DragonFly Black

AED 365.00 (Exc. Tax)

DragonFly Black is a USB digital-to-analog converter (DAC) designed to deliver cleaner, clearer, more naturally beautiful sound from any computer, smartphone, or tablet. DragonFly Black’s unique design allows for playback of any file type regardless of resolution. Natively, DragonFly Black is capable of decoding 24-bit/96kHz data.

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Description

FEATURES

USB Stick-Sized Digital-to-Analog Converter
– Plays all music files: MP3s to 24-bit/96kHz high-resolution files
– Compatible with Apple and Windows PCs, as well as iOS and Android mobile devices (requires – Apple Camera Adapter or Made for Android/OTG adaptor)
– 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
– Analog volume control
– This versatile DAC improves everything detail, transparency, immediacy, richness, tone associated with your music

THE NEXT GENERATION: DRAGONFLY BLACK & DRAGONFLY RED
While the original DragonFly defined the market for micro-DACs, 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. We’re delighted to present two new options that do just that: DragonFly Black and DragonFly Red. Convenience and performance are no longer mutually exclusive. With DragonFly Black and 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.

AUDIOQUEST, GORDON RANKIN, AND MICROCHIP:
A BEAUTIFUL PARTNERSHIP
AudioQuest and DragonFly designer Gordon Rankin worked alongside Microchip Technology to develop a new high-performance, full-speed USB microcontroller solution that delivers improved signal-to-noise ratio and significantly lower power consumption. Drawing 77% less current than the previous microcontroller, the new Microchip PIC32MX microcontroller enables true compatibility with Apple and Android smartphones and tablets. Further, we simply cannot overstate the significance of Gordon Rankin’s contributions to AudioQuest. The new DragonFly models embody many of Gordon’s most innovative, creative, and elegant digital-audio solutions to date.

IMPROVED 32-BIT DIGITAL PERFORMANCE
For greater overall performance, the new DragonFly models also incorporate improved 32-bit ESS Sabre DAC chips—the 9010 in Black and the higher-performance 9016 in Red—both of which employ minimum-phase filtering for naturally detailed, more authentic sound. While DragonFly Black uses the same high-quality headphone amp and analog volume control found in DragonFly v1.2, DragonFly Red includes the latest ESS headphone amp and a bit-perfect digital volume control that resides on the 9016 DAC chip itself—a sophisticated implementation that ensures maximum fidelity, dynamic contrast, and signal-to-noise ratio. DragonFly Black will output 1.2 volts—enough power to successfully drive all preamplifier input circuits and a wide range of today’s efficient headphones. Meanwhile, with its higher 2.1-volt output, DragonFly Red will be compatible with a wider range of headphones, including power-hungry, low-efficiency models. While the DAC chips we’ve selected are remarkably powerful and sophisticated, we’ve intentionally limited DragonFly Black and DragonFly Red’s processing capabilities to 24-bit/96kHz resolution. This makes using the DragonFlys as simple as it’s always been: they’re fully compatible with PCs without having to download and install new drivers. Most importantly, DragonFly is 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 files, DragonFly will deliver a more emotionally compelling and enjoyable experience.

FREE DESKTOP APPLICATION FOR SOFTWARE UPGRADABILITY
(FOR DRAGONFLY BLACK AND RED ONLY)
In addition, the new DragonFlys will be software upgradeable through a complimentary Windows or OS X desktop application. As new developments arise in music player applications, streaming protocols, or other associated software, DragonFly users will be able to incorporate those updates to their existing devices.

Additional information

Weight 0.50 kg
Dimensions 15.5 × 3 × 21 cm

FURTHER DETAILS

FURTHER DETAILS

Identification
Black Soft-Touch Finish With Gold Lettering, Protective End-Cap, Leatherette Travel Pouch

Native Resolution
Up to 24-bit / 96kHz

Output
1.2 Volts

Direct-Coupled, High output — With a combination of power, beauty, and finesse, DF Red delivers greater overall impact, momentum, and grip than either DF 1.2 or DF Black, while also surpassing their excellent senses of touch, texture, and nuance. In addition, Red’s high (2.1v) output means that it can easily drive the widest range of headphones. When used as a line-level device (volume set to 100%), DF Red’s 2.1 volts provide enough power to drive all preamplifier, integrated amplifier, or receiver inputs.

Microcontroller
Microchip PIC32MX

The Microchip PIC32MX (USB 2.0 compliant) is a full-speed isochronous USB audio solution. Compared to other controllers, the Microchip microcontroller offers extremely low power consumption (77% lower than the TAS1020b and 95% lower than the most efficient XMOS solution), 32-bit architecture, and the option for software upgradibility (via a desktop application provided by AudioQuest). In addition, the Microchip’s ultra-low-noise power supply minimizes the sound-degrading effect of high-frequency interference on the critical audio signal.

DAC Chip
ESS 9010 32-Bit

Compared to the ESS 9023, the 32-bit ESS 9010 offers improved overall performance and uses a sophisticated minimum-phase digital filter to provide more naturally detailed and dynamic music.

Volume Control
Analog Volume Control

Digitally controlled (from the host) analog volume control. With DF Black connected to a PC or mobile device, adjusting the host’s volume control will, through proxy, control the DF Black’s onboard volume, ensuring maximum resolution regardless of volume setting.

Desktop/PC Compatibility
Windows 7 / 8.1 / 10; Apple OS X; Linux (no support provided)

Mobile Compatibility
Yes: Apple iOS (5 and newer); Android 4.1 and newer* For Android devices, see owner’s manual.

Software Upgradable
Yes (from desktop application): Please download AudioQuest’s Desktop Manager Application and register your product.

USB Protocol
Asynchronous USB Streamlength®

Streamlength™ asynchronous USB code ensures low jitter, low resource load, minimal packet errors, world-class audio playback, and reliable connectivity between our DAC and any computing device compliant with USB Host Mode (as set forth by the USB Organization). Streamlength requires no additional drivers, making DragonFly Black virtually plug-and-play for Apple, Windows, iOS, and Android users.

Dimensions
12mm (h) x 19mm (w) x 62mm (l)

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