Cambridge Audio DacMagic 100

Regular price $249.00
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Color: Black

Add a little magic to your music
Whether it's a CD player, computer, digital music streamer, or set-top box, here's a fantastic way to improve the sound quality coming from any of these digital sources. Simply plug the DacMagic 100 digital-to-analog converter in between your source's digital audio output and your receiver, amp, or powered speakers. You'll instantly hear greater detail and clarity, plus a real sense of scale and drama. This versatile little DAC will bypass the one inside your PC or audio component, and magically transform those cold hard zeroes and ones into warm, organic sound.
There's magic on the inside
The DacMagic 100 comes packed with high-tech engineering designed to extract better sound from all your digital sources. Its latest-generation Wolfson DAC provides superb resolution that really brings out the fine details in your tunes, for a truly breathtaking listening experience.

Asynchronous USB means better sound from your computer
Standard USB outputs from most computers pose a serious limitation to sound quality. That's because while you're trying to listen to music, your PC is busy performing virus scans, data backup, and other background tasks that may take priority over your tunes, causing it to alter the data rate to suit its own needs. Unfortunately, this situation results in timing errors within the digital data stream — known as "jitter" — that adversely affects sound quality. Jitter can make your music sound harsh and edgy, and smear subtle details.

The DacMagic 100 solves this problem by reaching out to your computer through the USB interface, and instructing it to relinquish control of the data stream timing. In its place, this advanced DAC inserts its own separate, or asynchronous, clock to precisely control the timing of the data rate, reducing jitter to the vanishing point. You'll hear a stunning improvement in low-level ambient detail along with a wider, deeper soundstage.

Enjoy full-resolution USB audio
Along with all the sonic benefits the DacMagic 100 provides for your compressed and CD-quality music files, it also has another trick up its sleeve — it decodes high-resolution data streams with up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution through its USB connection, so you can enjoy better-than-CD audio quality. (Free USB driver download required for Windows® PCs.) If you download high-res music files from HDtracks and other audiophile sources, this DAC will ensure that you hear them in all their glory.

Plenty of connections for your gear
DacMagic 100 lets you connect multiple digital source components to your home audio or desktop system:

two coaxial digital inputs: ideal for connecting a CD or DVD player, Logitech Squeezebox™ Touch, Sonos® Connect, or any other digital audio component with coax out, and taking advantage of the DacMagic 100's high-performance processor for better sound.
one optical digital input: ready to take on a set-top box, most HDTVs, a game console, or other digital audio sources with optical digital output, and feed a high-quality audio signal into your stereo system.
Type B USB jack feeds digital audio from your computer into the DacMagic 100's onboard digital-to-analog converter, bypassing your computer's sound card to yield much clearer sound with stored music files and Internet radio.
Product highlights:
latest-generation Wolfson Microelectronics 8742 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
asynchronous USB technology for reduced timing jitter and better sound with computer audio sources
incoming sampling rate indicator helps verify source quality
full-metal case design with thick brushed aluminum front panel
ground lift switch to eliminate potential ground hum
three digital audio inputs: one optical (Toslink) and 2 RCA coaxial (S/PDIF)
USB (Type B) input for connection to a computer
supported sample rates:
USB: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, and 96kHz (24-bit/192kHz supported with downloaded USB driver and WASAPI, ASIO, or kernel streaming modes)
optical: 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, and 192kHz
coaxial: 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, and 192kHz
built-in driver for USB 1.0 connection (up to 24-bit/96kHz)
dedicated Cambridge Audio USB 2.0 driver required for 24-bit/192kHz playback on a Windows® PC
Mac OSX 10.5 or later supports 24-bit/192kHz USB output natively, so no dedicated driver is required
frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz (±0.1 dB)
THD: less than 0.0025%
signal-to-noise ratio: 113 dB
external power supply included
4-1/4"W x 1-13/16"H x 6-1/16"D
weight: 1.1 lbs. (without power supply)
warranty: 2 years
If connecting to a TV, please make sure you can select "PCM" output in its audio menu. This DAC is not compatible with Dolby® Digital signals.
MFR # C10501
What's in the box:
External digital-to-analog converter
AC power adapter (with attached 4' DC cord)
3 AC power plugs (US/EU/UK)
28" USB (type-B) to USB (type-A) cable
Cloth pouch
Quick Start Guide
Important Safety Instructions