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post #46 of 71
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Originally Posted by fetalgoat View Post
 

I bought it on ebay from the US. What they're charging in the UK for it is way too much. 189 pounds in UK ($320) vs $170 in the US.


So do you live in the uk and got the microstreamer from ebay usa and you got free shipping?

post #47 of 71

I paid about $14 for shipping. The seller was smart and sent it as a gift under $20 so I wouldn't get hit with duty fees. All in all I paid about 94 pounds. The DAC Magic costs 99 pounds here. 

post #48 of 71
Does it take more than the ath-m50 to see a difference between the dacmagic xs and an average laptop sound?
Mine is an hp pavilion and it sounds almost identitcal to the dacmagic xs through the ath-m50. Am I missing something?
post #49 of 71
One more thing, the print on the back of the device is wearing off pretty quickly. Is that normal?
post #50 of 71
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Originally Posted by lofthanza View Post

One more thing, the print on the back of the device is wearing off pretty quickly. Is that normal?


Sorry but I only had mine for a weekend and took it back on the Monday..not sure about the ath-m50's but I could tell the difference with sennheiser headphones..it was the harshness that made me return them!

post #51 of 71
Can the dacmagic xs drive the he-400 to a loud level?
post #52 of 71
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Originally Posted by lofthanza View Post

Can the dacmagic xs drive the he-400 to a loud level?


Don't know..what you want to do is find out what the best headphones are for the dacmagic xs and get them!

post #53 of 71
I've just bought a dac magic xs for my AKG Q701s which are also new. I would have liked to try the HRT Streamer, but it was just a little out of budget and Pure Hi-Fi here in Christchurch NZ had the Dac magic xs and a Fiio E17 which I tried side by side. I found difference between the two huge, the Dac magic being a lot more open sounding. Well worth the sacrifice of not having a dac to use with my iPhone
post #54 of 71
The dacmagic xs's sound doesnt have enough weight, and it has too bright a tonality ending up being harsh-sounding and far less musical than I would have liked.
post #55 of 71
Has anyone tried it with the momentums?
I thought that since the momentums are warm-sounding by nature, they might pair up well with this dac/amp?
post #56 of 71

My Dac Magic XS weighs 21.7g the lead weighs 6.8g !  :D

 

Originally Posted by fluse View Post
 

could someone who owns this maybe weight this?

100gr sounds a lot for such a small device, read about that the dragonfly only weights like 20?

post #57 of 71
Dunno if it is the burn-in period, but my dacmagic xs has sonically changed. I am sure it is not because my brain is adjusting, because I was doing A/B comparison with my laptop. The experience now is mostly positive. The dacmagic xs now has definitely a more appealing and warmer tonal balance, its also smoother, and more open.
post #58 of 71

I felt like mine did something similar, but it could be in my heeed! :k701smile: 

 

Whatever, I kind of need to sell it now as, with recent furniture reorientation, I can now listen to my main system with headphones while I work, rather than being 7m away from it, but I can't bring myself to until my geek wave arrives......  

post #59 of 71

I've had the XS for  a couple of weeks now.  As a very portable DAC with volume control I feel it delivers nice improvement to the stock sound from my Macbook.  I hear much more detail and improved stereo separation.  I'm sure there are better soundng DACs out there, but I think it does what it was designed to do very well.

post #60 of 71
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Originally Posted by Robgo View Post
 

 

I was going to buy a Cambridge DAC but I heard it doesn't work on android devices. I bought an HRT Microstreamer (was able to buy it for the same cost as the DacMagic. In UK though). And I'm really happy with the HRT.

 

Haven't heard the DacMagic myself though.

I bought one (DacMagic XS) today and it works like a charm with my Samsung Galaxy S4, With UAPP and USB Audio 2.0 I now have native hi-rez playback. I only paid £50 for it too. Bargain!

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