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Plugs into PC or Mac via a single USB connection for both power and audio
Dramatically improves audio quality on all digital audio, including MP3s, high res audio files (e.g. FLAC or WAV), streaming services, films and games.
Headphone amplifier built in for deeper bass and times more power than a standard laptop headphone output.
Portable Headphone Amp is easy to use and small enough to be carried anywhere and everywhere.
Built to last with sturdy aluminum casing.
The DacMagic XS V2 USB Digital to analogue converter (DAC) headphone amp is an instant upgrade to any computer sound output. It connects quickly and easily to any USB port and allows you to hear your favorite music and movies with every drop of detail, exactly as the artist intended. The award winning DacMagic XS V2 instantly upgrades the sound output from your laptop. Just plug it into the USB connection of your computer or Mac for incredible, detailed high resolution audio. DacMagic XS V2 delivers up to 10 times more power than most laptop soundcards. The headphone output from most laptops only outputs about 15-20mW, meaning weak bass and a lack of depth. The DacMagic XS V2 however can output a massive 105mW for proper depth and volume that will drive the very best headphone set ups hard, with detailed sound and amazing bass. When running in USB Class 2 mode, the DacMagic XS V2 can also use our dedicated Windows USB Class 2 USB driver (driver not required for Apple computers). This allows you to bypass the computer operating system poor audio path, preventing unwanted interference and re-sampling and guaranteeing professional quality audio output. You don't need to put up with bad sound from a laptop, ever again. Connections: Micro USB input, 3.5mm analogue output. Digital to analogue converter: ESS9023 24-bit DAC. Sample rates supported: USB 1.0 mode: 16 kHz 24-bit, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz. USB 2.0 mode: 16 kHz 24-bit, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz. Output voltage: 2V RMS. Max. power consumption: 150mW. Min. headphone impedance: 12 Ohms. Frequency response: +- 0.2dB 20Hz-20kHz. THD (unweighted) less than 0.004 percent. Signal to Noise Ratio: 103 dBr (unweighted). Crosstalk: 66dB. Output impedance: 0.5 Ohms. Volume steps: 53 steps. The volume available is easily adjusted on the simple fingertip controls and an LED shows the sample rate, so you always know you are getting the right level of clarity and detail from your tracks.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I want to preface by saying I bought this specifically to run with an old 1983 HH Scott Solid State receiver. I run my laptop through my tv pretty much exclusively nowadays as I no longer need it for work. My thought was that this would suffice as both headphones and older amps all work in Stereo, and while I was looking to improve overall sound quality, I was not willing to drop $500 plus on a traditional DAC so this seemed like a great alternative. I was pleased to find that not only is the signal more than powerful enough to drive the receiver, the sound quality was apparent right away when streaming from google music and VERY obvious when listening to hifi lossless files directly. As expected the sound through the headphones showed similar improvement. Honestly this review could easily be 5 stars for the value, but I had the benefit of listening to a similar Cambridge device that was significantly more expensive but also had a noticeable improvement in sound quality over this...
I've burned this in for at least 10 hours. Running on Windows 7, using their USB 2.0 driver with ASIO4All I did notice an improvement in the sound quality (perhaps less "grainy" in vocals, maybe tighter and deeper bass) vs. their default 1.0 USB driver that runs without download install.
BUT still not up to the sound quality of my centrance dacport (original version, no longer manufactured). The dacport has zero digital grain, breathtaking vocals, great deep and controlled bass, and sweet highs, with little sibilance, etc, I have never heard a dac as good as the dacport although my musical fidelity comes close.
But in any event this dac comes reasonably close, at 1/3 the price. The base is almost as good, but there is more grain in the vocals than the dacport. Highs seem not quite as extended, cymbals maybe a bit more hissy than the dacport, and less real. "tone" to the cymbals. And more sibilance is noticeable in the XS. The dacport...
Using on an Android 4.4 device with USB Audio Player PRO App. Sounds fantastic with audiophile headphones. Plenty of volume headroom and transparent low/no noise sound in a compact low battery drain package.
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