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"Product of the Year" Award Winner 2012, Music Streamers – What Hi-fi? Magazine
"Hot Buy" Award Winner – Stuff Magazine
The Latest 'Magic' Device from Cambridge Audio
Cambridge Audio's Stream Magic 6 is a fully featured upsampling network music player designed to deliver digitally stored music to your hi-fi in the highest quality.
Stream Magic 6 dramatically enhances digital music files stored on computers, network drives, and pretty much any gadget with a digital audio out connection. It will also allow you to discover the world of internet radio, which is a rich resource containing an incredible 20,000+ stations, with something for everyone guaranteed!
Controlling Stream Magic 6 is a breeze either from the front panel, supplied Navigator remote, or using your choice of a free Stream Magic Remote app for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or Android.
"An Unequivocal Success"
The Stream Magic 6 won a Product of the Year Award for 2012 in the Music Streamers category from England's What Hi-fi? magazine. "It looks good, is easy to use, sounds great and has a list of uses longer than your arm," raves the review. "The Stream Magic 6 is an unequivocal success."
"With fast upsampling convertors able to handle full high-definition audio, the Stream Magic 6 Network Player offers massive performance at a great price," reports Noel Keywood in his Hi-fi World magazine review.
"Packed with features and great sound, we're smitten with this Cambridge Audio streamer," says Stuff magazine, which awards the Stream Magic 6 'Hot Buy' status in its October 2012 issue.
Wired or Wireless Operation
Thanks to its UPnP (Universal Plug 'n' Play) audio streaming compatibility, Stream Magic 6 is simple to use, uncomplicated to set up and has no tricky software to master. And by linking Cambridge Audio's optional plug-and-play BT100 wireless audio receiver to your Stream Magic 6, you can also stream music wirelessly from your Android Smartphone, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, tablet, laptop, or any device that supports Bluetooth.
Sophisticated Upsampling Technology
Stream Magic 6 uses Cambridge Audio's ingenious ATF2™ (Adaptive Time Filtering) upsampling technology (up to 24-bit/384 kHz) to dramatically enhance every music file it processes. So regardless of whether Stream Magic 6 is being used to process network music or internet radio, or it's being used with a connected source component – Mac, PCs, games console, Apple TV, etc. – Stream Magic 6 will maximize all audio signals that pass though its advanced circuits, bringing your digitally stored music to life in a way you've never heard before.
Network Music Enhancement
At the heart of Stream Magic 6's repertoire is its ability to find and play music across your home network, enabling music stored on UPnP-equipped computers and drives to be transformed through your hi-fi system. This is the most elegant way of sharing digital music content with Steam Magic 6. Setting up your home network and Stream Magic 6 to work in harmony is really easy as nearly all current computers and network drives are designed to support the UPnP standard.
Stream Magic 6 simplifies the process of navigating the world of Internet radio with a 20,000 tried-and-tested roster of stations from around the planet, which are searchable by title, genre and region.
All your favorite stations and preferences can be managed using our Stream Magic Home portal, and from there you can also suggest new stations which Cambridge Audio will validate and then add for other Stream Magic 6 customers to enjoy.
Streaming Services Support
Stream Magic 6 ships with a range of the most popular services onboard including Aupeo!, BBC iPlayer Radio, Pandora, Rhapsody, Sirius/XM and MP3Tunes. Additional services will continue to be added, and Cambridge Audio notify you when this happens, so that you can make even more of your Stream Magic 6. It also allows easy connection to some of the world's leading podcast services including Podcast.com, Blog TalkRadio, and BBC Podcasts.*
Up to 24-bit, 192 kHz USB Connection
Stream Magic 6's in-built USB connection means you can instantly upgrade audio performance from your PC or Mac. Whether music is stored on your computer or it's being streamed from services like Spotify, Rhapsody, or Napster, the upgrade potential to computer processed audio is enormous, and Stream Magic will turn it into high-end hi-fi quality.
For the ultimate in digital audio reproduction, Stream Magic 6 can receive up to 24-bit, 192 kHz transfer over USB and supports both kernel streaming and ASIO. (Apple computers support up to 24-bit, 192 kHz USB transfer natively, and a free driver makes this possible from Windows PCs).
Optical and S/P DIF Connections
Many of your favorite gadgets like Blu-ray players, TVs, and media streamers can deliver audio to your hi-fi system. But because they're primarily designed to perform other functions, their audio outputs lack quality. By simply connecting them to your Stream Magic 6 via its SPDIF coaxial digital input or the Toslink optical digital input, you can bypass their inbuilt digital-to-analog converters transforming their humdrum performance into something much more spectacular. A SPDIF coaxial digital output and Toslink optical digital output are also provided.
