In case you’re on the lookout for a flexible DAC and headphone amplifier to deal with your assorted hi-res music library, Cambridge Audio could have simply what you want. The British audio model has simply launched its newest flagship mannequin, the DacMagic 200M.
Successor to the earlier technology DacMagic Plus, the DacMagic 200M is the primary product from the corporate to natively assist MQA technology, which means it could possibly decode and play downloaded MQA recordsdata, along with Tidal Masters (that are based mostly on the tech). That is alongside native assist for 32-bit/768kHz PCM and DSD512 recordsdata too.
Twin coaxial (as much as 24-bit/192kHz) and optical (as much as 24-bit/96kHz) inputs mean you can feed a lot of digital sources by way of the DacMagic 200M, together with CD gamers, video games consoles and Blu-ray gamers. There’s additionally a USB type-B socket (32-bit/768kHz, DSD512) for hooking up a laptop computer, plus balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA analogue connections.
Final however not least for many who’d like to simply and conveniently stream recordsdata from their machine over wi-fi means, the DacMagic 200M now has built-in aptX Bluetooth.
As for its DAC structure, the brand new top-of-the-line DacMagic utilises twin ESS Sabre DACs in a mono configuration, which means one chip handles the appropriate channel whereas the opposite handles the left. Three pre-set filters (Quick, Sluggish and Quick Delay) supply a degree of sonic personalisation and assist to cut back noise generated by the digital-to- analogue conversion course of, too.
As you’ll be able to see beneath, filter and supply choice in addition to file kind and dimension are indicated by the sequence of LEDs on the entrance panel.
The headphone Class A/B amplification, in the meantime, drives a front-panel 6.3mm socket that, because of a discount in impedance output, guarantees extra energy and fewer distortion than the one within the earlier design.
The versatile Cambridge Audio DacMagic 200M is obtainable now, priced £449 ($499).
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