Cambridge Audio’s First MQA DAC Amp Has Some Serious Specs!
Today, venerated British hi-fi brand Cambridge Audio announced their first MQA compatible product, the top of the line DacMagic 200M DAC/Headphone Amp. This will be their new flagship standalone DAC (a step above the current DacMagic Plus), boasting dual ESS Sabre DACs (one per channel in a dual-mono config.), full native MQA and DSD support, aptX Bluetooth, and a class A/B headphone amp section with a ¼” headphone jack.
The DAC section has 3 pre-set digital filters (Fast, Slow, Short Delay) to tweak the sound, a ton of digital inputs (two coaxial, two optical, one USB type-B) for flexibility, plus balanced analog outputs made possible by the dual-mono setup. Of course, unbalanced is there as well.
Dual mono processing should allow for impressive signal separation. Max file resolutions (12-bit/96kHz (optical); 24-bit/192kHz (coaxial); 32-bit/768kHz, DSD512 (USB)) are also impressive.
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