AudioQuest DragonFly 2-Channel USB DAC/Preamp/Headphone Amplifier Red

AudioQuest DragonFly 2-Channel USB DAC/Preamp/Headphone Amplifier Red
AudioQuest DragonFly 2-Channel USB DAC/Preamp/Headphone Amplifier Red
AudioQuest DragonFly 2-Channel USB DAC/Preamp/Headphone Amplifier Red
AudioQuest DragonFly 2-Channel USB DAC/Preamp/Headphone Amplifier Red

AudioQuest DragonFly 2-Channel USB DAC/Preamp/Headphone Amplifier Red
This dinky portable DAC is worth every penny. A near-flawless option for anyone looking to give their computer music a hi-fi boost. Sophisticated, solid and subtle sound. Flew into our testing rooms back in 2012, it was a breath of fresh air. A DAC and headphone amp disguised as a USB stick and with great sound to boot? It was some serious innovation, and became the de facto quick and easy way to give a laptop a sonic upgrade, especially after the refinements and price drop of the v1.2. Here in 2016, however, the landscape is markedly different and rising above the DACtastic tide is far harder. On the one side theres the DragonFly Black. An upgrade on the outgoing v1.2. On the other side is our test subject today, the DragonFly Red. MORE: Audioquest's new DragonFly USB DACs work with phones and tablets. AudioQuest points to a number of upgrades for the Red over the Black, though: a more advanced DAC and headphone amp for starters, plus a bit-perfect digital volume control contained on the DAC chip itself thats apparently a big improvement on the analogue volume control in the Black. A higher voltage output (2.1v compared to the Blacks 1.2v) makes it more suitable for driving demanding headphones, too. None of that sounds particularly Earth-shattering, but it does bring with it some rather good news: the DragonFly Red sounds better than the Black.

The Black is already a big improvement on simply plugging your headphones into your laptops headphone socket, with timing, attack and detail getting a really huge boost. But the Red is a far more sophisticated listen. The first thing you notice when going from one to the other is the Reds extra sonic weight. This is partly in the form of overall bass extension, but whats more impressive is the extra body given to each and every note.

Theres a three-dimensionality, solidity and texture to every sound that makes the Black sound a little two-dimensional by comparison (even though its undeniably accomplished in its own right and price-point). As well as being fuller-bodied, each of these notes also contains a good deal more detail, and that, combined with excellent low-level dynamics, means everything has a more natural, subtle and expressive sound. Then theres the way the Red organises the presentation. Feed both DACs the 24-bit version of Radioheads.

And while the Black allows the fabulous organised chaos to become a bit of a muddle as the track reaches its crescendo, the Red maintains full control, allowing you to pick out and admire every thread of the gloriously complicated arrangement. The whole track builds and builds, becoming ever more frantic and layered and, when it suddenly ends, you feel exhausted the way you do when youve just experienced something genuinely dramatic. Listening to the same track through the Black doesnt leave you with the same feeling. If you want to take things back to basics and are wondering whether a DAC such as this will make a difference to your daily dose of Spotify, allow us to confirm that it will. Even these comparatively low-res streams get a hefty improvement in the detail, definition and dynamic departments, and theyre as strong a case for the Red over the Black as 24-bit stuff is.

MORE: Audioquest Dragonfly v1.2 review. Theres a pouch provided for safer transportation. The qualities that made the previous version of the DragonFly so great remain just as compelling now.

Its a supremely compact and convenient device that can be taken anywhere for an immediate musical boost, and having the logo light up in different colours to tell you the file format running through it, still seems an elegant and instant method of delivering mind-easing information. The item "AudioQuest DragonFly 2-Channel USB DAC/Preamp/Headphone Amplifier Red" is in sale since Thursday, January 10, 2019. This item is in the category "Consumer Electronics\TV, Video & Home Audio\Home Audio\Receivers & Amplifiers\Amplifiers & Preamps".

The seller is "wolfskillca" and is located in Sherman Oaks, California. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, all countries in Europe, all countries in continental Asia, Australia.


AudioQuest DragonFly 2-Channel USB DAC/Preamp/Headphone Amplifier Red


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