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Cambridge Audio DacMagic 100 - Digital to Analogue Converter with Toslink, S/PDIF, and USB Inputs Featuring 24-bit Wolfson DAC - Silver

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The DacMagic 100 is pretty fantastic and would likely offer improved sound over using the internal DAC in The Sixes. Panasonic capacitors slightly warm up and calm down, the Nichicon FGs are more analytical and dynamic. I bought a second DAC 100 from Crutchfield to convert my stereo system digital music files to my analog Yamaha amplifier I bought from Crutchfield. Normally we don’t give much credence to manufacturers’ specifications as they can be somewhat selective and don’t necessarily say much about how a piece of equipment will sound.

The M2 Tech over, and where the Shanling DAC had sounded smeared-etched and marginally artificial, this Cambridge was all of a piece.

Bought one of these units on sale few years ago to accompany a Paradigm PW Amp for TV duties, but actually never connected it to my TV. The difference in capacity between new and factory set capacitors is large, but in this case the capacity is of secondary importance. When you select Toslink as your input source, this LED will illuminate, indicating that the DAC is set to receive audio through the optical input.

More importantly; would a slightly better dac really enhance my music enjoyment when I already enjoy this dac? In the sockets that I use, the signal pin, it enters a brass or copper sleeve, which certainly provides a better connection quality than the “fork” shown in the picture below, which I took out from the factory set socket. Can anyone speak to how superior the DM100 would be to using a DAW (I’m using a Focusrite Scarlett 2i4), if at all, when connecting to my 70s stereo receiver?With three different types of digital connections and the possibility of connecting up to four devices at the same time, the Cambridge DacMagic 100 is a device that truly enhances all your digital music. Changes in the capacitance value of Mundorf Mcap capacitors were clearly heard and as the capacities increased, the sound stage and freedom of transmission grew and more details appeared.

Detail levels are good for the money, although the track doesn’t quite have the same impact or dynamic reach as when it’s played through rivals such as the Arcam rDAC. The Cambridge Audio DacMagic 100 is a versatile digital-to-analog converter (DAC) that offers a wide array of connection options, making it a suitable choice for enthusiasts seeking to enhance their audio experience. The DAC has maintained its character and tendency to brighten and emphasize the midrange, but this trend has clearly decreased and you have to listen to a few songs before you hear it. Inside device is the digital to analog converter Wolfson WM8742, which cooperating with two NE5532 operational amplifiers. I am not surprised at all, that some people decide to use such capacitors, because the effect is interesting, it may even be desired under specific conditions, but it does not change the fact that it introduces large deformations also.

So I found the listening experience with DM100 to be more intimate and in your face, as opposed to being a little bit distant and airy with the Yamaha's dac. Compared to the Marantz it was slightly, very slightly, cooler in tone and maybe a little more open, allowing fractionally more air around the performers but at the expense of being more recessed. The image it described was not narrow and deep, the individual aspects of the track convincingly layered in perspective.

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