I might as well stick my little bit in. I've had my DacMagic for at least 9-10 months now. I've been using it with:
XBMC under Linux with FLAC -> Optical to DAC -> Linn XLR Interconnects -> Bel Canto EVO2i -> Wireworld Speaker Cable -> Quad 22L's
I've been using it in Linear since I got it. I could hear little differences between the filters at first but never A-B'd to find the best one. I have noticed the DAC can sound as if it's teetering on the (sorry for the term) "bright" side, almost like thing glass that's about to shatter, leaving the sound a tad cold at times; saying that I can have the amp at unity gain and have no problem with distortion of noise etc. I'm now trying the Minimum filter as at first listen, sounds a tad warmer.
Overall I'm happy with the DAC. It was initially a step-in until I could upgrade to a better DAC but I've put that off, which may tell you something.
From low volumes to ear piercing stuff I can follow the bass lines from start to finish, they're so clean and defined. Voices, male and female sound excellent and natural with all the little breaths and "clicks" of saliva etc, sounds gross and good at the same time. The air of the piano and puffs of the drums surround you with ease.
I can't fault the DAC really and I'm still using the original PSU.. undecided whether to make the trip to Maplin to pick one up? (if so what's the one I'm after?
p.s. just FYI, my musical tastes include anything from Joanna Newsom to Leftfield, Pink Floyd to Bobby Gentry, Belle & Sebastian to George Gershwin, and a lot in between.
Edited by KevDo - 9/5/10 at 10:17am