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AudioQuest DragonFly Red USB Digital Audio Converter

AudioQuest

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Condition: New

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

Warranty

Limited 2-5 year warranty.  More info

Rated 4.5/5 based on 8 customer reviews

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£169.00

AV Online

2018 Best DAC £150-£300
“AudioQuest's most expensive DragonFly DAC is worth every penny.”

Award

2017 Best USB DAC £150+
“It’s a supremely compact and convenient device that can be taken anywhere for an immediate musical boost”

Award

2016 Best USB DAC £100+
“A near-flawless option for anyone looking to give their computer music a hi-fi boost”

AV Online

"A near-flawless option for anyone looking to give their computer music a hi-fi boost."

DragonFly Red

DragonFly Red

"Audioquests are capable of imbuing an ordinary phone with performance that keeps them honest. This means that they have to be considered scintillating value...The Red meanwhile is able to perform the same minor miracle with headphones. That they are just as at home running with computers has to be seen as another pleasant ribbon to an already lovely bow.

New for 2016 the AudioQuest DragonFly Red 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. Users wanted a more portable version, one that could be used with Apple and Android smartphones and tablets. With DragonFly Red convenience and performance are both achieved, any computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone can be used as a true high fidelity music player, allowing users to enjoy superior sound anywhere.

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. DragonFly Red has a digital volume control which doesn't compromise the signal or reduce finesse and subtlety and low level detail.

For improved performance DragonFly Red incorporates a 32-bit ESS 9016 Sabre DAC chip which employs minimum-phase filtering for naturally detailed, more authentic sound. It outputs 2.1 volts, meaning that DragonFly Red is compatible with an even wider range of headphones, including power-hungry, low-efficiency models. This higher output is an important advantage with some of the more inefficient headphones on the market. DragonFly Red includes the latest ESS headphone amp and a bit-perfect digital volume control that resides on the 9016 DAC chip itself, a sophisticated implementation that ensures maximum fidelity, dynamic contrast, and signal to noise ratio.

DragonFly is designed to honour the music you already own and love. Whether you are listening to Spotify, YouTube, Tidal, ripped CDs, or state-of-the-art high-resolution files, DragonFly will deliver a more emotionally compelling experience. DragonFly Red 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 Red 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 adaptor)
  • Tick Drives headphones directly
  • Tick Fixed output feeds preamp or AV receiver
  • Tick Asynchronous transfer ensures digital timing integrity
  • Tick High output (2.1 volts) drives almost all headphones, including power-hungry models
  • Tick 32-bit ESS 9016 DAC with minimum-phase filter
  • Tick Bit-perfect digital 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 2.1 Volts
Micro Controller Microchip PIC32MX
DAC Chip ESS 9016 32-Bit
Volume Control Digital 64-Bit Bit-Perfect 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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Reviews for this product.

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
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
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
21 November 2016

- Staffordshire

No comment provided by customer.
5
01 July 2016

- Lancashire

No comment provided by customer.
1

Reviews for other available options.

05 July 2017

No comment provided by customer.
5
13 June 2017

No comment provided by customer.
5
31 May 2016

- Hampshire

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

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