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This review is from: AudioQuest DragonFly USB Digital to Analog Converter (Black) Version 1.0 (Electronics)Down-sizing has left me with just a laptop, a pair of old Grado headphones and 500 CDs ripped to ALE. So the Dragonfly, with its miniature form factor, has been a God-send for me. Huge, pillowy bass, airy soundstage and realistic cymbals (my main acid test). I am returning to familiar music with vigor and excitement, finding an ease and transparency I never experienced before and an absence of listener fatigue. Jeez, even the few MP3 downloads I own sound good.
Late-night, critical listening (accompanied by a snifter) has never been more fun or engaging. I am surprised at how quickly the time gets away from me. I highly recommend the Dragonfly.
Update (11/6/12) - After a few weeks of use, I started to hear some troubling artifacts - crackling and popping that was conclusively traced to the Dragonfly. Their customer service folks were quick to issue a replacement (that hasn't arrived yet) but I'm wondering if the product may not be entirely ready for prime time. Some others have reported hearing similar artifacts.
Update (7/29/13) - After 9 months I decided this unit is just not for me and listed it on eBay. So Audioquest came after me for using their product image in my eBay listing!!! Do you want to deal with small-minded people like this?
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Initial post: Sep 24, 2012 11:34:20 AM PDT
Daniel Leithauser says:
You had me at cymbals. Cymbals represent a way to find definition or lack there of in recordings, sample rates, engineering, and hardware of all sorts. The closer they are to hiss, the lesser the sound.
Posted on Aug 4, 2013 4:36:42 PM PDT
The Z Man says:
Why did you decide it isn't for you? What have you replaced it with?
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 4, 2013 4:45:10 PM PDT
George Kaplan says:
Thanks for asking. Sorry to be cryptic.
I found myself using the unit less and less over time. That was telling. I also found the USB seating of the device to be sloppy, with drop-outs that required manual fiddling.
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