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AUDIOQUEST - DRAGONFLY V1.2 USB DAC

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  • Connects directly to headphones, powered speakers or an amplifier for stunning audio
  • User-selectable for either a Variable or a Fixed output
  • Sophisticated Asynchronous USB Audio Data Transfer
  • 24-bit/96kHz capability
  • 64-position analog volume control
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  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B00H00VLZQ
  • Item model number: 15660
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 27, 2013

Product Description

AudioQuest DragonFly v1.2 USB DAC Plug AudioQuest DragonFly v1.2 USB DAC Into Your Laptop and Listen Via Headphones, Run a Mini-to-RCA Cable from DragonFly to Your Stereo, or Connect to Powered Speakers for Incredible Sound AudioQuest DragonFly v1.2 USB DAC: Product of the Year Award-Winner from Almost Every High-End Audio Magazine in the World AudioQuest's award-winning DragonFly DAC/headphone amp is upgraded for even better sound! Refined circuitry between the DAC chip and analog output stage provides greater transparency. The DAC's power supply is also fortified, giving your music more "grip" and greater dynamic contrast. A more direct signal path yields huge dividends in transparency and immediacy.  DragonFly v1.2 provides brilliant sound from computer audio files, plugs into any USB output, and easily connects to stereo systems and headphones. You'll be listening to vastly improved audio in minutes! "I can think of no more recommendable product in digital audio." - Art Dudley, Stereophile Just like the original version, Dragonfly v1.2 connects to the USB jack on any Mac- or Windows-based computer and delivers vastly superior sound quality. Stuffed with state-of-the-art features, DragonFly provides unbeatable sound quality. DragonFly features a 3.5mm (1/8") mini-jack for its analog output. It's user-selectable for either a Variable or a Fixed output. Variable Output Mode takes advantage of DragonFly's 64-position analog volume control, allowing it to be used with headphones, ear buds, powered speakers, or directly into an amplifier. The Fixed Output Mode allows DragonFly to be connected to any audio system. All that's required is a readily available mini-to-RCA analog cable. "The Dragonfly Is dead, long live the Dragonfly v1.2. AudioQuest has managed to do something no other company has yet accomplished which is to swat their own product off our Greatest Bits list by delivering what strikes me as a more natural a

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Customer Reviews

Music sounds so good.
Marc
I know there are more expensive DAC's out there and this is my first time to use one, but I've got to say, this was absolutely money well spent in my opinion.
Steve
These small differences actually helped me appreciate a familiar performance much better than ever before.
Audiopolitan

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93 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Scottyfree111 on January 18, 2014
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I've owned or auditioned many DAC's over the years including offerings from Music Fidelity, Creek, Arcam, Rega, Parasound, Schiit, Burson, Benchmark, etc. They all sound good, and each has it's own merits. I find you need to spend at least $500 to $1,000 to get a good DAC for computer audio. But then you need all of the other stuff like an upgraded USB cable, powercords, fuses, vibration control devices, interconnects, headphones and headphone amp or powered speakers, etc.
After losing a setup like that in a recent housefire, I went about trying to get a modest setup until my family can return to our home in 4-5 months. After a few days of research, I decided to get the latest Dragonfly DAC and Sennheiser HD 600 headphones and the sound has exceeded my expectations. There is warmth yet detail, tight punchy bass, and a pretty good soundstage; it just sounds so very musical. I play FLAC files from JRiver 19, and use about 10 recordings to evaluate components. As soon as I heard Diana Krall singing Glad Rag Doll I knew this was a good product. Jazz trio's sound splendid and classic rock is great too. I'm a happy camper.

I thought I would sorely miss the speed and sheer transparency of my planar magnetic Hi-Fi Man and Audeze cans, but I find that not only can I live with this setup for a few months, but I actually enjoy it more in some ways. Sometimes less is more and this minimal setup has me thinking: I don't need to worry about my powerline, cables, RFI, EMI, and all of the silly things audiophiles constantly want to upgrade. If you read the specs on the Dragonfly, you'll see it has the latest Sabre DAC. I'm sure that's a good thing, but I always go by sound quality and not any sort of specification or hype. Is this product going to place Dianna Krall inside my head or not?
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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful By K. Heim on January 13, 2014
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I am a software developer by trade, and spend countless hours in front of the screen with in-ear (IEM) headphones. I listen to techno & house music, etc. Laptop onboard sound systems are marginal at best, and do suffer from jitter and produce a certain amount of noise. My current laptop doesn't even produce a soundstage. Yes it works, but 10 hours a day, it certainly isn't "comfortable", and truly enjoyable, like when I'm at home.

This thing is awesome. The soundstage is huge, the noise doesn't exist. The highs are sharp as a sword (efficiently), and its only got 10 hours on it, but the mids and bass are fantastic. I can only imagnine what this sounds like after 200 hours.

I am highly critical about everything audio and video, and would easily be able to advise negativities about any product. For this one, I cant come up with any. Im at working coding right now, and have been enjoying six continuous hours of listening with this DAC, and I have ZERO fatigue, just smooth enjoyment. When connected to my laptop's onboard sound, fatigue from harshness typically happens after 2 hours.

This gets my award for "Most Bang for Your Buck" audio device. In my case, probably in five years or more.

In summary, if you have a lifestyle that puts you in a position where you can (and do) listen to music for hours on end (for whatever reason).......this is a MUST for many reasons. Enjoyment, no fatigue, etc. This is not just highly recommended, its a must.

I just demo'd it to three co-workers, also engineers, and all 3 are getting one. Be sure to get v1.2, the most recent model.

For Windows 7 x64 SP1, it is plug and play, no manual interaction required to install drivers......Windows does it automatically.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Audiopolitan on July 5, 2014
AudioQuest, a part of the Quest Group, is an American manufacturer of high-end audio cables and accessories. In 2012, they released a small pen-drive sized USB DAC called DragonFly. Many reviewers and audiophiles called it a game changing USB DAC, back then, and it went on to become great commercial success in the world of computer audio. Since then, many have attempted to create similarly sized USB DACs and the market is currently flooded with many small USB DACs for use with computer audio and certain portable devices. This year, AudioQuest released an updated/tweaked version of the DragonFly and aptly named it as the DragonFly V1.2. AudioQuest has not only tweaked the original DragonFly USB DAC for better performance, they even reduced the price to USD 150 making it within the reach of a wider audience of computer audiophiles.

Features & Functionality

One of the key visible difference by which one can identify the DragonFly V1.2 from the original V1.0 is the 3.5mm headphone jack--it now sports a grey colour instead of the original black colour. The DAC is actually designed with only the most practically essential functions that includes:

*The 3.5mm jack that can power headphones directly or can be used to connect to a Pre-amp/Amp too.

*64 position (computer controlled) analogue volume control. There are no channel imbalance issues here that some manual volume controls are by design plagued with.

*Asynchronous USB data transfer feeding a 24bit ESS Sabre DAC. So there is no need for an external Asynchronous USB to S/PDIF or TOSLINK converter that some Synchronous DACs require to sound good with computer audio.

*The LED indicator, in the shape of a dragonfly, changes colour depending on the resolution of the music being played.
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