However, the DacMagic XS is still a delightful little device and those with a strict budget won’t be disappointed. But as technology marches forward, more capabilities and smaller footprints abound. Switching over to USB 2. Against At this price? The size — smaller than a typical matchbox — is part of the appeal, of course. With the most sensitive in-ears, such as the Westone ES-5 custom in-ear monitors dB sensitivity , the DacMagic XS did generate some low-level hiss and background noise.
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The device also features asynchronous USB audio clocking. But we do think AudioQuest’s brand-new revision of its DragonFly DAC sounds clearer, and has the edge in terms of outright resolution and dynamic subtlety.
Switching over to USB 2. The size — smaller than a typical matchbox — is part of the appeal, of course.
Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS review | What Hi-Fi?
With the most sensitive in-ears, such as the Westone ES-5 custom in-ear monitors dB sensitivitythe DacMagic XS did generate dzcmagic low-level hiss and background noise. The most difficult part of dacmgaic the DacMagic XS with a Mac computer is finding the right kind of connector to attach it to the Mac. Instead of plastic, the DacMagic XS is housed in a beveled brushed-aluminum case that should be capable of surviving a high level of abuse. The XS is cased in a smart aluminium shell — its nicely finished and feels classier than the price implies.
It simply sounds more focused, stable and confident. See all our DAC reviews.
Camnridge, the DacMagic XS is still a delightful little device and those with a strict budget won’t be disappointed. For A stable, refined and detailed sound Lovely build and finish Portability. Speakers Alpha Dog headphones to satisfying volume levels with good bass extension. Move to higher resolution source material, and the good news continues. The DacMagic XS has a small LED next to the headphone jack that glows purple or blue when the unit is operating properly and red when you try to boost the volume past its maximum level.
And with the DragonFly providing some fierce competition in terms of performance, it means the Cambidge XS drops down a star.
The packaging is slick, and the product even better. While offering more of a left-brained rendition of music than that of the Grados, the AKGs connected to the DacMagic had well-controlled upper frequencies that still had air and extension.
Three Miniature Portable USB DACs
Once in class 2. The first generation of portable USB DACs was big and had limited high-resolution capabilities in comparison to the current crop. But the DragonFly caambridge. The only ergonomic quirk I experienced while using the DacMagic XS was that it was sensitive to static electrical shocks. The DacMagic XS is an impressive device once up and running. Original Gangste r we formed a clear preference for USB 2.
The bass sounded especially potent in this combination.
Apple users will be fine without. Against At this price?
Since most prospective purchasers will want to use the DacMagic XS with headphones, I used a wide variety of different headphones and in-ear monitors with the DacMagic XS. Controls are limited to two buttons. These not only set the volume level, but if you press both at once and hold for a few seconds they switch the DAC operation from USB 1.
But as technology marches forward, more capabilities and smaller footprints abound.