This thread is dedicated to the Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus which may very well be the best value DAC on the market today.
I'll get the ball rolling with Ken Rockwell's review which, unlike most qualitative, take-it-from-us reviews of the DacMagic + so far, is based primarily on quantifiable scope measurements. These are some of the phrases that Rockwell used to describe the unit:
"It has the best performance I've ever measured over USB of any DAC at any price. It's completely immune to even the slightest jitter that other excellent DACs can't remove from USB"
Ken Rockwell's review
- Disclosure: I own one.
- For those of us who use active monitors, the inclusion of variable line output and XLR connections are a welcome addition and a departure from most DACs at this price point. Since you can connect both the RCA and XLR line outputs simultaneously, the XLR output can go to the monitors while the RCA output can go to a dedicated headphone amp. Convenient and streamlined signal path.
- The feel of the volume knob is a bit strange, but this is a minor quibble.
- Yes, it should have come with USB 2.0 from the factory, but upgrading to USB 2.0 is a snap. Don't let the horror stories on the 'net make you think otherwise.
- I've given up struggling to hear the subtle and minute differences in the filters so I've given up, leave it on linear and enjoy the music.
- The faceplate is nice, but I had wished for thicker side plating. It's far from bad, though.