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Audioquest DragonFly Red Portable USB DAC Preamp Headphone Amplifier DragonFlyR

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The DragonFly Red will give you far better audio quality than your standard 3.5mm headphone jack can offer.

Winner of What HiFi's "Best USB DAC £150+" 2017

The DragonFly Red is a small USB digital-to-analog converter (DAC) designed to deliver cleaner, clearer, more naturally beautiful sound from any computer, smartphone, or tablet. DragonFly Red is capable of natively decoding 24-bit/96kHz data. About the size of a USB thumb drive, the DragonFly Red is a true example of goods things coming in small packages! With DragonFly Red, any computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone can be used as a true high-fidelity music player, allowing music lovers to enjoy beautiful sound wherever they go, whenever they please.

The DragonFly Red is designed for exceedingly low power consumption and extremely low-noise, and can achieve an unprecedented level of efficiency and signal-to-noise ratio, regardless of bit or sample-rate.

Additionally, the low power design means it is compatible with handheld Apple and Android mobile devices, allowing a truely unique audiophile experience when travelling and away from home.

DragonFly Red Setup Diagram

Outstanding 32-Bit Digital Performance
The DragonFly Red incorporates a high efficiency 32-bit ESS Sabre 9016 DAC chip featuring minimum-phase filtering for naturally detailed, more authentic sound. Capable of 2.1 volts of high output power, the DragonFly Red has enough output power to drive all preamplifier input circuits and a much wider range of today's headphones, including power-hungry, low-efficiency models.

Designed to honor the music you already own and love - whether you're listening to Spotify, YouTube, Tidal, ripped CDs, or state-of-the-art high-resolution audio files - the DragonFly Red will deliver a more compelling and enjoyable experience.

64-Bit Bit-Perfect Volume Control
DragonFly Red employs a 64-bit, bit-perfect digital volume control that resides inside the DAC chip itself - an elegant and sophisticated implementation that ensures maximum fidelity, dynamic contrast, and signal-to-noise ratio. With DragonFly Red connected to a PC or mobile device, adjusting the host’s system volume control will, through proxy, control the DragonFly Red’s onboard volume.

Key Features:
- USB Stick-Sized Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC)
- Plays all music files: MP3 to high-res
- Compatible with Apple and Windows PCs, as well as iOS and Android mobile devices*
- Drives headphones directly
- Fixed output feeds preamp or AV receiver
- Asynchronous transfer ensures digital timing integrity
- High output (2.1 volts) drives almost all headphones, including power-hungry models
- 32-bit ESS 9010 DAC with minimum-phase filter
- Bit-perfect digital volume control
- Made in USA

User Manual (PDF, 1.83MB)

*requires Apple Camera Adapter or Made for Android/OTG adaptor (not included)

More Information
Model Number DragonFlyR
RRP 399.00

- Native Resolution: Up to 24-bit / 96kHz
- Output: 2.1 volts
- Microcontroller: Microchip PIC32MX
- DAC Chip: ESS 9016 32-Bit
- USB Protocal: Asynchronous USB Streamlength®
- Volume Control: Digital: 64-Bit Bit-Perfect Volume Control (digitally controlled from the host)
- Desktop/PC Compatibility: Windows (7/8.1/10), Apple OSX
- Mobile Compatibility: Apple iOS (5 and newer), Android 4.1 and newer (for Android devices, see owner's manual)
- Software Upgradeable: Yes (from desktop application)
- Dimensions: 12mm (h) x 19mm (w) x 62mm (l)
- Finish: Red Automotive Finish With Gold lettering, Protective End-Cap

What's Included?
- DragonFly Red Asynchronous USB DAC
- Travel Pouch
- Flight Manual

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12 Months
The DragonFly Red DAC includes a 12 month Australian warranty.

To register your DragonFly Red DAC, fill out the form on the Audioquest website's Warranty Registration page here.

If you experience any issues with this product please don't hesitate to contact us.
How much does delivery cost?
Nothing! We offer free post on all orders to anywhere within the Australian mainland and Tasmania.

Can I pick up my purchase from your store?
Yes. You can usually pick up your order from one of our stores. We recommend that you contact us first to ensure your order is ready for collection.

What happens if I'm not happy with my product when it arrives?
We offer a 30 day 100% satisfaction guarantee on all of our products! If your order arrives damaged, faulty or not quite as you expected, please contact us and we will do everything we can to fix the situation.

Please visit our FAQ page for answers to other frequently asked questions or contact us if you have any other questions or comments.