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AudioQuest - DragonFly Red

Portable Digital to Analog Converter (DAC)

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DESCRIPTION

THE ULTIMATE PORTABLE DAC/AMP

The AudioQuest DragonFly Red has been developed in partnership with Gordon Rankin and Microchip Technologies. It has a better signal to noise ratio and consumes 77% lesser power than the original DragonFly thanks to the new Microchip PIC32MX microcontroller. Streamlength™ asynchronous USB code ensures low jitter, low resource load, minimal packet errors, world-class audio playback and reliable connectivity between the Dragonfly Red and any computing device with a USB output.

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BIT PERFECT VOLUME CONTROLS TO ENHANCE THE ESS SABRE DAC CHIP

The AudioQuest DragonFly Red comes with a 32-bit 9016 ESS Sabre DAC chip that employs minimum-phase filtering for a naturally detailed, more authentic sound that can process up to 24-bit/96kHz audio. It 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 low signal-to-noise ratio. You can use the source device's volume controls to adjust the DragonFly Red’s volume.

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COMPATIBLE WITH A WIDE RANGE OF HEADPHONE AND SOURCE DEVICES

This tiny DAC/AMP is compatible with a wide range of headphones, including power-hungry, low-efficiency models thanks to its ESS Sabre 9601 Amp. They're compatible with PCs, without needing any additional drivers. You can also use them with your smartphone and enjoy music from your favourite streaming app like Tidal, Spotify, SoundCloud, YouTube and more. The DragonFly Red's software can be upgraded with the free Windows or Mac desktop app.

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SUPPORTS MQA FOR MASTER-QUALITY SOUND

The Dragonfly Red supports Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) playback. This is an award-winning audio technology that's meant to deliver the sound of the original master recording. MQA files are tiny and can easily be streamed using Tidal.
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SPECS

SPECIFICATIONS
STATUS/SAMPLE RATES SUPPORTED (LED INDICATOR COLOR CODE) Standby (Red), 44.1kHz (Green), 48kHz (Blue), 88.2kHz (Amber), 96kHz (Magenta), MQA (Purple)
VOLUME CONTROL 64-position, 64-bit, bit-perfect
OUTPUT VOLTAGE 2.1
HEADPHONE AMP ESS Sabre 9601
DAC CHIP 32-bit ESS 9016 with minimum-phase fast roll-off filter
MICROCONTROLLER Microchip PIC32MX
DIMENSIONS 12mm H x 19mm W x 62mm L
SUPPORTED INPUTS 3.5mm Stereo Jack
HEADPHONE IMPEDANCE 10 Ohms & Higher
WEIGHT 22g
IN THE BOX
BOX CONTENTS
1. AudioQuest DragonFly Red USB DAC
2. Travel Pouch
3. Flight Manual

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Ideal For Smartphone & Desktop Smartphone & Desktop Desktop Desktop
Weight 22g 139g 800g 255g
DAC Chip ESS Sabre 9601 Burr Brown Burr Brown AKM AK4490
Sample Rate 24-bit / 96kHz 32/384 kHz 32-bit/384kHz 16/44.1kHz
Inbuilt Battery
Battery Life 10 Hours
Balanced Outputs
Outputs 3.5mm Lineout, SPDIF & 3.5mm 4.4mm, 3.5mm, RCA 3.5mm & RCA
Digital Inputs USB 2.0 USB3.0 B Mirco USB
Output level 2.1Vrms 285mW @ 30 Ohm 4.4mm 330mW@32 Ohm
S-BAL 230mW@32 Ohm;
250mW@32ohm
Signal to Noise Ratio 116dB 105dB
MQA Support
Volume Control
Expert Verdict "If Headfonia would hand out medals, the DFR would surely get one it’s that nice.I seriously doubt there are better DAC/Amp combinations in this price category and especially in such a small package."
Headfonia
"A practical, portable, feature-full DAC with an happily open and balanced sound. Open, detailed and tonally balanced sound with good battery life, Versatile."
What Hi-Fi
"The iFi Zen Dac is one of the best entry-level DACs you can buy. It sounds great, has a ton of features, and can grow with your system as your tastes evolve."
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    1 Year Warranty

    Don't sweat it, this AudioQuest DragonFly Red comes with a 1 year warranty from AudioQuest that covers manufacturing defects. All products featured on Headphone Zone are backed by an original manufacturer's warranty.

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    The Verge

    "If you’re unconcerned by that slightly flaky finish (and who buys a USB stick-styled DAC for its aesthetic properties?), you can consider the DragonFly Red a pretty perfect computer music upgrade."

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    Headfonia

    "In my experience, there are few things in hi-fi that are as simple to use, sound as good and cost as little as the USB-powered Dragonfly Red DAC."

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    What Hi-Fi

    "AudioQuest's current pair of DragonFly models is the third generation of the critically acclaimed DragonFly series, with its big change being higher efficiency allowing for smartphone compatibility."

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    Inner Fidelity

    "Dragonfly Red are astoundingly portable, and enhance the sound off of your phone or computer. In their price points, both offer grip and clarity. "

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    Customer Reviews

    Based on 14 reviews
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    Mikhail Vaishnav (Mumbai)
    Top notch!

