AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt Portable USB DAC Sweepstakes

Register to win an AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt Portable USB DAC (Total value $299.95) we are giving away.

According to the company:

In 2012, the original AudioQuest DragonFly thoroughly disrupted the DAC market. For so many casual enthusiasts who had never previously considered the possibility of improving their digital-audio experience, DragonFly was nothing short of a revelation. Meanwhile, even the most experienced audiophiles were compelled to reexamine long-held notions of what a DAC could and should be. Stereophile's Art Dudley enthusiastically summarized, “DragonFly is fun: It's a thumb in the eye of those tea-pinky tyrants who would tell the rest of us what is and is not high end. I can think of no more recommendable product in digital audio.”


In the early months of 2015, AudioQuest surpassed its previous achievements with DragonFlys Black and Red—two sensational models that offered improved performance-to-cost ratios with unprecedented sound quality, free firmware updates, and, of course, the biggest news of all, compatibility with Apple® and Android® smartphones.

And now comes DragonFly Cobalt—AudioQuest's new flagship DAC. Cobalt takes what music lovers around the world have come to expect from the multi-award-winning DragonFly family—naturally beautiful, seductive sound—and strips away fuzz and fog that weren't even noticeable until Cobalt removed them.


How is this possible? Like the critically acclaimed DragonFly Red, Cobalt has the robust 2.1-volt output to drive almost any headphone, uses a bit-perfect digital volume control for outstanding signal-to-noise ratio, enables seamless compatibility with Apple and Android devices, and is an exceptionally competent and affordable MQA renderer.

Cobalt's precedent-setting performance is made possible by multiple significant upgrades:

  • New, more advanced ESS ES9038Q2M DAC chip with a minimum-phase slow roll-off filter for more natural sound.
  • Microchip's superb PIC32MX274 microprocessor draws less current and increases processing speed by 33%.
  • Improved power-supply filtering that specifically increases immunity to WiFi, Bluetooth, and cellular noise.
  • Includes AudioQuest's new DragonTail USB-A (female) to USB-C (male) adaptor to easily accommodate the increasing number of electronic devices that feature USB-C ports.
  • Contoured enclosure measures just 2.26” x 0.73” x 0.47” (57.5mm x 18.6mm x 11.9mm), making the latest DragonFly 10% smaller than its predecessors.

Like previous models, Cobalt uses Gordon Rankin's precedent-setting StreamLength® asynchronous-transfer USB code. Further, in Gordon's monoClock® technology, a single ultra-low-jitter clock generated from the ESS ES9038Q2M DAC chip runs the ESS chip functions as well as all microcontroller functions. This superior clock enables DragonFly Cobalt to provide greater resolution and clarity than DACs with multiple clocks.

With AudioQuest's DragonFly USB DAC, music appreciation and exploration are limitless: Plug into an Apple or Windows computer or connect to an iOS or Android mobile device. Play YouTube or Vimeo videos. Go hunting on Bandcamp or SoundCloud. Explore playlists on Spotify or Pandora. Stream high-res audio from Tidal or Qobuz. No matter the choice of musical pleasure, DragonFly delivers beautiful sound to earbuds, headphones, desktop speakers, or complete audio systems, unraveling the emotional expression and nuance that makes music and movies so enjoyable. Now, more than ever before, naturally beautiful sound is right at your fingertips—however you want it, whenever you want it.


The first 10,000 units of DragonFly Cobalt will come packaged with vouchers for trial subscriptions to the outstanding Tidal and Qobuz music-streaming services. Cobalt customers can begin their musical journeys with two new AudioQuest playlists—On an AudioQuest and Making Connections—available on Tidal and Qobuz, respectively.

Click here for more info.

To enter the sweepstakes, all you need is an account on this website. If you don't already have one, click on the link labeled "register" at the bottom of this announcement or "LOG IN/JOIN" in the nav bar at the right. Then, enter a username and a valid e-mail address, and click on the "Create new account" button. A message will be automatically sent to the e-mail address you specified, which will include a link to activate the account.

The final step (and only step for those who already have an account) is to log in and leave a comment right here on this announcement—any comment will do, as long as it's not profane or spam. Then, when the sweepstakes closes, a lucky commenter will be chosen at random to receive the prize. So post a comment, and good luck!

For complete sweepstakes rules, click here.

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leogarpab's picture

I love the Red. I'm sure I will like even more the Cobalt.

JayBee62's picture

I’ve always wanted to try an Audioquest DAC. Their reputation is fantastic.

aam's picture

should get to me in two days, can't wait!

jcssnet's picture

Me! - Love to have a new DF, original still going strong..

msl101's picture

I have the original. I"m looking forward to hearing the new Cobalt

brians's picture

You ain't played enough / Till ya play some blues

TimMathews's picture

Thanks for this chance—nothing like a free upgrade!

jacobus20's picture

Rock on!

I_Am_The_Face's picture

Thanks for the opportunity to win. Very nice giveaway!

lenbell's picture

im sure audio sounds great with this device

lenbell's picture

im sure audio sounds great with this device

lenbell's picture

im sure audio sounds great with this device

willdao's picture

I currently have the Black--phenomenal with the 1MORE Triple Driver IEMs; the Cobalt would be awesome!

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bobbroder's picture

Have the Black May consider upgrading but want to hear it!

wigglyman's picture

Yes please.

sjcrouser's picture

I want one, and free is how I want it.

latimer's picture

If I'll have opportunity to try it, I tell you.

douglasp_75's picture

Wouldn't mind getting a Dragon Fly. Should compliment my Surface Pro quite well during late night listening.'s picture

It took me three days to get here.

Shays01's picture

I most desperately could use this awesome audio upgrade for my NightOwls!

HiFiLurk's picture

Cant afford this at the moment so winning it in the contest would be really great!

brgrr's picture

An upgraded one would be amazing

jasonhedgepeth's picture

Great review. I'd love to win one of these and finally hear my music the way it was intended.

kinarow1's picture

When is the drawing? Would love to have this for my MacBook Pro!

rschoenstein's picture

All the reviews I’ve read say this is a great DAC at a great price. Definitely need to get my hands on it.

DBT's picture

I hope to win!

Brown Sound's picture

I need an upgrade for my DragonFly 1.0, please!

jjbechto's picture

This would be an awesome addition to my desktop system!

csugahara's picture

If I win it, it'll make my day.

taavi's picture

I need one!

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LesPaulLouie's picture

Count me in for this one:-)

urhlre's picture

I would like one Too

esarjeant's picture

Would be great to try this out with Qobuz -- have been downloading but haven't tried streaming yet.

absolutepitch's picture

YES! I would like one too.

r66cort's picture

A properly implemented mobile DAC/amp and MQA renderer. Sounds like a winner.

newt1947's picture

My ears are curious

G_goodwin's picture

And I’d love to upgrade with a cobalt. Thanks for the offer!

BradleyP's picture

I love my Dragonfly Black but would be happy to leapfrog over Red to Cobalt.

8T_BoCO's picture

...than the DH Labs GeekOut v2, which got too hot and quit.