Stream Bluetooth Audio
By adding Cambridge Audio's optional plug-and-play BT100 wireless audio receiver to your Stream Magic 6, you can stream music wirelessly from your Android Smartphone, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, tablet, laptop or any device that supports Bluetooth. Best of all, if your Smartphone, tablet or Apple Mac supports the high-end audio aptX CODEC, you can stream audiophile-quality music from your device direct to your Stream Magic 6.
Stream Magic Remote for iPhone, iPad, and Android
The Stream Magic Remote app allows full control of your Stream Magic 6 from your Android smartphone, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. From the palm of your hand you can access music stored across your home network, control streaming services, browse Internet radio stations and USB media using your favorite mobile device.
Track information and album art is retrieved and displayed automatically. You can also edit preset stations and streams and set-up a queue of favorite tracks, which will continue to play even if your mobile device is switched off or loses its network connection.
The Stream Magic Remote also enables Stream Magic 6 to be powered up/down, and volume can be adjusted. It can also control the volume on other compatible Cambridge Audio Azur amplifiers and AV receivers.
ATF2 (Adaptive Time Filtering) In Depth
ATF2 is the second generation of Cambridge Audio's highly regarded upsampling process which we developed with Anagram Technologies of Switzerland. ATF2 upsamples all incoming audio data (such as 16-bit, 44.1 kHz from CD) to 24-bit, 384 kHz using a very high-end 32-bit Analog Devices DSP (Digital Signal Processor).
The ATF2 system applies what's known as a 'polynomial curve fitting interpolation' and incorporates a time domain model that allows data buffering and re-clocking to almost completely eradicate digital jitter. Jitter is an insidious side effect of playing back music from hard-disk devices like PCs and laptops and is caused by a delay in the order in which packets of data arrive. Jitter causes a loss of fine detail and can make recordings sound flat and lifeless as well as affecting bass response. And unlike some minor forms of sound degradation, jitter isn't just a problem we can measure but one you can hear, so eradicating it is something Cambridge Audio takes really seriously.
A new ATF2 noise shaping algorithm is also featured in Stream Magic 6 which enhances linearity with 24-bit sources when connected from your computer over USB.
The ATF2 DSP also features a selectable digital filter with three settings to suit listener preferences and their particular system set-up.
The Steep Roll-off Filter exhibits strong attenuation of aliasing images outside the pass band (i.e. above 22.05kHz) at the expense of a little pre and post-ringing in the time domain.
The Linear Phase Filter uniquely features 'constant group delay' which delays all audio signals at all frequencies by the same amount meaning all audio is fully time-coherent at the output.
Minimum Phase, meanwhile, does not feature constant group delay but rather the coefficients have been optimized without feed-forward so that the impulse response exhibits no pre-ringing in the time domain.
*Streaming service availability is dependent on country.
"Product of the Year" Award Winner 2012, Music Streamers – What Hi-fi? Magazine
"It looks good, is easy to use, sounds great and has a list of uses longer than your arm; the Stream Magic 6 is an unequivocal success."
"It’s ultra-flexible, able to operate as a network player, a DAC and even a digital preamp. Hi-fi quality is the name of the game, and the company’s ATF2 upsampler and Wolfson DACs are the players."
"With fast upsampling convertors able to handle full high-definition audio, the Stream Magic 6 Network Player offers massive performance at a great price."
"Performance of its on-board Wolfson DACs was superb and sound quality from the analogue outputs beyond criticism. I was taken aback at some of what I heard, such as full 24/192 replay from a Mac Book Pro. The Stream Magic 6 is a “must have” irrespective of my minor criticisms, it does so much so well, making great digital sound quality available at a very affordable price."
- Noel Keywood, Hi-fi World magazine
Five Stars - 'Hot Buy' Award
"Packed with features and great sound, we're smitten with this Cambridge Audio streamer."
- Stuff magazine, October 2012
Stream Magic 6 Upsampling Network Music Player
Stream Magic Remote for iPhone, iPad and Android
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|Great Entry Component for Streaming Music and Internet Radio|
After many glitches setting up, I finally have Nirvana in my main listening system. Hint: if your ISP has provided you a router, ditch it and get a good quality one for around $100. I am hard wired to the home network and can command the Stream Magic from our Android phones or IPad. The quality of the DAC is great. I ditched our CD player and stream music from a NAS. It sounds better than the CDs did. Internet radio is something of great value. We find ourselves listening to that now 70% of the time. I would give this 5 stars but try to be conservative. I love it. Best piece of audio equipment I have bought in years. Now I can get back to vinyl!
|- Dan R, WI|