Cambridge Audio Dacmagic-200M (Lunar Grey)
Digital to Analogue Converter and Headphone Amplifier
T3 Magazine, UK, September 2021
"If the DacMagic 200M can’t improve your digital audio performance, you must have quite the setup already. It's overflowing with features, and the sound quality is simply wonderful.”
- Dual ESS SABRE ES9028Q2M Reference DACs – one per channel, handles digital audio up-to 24-bit/768kHz or DSD512
- Digital Inputs: 2 pairs of optical & coaxial terminals, plus USB Audio – for audio sources incl. CD & Blu-ray players, laptops, games consoles etc.
- Analogue Outputs: ¼” headphone, XLR & RCA connectors – for max. versatility
- Bluetooth aptX input – wirelessly receive digital audio from smart devices
- Supports MQA – for approved studio-quality digital audio
- Compact half-width hi-fi unit – available in lunar grey or special edition black
Shine a Light on Music
Digital audio files can be packed with incredible musical detail, but they need to be converted to analogue first for you to hear it. And how good it sounds will depend on how well the digital audio from your computer, network player or CD is converted. DacMagic 200M’s twin ESS DACs decrease crosstalk and improve separation because there’s a DAC dedicated to both left and right channels. These fully balanced, optimised, and efficient signal paths reveal previously hidden glittering musical prizes.
Why You Need Some DacMagic
Perhaps your vintage amp lacks the digital inputs for today’s listening choices. Maybe the DACs in your hi-fi setup just need a helping hand. Or you hate how your computer down-samples audio streams before they’ve hit your headphones. One thing’s for sure, DacMagic 200M is a dedicated hi-fi separate that beats integrated DACs for pure sound performance.
Desktop Dream Team
DacMagic 200M can be used with a variety of digital sources, maybe kit you already own. Alternatively, you can pair it with its sibling – our MXN10 compact network player. These half-width hi-fi heroes share the same family look and are now available in a choice of special edition black or lunar grey. Together they make a very credible desktop hi-fi system – or ‘head-fi’ if you prefer.
Being compact, but not miniscule, means that DacMagic 200M has room for a plethora of digital inputs and analogue outputs. Two pairs of co-ax and optical inputs, a USB computer in and Bluetooth aptX for wireless connection keep the most demanding listener happy. A pair of balanced XLRs, unbalanced RCAs and a ¼” (6.3mm) headphone-out complete the picture.
Sounds Like Team Spirit
Looking for fast, accurate retrieval with no upsampling to keep your music intact? Then DacMagic 200M’s powerful XMOS processor can handle 1000 million instructions per second, to send digital information to the dual DACs, which work asynchronously at a clock speed of 100Mhz to convert digital to analogue in a ‘bit perfect’ way.
Choice and Status
DacMagic 200M’s aluminium fascia has a button to select one of 4 possible digital inputs, another to pick one of 3 digital filters to suit your listening taste, and a volume control if you’re using it as a headphone amp. There are LED lights to confirm your input and filter selection, with additional ones that indicate the incoming music resolution.
MQA: Studio Quality Audio
If you’re signed up to Tidal’s premium service, you can enjoy MQA music files. A green LED, on DacMagic 200M’s fascia, confirms it’s a genuine MQA music file. While a blue MQA LED indicates that you’re listening to a file approved by the artist/producer or verified by the copyright holder as accurate to the original recording. Put simply, blue is best.
Designed for Real Life
DacMagic 200M’s small enough to fit a desktop, but big to hold its own in a stack. Within its half-width hi-fi separates form, it delivers a sonic upgrade that’s way bigger than the steel and aluminium case it comes in – now in a choice of lunar grey or special edition black finish. Take our 60-day home trial to hear it for yourself.
|DIGITAL TO ANALOGUE CONVERTERS
||Dual ESS ES9028Q2M DACs
||Selectable, Fast – Slow – Short delay
||10Hz to 50kHz (±1dB)
|THD+N @ 1KHZ 0DBFS
|SIGNAL TO NOISE RATIO
|CROSSTALK @ 10KHZ
||<50 Ohms (unbal), <100 Ohm (bal)
|MAX. OUTPUT LEVEL (UNBALANCED)
||2.1V rms (fixed or variable – user selectable)
|MAX. OUTPUT LEVEL (BALANCED)
||4.2V rms (fixed or variable – user selectable)
|DIGITAL INPUT WORD WIDTHS SUPPORTED
||16bit (Bluetooth), 16-24bit (Optical, Coaxial), 16-24bit (USB)
|DIGITAL INPUT SAMPLING FREQUENCIES SUPPORTED
||44.1kHz to 96kHz PCM, DoP64 (Optical), 44.1kHz to 192kHz PCM, DoP64 (Coaxial), 44.1kHz to 768kHz PCM, Native DSD 64x to 512x, DoP 64x to 256x (USB)
||Full decoding (Core + Renderer)
||v4.2, A2DP profile, SBC and AptX codecs
|HEADPHONE OUTPUT THD+N
||< 0.001% at 1kHz 0dBFS @ 100mW into 32ohm
|HEADPHONE OUTPUT S/N
||> 115dB (A-Weighted)
|MAX OUTPUT POWER
||>300mW @ 32ohm, >65mW @ 150ohm
||10Hz - 50kHz (±1dB)
|RECOMMEND HEADPHONE IMPEDANCE
||10 Ohm to 600 Ohm
|MAX POWER CONSUMPTION
||52 x 215 x 191mm; (2.0 x 8.6 x 7.6”)