Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Dedicated Source Components › Cambridge DACMagic, anyone? (THREAD II)
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Cambridge DACMagic, anyone? (THREAD II) - Page 13

post #181 of 642
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Drubbing View Post
PSU issues are no something that every DM owner needs to address with CA. This unit us sold around the world, with PSU's being sourced locally by CA or their suppliers in each country they'll be used in. THe issue is with whatever PSU CA has used for the UK, which will be different to mine in Aus, which is fine, and anyone else's.

Perhaps CA were supplied with a bad batch, and by all means make them aware of it. But that doesn't make the DM a compromised product the world over.
Sorry, I should have stressed that I'm based in the UK and the issues
I've seen reported are all from the UK so far.
post #182 of 642
thathertz, what model power supply did yours come with? mines a:

Gpe model sy-12150a-bs

I'm only asking as my psu is screwed together. Although I do agree it does get a little hot after a few hours use.

Oh and if it makes any difference I've had my dacmagic since February.

Cheers
post #183 of 642
Thanks for all the advice guys, I haven't had the time to mess with the coax hookup but will again and see what happens...
post #184 of 642
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gitbags View Post
thathertz, what model power supply did yours come with? mines a:

Gpe model sy-12150a-bs

I'm only asking as my psu is screwed together. Although I do agree it does get a little hot after a few hours use.

Oh and if it makes any difference I've had my dacmagic since February.

Cheers
Yours is the exact same model as mine Gitbags.
I checked when I got mine and actually it was this year in....February!
My (lack of) memory scares me....
post #185 of 642
Re PSU problems - I've had my new DacMagic on all day with nothing more than a very slight warming of PSU and the DacMagic itself. Perhaps CA just had a bad batch.

Am very impressed with the SQ so far (~ 10 hours listening time, ~30 hours powered on). Very forward sound through HD595s, attack on drums is fast and punchy, level of detail for ALAC files is incredible over iPod-> LOD. Though I was gobsmacked when my MP3/192 copy of Beethoven Piano Sonatas 28,29 [Uchida] sounded clearer than an ALAC version by Paul Lewis.

Only downside at the moment is a harsh treble/upper midrange which makes for fatiguing listening. I'm hoping I'll get used to this (or burn-in magick will reduce it) otherwise I'm going to have to look for smoother phones.
post #186 of 642
Thread Starter 
Response from Cambridge Audio CEO regarding the PSU's:

What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision - DacMagic PSU overheating > Major problem
post #187 of 642
For what it is worth my surge protector separates each plug out and there is no congestion

Really liking my budget combo right now. Nice clean sound. Will tide me over a few years
post #188 of 642
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by LFC_SL View Post
For what it is worth my surge protector separates each plug out and there is no congestion
The problem isn't 'congestion'. My PSU was plugged into a separate
mains filter which was on a shelf about 4 feet high with plenty of
space around it.

I've registered for a replacement PSU through the form CA provided
so hopefully I'll have it soon.

I must say I'm impressed how quickly they were on top of this issue.
post #189 of 642
Just ordered the black Dac Magic a few days ago, waiting patiently for it to arrive.

The reviews here are great and definitely helped me to make the decision.

Just to note, I do not have any existing DAC device, so comparing this to others is not a realistic review for me. I am more interested in the reviews of people who are adding it to a new scenario with much more common components.

I will be using it to connect an Airport Express to my NAD receiver. I have no other experience with any DAC, so this will be an upgrade on all levels.

I will provide my feedback after it is in use.

Thanks.
post #190 of 642
Quote:
Originally Posted by doppeljr View Post
Just ordered the black Dac Magic a few days ago, waiting patiently for it to arrive.

The reviews here are great and definitely helped me to make the decision.

Just to note, I do not have any existing DAC device, so comparing this to others is not a realistic review for me. I am more interested in the reviews of people who are adding it to a new scenario with much more common components.

I will be using it to connect an Airport Express to my NAD receiver. I have no other experience with any DAC, so this will be an upgrade on all levels.

I will provide my feedback after it is in use.

Thanks.
You can compare it to the DACs in your Nad receiver
post #191 of 642
DacMagic Black just landed today. First Impressions where fairly lackluster. Returned to work while letting it run a few hours. After getting back to the DAC noticed the bottom end is much deeper. Puts out good power so can run it at lower level with same volume. Very quiet with no music playing. Just got it so I'm reserving judgment til I've had it longer, but I'm thinking I'm going to like this device.
post #192 of 642

Humming

Hi, I just received my DACMagic as well, and I am very happy with the sound. When the DAC is connected (say via USB) and no sound is playing, there is a low but very noticable and irritating humming sound coming from the DAC. Once I start playing music the humming ceases (I checked by turning down the volume on my speakers all the way). Is anyone experiencing a similar phenomenon?
post #193 of 642
Mine is dead silent with no music playing. Make sure its not another component.
post #194 of 642
I am absolutely sure. It seems to be coming from the power connection.
post #195 of 642
I agree the DM is black. Is through both usb and optical for me, though I now only use the latter

Not quite so sure as others about burning in. Cannot really say I have noticed a change. It is one of those head-fi purchases which I appreciate only by switching to lesser gear. In this instance TV speakers and the crap stereo in my brother's car
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Dedicated Source Components
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Dedicated Source Components › Cambridge DACMagic, anyone? (THREAD II)