AudioQuest DragonFly Black

AudioQuest DragonFly Black

New for 2016 the AudioQuest DragonFly Black USB digital to analogue converter / preamp / headphone amp. The original DragonFly defined the market for micro-DACs, however its USB power draw made it compatible with computers only. Music lovers have craved a more portable version, one that could be reliably used with Apple and Android smartphones and tablets.

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New for 2016 the AudioQuest DragonFly Black USB digital to analogue converter / preamp / headphone amp. The original DragonFly defined the market for micro-DACs, however its USB power draw made it compatible with computers only. Music lovers have craved a more portable version, one that could be reliably used with Apple and Android smartphones and tablets.

With DragonFly Black convenience and performance are both possible, any computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone can be used as a true high fidelity music player. Thus allowing users to enjoy superior sound wherever they are.

AudioQuest have worked alongside Microchip Technology to develop a new high-performance, full-speed USB microcontroller that delivers improved signal-to-noise ratio and significantly lower power consumption. Drawing 77% less current than the DragonFly v1.2’s microcontroller, the new Microchip MX microcontroller enables true compatibility with Apple and Android smartphones and tablets. 

For improved performance DragonFly Black incorporates a 32-bit ESS 9010 Sabre DAC chip which employs minimum phase filtering for naturally detailed and more authentic sound. It outputs 1.2 volts, this is enough power to capably drive all preamplifier input circuits and all reasonably efficient headphones. DragonFly is designed to honour the music you already own and love. Whether listening to Spotify, YouTube, Tidal, ripped CDs, or high resolution files, DragonFly will certainly deliver a more emotionally compelling experience.

DragonFly Black is also software upgradeable through complimentary Windows and OS X desktop applications. As new developments arise in music player applications, streaming protocols, or other associated software, DragonFly users will be able to incorporate those updates into their existing devices.

AudioQuest DragonFly Black Features

  • USB stick-sized digital to analogue converter
  • Plays all music files: MP3 to high-res
  • Compatible with Apple and Windows PCs, as well as iOS and Android mobile devices (requires Apple camera adapter or made for Android/OTG adapter)
  • Drives headphones directly
  • Fixed output feeds preamp or AV receiver
  • Asynchronous transfer ensures digital timing integrity
  • Medium output (1.2 volts) drives a wide range of headphones
  • 32-bit ESS 9010 DAC with minimum-phase filter
  • Analogue volume control
1.20 cm
1.90 cm
6.20 cm
0.20 Kg
Native ResolutionUp to 24-bit / 96kHz
Output1.2 Volts
Micro ControllerMicrochip PIC32MX
DAC ChipESS 9010 32-Bit
Volume ControlAnalogue Volume Control
Desktop / PC CompatibilityWindows 7 / 8.1 / 10; Apple OS X; Linux (no support provided)
Mobile ComparabilityApple iOS (5 and newer)
Android (4.1 and newer)
Software UpgradableYes (from desktop application)
USB ProtocolAsynchronous USB Streamlength
Dimensions (H x W x L)12mm x 19mm x 62mm

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