heard a lot about DAC and how your demanding sound holes can benefit from it, but lack of the desktop real estate for one? well, then you will have no more such excuse for not getting one with the Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC. described as “pint-sized” by its maker, the DacMagic XS USB DAC is so called for its ridiculously small package which measures just 30 x 10 x 53.5 mm (1.2 x 0.4 x 2.1 inches) and that size, btw, is actually smaller than a regular matchbox. its high-quality 24-bit digital-to-analog converter uses asynchronous USB audio clocking that supports both USB Class 1 and USB Class 2 to output anything from regular MP3 files to high-resolution 24-bit/192KHz recordings, free from noise, jitter and distortion.
despite the tiny size, the DacMagic XS also features a built-in headphone amp that outputs over 10 times more power than what your laptop soundcard is capable of. finally, on the usability front, it promised ease of volume with large hard buttons for quick change of sound output level and LED indicator is place to keep in the know of the current sample rate. the Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC is by far, the smallest DAC/Headphone Amp package we have seen to date and we’d be lying if we were to say that we weren’t impressed at all. available Cambridge Audio specialists for $189. hit the jump to steal a few more look at this awesome little thing.