AudioQuest DragonFly USB D/A converter Specifications

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Description: Single-box digital-to-analog converter. Formats supported: all PCM audio codecs (AIFF, WAV, MP3, etc.). Sampling rates directly supported: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96kHz. Digital input: USB type A, male plug (hardwired). Analog output: 3.5mm stereo phone jack. Maximum output voltage: 2V RMS. Minimum headphone impedance: 12 ohms. Maximum headphone output power: 150mW.
Dimensions: 2.5" (65mm) L by 0.675" (17mm) W by 0.375" (10mm) thick. Weight: 0.77 oz (22gm).
Serial Number of Unit Reviewed: Not found.
Price: $249 (2012); $149, v1.2 (2014). Approximate number of US dealers: >600.
Manufacturer: AudioQuest, 2621 White Road, Irvine, CA 92614. Tel: (949) 585-0111. Fax: (949) 585-0333. Web: www.audioquest.com.

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AudioQuest
2621 White Road
Irvine, CA 92614
(949) 585-0111
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manniesm's picture
Art Dudley's AudioQuest DragonFly USB D/A converter review

Dudley reviews a $249 DAC with a $1395 cable.  Makes sense to me!

Boomzilla's picture
AudioQuest Dragonfly USB D/A converter

Please note that the Dragonfly, being powered solely by the USB port of the computer, is VERY sensitive to the quality of the USB power being supplied.  I used my Dragonfly on a laptop with a completely dead battery.  While in use, the wall AC-charger had to be plugged in or the computer wouldn't even boot.  

The system sounded SO BAD with the Dragonfly, that I replaced speakers (twice) before noticing that the Dragonfly was the problem.  I probably could have solved the problem with an external USB "powered hub," but I sold the Dragonfly before thinking of that.

Bottom line is - For the Dragonfly to perform at its best, the computer MUST supply sufficient voltage and a sufficiently clean DC voltage via its USB port.  If not, then the Dragonfly sounds absolutely atrocious!  If you have ANY doubt about the quality of the power to your computer's USB ports, then buy a good quality powered USB hub and be prepared to be AMAZED at the sound quality difference!

 

Boomzilla

hollowman's picture
$48.00 alternative from Malaysia

Stoner Acoustics, a bare-bones start-up from Malaysia, has a few very low cost DragonFly-like DACs that seem to use high-quality parts (such as ESS Sabre DAC, etc.). A decent review is on head-fi.org here:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/626632/tiny-dac-big-sound-evolved-impression-of-stoner-acoustics-ud100-ud110

Stoner Acoustics' web site is:

http://stoneracoustics.blogspot.com

Some photos ...

And it seems to be Android friendly:

brightonrock's picture
Just had a demo of the

Just had a demo of the Audioquest Dragonfly v1.2 DAC with my favourite headphones, notice this cool looking point of sale featuring the Dragonfly too :-)

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