DACMagic XS – USB Headphone Amplifier


The USB DACMagic XS makes it easier than ever to add high definition quality to your existing USB audio device. Whether it’s an ipod, laptop, or desktop you’re going to see huge improvements in sound quality. This simple USB quality converter gives you more control then ever over your audio output. With a frequency range of +/-0.2dB 20Hz – 20kHz, 54 step amplified volume range, and a guaranteed HD listening experience, listening through the DACMagic is pure bliss.

What Is A DAC?

A DAC, or digital to analogue converter, is a device that translates digitally stored information from a laptop, iPod or other such device into analogue signals, improving the quality of the sound and upping the volume in the process.

You may not know it, but you’ve listening to music through a DAC for years. DAC’s are standard in all sound cards, ipods, laptops, and essentially anything that outputs audio.

Quality Is Everything

There is a direct correlation between the quality of a DAC and what you hear. Have you ever listened to music through an old CD player? DAC technology was nowhere near where it is now, and that’s one of the main reasons music sounds better today. That being said, most built in digital converters are cheap or poor quality. It’s a money saving technique that the average consumer never knows about. Upgrading to an external DAC is a must if you love crystal clear audio quality.

Perfect For Audiophiles

The DacMagix XS is the best USB DAC we have seen to date for under $200. It’s lightweight design makes it perfect for long trips and car rides. The sturdy brushed aluminum casing ensures a long-lasting investment so you won’t worry about damage. The DACMagic uses HD 24 bit conversions to make sure that you get the most out of your current audio device.


Maximize Your Headphones Or Speakers

The XS improves audio quality for every listening device, but it truly shines when paired with high end headphones or speakers. Built-in DAC’s are designed to output to comparable low end speakers. Whether you’re using studio monitors, high end headphones, or a 5.1 system the XS is guaranteed to make sure you get the most out of your favorite listening device.

Louder Is Better

We’ve all heard distortion and crackle when listening to music at high volumes. There are two main reasons for this, speaker capacity and signal quality. The XS cleans the original audio signal allowing for more volume without distortion. It’s a great way to enhance sound quality for parties that need a little extra volume.  The DACMagic XS features a 54 step  analogue volume control, allowing for more precision when you need the perfect volume.



Detailed Specifications


Micro USB input, 3.5mm analogue output 

Digital to Analogue Converter

ESS9023 24-bit DAC

Frequency Response

+/-0.2dB 20Hz – 20kHz

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’’) 


100g (3.5oz) 

Final Thoughts

If you love HD audio, you’re going to enjoy Cambridge Audio’s DACMagic XS. Listening through an external DAC is comparable to taking a pair of earmuffs off that you have worn your whole life. As an ex sound engineer I’ve found that it’s hard to watch movies or listen to songs without it. Once you’ve heard true HD audio you won’t want to turn back. If you’re interested in learning more or purchasing Cambridge Audio’s DACMagic XS, you can visit their website to learn more.

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