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ES9016K2M Sabre ESS DAC
Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad
USB asynchronous, 2-clock
Processed audio stream control LED
Manufacturer : AUDIOQUEST
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After DragonFly Black’s success, Audioquest offers a high-end new version: the DragonFly Red USB DAC!
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).
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.
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.
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!
- 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
Hi-Fi News - Award 2018
Stereophile - Recommended component - 2018
Sound & Vision - Top pick
What Hi-Fi - 2016
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
Hi-Fi NewsAward 2018
StereophileRecommended Component - 2018
Sound & VisionTop pick
What Hi-Fi ?2016
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