Audioquest DragonFly Red USB DAC

USB DAC

ES9016K2M Sabre ESS DAC

Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

USB asynchronous, 2-clock

Processed audio stream control LED

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Description

After DragonFly Black’s success, Audioquest offers a high-end new version: the DragonFly Red USB DAC!

AUDIOQUEST DRAGONFLY RED: HOUSING

The Audioquest Dragon Fly USB DAC is a USB drive covered with rubber. A small carrying bag is provided with.

An indicator light indicates that the DAC is powered on. Its color represents the sampling frequency used: Standby (red diode), 44.1 kHz (green diode), 48 kHz (blue diode), 88.2 kHz (orange diode), 96 kHz (magenta diode).

AUDIOQUEST DRAGONFLY RED: OUTPUTS

This USB DAC from Audioquest is equipped with a headphone output in 3.5 mm Jack format.

It allows you to listen to music from your digital device having a USB output, but also on mobile devices using iOS (iPone, iPod Touch, iPad) or Android. It will require a Apple Lightning cable to USB.

Of course, you will need to check the compatibility of the smartphone or Android tablet with external USB DAC.

AUDIOQUEST DRAGONFLY RED: TECHNOLOGY

The Dragonfly Red replaces the internal digital-to-analogue converter of the device, which is often of poor quality.

Indeed, it is equipped with an excellent original “Sabre” converter, the famous ES9016K2M Sabre ESS DAC! We have ever met this one in high-end electronics, worth several thousand euros.

The DragonFly Red can sample the most basic digital files, up to those displaying 96KHz at 24bit.

An extensive research work to reduce the energy consumption of this DAC has resulted in a 77 % reduction in energy consumption, compared to the previous version.

AUDIOQUEST DRAGONFLY RED: TEST AND LISTENING

It does not take time to note the undeniable contribution of the DragonFly Red with an excellent Hi-Fi headphone! On a WAV or HD file, we find a fully transfigured sound stage and a surprising openness.

The transparency and definition are unrivalled. The timbre quality is remarkable. Even on compressed files, we feel the gain in quality.

We tested it on Windows PC and Mac, and just measures were necessary to be fully convinced of the sound improvement.

Note that the listening comfort of this DAC on a portable device is undeniable. You can now listen to music from your mobile phone during your trip.

We were clearly surprised by the Audioquest Dragonfly Red USB DAC, which is undoubtedly the best in its category. A very good value! Highly recommended!

PRODUCT ADVANTAGES:
-Compact format
- ES9016K2M Sabre ESS USB
- Compatible with Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, Apple iOS -3.5 mm Jack headphone output
- Jitter reduced to a minimum
- Audioquest application for PC

AWARDS:
Hi-Fi News - Award 2018
Stereophile - Recommended component - 2018
Sound & Vision - Top pick
What Hi-Fi - 2016

Franck

Audio DAC: 24 bits / 96 kHz asynchronous USB

Conversion chip: ES9016K2M Sabre ESS (2 channels)

Supported digital audio files: all files, from MP3 to 24 bits HD

Supported sampling frequency: 44.1 kHz (green diode), 48 kHz (blue diode), 88.2 kHz (orange diode), 96 kHz (magenta diode)

Resolution: 16 – 24 bits

Volume control: from source

Clock: insulated master dual clock

Audio output: 3.5 mm Stereo Jack

Variable output: for a connection to amplified speakers or power amplifier

Fixed output: for preamp or integrated amp

Headphone minimum impedance: 12 ohms

Headphone max output power: 80 mW / 32 ohms

Dimensions: 19 x 11.2 x 73 mm

Awards

Awards

Hi-Fi News

Award 2018

Stereophile

Recommended Component - 2018

Sound & Vision

Top pick

What Hi-Fi ?

2016
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Audioquest DragonFly Red USB DAC

Audioquest DragonFly Red USB DAC

USB DAC

ES9016K2M Sabre ESS DAC

Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

USB asynchronous, 2-clock

Processed audio stream control LED

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