Cambridge Audio DacMagic 100

Everything in the Cambridge Audio room has some sort of computer audio interface (I think the sofa was equipped to handle USB and Ethernet). Our featured image is the new DacMagic 100 ($399) that offers 24-bit/192kHz Asynchronous USB courtesy of the Wolfson WM8742 24-bit DAC (Windows users must by necessity install the free Cambridge Audio driver to enjoy the fruits of higher resolution labor since Microsoft has not yet seen fit to support USB Audio Class 2.0). There's 1 optical and 2 Coax inputs to convert additional digital data to analog music. The Dacmagic 100 was on silent display but I plan to get one in for review where it'll be anything but (silent).

Also pictured is the iD100 Digital Dock for iPad, iPod & iPhone ($299.99) that takes the digital signal from your iDevice before its internal DAC gets a chance to tamper with it. Output options include AES/EBU, S/PDIF (Coax and Toslink), and Component / S-Video and Composite video.

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deckeda's picture

Like the Cambridge Audio iD100, PURE's $99 i20 iPod dock/dac/digital interface is "of some interest" and I think they have U.S. distribution now.

mward's picture

Was there any indication of how the performance of the 100 compares to the original DacMagic? 

 

I'd expect the USB performance to be superior since it does asynchronous 24/192—I believe the original only did 16/48 (or 44?), and JA referred to that in put as a "convenience feature" or some such. There's also 1 fewer optical input, and it seems they've done away with the previous model's selectable filters. 

 

But I'd be curious as to whether any sonic improvements have been made to the optical/coax inputs. 

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