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ESS Sabre 9016 DAC
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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|
|HEADPHONE AMP||ESS Sabre 9601|
|DAC CHIP||32-bit ESS 9016 with minimum-phase fast roll-off filter|
|DIMENSIONS||12mm H x 19mm W x 62mm L|
|SUPPORTED INPUTS||3.5mm Stereo Jack|
|HEADPHONE IMPEDANCE||10 Ohms & Higher|
1. AudioQuest DragonFly Red USB DAC
|2. Travel Pouch|
|3. Flight Manual|
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|Ideal For||Smartphone & Desktop||Smartphone & Desktop||Desktop||Desktop|
|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|
|Battery Life||10 Hours|
|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;
|Signal to Noise Ratio||116dB||105dB|
"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."
"A practical, portable, feature-full DAC with an happily open and balanced sound. Open, detailed and tonally balanced sound with good battery life, Versatile."
"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."
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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“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.”Read More
"The DFR is a brilliant little DAC that can drive almost any headphone with awesome sound quality. The sound-signature is very natural and smooth with amazing soundstage depth and detail retrival."Read More
"A serious headphone enthusiasts should go out of their way to try the AudioQuest DragonFly Red—a still-affordable product that combines superb sound with equally superb musicality"Read More
"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."Read More
"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."Read More
"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."Read More
"Dragonfly Red are astoundingly portable, and enhance the sound off of your phone or computer. In their price points, both offer grip and clarity. "Read More
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.
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.
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!!!!
I have used Chord Mojo earlier which is best in class. though DragonFly Red does match expectations.
Excellent audio via speakers.
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.
I haven't used it for an extended period of time yet ,but first impression seems really good.