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 no longer mutually exclusive, any computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone can be used as a true high-fidelity music player, allowing music lovers to enjoy superior sound wherever they are.
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2016 Best USB DAC Under £100
“With improved sound and a tempting price tag, this is the best DragonFly yet”
"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."
"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
|Native Resolution||Up to 24-bit / 96kHz|
|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|
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