the best price to performance ratio to boot. Is it possible that in testing these three Dacs that Hi Fi Choice used a system for their test that was so far removed from the higher end systems that Lavry/Benchmark/PSaudio/Stello would normally be used in, that their clear superiority sonically over the Dacmacic/CA 740 c simply could not be heard, due to the restraints placed on the 'Test' by using inferior/ unsuitable ancillary equipment. I can't see logically how they could arrive at such an irrational conclusion unless this was the case, or perhaps there were economic factors other than 'bang for buck' influencing things.