CAMBRIDGE AUDIO DACMAGIC XS V2Black USB DAC/Headphone Amp
USB sockets allow you to do all sorts of things. Most commonly you can play media stored on a flash drive, but some units can record to one too or connect accessories like video-calling cameras.
(For more features refer to the specification table below.)
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Bring the music from your computer to life, with the Cambridge DacMagic XS V2.
Your music, your way Gone are the days of CD being the only way of listening to a new album. Now it comes in a variety of formats, with downloading a popular choice. Your computer is perfect for storing music, but with playback, less so. Often the quality of the built-in DACs (Digital to Analogue Convertor) and headphone amplifiers leave a lot to be desired, failing to reproduce your music with the soul and character as intended by the artist. The Cambridge DacMagic XS V2 is the answer.
New style The latest V2 version of the DacMagic XS brings with it a cool new style. The revised finish and logos give this pocket DAC an even more sophisticated style.
Music the way it was meant to be Don't let the miniature size of the DacMagic XS V2 fool you. Cambridge Audio has managed to bring together a class-leading DAC and powerful headphone amplifier to breathe new life into your digital music in one small casing. Using a low jitter asynchronous USB connection along with support for USB Class 1 & 2 modes, DacMagic XS V2 connects using the highest quality USB connection with the least amount of distortion.
For PC or Mac Both Mac and PC platforms are supported. Regardless of whether your music consists of MP3 files or high definition 24-bit/192kHz FLAC files, the DacMagic XS V2has all varieties covered. So as your music library evolves over time, the DacMagic XS V2 will have you covered.
Headphone amp Along with the accomplished DAC, the DacMagic XS V2 is paired with a high quality headphone amplifier. Capable of providing up to 10 times more power than the headphone output found on most PCs and laptops it also has an on-board analogue volume control. Able to reproduce your music as faithfully as possible it provides a dynamic range and audio fidelity that is a league above what's possible on most PCs and laptops.
Compact and robust Crafted using high quality brushed aluminium, the DacMagic XS is both lightweight and strong. Its streamline design combined with its small size and weight ensures that it's just as suited for music on the go as it is for use at home. With power being provided by the USB connection, there's no need for batteries or an external power supply. As an elegant addition, the built-in LED changes colour corresponding to the input sample rate.
Powerful sounds from a small package - for the best music on the move, don't leave home without one.
Number of coaxial digital inputs? This is the electrical type that uses an RCA phono or BNC connection.
Optical Digital Input
Number of Optical Digital Inputs? This is the optical light type of input that uses a Toslink connection
Does the DAC have a USB Input? This allows connection of a PC/Mac or other media device. Wireless connection possible if stated.
Does the DAC have a headphone output?
XLR Balanced Outputs
Balanced XLR outputs offer a professional grade connection with minimal interference
Optical Digital Output
Does it have an optical digital output? Optical digital output for digital recording or using with a digital amplifier
Coaxial Digital Output
Does it have coaxial digital output? Coaxial digital output for digital recording or using with a digital amplifier
Does the unit support Bluetooth? A built-in Bluetooth receiver lets you stream music from a suitably equipped device such as a smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC.
Does the unit support Apple AirPlay? Apple AirPlay lets you listen to your entire iTunes music library from a suitable iOS device such as iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad. Best of all, the system is wireless and so is ideal for building up a wireless multi-room system.
Eco Friendly Features
Power Consumption - Standby
This is the power used in watts when the unit is switched off but still powered at the mains and ready to be turned back on.
Power Consumption - Normal Use
This is the power used in watts when the unit is on, using standard settings. Note, different manufacturers use different methods to arrive at this figure. In some cases only the maximum power consumption is quoted
Size of unit (W x D x H) mm
30 x 10 x 53.5
Weight of unit,unboxed, in Kg
CAMBRIDGE AUDIO DACMAGIC XS V2 is rated
4.7 out of
Rated 5 out of
Neat and works great with Nvidia Shield TVI needed to add an analog output to my Nvidia Shield TV (Android TV) as it's only got a HDMI output and I don't have a modern AV receiver. I plugged this in, it worked straight away and sounds great. Very nicely built, very compact and good value for money. Ticked all the boxes for me!
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 4 out of
Great if you have poor hearingAs the unit gets hot I have rated it is as good rather than excellent.
Using it on both my Windows Vista laptop and my Windows 10 laptop that it increases clarity of sound hugely and that I can get the same level of hearing with the volume control halved eg 90 down to 45.
I use the product through a very cheap pair of Sony MDR-ZX310 earphones.
Windows 10 recognised the product straightaway but I had to download a driver from for VISTA. The installation software went into a loop asking for the product to be plugged in and then taken out, so I aborted but despite this it had sucessfully installed.
The device will not work through a USB hub, only the computer's USB port.
Comes in a nice box the inside of which is illustrated with the installation details which are a bit old as it doesn't mention Windows 10 in its list of compatible operating systems.
AFAIK it is not compatible with Android.
DPD delivery was great.
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 5 out of
Cambridge Audio DacMagic X2 V2An excellent product be it for use with a computer or with the correct lead your iPhone. The sound is incredible...very full and detailed. You can't go wrong with this little box of magic.
Richer Sounds service as per normal was second to none and by far it was at an amazing price. You really can't go wrong buy with total confidence.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5 out of
HiFi from a laptopI use two laptops to store and play music, on both i used DFX Audio Enhancer to improve the audio quality through my Audio Technica headphones, until i bought the DacMagic XS, now i can play high bitrate audio flat with no equalisation and hear the music as it was intended to be heard
with the usb 2 driver installed and the Dac switched to usb 2 mode it delivers an extremely high quality sound with a wide soundstage that separates the individual instruments for a live performance experience
as long as you set the Dac as the default output on your laptop and then set the quality to 24 bit in the settings you will enjoy high quality audio
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of
Excellent Portable Sound UpgradeProvides a noticeable boost in clarity for a MacBook or phone. With a pair of Shure SE530 IEMs it really brings out the detail in vocals and layered instrumental music, and add adds a real punch to drums.
In USB2 mode, and connected with a USB OTG cable, the DacMagic is picked up by my LG G4 and defaults to 24/192. Battery drain is minimal, but if you want all-day use, then a powered DAC/Amp may be better.
I have tried it with a number of ‘phones, including the Shure SE530, AKG K450, AKG K272HD, Sennheiser HD485, and UE Superfi 5 Pro. The only place where I could find fault is that when driving the higher impedance / lower sensitivity K272s the bass is a little anaemic. Compared with the headphone output from my Yamaha receiver (using a digital input to the receiver and DSP off), the DacMagic seems to lack a little oomph at the low end.
If you already have high quality ‘phones, then this is probably the best upgrade you can currently make to your sound for £50.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of
Great mini DAC/AmpBought this as replacement for a broken sound card, the minimalist design should help this fit in with any setup. Nice metal casing gives a premium look while the volume buttons are solid and don't feel cheap when pressed. Simple plug-and-play but you need to install driver for the higher sample rates. Cant say much about the sound, but there is an improvement vs onboard sound card.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 4 out of
Excellent little DAC. Would be perfect if worked with mobile phones.Excellent little DAC, great sound, great price, great build quality, and aesthetically pleasing. Would be perfect if worked with mobile phones.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of
Excellent valueI already own one of the Dacmagic products but didn't need the full functionality - I just wanted to improve the sound from my laptop. This product meets the requirement admirably - remarkable in a product so small
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