AUDIOQUEST – DRAGONFLY RED – USB DAC + PREAMP + HEADPHONE AMP
$420.00 Inc. GST
AUDIOQUEST DRAGONFLY RED – PORTABLE HIGH-FIDELITY MUSIC POWERHOUSEExperience a sublime blend of sprawling soundscapes, nuanced sonic detail, and portable convenience with the brand new DragonFly Red from AudioQuest. Building on the legacy of the original DragonFly that revolutionized the micro-DAC market with its technological advancements and USB compatibility, the DragonFly Red reinvents the wheel with its newfound compatibility with Apple and Android smartphones and tablets. Finally, music lovers can take their symphony on the go, transforming any computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone into a high-fidelity powerhouse, capable of delivering beautifully rendered sound wherever, whenever. Governed by the newly improved 32-bit ESS Sabre DAC chips, the 9016 in Red, it boasts minimum-phase filtering for naturally detailed, undeniably authentic sound. Pepper in an ESS headphone amp and a bit-perfect digital volume control residing on the 9016 DAC chip, and you’ve got a recipe for maximum fidelity, dynamic contrast, and Signal-To-Noise Ratio. DragonFly Red steps up to bat with a higher 2.1-volt output, ensuring compatibility with a wider range of headphones, including the most power-hungry models. The processing abilities are capped at 24-bit/96kHz resolution for simplicity’s sake, but this doesn’t compromise the quality. Red is fully compatible with PCs, requiring no downloads or installations of new drivers. At its core, DragonFly is about honouring the music you love. Be it Spotify, YouTube, Tidal, ripped CDs, or state-of-the-art high-resolution files, welcome to an emotionally compelling and enjoyable experience. DragonFly Red also offers software upgradation through a complementary Windows or OS X desktop application, adjusting with upcoming developments in music player applications, streaming protocols, and other associated software, making DragonFly an ever-evolving gadget, devoted to perfecting the art of listening.
- USB Stick-Sized Digital-to-Analog Converter: Compact and portable, the DragonFly Red is about the size of a typical USB stick, offering amazing sound quality in a conveniently small package.
- Plays All Music Files: From MP3s to high-resolution files, no format is off-limits. This allows you to enjoy all of your favorite songs, regardless of their source or type.
- Compatible with Multiple Devices: Whether you’re using an Apple or Windows PC, or an iOS or Android mobile device, the DragonFly Red works splendidly. It just requires an Apple Camera Adapter or an Android OTG adaptor.
- Drives Headphones Directly: With its high output, the DragonFly Red can even power the most demanding headphones, delivering stunning audio quality directly to your ears.
- Fixed Output Feeds: Preamp or AV receiver, providing a seamless listening experience with your existing audio equipment.
- Asynchronous Transfer: Ensures digital timing accuracy, which is crucial to high-quality audio reproduction.
- High Output (2.1 volts): This powerful output allows it to drive almost all headphones, even those that require high power.
- 32-Bit ESS 9016 DAC with Minimum-Phase Filter: This advanced digital-to-analog converter ensures natural, detailed sound, enhancing your music listening experience.
- Bit-Perfect Digital Volume Control: Embedded on the 9016 DAC chip, this ensures maximum fidelity, prevalent contrast, and a superior signal-to-noise ratio.
- Utmost Portability: With its compact size, the DragonFly Red is easy to carry around, allowing you to enjoy high-fidelity audio wherever you go.
- Exceptional Compatibility: No matter your device or choice of music file, DragonFly Red guarantees a first-rate music experience.
- Hassle-Free Usage: No complicated driver installations or downloads. Just plug it in and start enjoying your music, making it incredibly user-friendly.
- Enhanced Audio Experience: Provides high-resolution sound, making it feel like the musicians are playing right in front of you.
- Future-Proof: With its option for software upgradation, you can ensure your gadget stays up-to-date with developments in music player applications and streaming protocols.
- Unusual Versatility: Its ability to power a wide range of headphones and interface with numerous audio devices ensures that it can cater to all your audio requirements.
- Superior Sound Quality: Its 32-bit ESS Sabre DAC, high audio output, and asynchronous transfer technology guarantee premium audio quality and a rich, nuanced audio experience.
|USB DAC + Preamp + Headphone Amp
|Compatible with Apple and Windows PCs, iOS and Android mobile devices. Requires Apple Camera Adapter or Made for Android/OTG adaptor for mobile devices.
|1. Plays all music files, from MP3 to high-res, 2. Drives headphones directly, 3. Fixed output feeds preamp or AV receiver.
|Improved 32-bit ESS Sabre DAC chips—9016 in Red, which employs minimum-phase filtering for naturally detailed, more authentic sound. Also includes the latest ESS headphone amp and a bit-perfect digital volume control that resides on the 9016 DAC chip to ensure maximum fidelity, dynamic contrast, and signal-to-noise ratio.
|Processes up to 24-bit/96kHz resolution
|High output (2.1 volts). Compatible with a wider range of headphones, including power-hungry, low-efficiency models.
|USB Power Draw
|Reduced USB power draw for increased compatibility with smartphones and tablets.
|Software upgradeable through a complimentary Windows or OS X Desktop Application. This allows for integration of updates in music player applications, streaming protocols, and other associated software.
|Devices can be updated to firmware version 1.06, which adds support for MQA rendering and optimizations for use with Android devices.
|Size and Design
|Convenient and portable with a small, USB stick-sized design.
|Designed to honour the music you own and amplify your listening experience no matter the source. Can be used with various sources like Spotify, Youtube, Tidal, ripped CDs, or high-resolution files to deliver a more enjoyable and emotionally compelling musical experience.