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ESS Sabre 9010 DAC
The AudioQuest DragonFly Black 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 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 Black and any computing device with a USB output.
The DragonFly Black comes with a 32-bit 9010 ESS Sabre DAC chip that employs a minimum-phase fast roll-off filter for a naturally detailed, more authentic sound that can process up to 24-bit/96kHz audio. It features a Texas Instruments TPA6130 amp circuit and analogue volume control. You can use the source device's volume controls to adjust the DragonFly Black's volume.
This tiny DAC/AMP is compatible with a wide range of headphones, including power-hungry, low-efficiency models. It's compatible with PCs, without needing any additional drivers. You can also use it with your smartphone and enjoy music from your favourite streaming app like Tidal, Spotify, SoundCloud, YouTube and more. The DragonFly Black's software can be upgraded with the free Windows or Mac desktop app.
The Dragonfly Black 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||Analog Volume Control|
|HEADPHONE AMP||Texas Instruments TPA6130|
|DAC CHIP||32-bit ESS 9010 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 Black USB DAC
|2. Travel Pouch|
|3. Flight Manual|
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|Ideal For||Smartphone & Desktop||Smartphone & Desktop||Smartphone||Desktop|
|DAC Chip||ESS Sabre ES9010||ESS Sabre 9601||AK4493||Burr Brown|
|Sample Rate||24-bit / 96kHz||24-bit / 96kHz||32bit/384kHz||32-bit/384kHz|
|Outputs||3.5mm||3.5mm||2.5mm||4.4mm, 3.5mm, RCA|
|Digital Inputs||USB Type-C||USB3.0 B|
|Output level||1.2 volts||2.1Vrms||113mW@32ohm||4.4mm 330mW@32 Ohm
S-BAL 230mW@32 Ohm;
|Signal to Noise Ratio||116dB|
"The DragonFly Black continues this commitment to better sound quality on a budget, but in an even more impressive package. The look of it may be same, but this is easily the best DragonFly yet."
"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."
"Everyone has a phone these days and plenty are Android. Introduce them to a good quality sound from their jack-free smartphone if you can. It won’t break the bank."
"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 Black 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.
Read more about AudioQuest's warranty in India.
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“The DragonFly Black continues this commitment to better sound quality on a budget, but in an even more impressive package. The look may be same, but this is easily the best DragonFly yet.”Read More
"I've spent almost a year using DragonFly Black and I don't plan on stopping. Anyone who enjoys music and wants to make the most out of listening to it at their desk should seriously consider this."Read More
"I find the Black to be the most neutral sounding one of the new DragonFly units and it’s also the most energetic one. It’s more that it’s fast sounding with good attack and prat."Read More
“Through headphones, the DragonFly Black was superior to the original DragonFly in every way. The soundstage was considerably larger.”Read More
"The DragonFly Black is quite possibly the sharpest high street audio bargain available right now. It’s the quintessential everyman hifi product."Read More
"Now add to that low power consumption, size and fuss free operation without drivers and I think DF is still great choice in certain usage scenarios."Read More
Used with : iPhone 7 plus, Macbook Pro
Headphones Used: Audeze Sine, RHA t20i, Meze 99 Classics, Crossfade M-100
The Dragonfly Black just lights up the music and makes it more enjoyable. The bass is more pronounced and has more weight to it. The soundstage is better, vocals are more prominent and everything is crisper. And it can get really loud.
The only downside is the inability to fine tune the volume. This was not a problem when used with my iPhone but with the MacBook, increasing the volume by one notch resulted in considerable increase in volume.
In order to use the dragonfly with an Android/iPhone, an adapter would be required. For the iPhone, the lightning to USB camera adapter from Apple works best, though it is quite difficult to find one. I purchased mine through Flipkart. I have not yet used the dragonfly on an android device.
Took my AT M50x to a whole new level.Couldnt tell much when compared to my M2Tech Evo DAC. Such a tiny thing can do such wonder, it's truly amazing.
Great service by Headphone zone guys.Periodic update of the courier. Prompt call from team if you drop in a message.
Can anybody suggest a usbc to USB A female cable?
As decribed awesome product!!!! Truly amazing!!!
Audio output changed to another level
Combined it with signature acoustic head phone.........
Great sound and portability for the price.
In one word: "Wonderful".
Although I have read in many reviews that this tiny device really enhances the sound quality, I never expected that the experience will be so good. I have Edifier Luna Eclipse connected to my desktop PC. This PC has a decent SupremeFX S1220A codec, which is good. Then I attached this "Black Beauty" to the USB port, and connected the Luna Eclipse. Just playing a flac file, I immediately noticed much better clarity, wider and well defined sound stage. Surprisingly, the bass also has improved. One can immediately feel these improvements, its so good. It plays any other format also very well, even the YouTube Music.
I am really very happy with this DAC. The delivery was on time. Thank you very much Headphonezone!
Currently I am under the spell of this "Black Magic".
Surely an upgrade over default DACs on phone and laptops.
Never expected generic in ear buds to sound like bonafide speakers. Punchy bass, clear highs, expansive soundstage. One warning though, regarding volume: If you have generic headphones with low impedance, you should not set the master volume on windows to greater than 25. This should be the max volume beyond which you will either blow your headphones or your ear.
I was actually searching for a USB audio driver for my laptop, then I came across dragonfly. I found that it solves my problem in a musical way. The clarity of sound is enhanced. I am more than satisfied with the product as well as the buying experience at headphone zone!! Ultimately, thanks for making these products accessible!!