Product of the Year Award - SoundStage!
Product of the Year Award 2012 - What Hi-fi?
Four Times More Powerful Than the Original Stream Magic
Cambridge Audio's Stream Magic 6 is a fantastic upsampling network music player and preamplifier that just got even better with the new Stream Magic 6 V2 More than ever, it's a great way to connect your digital music collection to your hi-fi, making your digital audio sound better than ever.
In the Stream Magic 6 V2 Cambridge Audio more than double the clock speed of the streaming module processor (600MHz, compared to 266MHz in the V1). This faster processor is an Arm Cortex A8 processor, similar to the ones found in many modern smart phones. With its built in NEON co-processor (This is a DSP that accelerates decoding) Stream Magic V2 is able to deliver, smoother, lower jitter playback of your music.
Thanks to the newer processor architecture, the Stream Magic 6 V2 is not only faster, but more than four times more powerful than the Stream Magic 6 original.
These hardware upgrades result in browsing performance is much faster on the Stream Magic 6 V2 and an ability to play sample rates of up to 24/192 over Wi-Fi, Ethernet or from USB hard drives (signal strength permitting).
In the removal of all barriers to 24-bit/192kHz playback, the front and rear USB ports are both now USB 2.0 (compared to 1.1 on the V1). This improves the USB rate to 480Mbits (up from 12Mbits in the Stream Magic 6 V1), again delivering faster browsing and playback of music files.
"Nothing Else Works As Well"
The original version of the Stream Magic 6 won a Product of the Year Award for 2012 from England's What Hi-fi? magazine. "We canít really think of anything we donít like about it: Cambridge Audio is still pushing boundaries when it comes to innovative music machines."
It also won a Product of the Year Award from SoundStage! Hi-Fi, Winter 2013, which reported, "The Goldilocks of the streamer world... seems to hit the 'just right' spots of sound quality, ease of use, and versatility... I could find nothing else that works as well. Cambridge Audioís Stream Magic 6 gets a huge recommendation from me."
Plays Everything, Beautifully
Wherever your digital audio comes from, whatever format you store it in, the Stream Magic 6 V2 network music player will play it beautifully. From smartphones, tablets, and laptops, to Blu-ray players, TVs, and games consoles, and with support for audio streaming services including Pandora, Stream Magic 6 V2 doesn't just stream audio on to your hi-fi amp and speakers. It dramatically improves the quality of your music, enhancing detail, clarity and overall quality. Gapless playback is supported for seamless playback of albums.
You can also use the Stream Magic 6 V2 as a digital preamp to connect to active speakers such as the Cambridge Audio SLA25 or to a power amplifier.
Key to this is Cambridge Audio's unique ATF2 upsampling. Everything that passes through the Stream Magic 6 V2 is upsampled, using Cambridge Audio's unique ATF2 (Adaptive Time Filtering) process, developed in conjunction with Anagram Technologies of Switzerland. The signal passes through a high-end Analog Devices DSP (Digital Signal Processor) to achieve ultra-high detail via its 24-bit, 384 kHz output.
As well as extracting ultimate detail from every source (even CD, Blu-ray and lossless digital files), ATF2 virtually eliminates jitter common in playing digital audio files. Jitter can lead to a flatter, lifeless sound with tinnier bass response. Those problems vanish when digital audio is put through Stream Magic 6.
Network Audio Magic for Wireless Music
Streaming network audio to your hi-fi is easy with Stream Magic 6 V2. Music on wi-fi-connected desktops, laptops, and NAS drives is automatically detected to create a wireless music system. And, of course, all those digital audio files, upsampled through the Stream Magic 6's unique ATF2 process, will sound far better through your main hi-fi, than desktop speakers.
Wi-fi connectivity is for UPnP-supported devices only. Most modern laptops, computers, and network (NAS) drives are UPnP-supported, as are many games consoles, streaming boxes and smartphones.
Works Wonders with Internet Radio and Streaming Services
Browse, search, and listen to over 20,000 internet radio stations with ease on Stream Magic 6 V2. Using the Stream Magic Home Internet portal, you can set up favorite stations, preferences. You can also suggest new stations, which Cambridge Audio will validate and then add for other Stream Magic 6 V2 customers to enjoy.
The Stream Magic 6 V2 features built-in support for the latest in high-quality digital audio streaming services including Rhapsody. And even high-quality 320kbps streams benefit from Stream Magic 6's ATF2 upsampling. Stream Magic 6 V2 also supports the best in podcast streams such as Podcast.com and Blog TalkRadio.
Lots of Connectivity
No matter what you want to plug in to, Stream Magic 6 V2 digital music player can handle it.
Its USB connection instantly upgrades the audio of your PC or Mac, desktop, or laptop. Even streaming music services such as Spotify, Rhapsody or Napster sent via your computer can be improved by Stream Magic 6 V2's upsampling, delivering audiophile detail to your hi-fi. The USB connection supports up to 24-bit 192kHz transfer with both "kernel streaming" and "ASIO" support to cut out Windows default sound processing methods, further improving quality.
Stream Magic 6 iV2s compatible with both S/PDIF and optical digital connections used in most Blu-ray players, media streamers, and games consoles. Bypassing the inbuilt audio components of these devices and using the Stream Magic 6 V2 brings enhanced levels of detail, breathing life into the audio from movies, games, and more.
Stream Magic 6 V2 also offers both balanced and unbalanced analog audio outputs for superior connectivity.
Phones, Tablets, and Wireless Bluetooth Audio
Add the optional plug-and-play BT100 Bluetooth Audio Receiver and wirelessly stream audio from smartphones, tablets, laptops and other Bluetooth-enabled devices. And if your device supports the high-end aptX Bluetooth audio codec, that's even better, because the BT100 does too, delivering maximum digital quality for stunning, audiophile reproduction on your hi-fi.
Stream Magic Remote App for iPhone, iPad, and Android
Use Cambridge Audio's free Stream Magic Remote app to bring full control of Stream Magic 6 V2 to your fingertips. Access music stored across your home network, gain full and instant control of all supported streaming services and internet radio, with track information and album art displayed on your device automatically. Deep-level control means you can also edit favorite stations and streams and queue up playlists that will continue to play even if the device you queued it up on isn't present.
New StreamMagic 6 V2 Features
The Pros Love the Stream Magic 6
"The Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6 gives you most everything you'd expect from a network player... [It] was a joy to play with."
- Audio Stream, Winter 2013
Product of the Year Award - SoundStage! Hi-Fi
"The Goldilocks of the streamer world... seems to hit the 'just right' spots of sound quality, ease of use, and versatility... I could find nothing else that works as well. Cambridge Audioís Stream Magic 6 gets a huge recommendation from me."
- SoundStage! Hi-Fi, Winter 2013
"Packed with features and great sound, we're smitten with this Cambridge Audio streamer... a modern take on the classic hi-fi system... thereís really very little to fault the Cambridge streamer on Ė hence why itís our preference over stiff competition."
- Stuff, Autumn 2013
Product of the Year Award 2012 - What Hi-fi?
"We canít really think of anything we donít like about it: Cambridge Audio is still pushing boundaries when it comes to innovative music machines."
"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."
- What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision, Autumn 2012
"Itís a gadget for people seriously interested in sound but the geeky options donít get in the way of function - itís supremely simple to use and the bonus of high quality internet radio is the icing on the cake."
- MSN Tech, UK, Spring 2013