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AudioQuest DragonFly USB Digital to Analog Converter (Black) Version 1.0 (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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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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AudioQuest DragonFly: Brilliant Sound from Your Computer, Simply and Affordably Run a Mini-to-RCA Cable from the DragonFly to Your Stereo System to Stream Incredible Sound Connect DragonFly Directly to a Pair of Headphones or Powered Speakers for Stunning Digital Audio Winner of the 2013 Golden Ear Award from The Absolute Sound "I can think of no more recommendable product in digital audio." - Art Dudley, Stereophile "Look no further than the DragonFly for a ridiculously affordable way to transform your computer into a highly musical digital source...even grizzled audiophiles will be astonished by the improvements it brings in resolution and balance." - The Absolute Sound, 2013 Golden Ear Awards The audiophile community is buzzing about the new AudioQuest DragonFly. This tiny USB Digital-to-Analog Converter 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. It's also extremely affordable and incredibly portable. The DragonFly practically installs itself. It's so easy to use, you will be listening to music in seconds. "AudioQuest's DragonFly USB DAC is brilliant in every respect: form factor, cool factor, versatility, value, and sound quality. I can't think of a product that makes high-end sound more accessible to more people. Want better sound? Here, plug this into your computer. Done." - Robert Harley, The Absolute Sound 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 avail

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • ASIN: B00882U782
  • Item model number: 15660
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at June 1, 2012

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187 of 208 people found the following review helpful By Keith Levkoff on October 4, 2012
Audioquest has definitely got a market winner with the Dragonfly, but I am a bit surprised at the rave reviews it gets.

The Pros:
1) Beautiful build quality (heavy metal covered with that rubbery coating)
2) Cool color change display (the logo changes color to show bit rate) is also very useful
3) Really small
4) Good volume control via computer
5) Doesn't need drivers
6) Good sound, and drives headphones quite well overall

The Cons:
1) Expensive
2) You've got a USB dongle to which you're going to attach a headphone wire....
if you plug the wire straight in and let it hang down, the USB plug is going to get sloppy sooner than later;
if you use a little USB extension cord, then that's more stuff to carry, and it isn't pocket sized any more.
3) GOOD sound, but not exceptional.

I have several DACs, in various price ranges, and I (and a few friends) found the Dragonfly "good but not exciting".
The sound is just a bit too "smooth", and the high end isn't quite as "airy" as it should be.
It doesn't make anything sound bad, and it probably will cover up a bit of the high frequency crud in poor quality recordings,
but recordings with nice clean high end sound a bit dull on the little guy, and slightly smoothed over.
Sure, it's worlds above the sound card in your computer, and better than the $39 FiiO, but let's not get carried away.
For example, the HRT HeadStreamer, not nearly as tiny, but HALF the price, sounds slightly better to me.
So, to sum up, for what it is (a really tiny DAC that sounds quite good), it's the only game in town.
If you buy it as your first DAC, you certainly won't be disappointed.....
but, if you shop around, and listen to alternatives, you CAN do better.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Cory Zuspan on June 3, 2013
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I will start this review by saying that I am not an audiophile. I very much enjoy good music and high quality audio, but I think that spending upwards of 1000 on a product that gives you an extra 5% performance is silly. So when I found the Dragonfly DAC in a variety of Audiophile magazines I was intrigued.

The Audioquest DrogonFly DAC is a very interesting device. Much smaller and more portable than a standard DAC, but supposedly built with the same high fidelity bits you find on much larger tabletop DACs even including a headphone amp and an analog volume control. In my findings, this DAC performs admirably. The speakers I'm powering are a pair of Paradigm Shift A2s.

In terms of build quality this thing is built like a tank. I have a large number of thumb drives (Although no waterproof/tough style drives) and this thing feels far more solid and robust than any of them. The included cap is nice, although like most thumb drive style caps it's quite easy to lose. The packaging that it comes in is very nice and indicates some serious thought was put into the product. It's shipped in wrapped in a velvet-esque carrying case, inside high density foam in a double cardboard box. I'm fairly certain you could drop this thing out of the delivery vehicle on a freeway and run it over a couple of times and it would still be in perfect condition.

I've put it through the ringer with a large variety of music from pop streamed at 128kbps from Spotify, to classical 192/24 FLAC files. In all counts the DAC has impressed. I found it nice and neutral, just like a good audio device should be with no particular character other than very clean precise music. Coming from an onboard soundcard (albeit a decent one on a very high end motherboard) there was a world of difference.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Bob in Dayton on August 23, 2012
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Surprisingly fantastic performance in a tiny package. I had seamless interfacing on Windows computers. Much better sound (and amp) quality than from my Fiio E17 DAC/amp. Much to my surprise, the Dragonfly will easily drive higher impedance, hard-to-drive headphones. I had beautiful highs and deep solid bass into my 300 ohm Sennheiser HD600 headphones, incredible detail into my Shure 940 headphones, and stellar performance into my earphones as well. I haven't found a situation where I need an external amplifier. Highly recommended!
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jearld Clifford on December 10, 2012
I bought this unit 3 months ago and finally discovered the setup guide last week on Audioquest's website. Understand on my iMac it simply works when you plug it in, and it does improve your sound quite a bit. When I purchased it I thought well thats it and it was noticeably better so I enjoyed it for about 3 months as a nice but not elite DAC. However, after walking through audioquest's setup guide and adjusting a few settings in sound preferences and itunes the sound really opened up to a new level. The sound stage sounds wider with a more vinyl like warmth. Today I tried the recommended itunes companion program called pure audio (it's pricey at $129) and now it is actually very close to my main high-fi system running a NAD 51 DAC to monitor audio gx speakers/ Denon amp. After installing the application the highs are better separated and the lows are more controlled. As I write this I am listening to "lights" by Journey and the instruments are well placed around and behind with the vocals clearly present in the foreground. So, if you have purchased this DAC at least go through the setup guide and it will be a marked improvement, if you want to see how far this little DAC can go get the (overpriced) itunes companion app. I guess I shouldn't say its so overpriced I payed $2100 for my NAD 51, seems easier to me to pay more for hardware than software.

BTW... After moving between my iMac and Macbook pro for several months I have had no problems at all with the USB connector becoming loose with the use of headphones and powered speakers. The unit is very light but well built.
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