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AudioQuest DragonFly Black v1.5 USB Digital-to-Analog Converter
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- Drives headphones directly
- Variable output drives powered speakers or a power amplifier
- Fixed output feeds preamp or AV receiver
- Accepts music files up to 24-bit/96kHz resolution
- Asynchronous Class 1 USB data transfer using the Streamlength protocol
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AudioQuest DRAGONFLYBLK DragonFly v1.5 USB Digital-to-Analog Converter in Black
The DragonFly v 1.5 Black from AudioQuest is a flash drive-sized Digital Audio Converter (DAC), preamplifier, and headphone amplifier that connects to a USB port. It features a 32-bit ESS Sabre conversion chip that bypasses the device's sound card to deliver higher quality sound from your Mac, Windows, iOS, or Android device (use with mobile devices requires optional adapters). Compared to earlier models, the Black version has improved circuitry between the DAC chip and analog output, as well as a fortified power supply. Its 1/8" (3.5mm) stereo output can connect a set of headphones or allow patching into a larger audio system.
The DragonFly Black can accept audio files ranging from MP3s and CD-standard 16-bit / 44.1 kHz L-PCMs to higher resolution 24-bit / 96 kHz formats. Using USB protocol, DragonFly commands the timing of the audio data transfer, dramatically reducing errors. DragonFly Black employs a unique clock system called a Hybrid-PLL. While not discrete, the Hybrid-PLL performs equal to, or better than, many discrete clock systems. A smart LED indicator on the DragonFly shows the resolution and status of the incoming signal. Additionally, DragonFly's analog circuits are direct-coupled from the ESS converter chip's output, avoiding the need for any extraneous components in the signal path.
Features : -
- Improved Circuitry from Version 1
- Plugs Into an Available USB Port
- Provides Improved Sound Quality
- 32-Bit ESS Sabre Conversion Chip
- 1/8" Jack Outputs Directly to Headphones
- Resolutions up to 24-Bit / 96 kHz
- Can Also Feed Preamp or Power Amp
- Supports Mac, Windows, iOS, Android
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I found that 44100kHz wasn't supported through ASIO, and couldn't get it to play audio directly through Dragonfly either. I have to have the setting at 48000kHz to work with ASIO, and when played independently, the Dragonfly plays both 48000kHz and 96000kHz. Don't know why the 44100kHz setting doesn't yield any audio, but it's not a problem. I just stay at 48000kHz permanently now to avoid any issues.
This unit is working great... the sound is excellent... and the volume control integrated with the Mac volume control is handy.
I did purchases a good quality cable to feed signal from the Dragonfly to the power amp, which provided a noticeable sound improvement over a cheap cable I was originally using.
Before purchasing the unit, I was concerned if the Version 1.0 unit would work with the latest Mac OSX (I'm running 10.9). I called AudioQuest and spoke with a rep who assured me it would be fine -- which is the case.
Bottom line is this unit works great with my system and I am extremely pleased with it.
Overall it was worth the investment.
Enter my not -used Dell Inspiron laptop ( Windows 7 ) as a music server for all of the itunes (AAC-lossless format) ripped CD's I had accumulated, more than 130 GB's of music , and I do consider myself an audiophile , 56 years in the making.
The Dragonfly DAC takes a direct output stream from Windows 7 and decodes using a digital/analog Sabre chip found only in high end audiophile equipment. In other words, this $200 DAC replaces the $2 audio sound card used by my Dell ( and most all laptops, for that matter).
The instructions, online help from Audioquest( Dragonfly's maker), packaging , etc are all first rate.
If you really like music like I do, you will consider the $200 price for the Dragonfly DAC by Audioquest as a small price to pay for good music again around my house !
Note: I am not a headphone guy, so I can't comment on the Dragonfly's performance with the myriad of headphones, amps, etc , out there. I do know it works with headphones, the instructions demonstrate that. I am glad that the Dragonfly is versatile enough for $200 , you can spend a LOT more for a DAC !
Finally, the Dragonfly DAC set up guide specifically mentions JRivers music/video software as an "audiophile alternative " to itunes, that runs on top of itunes, giving you more audio setup choices and allowing the most from the Dragonfly in terms of audiophile performance. There is 30 day free trial for JRivers, I used the trial, really liked and purchased it for $50. I am no longer using itunes , and not looking back !
I deducted one star because the Dragonfly is a stick that just "hangs out" from the USB port, it is exposed where it is, a bump or drop will either damage the Dragonfly, or more likely, mess with the USB port it is attached to. Their is a Dragonfly "tail" available, I would recommend to Dragonfly/ Audioquest they just include it, most users, I believe, will benefit from using the "tail."
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BUT THEN, I used it with my new Dell laptop and the quality is FANTASTIC.Read more