I don’t think anyone saw this coming. Having recently released the DAC + head-amped DacMagic Plus, the Cambridge Audio fellas have gone and made a stripped-backed version called the DacMagic 100. It will launch this week at CES 2012.Essentially this new 100 version is an update of the (2008) DacMagic that sparked the outboard DAC’s latest renaissance. An RRP of GBP199 will ensure this new, cheaper (!) iteration does likewise. The 100 comes in a smaller chassis that its predecessor and is designed to size-complement the iD100 iPod dock. Neato! However, digital filters have been dropped.
- New Wolfson WM8742 24-bit DAC
- New 24-bit/96kHz driverless USB audio input – or up to 24-bit/192kHz using the free Cambridge Audio driver available from the company’s website
- Three digital inputs: one optical, two coaxial
- RCA analogue phono outputs
- Incoming sampling rate indicator for 32/44.1/48/88.2/96/192kHz
- Full metal chassis and wraparound casework with aluminium front panel