    Made a significant improvement to the listening experience on my pair of Shure earphones. Way better contrast and spacing of multiple sounds and textures in all genres of music. Everything sounds tighter and there's less listening fatigue even at higher volumes. I love the handy and portable size of this DAC and the build quality is pretty good. The emblem that lights up is a really nice touch. I only wish there was a variant with a lightning port to make it easy to connect to iPhones directly. I suppose for now an add-on cable will have to do.

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    Prasanna Venkatesan (Jaipur)
    Sound Performance is good, 0 durability

    I got this device in June, however, after just two months of use, device has ‘literally’ opened up. I am not sure whether I will be able to claim much as it says they will cover manufacturing defect only. I am not sure what to make out of it though. Since it’s still working, I might probably tape it up and continue to use.

    J
    Jana (Aichtal)
    Small Convenient wonder

    I have the Dacamp L1 and Chord Mojo already. I needed a very portable DAC for On-the-go. I browsed a lot on the various options and decided to take the plunge with the Dragonfly Red for sheer convenience without the dismal issue of a drained battery when you most need it. And also so conveniently connected to the transport device. It Drives all the headphones well except the most power hungry ones. The sound is crystal clear. Deep bass, Nice Mids and Good Treble reproduction in clarity. I have tried it with V-Moda Zn, 1More Quad Driver, Audeze iSine10, AT M-50X, and sounds phenomenal in all cases. I haven't of course tried it with very high impedance Cans. Overall a very portable and a scintillating DAC AMP. If you're contemplating buying one, please do not hesitate. A little cheaper option would be the Ultrasone NAOS. These are two of the best in-line DACAMPs. Atleast that I have used. The Mojo and L1 are in a different league but then you are also paying more and these are heavy in the hand considering the stacking. Any whichever way you go, Good Listening!!!!

    A
    Anil Wadghule (Pune)
    Decent output

    I have used Chord Mojo earlier which is best in class. though DragonFly Red does match expectations.

    A
    ARCHISMAN MANDAL (Kolkata)
    In Depth review

    Looks and Build:
    as far as look or the design of this goes there is literally nothing worth mentioning I won't even add a pic. It's coating in glossy red almost like a Hotwheels the lighting system is simple and it's about the size USB from the year 2002, I mean its the size of a small fevistick.
    The only problem I have is the cap is too tight for its own good and scratches the outside of USB itself.

    Usage: Desktop - good but if u are a hardcore desktop guy buy a non-portable
    option, really or else it's awesome

    Laptop - YES just YES it been made for u laptop users buy it.
    Mobile - U can, but honestly don't but a BT device extra cables on
    phones aren't worth it.

    Sound- If u have used a desktop amp/DAC this thing looks ridiculous no matter how high the critics praise it. But my god idk how but this. This dongle of an amp/DAC can knock some way pricier models off the shelf. The critics were right at least for this one. I won't go to sound signature and stuff I can find it on the net. But know this that this takes some time to burn in as a headphone does idk why (might be just my PC) but the first 2 days I used it I was abt to return it but suddenly in between my listening session on the third day it just came to life and the difference was clear everything was better from the sound stage to clarity and imaging.

    To note: if u are a laptop gamer looking for an amp/DAC its a good option if u are willing to use a splitter or buy a mic. As it has NO AUDIO INPUT.

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    Ravi (Pune)
    Design and Comfort:
    Sound Quality:
    Value for Money:
    received product is defective

    when I insert this little dragonfly in the USB port it's showing RED color LED. Then, the LED light is always blue in color while playing different kinds of sample-rated songs (standard, 44kHz, 48kHz, 88kHz, 96kHz). According to the product, each color defines a particular quality of music. In addition to that really can't hear the difference between with or without this DAC.

    Hey, we are extremely sorry for the bitter experience you had to go through. We have received your return request and it shall be approved shortly.

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    Gaurav Dey Purkayastha (Singapore)
    Design and Comfort:
    Sound Quality:
    Value for Money:
    Dissatisfied

    I had bought the Audio Quest Dragonfly Red because I wasn't able to drive my 250-ohm Beyerdynamic DT-990 Pro headphones from my mobile phones (Nokia 7 Plus / Asus Zenfone 2) as well as my laptop and desktop. I have other headphones (Sennheiser HD 502, a Sony Wireless, Grado SR-80 and Senheiser HD-559) which have I have no problems listening with. However, in case of the Beyerdynamic DT-990 Pro, the volume output was too little. Doing some research I settled upon the Dragonfly Red, and I was looking forward to using it. However, after it arrived I tested it with a variety of sources - the two mobile phones, plus the laptop and desktop and I found that it made little to no difference in the volume output while listening to the DT-990s. In one case the volume actually dropped after using the Dragonfly! I am now wondering whether I should return the Dragonfly and ask for a refund.

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    Prashant Raj (Hyderabad)
    Design and Comfort:
    Sound Quality:
    Value for Money:
    Wonderful

    This is a compact packed wonderful portable product, with nice sound boost and a good clarity. Only downside is that the soundstage is not that great.

    J
    Jayakrishnan Eknath (Bengaluru)
    Sound Quality:
    Value for Money:
    Somewhat good.

    Dragonfly only makes a felt difference only in the hi-res lossless (around 96k sampling). Just lossless, without the hi-res, is somewhat underwhelming - in fact equal to or worse than without the dac. The issue is Apple Music, for instance, has only a certain percentage in hi-res lossless. Most are just lossless or below, it does not even have a separate hi-res category. Spatial audio is more if a gimmick unless the sampling rate can back it. Buy if you’re are ok with the limited selection, as yet.

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