The Audioquest Dragonfly Black expands upon the abilities of the Dragonfly 1.2, with lower power consumption meaning this high quality digital to analogue converter and headphone amplifier can now be used with portable devices. A newly developed USB microcontroller delivers improved signal-to-noise ratio and significantly lower power consumption, drawing 77% less current.
The DragonFly Black utilises the 32-bit ESS Sabre 9010 DAC chip, which employs minimum-phase filtering for naturally detailed, more authentic sound. It uses the same high-quality headphone amp and analog volume control found in DragonFly v1.2. The Dragonfly can convert audio and music files ranging from MP3s and CD-standard 16-bit/44kHz to native 24-bit/96kHz high-resolution. If your computer's software can recognize and play a format, DragonFly will make it sound its best.
The Dragonfly connects to a PC or Mac via its USB connection and reduces the jitter and noise often associated with music files on a computer. To connect to an iOS device it requires an adaptor such as the Apple camera connection kit. Android devices can be connected by Audioquests own DragonTail adaptor (available separately). The stereo line output connects to your amplifier or stereo system to deliver high quality sound superior to your computer's sound card. The Black can also drive a wide range of the most efficient headphones.
The size of a thumb drive, the Dragonfly Black makes a great companion for laptops and mobile devices, and will give you the best sound possible from movies or music.
|Compatibility||Compatible with PCs running Microsoft Windows 7, 8 or 10 and OS X. Compatibility with other operating systems is not guaranteed.|
Works with Apple iOS devices (requires Apple Lightning-to-USB adaptor to connect), and Android devices (Audioquest DragonTail adaptor required).
Stereo line out (via 3.5mm minijack)
|Extra||24 bit / 96 kHz DAC|
|Functions||Converts digital audio from a computer's USB output to stereo analogue audio. Can be used as a variable headphone output or a fixed output to a preamp. Works with mobile devices.|
|Supplied accessories ||Carrying pouch|
|W x H x D (mm) ||19 x 12 x 62|
||What HiFi 5 Stars
"Strict balance, rhythmic intelligence and joie de vivre" "With more insight and dynamic impetus." "Clearer, tighter presentation." "The original DragonFly was a groundbreaking product, which rightly won accolades four years ago. The DragonFly Black continues this commitment to better sound quality on a budget, but in an even more impressive package."
whathifi.com May 2016
||What HiFi Awards 2016
"With improved sound and a tempting price tag, this is the best DragonFly yet"
Best USB DAC under £100