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AudioQuest DragonFly Red - USB DAC + Preamp + Headphone Amp

Color
Red

The AudioQuest Dragonfly Red is as small as a flash-drive, but don't let that fool you. We think it performs as well as some DAC & Amp combos that are 5 times the price and a hundred times the size.

It features a 32-bit ESS Sabre conversion chip that bypasses your device's sound card to get better sound from your Mac, Windows, iOS, or Android device (you need a special adaptor to use it with a phone).

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 1/8" (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. 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.

2.1 Volt Output

  • Direct-Coupled, High Output: With a combination of power, beauty, and finesse, DF Red delivers greater overall impact, momentum, and grip than either DF 1.2 or DF Black, while also surpassing their excellent senses of touch, texture, and nuance. In addition, Red's high (2.1v) output means that it can easily drive the widest range of headphones. When used as a line-level device (volume set to 100%), DF Red's 2.1 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 9016 32-Bit

  • Like the ESS 9010, the 32-bit ESS 9016 uses a sophisticated minimum-phase digital filter to provide more naturally detailed and dynamic music, but surpasses the 9010 in overall performance

Digital: 64-Bit Bit-Perfect Volume Control

  • DragonFly Red employs a 64-bit, bit-perfect digital volume control that resides inside the DAC chip itself – an elegant and sophisticated implementation that ensures maximum fidelity, dynamic contrast, and signal-to-noise ratio. With DragonFly Red connected to a PC or mobile device, adjusting the host's system volume control will, through proxy, control the DragonFly Red's on-board volume

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 Red virtually plug-and-play for Apple, Windows, iOS, and Android users (use with mobile devices requires optional adapters)

LED Indicators

DragonFly Red’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
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 9016
Bit Depth 24-bit playback
Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz
Audio Output 2.1 V
Volume Control 64-bit digital control
Dimensions 0.5 x 0.7 x 2.4" / 12.0 x 19.0 x 62.0 mm
Weight Not specified by Manufacturer


Packaging Information

Package Weight 0.4 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.3 x 6.1 x 1.3"
AudioQuest DragonFly Red - USB DAC + Preamp + Headphone Amp
Carry Pouch
Limited 1-Year Warranty

The AudioQuest Dragonfly Red is as small as a flash-drive, but don't let that fool you. We think it performs as well as some DAC & Amp combos that are 5 times the price and a hundred times the size.It features a 32-bit ESS Sabre conversion chip that bypasses your device's sound card to get better sound from your Mac, Windows, iOS, or Android device (you need a special adaptor to use it with a phone).

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 1/8" (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. 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.
2.1 Volt Output

Direct-Coupled, High Output: With a combination of power, beauty, and finesse, DF Red delivers greater overall impact, momentum, and grip than either DF 1.2 or DF Black, while also surpassing their excellent senses of touch, texture, and nuance. In addition, Red's high (2.1v) output means that it can easily drive the widest range of headphones. When used as a line-level device (volume set to 100%), DF Red's 2.1 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 9016 32-Bit

Like the ESS 9010, the 32-bit ESS 9016 uses a sophisticated minimum-phase digital filter to provide more naturally detailed and dynamic music, but surpasses the 9010 in overall performance

Digital: 64-Bit Bit-Perfect Volume Control

DragonFly Red employs a 64-bit, bit-perfect digital volume control that resides inside the DAC chip itself – an elegant and sophisticated implementation that ensures maximum fidelity, dynamic contrast, and signal-to-noise ratio. With DragonFly Red connected to a PC or mobile device, adjusting the host's system volume control will, through proxy, control the DragonFly Red's on-board volume

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 Red virtually plug-and-play for Apple, Windows, iOS, and Android users (use with mobile devices requires optional adapters)

LED Indicators

DragonFly Red’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

Tech Stuff
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 9016
Bit Depth 24-bit playback
Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz
Audio Output 2.1 V
Volume Control 64-bit digital control
Dimensions 0.5 x 0.7 x 2.4" / 12.0 x 19.0 x 62.0 mm
Weight Not specified by Manufacturer

Packaging Information

Package Weight 0.4 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.3 x 6.1 x 1.3"

 

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  AudioQuest DragonFly Red - USB DAC + Preamp + Headphone Amp
Carry Pouch
Limited 1-Year Warranty

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Tyson Hernandez T.H. Tyson H.
Life-changing little device

Don't let the size or price fool you. This little DAC is incredible. I use a $1500 desktop amp / dac and this offers comparable performance - and it's totally portable. Need I say more? I haven't tried it with iPhone yet, I'd be curious to hear from someone who has.

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