Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS Review 3

Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS Review

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Cambridge is one of the brands that really kicked off high-end audio for PCs by releasing their competitively priced DacMagic series some years ago. As with everything else around, their products keep on getting smaller, and today, we will take a look at the DacMagic XS, a small USB-powered DAC/Amp. It packs a brilliant DAC setup and a potent amplifier section, which should drive most of the headphones produced today.


  • Digital to Analogue Converter: ESS9023 24-bit DAC
  • USB 1.0 mode: 16/24-bit, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
  • USB 2.0 mode: 16/24-bit, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz
  • Output Voltage 2V RMS
  • Max. Power Consumption: 150mW
  • Min. Headphone Impedance: 12 Ohms
  • Frequency Response: +/-0.2dB 20Hz – 20kHz
  • THD (unweighted): <0.004%
  • SNR: 103 dBr (unweighted)
  • Crosstalk: 66dB
  • Output Impedance 0.5 Ohms
  • Volume Steps: 53 steps (54 different volume levels)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 30 x 10 x 53.5mm (1.2 x 0.4 x 2.1’’)
  • Weight: 100g (3.5oz)
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