Launched in 2012, press and public alike have enthusiastically embraced AudioQuests multi-award-winning DragonFly USB digital-to-analog converter/preamp/headphone amp as the rare audio product that bridges the gap between die-hard audiophiles and mainstream music lovers. DragonFly plugs into a computers USB port to bypass the computers compromised audio circuitry and deliver cleaner, clearer, more naturally beautiful sound to headphones, powered speakers, and complete audio systems. Small, affordable, easy to use, and remarkably effective, DragonFly was named Stereophiles 2012 Computer Audio Component of the Year and 2012 Budget Component of the Year; Tone Audios 2012 Digital Product of the Year; Computer Audiophiles 2012 Computer Audiophile Product of the Year; AudioStreams Greatest Bits; and What Hi-Fi? S 2014 Product of the Year. Nets John Darko quipped: A DAC with the DragonFlys performance at the DragonFlys price point is as rare as rocking horse sht.We couldnt have said it better. 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 versionone that could be reliably used with Apple and Android smartphones and tablets. Were 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. 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 Rankins contributions to AudioQuest. The new DragonFly models embody many of Gordons most innovative, creative, and elegant digital-audio solutions to date.For greater overall performance, the new DragonFly models also incorporate improved 32-bit ESS Sabre DAC chipsthe 9010 in Black and the higher-performance 9016 in Redboth 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 itselfa sophisticated implementation that ensures maximum fidelity, dynamic contrast, and signal-to-noise ratio.
DragonFly Black will output 1.2 voltsenough power to successfully drive all preamplifier input circuits and a wide range of todays 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 weve selected are remarkably powerful and sophisticated, weve intentionally limited DragonFly Black and DragonFly Reds processing capabilities to 24-bit/96kHz resolution. This makes using the DragonFlys as simple as its always been: theyre 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 youre listening to Spotify, YouTube, Tidal, Qobuz, 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 are software upgradeable through a complimentary Windows or OS desktop application. As new developments arise in music player applications, streaming protocols, or other associated software, DragonFly users can incorporate those updates to their existing devices. Tidal Masters (MQA) playback is now available on iPhones and Android smartphones. MQAs technology folds high-resolution files into smaller files that can be streamed on the go. The MQA decoder in the Tidal app recovers all the direct music-related information. As an MQA Renderer, DragonFly completes the unfolding process, allowing listeners to enjoy a wider selection of high-res music. Introduced to the media at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, DragonFly Black and DragonFly Red were named Stars of CES by What Hi-Fi?
But this is only the beginning. We look forward to building stronger, more meaningful connections between music enthusiasts and the artists, albums, songs, and videos they love. Our hope is that with DragonFly Black, DragonFly Red, and future AudioQuest digital products, more people than ever before can enjoy beautiful musicwherever they go, whenever they please. Decibel Audio is a retail store and custom installation business in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago. We have serviced the Chicagoland area with new, used and vintage equipment for over 20 years.Visit our brick and mortar store at 1429 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622. We are Authorized Dealers for Audioquest, Benz Micro, Cambridge Audio, Cary Audio, Clearaudio, Creek, Crestron, Denon, Draper Screens, Dynaudio, Epos, Goldring, Grado, Harbeth, Jolida, Music Hall, James Loudspeaker, KEF, Marantz, Parasound, Pro-Ject, PS Audio, Plateau, Rega, Rogue Audio, Russound, SONOS, Stewart Filmscreen, Samsung, Skylan, Yamaha, and more. The item "Audioquest DragonFly Red USB DAC Open Box Perfect Condition, Free Ship" is in sale since Sunday, April 28, 2019. This item is in the category "Consumer Electronics\TV, Video & Home Audio\Home Audio\Receivers & Amplifiers\Amplifiers & Preamps".com" and is located in Chicago, Illinois. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay.