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AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt USB Digital Audio Converter

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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

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Wed 26th February 2020

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Was: £269.95
£215.00

AV Online

2019 Best DAC £200-£300
"This tiny USB DAC justifies its hefty price tag"

AV Online

"Clean and precise presentation, spot on timing, dynamics and wide file support."

DragonFly Cobalt is a portable, plug-and-play USB DAC (digital-to-analog converter), preamp, and headphone amp that delivers far cleaner, clearer, more naturally beautiful sound to headphones, powered speakers, or complete audio systems. With an attractive enclosure whose overall size and shape match that of a USB thumb drive, DragonFly easily connects to laptops, tablets, and smartphones, either directly or with an appropriate USB cable, such as AudioQuest’s high-performance USB-C DragonTail (included). Plays all file formats/soundtracks: MP3, MQA, high-res, etc. 2.1-volt output easily drives most headphones. Compatible with Mac and Window computers, Android and iOS devices.

 

AUDIOQUEST, GORDON RANKIN: A BEAUTIFUL PARTNERSHIP

Like all previous DragonFly models, Cobalt uses Gordon Rankin's precedent-setting StreamLength® asynchronous-transfer USB code. Further, in Gordon's monoClock® technology, a single ultra-low-jitter clock generated from the ESS ES9038Q2M DAC chip runs the ESS chip functions as well as all microcontroller functions. This superior clock enables DragonFly Cobalt to provide greater resolution and clarity than DACs with multiple clocks.


WHY THE "SLOW ROLL...?"

Cobalt employs ESS's new flagship ES9038Q2M DAC chip. While the chips used in DragonFlys Black and Red are unbeatable for the price, the minimum-phase slow roll-off filter in the 9038 results in naturally expressive sound that is always emotionally engaging and never fatiguing—a beautiful combination of warmth and detail that we find equally exciting and soothing.


KILLING THE NOISE

In Cobalt, AudioQuest have taken what they've learned from their recent research and development in noise dissipation to employ power-supply filtering specifically designed to dramatically reduce the increasingly prevalent noise from WiFi, Bluetooth, and cellular signals. Successfully combating this noise is absolutely crucial to the preservation of the lowest-level musical details, particularly when it comes to high-res audio—and especially when applied to a portable-audio device such as DragonFly.


BIT-PERFECT VOLUME CONTROL AND 2.1-VOLT OUTPUT

Cobalt features the same ESS Sabre 9601 headphone amp and bit-perfect volume control that give DragonFly Red its unique combination of power and grip over the music. This solution ensures maximum fidelity, thrilling dynamic contrast, and excellent signal-to-noise ratio. The 2.1-volt output makes Cobalt and Red compatible with a wide range of headphones, including power-hungry, low-efficiency models.


FIRMWARE UPGRADEABLE

DragonFlys Black, Red, and Cobalt are firmware upgradeable via AudioQuests free Desktop Device Manager. In today's fast-paced digital world, longevity in a hi-fi component is increasingly rare—at any price. AudioQuest believes that today's digital devices should evolve as technology itself evolves, thereby delivering musical pleasure for many years to come. AudioQuewsts Desktop Device Manager will also allow you to identify your DragonFly's serial number and software version to ensure that the device is up to date. 

  • Tick New, more advanced ESS ES9038Q2M DAC chip with a minimum-phase slow roll-off filter for more natural sound.
  • Tick Microchip’s superb PIC32MX274 microprocessor draws less current and increases processing speed by 33%.
  • Tick Improved power-supply filtering that specifically increases immunity to WiFi, Bluetooth, and cellular noise.
  • Tick Includes a form-fitting DragonTail female USB-A to male USB-C Adaptor. All DragonTails use AudioQuest’s Carbon-level USB cable.

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
Headphone Amp ESS Sabre 9601
Microcontroller Microchip PIC32MX274
DAC Chip ESS ES9038Q2M
Volume Control 64-Bit Bit-Perfect Digital Volume Control
Desktop / PC Compatibility Yes
Mobile Compatibility Yes
MQA Rendering Yes
Upgradeable Firmware Yes
Monoclock Technology Yes
Dimensions (H x W x D) in mm 12 x 19 x 57

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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