And with the DragonFly providing some fierce competition in terms of performance, it means the DacMagic XS drops down a star. Then go to Settings to choose Audio Output and you are ready to go. The flashing LED will turn red when you reach maximum volume. It simply sounds more focused, stable and confident. Does it really improve the sound or is it just an advertising gimmick? Your email address will not be published.
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I feel like I can keep turning the volume up until my ears explode. The DacMagic XS is an impressive device once up and running. See all our DAC reviews. Then go to Settings to choose Audio Output and you are ready to go. Controls are limited to two buttons.
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Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS Portable USB DAC and CK B&H
This also helps improve sound stage of this headphone significantly. Move to higher resolution source material, and the good news continues.
This is a very reasonable price when you consider its great performance and other DACs out there.
I really hope Cambridge Audio could make the XS work with mobile devices, then it will be an awesome gadget. One downside of this DAC is that there is no volume indicator because your internal soundcard is bypassed, so there is no way to figure out the current volume level.
I could only confirm it after a blind testing. Original Gangste r we formed a clear preference for USB 2. With the DAC in the middle, the sound is incredible now without adding annoying noises. The device also features asynchronous USB audio clocking.
Against At this price? Another hidden feature is its 2 USB modes. 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.
Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS review | What Hi-Fi?
You will need to choose audio output again after changing USB mode. The results are quite surprising.
Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS v2 USB DAC
However, the DacMagic XS is still a delightful little device and those with a strict budget won’t be disappointed. It simply sounds more focused, stable and confident. Check out some more product images below. The XS is cased in a smart aluminium shell — its nicely finished and feels classier cacmagic the price implies.
Does it really improve the sound or is it just an advertising gimmick? The size — smaller than a typical matchbox — is part of the appeal, of course.
Apart from the bass, I also appreciate its built-in headphone amplifier. Unboxing and Setting Up. The cambrkdge unit is very lightweight, small and you can easily put it anywhere in your bag or pocket.