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AudioQuest - DragonFly Cobalt

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This product is eligible for a replacement if the return request is raised within 7 days of delivery, and ONLY in the unfortunate event that it is found to be defective. This policy is not applicable to customers who are not happy with the product.

Once the manufacturing defect has been confirmed by our inspection team, we will provide a replacement of the originally ordered product. In case of replacements not being available, you can choose another variant, full store credit or a full refund will be provided.

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The Short Story

Ideal for
Audiophiles

Ideal for Casual
Music Listening

Best for Home
or Desktop Use

Super Lightweight
Design

ESS ES9038Q2M
Chip

1 Year of
Warranty

Designed in
the USA

DESCRIPTION

Made in Collaboration with Gordon Rankin & Microchip Technologies


The DragonFly Cobalt 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. It consists of Gordon's monoClock® (single ultra-low-jitter clock). Thanks to the new Microchip PIC32MX274 microcontroller, the processing speed increases by 33%. This enables true compatibility with Apple and Android smartphones and tablets.

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New ESS ES9038Q2M DAC Chip

The new DragonFly Cobalt comes with a 32-bit 9010 ESS ES9038Q2M DAC chip that employs minimum-phase slow roll-off filtering for naturally detailed, more authentic sound. It supports digital control (from the host) analog volume control. Like the DragonFly Black, the Cobalt can connect to a PC or mobile device & adjust the host's volume control, through proxy, ensuring maximum resolution regardless of volume setting.

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Asynchronous USB Streamlength®

Streamlength™ asynchronous USB code ensures low jitter, low resource load, minimal packet errors, world-class audio playback, and reliable connectivity between the DAC and any computing device compliant with USB Host Mode (as set forth by the USB Organization). Streamlength requires no additional drivers, making DragonFly Cobalt virtually plug-and-play for Apple, Windows, iOS, and Android users.

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Higher output at 2.1 Volts for most of the headphones

DragonFly Cobalt has an output of 2.1 volts—enough power to successfully drive all preamplifier input circuits and a wide range of today’s efficient headphones. Its improved power supply filtering specifically reduces the noise of WiFi, Bluetooth, and cellular signals. This makes using it as simple as it’s always been: they’re fully compatible with PCs without having to download and install new drivers.

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Upgradeable Software through Free Desktop App

The DragonFly Cobalt' software can be easily upgraded thanks to the free Desktop Device Manager. 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. It includes a form-fitting DragonTail USB-A to USB-C Adaptor. All DragonTails use AQ's Carbon-level USB cable.

SPECS

SPECIFICATIONS
SUPPORTED INPUTS 3.5mm Stereo Jack
OUTPUT VOLTAGE 2.1
WEIGHT 22g
LED INDICATOR COLOR CODE Standard (Red)
44.1kHz (Green)
48kHz (Blue)
88.2kHz (Yellow)
96kHz (Light Blue)
MQA (Purple)
IN THE BOX
BOX CONTENTS
DragonFly Cobalt 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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Customer Reviews

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Aidio Quest Dragonfly cobalt

I don't have a second opinion about its performance. But unfortunately i received a slightly defective piece which connects and performs well but the USB male connector is loose and is shaking and i afraid that after a particular number of time of usage , it may be worn out and go useless as the connector is shaking like a dry coconut in its shell. I made a retun and replacement request for which i have not received any response and i am worrying as i have invested a high amount of ₹ 30000/-. I hope that i will get a replacement.

Hi Guru, Your unit was in fact defective, the brand is sending you a new replacement. We hope it reaches you soon:) Would love to hear back from you once you receive it.
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Portable Monster

In the world of DACs there are so many hundreds of products aiming to please and become famous... How is it that audioquest does it so effortlessly!!! All their three DACs Black, red, Cobalt are terrific hits....
So portable....
I dont spend my life in a studio...Mixing etc...I am just a music aficionado.... and I don't like bulky equipment requiring power to limit my movement...
So I always preferred Portable yet powerful DACs....
And Audio quest has always delivered at different price points.... If you have the red, then you are covered....You don't need to buy cobalt....Except if you have unforgiving IEMs like CF Andromeda etc... The noise floor on Cobalt is almost zero....
Cobalt comes with a form-fitting OTG Cable for android USB C devices.... For iphone you need to have Apple's CCK cable...
Here's my quick summary:
+ Brilliant sound quality
+ Almost zero noise level....Built in Jitter bug
+ Can drive almost all headphones...
+ Except for Windows use, doesn't require Drivers
+ Very Compact yet powerful
+ Doesn't need to be charged.... So Convenient
+ Colour indication of sound quality
+ Upto 96KHz / 24 bit sound
+ Very capable and fast MQA unfolder
+ Comes in the box with OTG Dragon Tail cable....

- Be careful with the Cap...Easily lost
- Look elsewhere for beyond 96 KHz
- Sometimes I get the feeling that RED was built better....Looks fragile

Thanks a ton for sharing your review with us.