The AudioQuest Dragonfly Takes Flight

This bijoux little asynchronous USB DAC ($249), which uses an ESS Sabre DAC and Gordon Rankin's Streamlength code, made its public debut at Newport Beach. It was being demmed in one of retailer Optimal Enchantment's rooms with Audio Research amplification and Vandersteen Treo speakers. Add a PC or Mac, a 1m 3.5mm–dual-RCA Evergreen cable from AudioQuest ($29) and you're in business.

In a private dem, I auditioned the difference made by substituting an AudioQuest Forest iPod–USB cable ($35) for Apple's ubiquitous white cable. Oh my! Given that the standard iPod cable costs $25 as a replacement, the extra $10 buys you so much more music, it was scary.

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Stephen Scharf's picture
Finally (and great news)!

I've been waitin' for this puppy for 6 months! Thanks for the tip, John! smiley

audio_elf's picture
Red herrings??

John, you say "In a private dem, I auditioned the difference made by substituting an AudioQuest Forest iPod–USB cable ($35) for Apple's ubiquitous white cable. Oh my! Given that the standard iPod cable costs $25 as a replacement, the extra $10 buys you so much more music, it was scary."

May I ask what the iPod was connecting?  As far as I'm aware the Dragonfly DAC connects direct to a computer via USB and is totally incompatible with an iPod.

Sorry I just can't see any link between this comment and the Dragonfly DAC.

Eloise

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