AUDIOQUEST - DRAGONFLY USB DAC
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Category: Audio Equipment, D/A Converters, Accessories, Computer Audio, USB DACS, Audiophile Gifts Under $250, Headphones and Headphone Amps, Computer Audio & Digital Gear.
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AudioQuest DragonFly: Brilliant Sound from Your Computer, Simply and Affordably
Run a Mini-to-RCA Cable from the DragonFly to Your Stereo System to Stream Incredible Sound
Connect DragonFly Directly to a Pair of Headphones or Powered Speakers for Stunning Digital Audio
"I can think of no more recommendable product in digital audio."
The audiophile community is buzzing about the new AudioQuest DragonFly. This tiny USB Digital-to-Analog Converter connects to the USB jack on any Mac- or Windows-based computer and delivers vastly superior sound quality. Stuffed with state-of-the-art features, DragonFly provides unbeatable sound quality. It’s also extremely affordable and incredibly portable. The DragonFly practically installs itself. It's so easy to use, you will be listening to music in seconds.
"AudioQuest's DragonFly USB DAC is brilliant in every
respect: form factor, cool factor, versatility, value, and sound
quality. I can't think of a product that makes high-end sound more
accessible to more people. Want better sound? Here, plug this into your
DragonFly features a 3.5mm (1/8") mini-jack for its analog output. It's user-selectable for either a Variable or a Fixed output. Variable Output Mode takes advantage of DragonFly's 64-position analog volume control, allowing it to be used with headphones, ear buds, powered speakers, or directly into an amplifier. The Fixed Output Mode allows DragonFly to be connected to any audio system. All that's required is a readily available mini-to-RCA analog cable and you will be listening to reference-level audio for a song!
"Holy smokes! What a giant step forward in sound quality with this setup! The smooth, clean, refined sound I’d heard before remained, but now with a level of transparency, detail, and immediacy that running the signal through the preamp hadn’t provided. The result was a noticeable increase in resolution, image specificity, soundstage space, and realism. I’m not talking about a subtle or barely perceptible difference, such as might be provided by going from 24/96 to 24/192. I’m talking, 'Wow, that’s not even close!' What had sounded merely good now sounded fantastic."
DragonFly employs sophisticated Asynchronous USB Audio Data Transfer to dramatically improve every aspect of audio performance. Tremendous amounts of engineering ensure the best possible sound on any type of music files. DragonFly accepts music files ranging from MP3 to full-resolution, standard CD files (16-bit/44kHz). DragonFly will even play your high-resolution 24-bit/96kHz music files! (NOTE: the DragonFly will play files up to 24bit/192k, but it will down-sample them to 24/96). Plus, it has a clever LED indicator that changes color to display the resolution of the incoming signal. (Green=44.1k, Blue=48k, Yellow=88.2k, White=96k or above.)
"The DragonFly's sound is clearer and more precise. Bass is
tighter and better defined...the DragonFly's more expansive stereo image
floats freer of the speakers."
DragonFly was created to make it easy for everyone to enjoy the best sound possible from all their computer audio files. With DragonFly, you get a great-sounding DAC that will easily drive any pair of headphones at home, or on a plane. Finally, you can take the same high-performance audio you enjoy at home out on the road with you! The device also sounds incredible when connected to a pair of powered speakers at home or in the office.
"Dynamically bolder and timbrally more vivid than most
contemporary DACs of my acquaintance, the DragonFly's sound was colorful
and up-front. Tonal balance, from bass to treble, was as good as I've
heard in a modern digital source component, being neither dull nor
overly crisp or bright."
Hearing is believing: When connected to a high-end audio system, the sound from this USB DAC is simply jaw-dropping. Try one today and we know you'll agree. 100% Music Direct Money Back Guaranteed.
"When the DragonFly butted heads with the computer soundcard, the latter lost within seconds. It was a contest between clean, smooth, and dynamic versus dirty, rough, and lifeless. The DragonFly had better imaging, greater depth, richer texture, could play louder without inducing fatigue, and a solid bass that made me suspect my sub had gotten into performance-enhacing drugs."
Sample rates supported, LED indicator color codes:
22 kHz (44.1kHz sample rate)
24 kHz (48kHz sample rate)
44 kHz (88.2kHz sample rate)
48 kHz (96kHz sample rate)
Output voltage: ~ 2vrms
Minimum driving impedance (i.e., minimum headphone impedance): ~12 ohms
Maximum driving power: 150mW
Setup Guide (PDF, 511 KB, updated Sept., 2012)
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