Cambridge Audio launches flagship DacMagic with MQA support

British audio specialist, Cambridge Audio, has announced the new DacMagic 200M, a top-of-the-range DAC (digital-to-analogue converter) and headphone amplifier now with native MQA support, integrated Bluetooth, with an updated more powerful headphone output.

The DacMagic 200M uses dual ESS Sabre DACs a step up from the previous generation DacMagic Plus. The new high-quality DACs can handle PCM and DSD signal inputs at a higher resolution than before – up to 32-bit/768kHz (PCM) and DSD512 natively. 

All digital files – whether it’s on a CD, streamed from your smartphone, or stored on your laptop – are converted to analogue audio with all of its detail and dynamics intact through the DacMagic 200M. Additionally, the dual mono configuration means each DAC processes the left and right channels separately, resulting in free of distortion performance and dynamic range. 

Switchable digital filters on the DacMagic 200M offer greater flexibility and control over the listening experience. Three pre-set filters help reduce noise generated by the digital-to-analogue conversion process, with each filter offering a different sonic option depending on the source material. 

The DacMagic 200M is Cambridge Audio’s first product to natively support MQA files. MQA is an award-winning British technology that not only captures every fine detail of a recording but also makes it easy to stream online. TIDAL music streaming service, for instance, uses MQA technology to deliver its ‘better than CD-quality’ TIDAL Masters streams. 

Cambridge Audio’s DacMagic 200M can fully decode and convert these accurate files, so they sound exactly as the artist intended. The DacMagic 200M makes it easy to know when you’re listening to MQA files: the LEDs on the front panel will light up when listening to studio-quality audio. 

The DacMagic 200M has a high-quality headphone amplifier with a 6.3mm output, enhancing your listening experience through headphones. As well as using traditional class A/B amplification, the output impedance of the DacMagic 200M’s 6.3mm headphone socket has been reduced. This delivers more power, less distortion, less noise and tighter audio control when listening via headphones.

Measuring 52 x 215 x 191mm in a minimal Lunar Grey finish, the DacMagic 200M’s compact footprint means it can be placed within an existing audio set-up, on your desk in your home office, or on your TV rack. Connectivity options include, multiple digital inputs (two coaxial, two optical, one USB type-B) allows you to plug in any number of digital sources – including laptops, CD players, games consoles and Blu-ray players. 

Integrated Bluetooth aptX support allows for a wireless delivery of digital files from a smartphone or tablet. The DacMagic 200M has both balanced and unbalanced analogue connections, making it easy to connect to all types of existing audio systems.

The Cambridge Audio DacMagic 200M is now available for pre-order in Canada at Trends Electronics