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Exactly What I needed... and More!

I dont write many of these reviews. But, the DacMagic Plus is so outstanding that it deserves all the praise it gets. I wanted a good DAC to consolidate several digital inputs into one convenient location. What I got in the DacMagic Plus does exactly I needed it to do and is worth the price for that alone. However, the sound quality produced by high bit rate USB sources makes the unit worth twice the price. Maybe much more! Downloading 24 bit/96kHz and 24/192 files produces sounds more like the master tape than any form of copy. Transparent, balanced, dynamic, grainless sounds with the blackest background you could hope for from a DAC at this price. My advice? Buy one now! Then, READ THE MANUAL! If you dont, your unit will be stuck at USB version 1.1 and will not have the bandwidth to handle 192kHz sources. If I have any complaints, this is it. Why would a DAC made today default to USB version 1.1 when everyone is on USB version 2.0 and ready to upgrade to USB 3.0? Anyway, read the manual, change the unit to default to USB 2.0 and go to the Cambridge Audio web site and download a driver that will allow the unit to handle 192kHz sources. Grab your best headphones and headphone amp and get ready to find out how good your equipment really is! Oh, and go to an HD Audio download source like HDTRACKS.com and download the 24/192 version of Patricia Barbers Smash album. You will thank me later! Happy listening and dont let HIFI die!!!

- Van F, GA
 
Hard to beat for the money....

I have tried about 5 different DACs between $350 and $1,100 range and I liked this one the best so far. A good blend between a sound that is not too digital and not too analog sounding. I liked this better than the $850 TEAC DSD DAC. I am using this unit via USB playing 24/96k and 24/192k FLAC and WAV files. Fed to a PrimaLuna 35wpc tube amp and System Audio Aura 60 speakers.

- Jason C, AZ
 
Great Unit!

I have been blown away by this unit. It has revolutionized my system - which consists of a Krell S-300i integrated and PSB GT1 speakers. Sonically, I would describe it as being refined, highly detailed, and lush, without being too colorful. It has smoothed out all of my 16 bit 44.1 khz quite nicely and being able to play native 24 bit 192khz audio from my computer is pretty cool also.

- Craig L, NM