Does anyone know why What HI FI gives the Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus 4 stars in their video review and yet on Richer Sounds VIP email it shows What HI FI giving 5?
I expect someone does, not me though.
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I would imagine someone mixed it up with the orginal DACMagic. Which is funny since it's their company, I'm sure they wish it got 5 stars.
I was considering it the DACMagic Plus a while back. It was a close match between that, the Asus Xonar Essence One and the Yulong D100. I'm sorry CA but but the WHF review and your video describing how awesome the multi up-sampling was put me off.
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It's not the ultimate barometer.
The Arcam A38 is another good example - great amp but not well liked on these parts.
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Good point. I'll take it up with Richer Sounds. For the record, we definitely gave the DacMagic Plus four stars. Clickety
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Spoke to Richer Sounds and unfortunately there was a printing error on page 48 of the March 2012 issue of the magazine, where the DacMagic Plus was shown with 5 stars. As stated above, it should have been four. Hence the confusion.
Not the ultimate no but a good guide none the less. The WHF review did specifically draw attention to sound quality and since I had heard other less than glowing opinions about that it couldn't stand up against rivals which were regarded in a much better light. The choice I ended making based on all the research I did seemed to pay off very well. Of course I cannot buy the DACMagic to test it just in case it might be better for me.
The trouble with DACs is that you have to read a lot of reviews and then go on faith. There is no way you can test them out properly. With the DACMagic I know you could go in to RS and try it out but I don't think that's any good. I have tried lugging my laptop and headphones around to try out DACs and found it to be a waste of time, without considerable time with it in your own environment to really see what they're like I found reviews to be more reliable, especially since 95% of available DACs cannot be tested in shops anyway. In cases like this I am happy that we have reviewers like WHF around, I only wish they would reviewed more things like this *hint* . I was not suggesting that you should ever rely on a single review.
Thanks for all of your replies and comments, I wonder how many will buy this based on the 5 stars and be dissapointed?
Only the massively shallow.
No signature worth mentioning...
They shouldn't be disappointed. It's still a very good product.
The same ones presumably who fell for the tax raising stunt last week....
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