Well, the micro detail and imaging are usually associated with components that have bad dynamics. I had the same experience with an Audio Analogue amplifier. An expansive piece of crap that I returned 14 days after I brought it from the dealer. It's hard to gather micro detail, macro detail, correct imaging, rithym and dynamics in one piece of electronic. But when it happens, it's priceless!
The CA DAC Magic has some nice reviews! Cambridge is an honest brand with good price/quality relation. I have a CA 540p phono preamp, bought if for about 80 usd and it rocks sweet!