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post #91 of 99

I had the Dacmagic 100, quite liked it (unlike their Dock), holding up pretty well to more expensive offerings. Their customer service was not so impressive, when I asked about USB2/async since it was advertised but not showing up as an option on my Mac, they seemed almost offended to have to point out the sorta-secret button combo to enable the off-by-default feature (as per SuperiorTramp's post above, and quite hidden in some paragraph in their online manual)

 

But I'd say, after doing a 4-way switchbox (instant) comparison between DACs I had at the time, the DM100 is neutral rather than warm, not cold or analytical really, but not really warm either since that's what you seem to be interested in.

 

An option that was more along those lines, at a similar pricepoint, was the Maverick Audio Tubemagic D2, I really liked it, and it comes with both a solid-state path & output as well as the expected tube path & output so you actually have a choice. The solid-state output was very close to the DM100, but the tube output was certainly for once clearly warmer. Ultimately since I ended up using tube amps, and that was too much tube in the path for my taste, but before that I really enjoyed it.

 

There's a forum topic here, with my impressions at the time, but it's been quite inactive, since, like the Dacmagic, it's been out for a while and not exactly high-profile...


Edited by TheGrumpyOldMan - 6/18/15 at 11:22pm
post #92 of 99
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Originally Posted by SuperiorTramp View Post

Have you contacted Richer Sounds? They may deliver your way if arranged?

I have not, It costs 160 pounds + I will definitely have to pay income fees, which would result in 220+€ price tag - If I will buy it, then I have one PC shop nearby and they have it for 194€ (do not hesitate to say 194$, because it is almost the same at these days)...They would get it in stock in 5-7 days, which is great..

 

 

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An option that was more along those lines, at a similar pricepoint, was the Maverick Audio Tubemagic D2, I really liked it, and it comes with both a solid-state path & output as well as the expected tube path & output so you actually have a choice. The solid-state output was very close to the DM100, but the tube output was certainly for once clearly warmer. Ultimately since I ended up using tube amps, and that was too much tube in the path for my taste, but before that I really enjoyed it.

Tubes...sounds so great, but again...from their website it is (with DHL shipping) 289$ and with the import fees...mhm, maybe up to 320€

post #93 of 99
Nice input - it's interesting how the sound comes across as somewhat similar even between different people (neutral). Yes, it has been commented elsewhere that the 'press two button' thing is daft and it should simply come set to usb2 as usb1 is virtually dead now (or so I understand).
Hopefully your comments will add usefully to mine for the OP as you've listened to more dacs than I have recently.
Having tried an old Rega Io dac - just the one spdif input - I found that very underwhelming, despite its good rep. I now think newer tech in terms of connectivity (async) is so obviously beneficial that I wouldn't bother with a dac without it. I don't use cd anymore so that suits.
post #94 of 99

I would forget...is there any indicator, which will indicate if it is in asynchronous mode?

Has it to be switched with each turn on or just one?

post #95 of 99
Just the one time to switch and there is a specific light that comes on- but you will 'see' it anyway as 'Cambridge Audio Dac 2' (or something like that - it does refer to 2). Further: it will only play higher red files in USB2 mode. It tells you all about it in the instructions.
post #96 of 99
I mean by 'see it' that your computer/digital out out device will 'see it' when you connect up to it: e.g my Squeeze Box Touch has to be 'pointed' to the dac it is using and it shows up on the screen as 'Cambridge Audio Dacmagic 100 2' or similar. It would have '1' at the end if it wasn't switched to USB2 mode. It's easy to do so don't worry.
post #97 of 99

Thank you so much :) I really appreciate it.

post #98 of 99
No problems - hope you get sorted soon.
post #99 of 99
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Originally Posted by dropadred View Post
 

Tubes...sounds so great, but again...from their website it is (with DHL shipping) 289$ and with the import fees...mhm, maybe up to 320€

Yeah, the "From $199" was for the D1, but I'd think for $50 more, it'd be worth to try & swing it anyway. Alas there's the shipping, and I forgot how you guys get hammered on import duty in most of Europe... one thing I'm not looking forward to if/when I move back :-/

And unfortunately I already sold mine, or something could have been worked out... but like others wrote, I hope you'll find something that works out for you, and the DM100 is a good, solid DAC either way.

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