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AudioQuest DragonFly Black USB Digital Audio Converter

AudioQuest

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Condition: New

Brand-new, unused, unopened and undamaged item in original retail packaging (where applicable).

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Limited 2-5 year warranty.  More info

Rated 4.7/5 based on 3 customer reviews

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Was: £89.00
£64.00

Award

2016 Best USB DAC Under £100
“With improved sound and a tempting price tag, this is the best DragonFly yet”

AV Online

"The original DragonFly was a groundbreaking product, which rightly won accolades four years ago. The DragonFly Black continues this commitment to better sound quality on a budget, but in an even more impressive package. Like the caterpillar transforming into a butterfly, Audioquest’s DragonFly line has undergone a similarly remarkable metamorphosis – the outwards appearances may be similar, but this is easily the best DragonFly yet."

DragonFly Black

DragonFly Black

"Audioquests are capable of imbuing an ordinary phone with performance that keeps them honest. This means that they have to be considered scintillating value. If you are an earphone user in particular, the Black has to be seen as the most cost-effective means of boosting a smartphone there is."

New for 2016 the AudioQuest DragonFly Black USB digital to analogue converter / preamp / headphone amp. The original DragonFly defined the market for micro-DACs, however its USB power draw made it compatible with computers only. Music lovers have craved a more portable version, one that could be reliably used with Apple and Android smartphones and tablets.

With DragonFly Black convenience and performance are both possible, any computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone can be used as a true high fidelity music player. Thus allowing users to enjoy superior sound wherever they are.

AudioQuest have worked alongside Microchip Technology to develop a new high-performance, full-speed USB microcontroller that delivers improved signal-to-noise ratio and significantly lower power consumption. Drawing 77% less current than the DragonFly v1.2’s microcontroller, the new Microchip MX microcontroller enables true compatibility with Apple and Android smartphones and tablets.

For improved performance DragonFly Black incorporates a 32-bit ESS 9010 Sabre DAC chip which employs minimum phase filtering for naturally detailed and more authentic sound. It outputs 1.2 volts, this is enough power to capably drive all preamplifier input circuits and all reasonably efficient headphones. DragonFly is designed to honour the music you already own and love. Whether listening to Spotify, YouTube, Tidal, ripped CDs, or high resolution files, DragonFly will certainly deliver a more emotionally compelling experience.

DragonFly Black is also software upgradeable through complimentary Windows and OS X desktop applications. As new developments arise in music player applications, streaming protocols, or other associated software, DragonFly users will be able to incorporate those updates into their existing devices.

AudioQuest DragonFly Black Features

  • Tick USB stick-sized digital to analogue converter
  • Tick Plays all music files: MP3 to high-res
  • Tick Compatible with Apple and Windows PCs, as well as iOS and Android mobile devices (requires Apple camera adapter or made for Android/OTG adapter)
  • Tick Drives headphones directly
  • Tick Fixed output feeds preamp or AV receiver
  • Tick Asynchronous transfer ensures digital timing integrity
  • Tick Medium output (1.2 volts) drives a wide range of headphones
  • Tick 32-bit ESS 9010 DAC with minimum-phase filter
  • Tick Analogue volume control

While we do our best to keep this information up to date, please be aware that all specifications are subject to change by the manufacturer at any time.

Native Resolution Up to 24-bit / 96kHz
Output 1.2 Volts
Micro Controller Microchip PIC32MX
DAC Chip ESS 9010 32-Bit
Volume Control Analogue Volume Control
Desktop / PC Compatibility Windows 7 / 8.1 / 10; Apple OS X; Linux (no support provided)
Mobile Comparability Apple iOS (5 and newer)
Android (4.1 and newer)
Software Upgradable Yes (from desktop application)
USB Protocol Asynchronous USB Streamlength
Dimensions (H x W x L) 12mm x 19mm x 62mm

While we do our best to keep this information up to date, please be aware that all specifications are subject to change by the manufacturer at any time.

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All of our reviews are provided by real customers with verified purchases.

Reviews for this product.

31 May 2016

- Hampshire

It's good,but not quite the improvement in sound I was hoping for.
4
05 July 2017

No comment provided by customer.
5
13 June 2017

No comment provided by customer.
5

Reviews for other available options.

08 June 2020

- East Dunbartonshire

No comment provided by customer.
5
20 March 2020

- Lancashire

Excellent tiny device, delivers superb sound to my B&W P5 wired. Highly recommended!
5
27 November 2017

- LANCASHIRE

Replaced my FiiO with this Dragonfly DAC, a good improvement in sound quality. A bit expensive but worth the extra.
5
24 November 2017

No comment provided by customer.
5
13 November 2017

No comment provided by customer.
5
06 June 2017

- Cumbria

No comment provided by customer.
5
27 January 2017

- Lancashire

Competes well with the bigger, less portable DAC/Amp combos I've used.
5
21 November 2016

- Suffolk

A remarkable little device! So much in so small an object. Only problem is not to lose it or under estimate it!
5
21 November 2016

- Staffordshire

No comment provided by customer.
5
01 July 2016

- Lancashire

No comment provided by customer.
1

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