AudioQuest - DragonFly Black
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The DragonFly is a very popular USB stick sized DAC+Preamp+Headphone Amp by AudioQuest that was launched in 2012. Till date, the DragonFly counts  multiple awards to its name: Stereophile’s 2012 “Computer Audio Component of the Year”,  2012 “Budget Component of the Year;” Tone Audio’s 2012 “Digital Product of the Year;” Computer Audiophile’s 2012 “Computer Audiophile Product of the Year;” AudioStream’s “Greatest Bits;” and What Hi-Fi?’s 2014 “Product of the Year.

AudioQuest defined the market for premium micro-DACs with the original DragonFly and audiophiles everywhere loved this small product for its great audio quality. However, they weren’t capable of being used with any other device apart from the PC.

The big difference between the DragonFly Red and the DragonFly Black is that the Red can drive even the most power hungry high impedance headphones with effortless ease. Whether you’re listening to Spotify, YouTube, Tidal, ripped CDs, or state-of-the-art high-resolution files, DragonFly will deliver a more emotionally compelling and enjoyable experience.

The new DragonFly Black is now more portable, and can be used with Android and Apple smartphones in addition to being used with a PC. Now music listeners can enjoy the convenience of a portable DAC that they can carry in their pockets everywhere they go.


  • 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.

    What's in the box:

    • AudioQuest DragonFly Black - USB DAC + Preamp + Headphone Amp


  • 10 Ohms & Higher
    3.5mm Stereo Jack




    Dimensions - 0.5 x 0.7 x 2.4" / 12.0 x 19.0 x 62.0 mm
    v1.2


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    One Year
    Manufacturer's
    Warranty


    Manufacturer's Warranty covers only manufacturing defects. For more details, check our Warranty Page. To claim warranty, please maintain a copy of your invoice and Contact Audio One and visit  here to get in touch with them.


  • "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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