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AudioQuest Dragonfly Black DAC

AudioQuest Dragonfly Black DAC

$99.95
  • New and improved circuitry from version 1
  • Plugs into any available USB port
  • Immensely improves sound quality
  • 32-bit ESS sabre conversion chip
  • 1/8" jack outputs directly to headphones
  • Supports resolutions up to 24-bit / 96 khz
  • Can also feed preamp or power amp
  • Compatible with mac, windows, ios, android
  • Can be used on-the-go as a mobile headphone amp/DAC

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  • Description

    The AudioQuest Dragonfly Black 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 devices requires optional adapters). Compared to earlier models, the Black version has improved circuitry between the DAC chip and analog output, as well as a fortified power supply. Its 1/8" (3.5mm) stereo output can connect a set of headphones or allow patching into a larger audio system.

    The DragonFly Black can accept audio files ranging from MP3s and CD-standard 16-bit / 44.1 kHz 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 Black 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 resolution 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.

    1.2 Volt Output

    Direct-Coupled, Medium Output: More than enough power to successfully and gracefully drive a wide range of today’s efficient headphones. Although DF Black has a lower output voltage than DF 1.2, its more advanced micro-controller and updated DAC chip mean that it can deliver more musical texture and detail, even when used with moderate-efficiency (~95-100 dB/mW) headphones. When used as a line-level device (volume set to 100%), DF Black’s 1.2 volts provide enough power to drive all preamplifier, integrated amplifier, or receiver inputs

    Microchip PIC32MX

    The Microchip PIC32MX (USB 2.0 compliant) is a full-speed isochronous USB audio solution. Compared to other controllers, the Microchip microcontroller offers extremely low power consumption (77% lower than the TAS1020b and 95% lower than the most efficient XMOS solution), 32-bit architecture, and the option for software upgradability (via a desktop application provided by AudioQuest). In addition, the Microchip’s ultra-low-noise power supply minimizes the sound-degrading effect of high-frequency interference on the critical audio signal

    ESS 9010 32-Bit

    Compared to the ESS 9023, the 32-bit ESS 9010 offers improved overall performance and uses a sophisticated minimum-phase digital filter to provide more naturally detailed and dynamic music

    Analog Volume Control

    Digitally controlled (from the host) analog volume control. With DF Black connected to a PC or mobile device, adjusting the host’s volume control will, through proxy, control the DF Black’s on-board volume, ensuring maximum resolution regardless of volume setting

    Asynchronous USB Streamlength

    Streamlength asynchronous USB code ensures low jitter, low resource load, minimal packet errors, world-class audio playback, and reliable connectivity between our DAC and any computing device compliant with USB Host Mode (as set forth by the USB Organization). Streamlength requires no additional drivers, making DragonFly Black virtually plug-and-play for Apple, Windows, iOS, and Android users (use with mobile devices requires optional adapters)

    LED Indicators

    DragonFly Black’s LED lights up in different colors to indicate status or sample rate:

    • Red: Standby
    • Green: 44.1 kHz
    • Blue: 48.0 kHz
    • Amber: 88.2 kHz
    • Magenta: 96.0 kHz
    • New and improved circuitry from version 1
    • Plugs into any available USB port
    • Immensely improves sound quality
    • 32-bit ESS sabre conversion chip
    • 1/8" jack outputs directly to headphones
    • Supports resolutions up to 24-bit / 96 khz
    • Can also feed preamp or power amp
    • Compatible with mac, windows, ios, android
    • Can be used on-the-go as a mobile headphone amp/DAC
  • Tech Specs

    Compatibility
    Desktop: Windows 7 / 8.1 / 10; Apple OS X; Linux (no support provided)
    Mobile: Apple iOS 5 and newer; Android 4.1 and newer
    *Use with mobile devices requires adapters (available separately)
    Connectors
    Digital Input: 1 x USB Type-A; male
    Analog Output: 1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS stereo; female
    DSP
    32-bit ESS 9010
    Bit Depth
    24-bit playback
    Sample Rates
    44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz
    Audio Output
    1.2 V
    Volume Control
    Analog
    Dimensions
    0.5 x 0.7 x 2.4" / 12.0 x 19.0 x 62.0 mm
  • In The Box

    • AudioQuest DragonFly Black - USB DAC + Preamp + Headphone Amp
    • Carry Pouch
    • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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The AudioQuest Dragonfly Black 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 devices requires optional adapters). Compared to earlier models, the Black version has improved circuitry between the DAC chip and analog output, as well as a fortified power supply. Its 1/8" (3.5mm) stereo output can connect a set of headphones or allow patching into a larger audio system.

The DragonFly Black can accept audio files ranging from MP3s and CD-standard 16-bit / 44.1 kHz 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 Black 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 resolution 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.

1.2 Volt Output

Direct-Coupled, Medium Output: More than enough power to successfully and gracefully drive a wide range of today’s efficient headphones. Although DF Black has a lower output voltage than DF 1.2, its more advanced micro-controller and updated DAC chip mean that it can deliver more musical texture and detail, even when used with moderate-efficiency (~95-100 dB/mW) headphones. When used as a line-level device (volume set to 100%), DF Black’s 1.2 volts provide enough power to drive all preamplifier, integrated amplifier, or receiver inputs

Microchip PIC32MX

The Microchip PIC32MX (USB 2.0 compliant) is a full-speed isochronous USB audio solution. Compared to other controllers, the Microchip microcontroller offers extremely low power consumption (77% lower than the TAS1020b and 95% lower than the most efficient XMOS solution), 32-bit architecture, and the option for software upgradability (via a desktop application provided by AudioQuest). In addition, the Microchip’s ultra-low-noise power supply minimizes the sound-degrading effect of high-frequency interference on the critical audio signal

ESS 9010 32-Bit

Compared to the ESS 9023, the 32-bit ESS 9010 offers improved overall performance and uses a sophisticated minimum-phase digital filter to provide more naturally detailed and dynamic music

Analog Volume Control

Digitally controlled (from the host) analog volume control. With DF Black connected to a PC or mobile device, adjusting the host’s volume control will, through proxy, control the DF Black’s on-board volume, ensuring maximum resolution regardless of volume setting

Asynchronous USB Streamlength

Streamlength asynchronous USB code ensures low jitter, low resource load, minimal packet errors, world-class audio playback, and reliable connectivity between our DAC and any computing device compliant with USB Host Mode (as set forth by the USB Organization). Streamlength requires no additional drivers, making DragonFly Black virtually plug-and-play for Apple, Windows, iOS, and Android users (use with mobile devices requires optional adapters)

LED Indicators

DragonFly Black’s LED lights up in different colors to indicate status or sample rate:

  • Red: Standby
  • Green: 44.1 kHz
  • Blue: 48.0 kHz
  • Amber: 88.2 kHz
  • Magenta: 96.0 kHz
  • New and improved circuitry from version 1
  • Plugs into any available USB port
  • Immensely improves sound quality
  • 32-bit ESS sabre conversion chip
  • 1/8" jack outputs directly to headphones
  • Supports resolutions up to 24-bit / 96 khz
  • Can also feed preamp or power amp
  • Compatible with mac, windows, ios, android
  • Can be used on-the-go as a mobile headphone amp/DAC

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