Audioquest DragonFly Black
The Next Generation:
Black & 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.
Audioquest have now given us two new options that do just that:
Audioquest 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.
Improved 32-Bit Digital Performance
For greater overall performance, the new 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 Audioquest DragonFly Black uses the same high-quality headphone amp and analog volume control found in v1.2,
USB Stick-Sized Digital-to-Analog 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 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