AudioQuest Dragonfly Red

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The Dragonfly Red from AudioQuest is a flash drive-sized Digital Audio Converter (DAC), preamplifier, and headphone amplifier that connects to a USB port. It features a 32-bit ESS Sabre conversion chip that bypasses the device's sound card to deliver higher quality sound from your Mac, Windows, iOS, or Android device (use with mobile device requires optional adapters). Compared to earlier models, the Red version has the most improved circuitry between the DAC chip and analog output, as well as a fortified power supply. Its 3.5mm stereo output can connect a set of headphones or allow patching into a larger audio system.

The Dragonfly Red can accept audio files ranging from MP3s and CD-standard 16-bit/44.1kHz L-PCMs to higher resolution 24-bit / 96 kHz formats. Using USB protocol, Dragonfly commands the timing of the audio data transfer, dramatically reducing errors. DragonFly Red employs a unique clock system called a Hybrid-PLL. While not discrete, the Hybrid-PLL performs equal to, or better than, many discrete clock systems. A smart LED indicator on the DragonFly shows the sample rate and status of the incoming signal. Additionally, Dragonfly's analog circuits are direct-coupled from the ESS converter chip's output, avoiding the need for any extraneous components in the signal path.

  • USB Stick-Sized Digital-to-Analog Converter
  • Plays all music files: MP3 to high-res
  • Compatible with Apple and Windows PCs, as well as iOS and Android mobile devices (requires Apple Camera Adapter or Made for Android/OTG adaptor)
  • Drives headphones directly
  • Fixed output feeds preamp or AV receiver
  • Asynchronous transfer ensures digital timing integrity
  • High output (2.1 volts) drives almost all headphones, including power-hungry models
  • 32-bit ESS 9016 DAC with minimum-phase filter
  • Bit-perfect digital volume control
What's in the box?
  • AudioQuest DragonFly Red v1.2 Asynchronous USB DAC
  • Travel Pouch
  • Flight Manual
Inputs 1
Outputs 1
AD Conversion Yes
DA Conversion Yes
Max Resolution 24-bit / 96 kHz
Max. Sampling Rate 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz
AES/EBU Connector No
Word Clock No
Headphones DAC Yes
Remote Control No
Wireless Capability No
Dimensions 1.2 x 1.9 x 6.2 cm
Weight 181 g

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