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Cambridge Audio DacMagic 200M Digital to Analogue Converter

MSRP 499 USDNEX score 85%

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Product Overview

Cambridge Audio DacMagic 200M is the company's flagship DAC and headphone amplifier with MQA support. Powered by two ESS Sabre ES9028Q2M DACs, it is able to handle PCM at up to 32bit/768kHz and DSD at DSD512.
Thanks to the dual-mono setup, the DacMagic 200M separates the two channels, reducing crosstalk and distortion. It supports MQA, which delivers studio-quality sound in files small enough for streaming.
Despite its compact size, the DacMagic 200M sports a full set of digital inputs, including two coaxial and two TOSLINK ports besides USB and Bluetooth. It also offers balanced (XLR) outputs.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Sturdy, compact design
  • Compatible with PCM digital audio files up to 32but/784kHz
  • Plenty of connectivity options
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 85% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent build quality
  • Impressive detail and detail
  • Gorgeous design
  • Excellent battery life
  • Impressive performance
Cons
  • No remote control
  • Bulky and brash
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
[Input] 1x Balanced + 1x Unbalanced + 1x 6.3mm Headphone | [Output] 2x Optical + 2x Coaxial + 1x USB
Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth 4.2

Construction

Colors
Lunar Grey

Dimensions

Size | Depth
191 mm / 7.6 inch
Size | Height
52 mm / 2.0 inch
Size | Width
215 mm / 8.6 inch
Weight
1.2 kg / 2.6 lbs

Function

Bluetooth Codecs
SBC and AptX
Bluetooth Profiles
A2DP
DAC
Dual ESS ES9028Q2M DACs

Performance

Frequency Response
10Hz to 50kHz (±1dB)
Power Consumption
12 W max
Power Output
4.2V rms max Balanced / 2.1V rms max Unbalanced
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
>115 dB

Production

Debut
2020-01-25

Related Products

None found

External Reviews

hifinews[1]

Sentiment Score 83%
Reviewers from hifinews have found the following***:
The DacMagic 200M is an attractive combination of solid build, ease of use and performance. Power comes from a plugtop 12V DC supply, and analogue outputs come in the form of unbalanced RCAs and balanced XLRs. At its best used with a computer audio source fed straight into the USB-B port and connected via its balanced outputs.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Impressive detail and detail
  • Excellent build quality
  • Comfortable to use
Cons
  • Bulky and brash

t3[2]

Sentiment Score 87%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following***:
The Cambridge Audio DACMagic 200M is a very straightforward device. It's portable enough to form part of a desktop system (it needs power from a socket, though, don't forget) Just as easily as it can slot into your main system. Wireless connectivity is via Bluetooth 4.2 with support for SBC, AAC and aptX codecs.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous design
  • Impressive performance
  • Decent battery life
Cons
  • No remote control

whathifi[3]

Sentiment Score 85%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following***:
The DacMagic 200M's performance continues the momentum of the company's recent hi-fi components, including the CX and Edge ranges. It's recognisably ‘Cambridge', characterised by a full, smooth tonality that's complemented by an open, expressive and authoritative manner. The similarly priced Chord Mojo sets a lofty benchmark at this price, despite lacking many of the Cambridge's features.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Clean, open presentation
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • No remote control

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Cambridge Audio DacMagic 200M USB/Wireless DAC. [hifinews]. https://www.hifinews.com/content/cambridge-audio-dacmagic-200m-usbwireless-dac. 2021-07-20. Retrieved 2021-09-21.
2. ^ Cambridge Audio DACMagic 200M review: a fantastic DAC and headphone amp. [t3]. https://www.t3.com/reviews/cambridge-audio-dacmagic-200m-review. 2021-09-08. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
3. ^ Cambridge Audio DacMagic 200M review. [whathifi]. https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/cambridge-audio-dacmagic-200m. 2021-03-23. Retrieved 2021-03-23.

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