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AudioQuest - DragonFly Black

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  • The Short Story

    Ideal for

    Ideal for Casual
    Music Listening

    Best for Home
    or Desktop Use

    Super Lightweight

    ESS Sabre 9010 DAC

    1 Year of

    Designed in
    the USA

  • The Long Story

    Made in Collaboration with Gordon Rankin & Microchip Technologies

    The 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.

    Incredible 32-Bit Audio Performance with New ESS Sabre DAC Chips

    The new DragonFly Black comes with a 32-bit 9010 ESS Sabre DAC chip that employs minimum-phase filtering for naturally detailed, more authentic sound. The DragonFly Black uses the same high-quality headphone amp and analog volume control found in DragonFly v1.2.


    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.

    Medium Output at 1.2 Volts for Most Headphones

    DragonFly Black will output 1.2 volts—enough power to successfully drive all preamplifier input circuits and a wide range of today’s efficient headphones. Its processing capabilities to just 24-bit/96kHz resolution. This makes using the DragonFlys as simple as it’s always been: they’re fully compatible with PCs without having to download and install new drivers.

    Upgradeable Software through Free Desktop App

    The 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.

  • Specifications

    Supported Inputs 3.5mm Stereo Jack
    Headphone Impedance 10 Ohms & Higher
    Weight 22g
    DragonFly Black USB DAC
    Travel Pouch
    Flight Manual
  • Warranty

    Don’t sweat it, This AudioQuest product is covered by a 1 Year manufacturer's warranty.
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  • What the Press say

    "AudioQuest is on a roll, so the DragonFly Black and Red are easy to recommend to audiophiles seeking better sound, without spending a lot of cash. The Audiophiliac is impressed by our DragonFlys’ ease of use, versatility, and clean, full-bodied sound."
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    "Great audio is hard to sell because it doesn't lend itself to benchmarking or obvious prettiness like, say, a better graphics card might. To appreciate it, you have to immerse yourself in it, give it time to reveal itself and to reward you. "
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    "The evolution of Audioquest’s DragonFly is just as impressive a tale of transformation. If you’ve been craving better quality music on the go, the AudioQuest DragonFly Black v1.5 has you covered."
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    "I seriously doubt there are better DAC/Amp combinations in this price category and especially in such a small package. It’s the good kind of qualitative and airy bass although the Black’s bass feels a little tighter and faster."
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Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Good dac for beginners

Audio output changed to another level
Combined it with signature acoustic head phone.........

Excellent DAC

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?

Super Awesome!!!!

As decribed awesome product!!!! Truly amazing!!!

Great Sound made portable

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.