But the DragonFly v1. Another hidden feature is its 2 USB modes. Your email address will not be published. I could only confirm it after a blind testing. And with the DragonFly providing some fierce competition in terms of performance, it means the DacMagic XS drops down a star. One downside of this DAC is that there is no volume indicator because your internal soundcard is bypassed, so there is no way to figure out the current volume level. Anyways, you can use this device as a headphone amplifier and it will work all the time to increase sound volume, especially when your internal soundcard is too weak to drive headphone.

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The results are quite surprising. Apple users will be fine without. The build quality of the device is unbelievably great, so I believe it will fit perfectly to your expensive PC or laptop. One downside of this DAC is that there is camhridge volume indicator because your internal soundcard is bypassed, so there is no way to figure out the current volume level.

Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS v2 USB DAC

This also helps improve sound stage of this headphone significantly. Against At this price? Check out some more product images below.

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It is a necessary upgrade if you are using an old computer.

The whole unit is very lightweight, small and you can easily put it anywhere in your bag or pocket. See all our DAC reviews. The size — smaller than a typical matchbox — is part of the appeal, of course. Your email address will not be published. The DacMagic XS is an impressive device once up and running.

It simply sounds more focused, stable and confident.

Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS Portable USB DAC and CK B&H

Disclosures As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. You will need to choose audio output again after changing USB mode. But we do think AudioQuest’s brand-new revision of its DragonFly DAC sounds clearer, and has the edge in terms of outright resolution and dynamic subtlety.

The XS is cased in a smart aluminium shell — its nicely finished and feels classier than the price implies. This is a very reasonable price when you consider its great performance and other DACs out there. Unboxing and Setting Up. For A stable, refined and detailed sound Lovely build and finish Cambridgf. By looking at colors of the flashing LED, you will know its corresponding sampling rate. Another hidden feature is its 2 USB modes.

You can just control dacmagc using the two physical buttons. I really hope Cambridge Audio could make the XS work with mobile devices, then it will be an awesome gadget.

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The device also features asynchronous USB audio clocking. The packaging is slick, and the product even better.

Anyways, you can use this device as a headphone amplifier and it will work all the time to increase sound volume, especially when your internal soundcard is too weak to drive headphone. TechWalls uses cookies for Google ads.

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But the DragonFly v1. I felt a slight boost in bass sound, so the sound is warmer on this headphone now. Does it really improve the sound or is it just an advertising gimmick? It can provide a cleaner, warmer, louder sound with tighter bass and reduce noises at the same time. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.

The flashing LED will turn red when you reach maximum volume.

However, the difference is not significant and it took me hours to figure it out.