Made in Collaboration with Gordon Rankin & Microchip TechnologiesThe DragonFly Black has been developed by AudioQuest in partnership with designers Gordon Rankin and Microchip Technologies. The new DragonFly has a better signal to noise ratio and much lower power consumption than the original version. How much lower consumption you ask? 77%! This is thanks to the new Microchip PIC32MX microcontroller that enables true compatibility with Apple and Android smartphones and tablets.
Asynchronous USB Streamlength®Streamlength™ asynchronous USB code ensures low jitter, low resource load, minimal packet errors, world-class audio playback, and reliable connectivity between our DAC and any computing device compliant with USB Host Mode (as set forth by the USB Organization). Streamlength requires no additional drivers, making DragonFly Black virtually plug-and-play for Apple, Windows, iOS, and Android users.
Upgradeable Software through Free Desktop AppThe DragonFlys are software upgradeable thanks to the free Windows or Mac desktop app. As and when there are any updates available to music player apps, streaming protocols, or other software, the complimentary app will let you incorporate these updates to any existing devices.
Analog Volume Control
Unlike the DragonFly Red, the DragonFly Black supports digital control (from the host) analog volume control. With DF Black connected to a PC or mobile device, adjusting the host's volume control will, through proxy, control the DF Black's onboard volume, ensuring maximum resolution regardless of volume setting.
What's in the box:
As decribed awesome product!!!! Truly amazing!!!
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.