Digital / Analog Converter Cambridge DAC Magic

With changeable filters and symmetric outputs, he won a stereoplay highlight Cambridge DAC Magic (400 euro) isch.

  1. Digital / analog converter Cambridge DAC magic
  2. Data sheet

Like the musical fidelity, he comes for 400 euros from England Cambridge Audio DAC magic. It offers considerably more equipment. Horizontally or vertically (rubber feet included) reverted the DAC Magic with a USB input on the computer; on two each with cable or optical fiber conduction S/P-DIF inputs he is rubbing shoulders with HiFi components. He passes the adjacent data 1:1 digital outputs.

Like the musical samples internally all music data up to 192 kilohertz (in 24 bit). He dealt separately with the same 48 kHz converter like the V-DAC USB signals.

However, that concludes the list of commonalities. The USB input on the Cambridge acknowledged even 96 kHz digital signals. The DAC Magic expects them internally down to 48 kHz, branches off to the S/P-DIF output of its USB converter and treated her like the coaxial or light head inputs with a cleverly programmed processor module: it allows a sound Tuning with different filters. “Linear phase” conventional acts with pre and post ringing. “Minimum period” (filter 2) shows with missing pre-ringing analog character. “Steep” behaves like “linear phase”, but earlier cuts the frequency response (-2 dB at 20 kHz) and digitization-related spirits frequencies (aliasing) blocks more radical.

After two 192 kHz-24-bit stereo converters of the British Wolfson of Cambridge conducted the reflection signal pairs to balanced outputs.

The wage of the effort: CD data reworked via filter 2 (preferred by the testers) to music signals with the finest high gloss, ultra stable figure and no tonal slips. The space figure got him wide rather than deep. With 58 points, he established himself in regions, where three times as expensive CD players. He showed his true greatness with DVB-S or MP3: speech intelligibility increased noticeably, he sorted neatly apart room and speaker.


+ RCA – and balanced outputs; switchable filter; optical and coaxial digital output


– No real high resolution via USB; only optical or coaxial digital input can be used

Cambridge DACMagic

Manufacturer Cambridge
Price €400.00
Rating 58.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

Dimensions (W x H T) Height depth 21.5 x 5.0 x 19.0 cm
Weight 1.0 kg
Digital volume control
Analog volume control
Remote control
Display sampling rate
Word width display
Digital effects loop
Maximum sampling rate RCA / AES 192
Maximum sampling rate optical 96
Maximum USB sample rate 48
USB asynchronous mode USB
Adjustable digital filter characteristics
Number filter options 3
Inputs CD player
Digital RCA 2
Digital BNC 0
Digital optical 2
Digital ST 0
Digital AES / EBU 0
Digital DSD
I2S 0
FireWire 0
Output D/A converter
RCA outputs 1
Outputs XLR stereo 1
Outputs headphone 6, 3 mm 0
Outputs headphone 3.5 mm 0
Digital output to RCA
Optical digital output
Digital output other:
Test result
Short conclusion Universal D / A-converter with switchable filter. USB only up to 48 kHz. sound analytical and piek-clean
Sound Absolute top class
Sound points
(maximum 70 points)
Sound points preamplifier
Measured values
(maximum 10 points)
(max. 15 points)
(maximum 10 points)
Overall rating
(max. 120
79 good – very good
Price / performance outstanding
tested in issue: 5 / 09