AudioQuest DragonFly

Sale price$220.00
Model: Black
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AudioQuest DragonFly

Black and Red

DragonFly Black, the most budget-friendly option in the acclaimed DragonFly series, has been hailed by Darko.Audio as "the quintessential everyman hi-fi product." Meanwhile, its more refined counterpart, DragonFly Red, offers significantly enhanced performance while still maintaining exceptional value. Both models feature ESS DAC chips—the 9010 in Black and the superior 9016 in Red—that utilize minimum-phase filtering for naturally detailed sound.

While DragonFly Black incorporates a high-quality headphone amplifier and analog volume control, DragonFly Red steps up with an advanced ESS headphone amplifier and a bit-perfect digital volume control integrated into the 9016 DAC chip itself. This sophisticated setup gives Red a distinct advantage in power and control over the music. DragonFly Black delivers 1.2 volts of output, ample for driving preamplifier input circuits and a wide range of today's efficient headphones. On the other hand, DragonFly Red boasts a higher 2.1-volt output, making it compatible with a broader spectrum of headphones, including power-hungry, low-efficiency models.

Meet Cobalt: The Most Beautiful-Sounding DragonFly Yet!

Introducing DragonFly Cobalt, the latest flagship DAC in the lineup. Building on the acclaimed legacy of the DragonFly family, Cobalt delivers naturally beautiful, seductive sound while eliminating previously unnoticed fuzz and fog from your music.

How does it achieve this? Like its predecessor, DragonFly Red, Cobalt boasts a robust 2.1-volt output capable of driving nearly any headphone. It utilizes bit-perfect digital volume control for exceptional signal-to-noise ratio and ensures seamless compatibility with both Apple and Android devices. Furthermore, it serves as a highly proficient and affordable MQA Renderer, enhancing your audio experience to new heights.

Cobalt achieves groundbreaking performance through several key upgrades:

- Utilizes the latest ESS ES9038Q2M DAC chip with a minimum-phase slow roll-off filter, ensuring a more natural sound experience.

- Enhanced processing power with Microchip's advanced PIC32MX274 microprocessor, consuming less current and boasting a 33% increase in processing speed

- Upgraded power-supply filtering enhances immunity to interference from WiFi, Bluetooth, and cellular signals

- Includes a DragonTail female USB-A to male USB-C Adaptor for seamless connectivity.

- All DragonTails feature AQ's Carbon-level USB cable for optimal performance.