Listening to your best-loved songs and watching your favorite movies on a PC or laptop can be a real bugger with a low-end DAC or headphone amplifier, which is a rather common problem nowadays as built-in audio processing equipment is not exactly a top priority for a majority of computer manufacturers. For those who simply will not settle for less when it comes to the quality of their playback, today we present the remedy to all your audiophiliac woes – DacMagic XS, an ultra-compact USB-connected DAC/headphone amp by Cambridge Audio, the renown producer of top-class audio equipment.
Packed in an unobtrusive aluminum casing smaller than the old-school matchbox, USB DAC/headphone amplifier easily connects to any PC/laptop via the included-inch USB to mini-USB cable which provides it with both power and audio. Once connected, the DacMagic XS instantly upgrades your PC/laptop digital audio output thanks to the ESS Sabre ES9023 24-bit DAC chip, which can handle virtually any type of audio, be it hi-res FLAC, streaming service, gaming or movie audio or just a regular mp3 file. On top of that, the Sabre ES9023 chip provides handy volume control as it lets you perform onboard amplification. Compatible with most headphone sets currently available on the market, DacMagic XS can support up to 24-bit/96kHz with USB 1.0 connection, but you can boost it to 176.4kHz/192kHz by using a USB 2.0 connection.
Thanks to the built-in high-quality headphone amp, the DacMagic XS produces deep bass, noise-free sound reproduction with outstanding clarity, several times more powerful than the standard PC/laptop output. In order to run your new DAC/headphone amp, you only need to download and install an extra driver available on the Cambridge Audio website and once set, the DacMagic XS USB DAC/headphone amplifier will turn your Mac or PC into a hi-fi audio source regardless of whether you use it with regular headphones or with a full-scale two-channel stereo system. Measuring 2.1 x 1.2 x 0.4 inches, the latest DAC/headphone amplifier by Cambridge Audio is also unbelievably light, compact and easy to use and it comes with a tiny black carry pouch for safe transport and ultra-portability.
Now you no longer have to settle for poor audio on your PC – just plug in your new DacMagic XS and buckle up, ‘cause the superb sound quality this little guy outputs is sure to blow you away.
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