Audioquest DragonFly Red - What HiFi Best Portable DAC Winner 2016
“A near-flawless option for anyone looking to give their computer music a hi-fi boost”
DragonFly Red is a USB digital-to-analog converter (DAC) designed to deliver cleaner, clearer, more naturally beautiful sound from any computer, smartphone, or tablet. DragonFly Red’s unique design allows for playback of any file type regardless of resolution. Natively, DragonFly Red is capable of decoding 24-bit/96kHz data.
Over the better part of three years, AudioQuest and acclaimed engineer Gordon Rankin have been tirelessly developing sophisticated software solutions that have allowed us to implement a new, high-performance class of USB microcontroller. We have chosen to work with Microchip®, a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors. With exceedingly low power consumption and extremely low-noise power supplies, the Microchip microcontrollers achieve unprecedented levels of efficiency and signal-to-noise ratio, regardless of bit- or sample-rate.
While DragonFly versions 1.0 and 1.2 achieved new standards of performance and portability in the high-fidelity audio world, many of our customers have longed for a similar product that could be reliably used with their handheld mobile devices. Previously, DragonFly’s power consumption limited its compatibility to Mac and Windows laptops and PCs. Now, with our developments in the field of microcontrollers, we are able to improve DragonFly’s performance while also offering compatibility with handheld Apple Mobile and Android devices. Improved performance and greater versatility!
DragonFly Red employs a unique clock system called a Hybrid-PLL. While not discrete, the Hybrid-PLL performs equal to, or better than, many discrete clock systems, at a fraction of their cost. This has allowed us to devote resources to more sophisticated components elsewhere.
Additionally, DragonFly Red is software upgradable. Our collaboration with Gordon Rankin and Microchip has now resulted in products that allow consumers to download new software if and when it ever becomes necessary. While we can’t reliably predict any necessary software changes, AudioQuest feels that it is important to provide long-term support for our customers and their investments in audio.
Finally, we simply cannot overstate the significance of Gordon Rankin’s contributions to AudioQuest. DragonFly Red represents many of Gordon’s most innovative, creative, and elegant solutions to date.
Setting Up DragonFly
DragonFly Red is designed to be “plug and play” with all major desktop and mobile devices and operating systems, such as Android, Apple, and Microsoft. No additional drivers are required for DragonFly Red to operate with any of these systems.
Additionally, DragonFly Red is equipped with a 64-step, 64-bit, bit-perfect digital volume control. With DragonFly Red connected to a PC or mobile device, adjusting the host’s system volume control will, through proxy, control the DragonFly Red’s onboard volume. This ensures maximum resolution and the highest sound quality, regardless of volume setting.
- DragonFly Red v1.0 Asynchronous USB DAC
- Travel Pouch
- Flight Manual
Supported Operating Systems
- Apple OS X®
- Apple iOS®
- Microsoft Windows® (7, 8.1, 10)
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