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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 420.00

- 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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