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    Thumbs up Mainly British....

    ... except for the Squeezebox of course!

    An SB3 -> Cambridge Audio DacMagic (via digital coaxial) -> Creek Audio Evolution integrated amp -> Monitor Audio Silver RS6 speakers.




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    Nice, whats your impression of the DAcMagic?..have a look at my review in the audiophiles section.

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    The DacMagic is great

    Hey,

    I think the DacMagic is a brilliant bit of kit. I was always very happy with the audio on the SB3 (I've never had anything better to compare it too thankfully), but since I got my SB3 I've been really getting into my music again. Because I read only good things about the DacMagic, and given it's price (ú200 here in the UK), I thought it would be an interesting move.

    All the other DACs that seemed worth getting were much more expensive, and although I'd like a Benchmark DAC for example, I couldn't justify the outlay! There are a few DACs cheaper than the SB3 cost, and I couldn't really see much point in these because the gains (if any) would be minimal in my opinion.

    The DacMagic came along at a perfect price point, and offering some unique and useful features, so I decided to take the plunge - and I'm glad I did!

    I think it's still early days to comment on the sound, because the digital cable is new and still being run in, and the DAC is only about 2 weeks old now. However, first impressions are great. I'm much more aware of there being a left and a right to my music, so I guess you would say the soundstage has opened up.

    The music seems crisper too; precusion instruments are much improved, and things like triangles have a nice ring to them. This may change though as everything runs in. The other thing that struck me was the low end. It's easier to follow a tuneful baseline, and I think the rhythm has picked up a bit. The vocals sound more pleasing too I think, though I've never really had a problem with them in the past.

    In short, although I was never really unhappy with the SB3 on it's own, I am surprised by the impact of this addition - it really seems to have turned everything up a notch, and I guess pulled the music together a bit more. I'm quite lucky that I've never had a high end system, so this set up pleases me very much.

    I was a musician when I was younger, and played in several bands and orchestras. I still go to concerts, and I'm not aiming to reproduce that experience with my HiFi - I just want to listen to music and enjoy what I hear. And this is what I do

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    I would say one bad thing though - the DAC does seem to make bad recordings sound even worse...!

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    Another 'Mainly British' photo - this one using Naim amps - NAC 252, Supercap, NAP 300, except of course the Transporter and the Swedish Guru QM10s.
    DaveBk...
    Transporter, Naim DAC, Naim NAC 252/SuperCap/NAP300, Naim Ovator S-600's

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    Quote Originally Posted by marksw View Post
    I think it's still early days to comment on the sound, because the digital cable is new and still being run in,
    What, what??? Now we have to run in digital cables??? Please allow me a modicum of skepticism.

    Lovely system though. The Cambridge DAC interests me too.

    Shane
    Intel x64 box running Ubuntu server 14.04 ->Raspberry Pi with IQaudio Pi-DAC+ running PiCore ->NAD C320BEE->Usher S-520

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    Quote Originally Posted by swhite58 View Post
    What, what??? Now we have to run in digital cables??? Please allow me a modicum of skepticism.
    I wouldn't really know to be honest - but it's directional and all the other cables need running in, so why not this one?

    Anyway, the DAC is also new, so presumably needs running in too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveBk View Post
    Another 'Mainly British' photo - this one using Naim amps - NAC 252, Supercap, NAP 300, except of course the Transporter and the Swedish Guru QM10s.
    Mmmm, very nice setup

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    Quad lovers will not like this at all

    Just a thought, would match a Quad 33 nicely, No?

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    Quad & Creek are no longer British.

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