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The XS is cased in a smart aluminium shell — its nicely finished and feels classier than the price implies. This is a very reasonable price when you consider its great performance and other DACs out there.
Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS v2 USB DAC – West Coast Hi Fi
This also helps improve sound stage of this headphone significantly. It simply sounds more focused, stable and confident.
The results are quite surprising. Apart from the bass, I also appreciate its built-in headphone amplifier.
You will need to choose audio output again after changing USB mode. The build quality of the device is unbelievably great, so I believe it will fit perfectly to your expensive PC or laptop. I feel cambride I can keep turning the volume up until my ears explode. Does it really improve the sound or is it just an advertising gimmick? Another hidden feature is its 2 USB modes. Unboxing and Setting Up. You can just control volume using the two physical buttons. I could only confirm it after a blind testing.
However, the difference is not significant and it took me hours to figure it out.
Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS v2 USB DAC
Disclosures As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. The size — smaller than a typical matchbox — is part of the appeal, of course. See all our DAC reviews.
Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. 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 too weak to drive headphone.
Against At this price? However, the DacMagic XS is still a delightful little device and those with a strict budget won’t be disappointed. But the DragonFly v1. I felt a slight boost in bass sound, so the sound is warmer on this headphone camnridge.
And with the DragonFly providing some fierce competition in terms of performance, it means the DacMagic XS drops down a star. The DacMagic XS is an impressive usv once up and running. Move to higher resolution source material, and the good news continues. Apple users will be fine without. Controls are limited to two buttons.
The device also features asynchronous USB audio clocking. I really hope Cambridge Audio could make the XS work with mobile devices, then it will be an awesome gadget. Then go to Settings to choose Audio Output and you are ready to go. It can provide a cleaner, warmer, louder cqmbridge with tighter bass and reduce noises at the same time. 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.