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. The results are quite surprising. The size — smaller than a typical matchbox — is part of the appeal, of course. 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.

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Controls are limited to two buttons. Move to higher resolution source material, and the good news continues.

And with the DragonFly providing some fierce competition in terms of performance, it means the DacMagic XS drops down a star. Original Gangste r we formed a clear preference for USB 2. Apart from the bass, I also appreciate its built-in headphone amplifier.

I really hope Cambridge Davmagic could make the XS work with mobile devices, then it will be an awesome gadget. 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. Unboxing and Setting Up. The XS is cased in a smart aluminium shell — its nicely finished and feels classier than the price implies. By looking at colors of the flashing LED, you will know its corresponding sampling rate.

I could only confirm it after a blind testing. It is a necessary upgrade if you are using an old computer. Anyways, you can use this device as a headphone amplifier and it will work all the time to increase sound volume, especially when your internal soundcard is cambridgw weak to drive headphone.

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Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS v2 USB DAC

Then go to Settings to choose Audio Output and you are ready to go. This is a very reasonable price when you consider its great performance and other DACs out there.

This also helps improve sound stage of this headphone significantly. Check out some more product images below.

See all our DAC reviews. 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. I feel like I can keep turning the volume up until my ears explode. The whole unit is very lightweight, small and you can easily put it anywhere in your bag or pocket. The device also features asynchronous USB audio clocking.

You can just control volume using the two physical buttons. However, the difference is not significant and it took me hours to figure it out.

Apple users will be fine without. The sound was exactly the same. Disclosures As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. The flashing LED will turn red when you reach maximum volume. Another hidden feature is its 2 USB modes. The size — smaller than a typical matchbox — is part of the appeal, of course.

Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC / Headphone Amp Review

Does it really improve the sound or is it just an advertising gimmick? The DacMagic XS is an impressive device once up and running. The build quality of the device is unbelievably great, so I believe it will fit perfectly to your expensive PC or laptop.

Against At this price? For A stable, refined and detailed sound Lovely build and finish Portability. The vacmagic are quite surprising. The packaging is slick, and the product even better.