AudioQuest - DragonFly Black USB DAC/Headphone Amplifier


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Breakthrough Sound, Great Versatility, Simple to Use, Generous Compatibility: Multi-Award-Winning AudioQuest DragonFly Black USB DAC/Headphone Amp Plays With Authoritative Realism Playing music on your computer, laptop, stereo, smartphone, tablet, or powered speakers becomes exponentially better, more authoritative, and stunningly lifelike with the groundbreaking AudioQuest DragonFly Black USB DAC/headphone amplifier. A Stereophile Recommended Component and Product of the Year, Sound & Vision Top Pick, Hi-Fi News Outstanding Product,  Computer Audiophile CASH recipient,  Audiostream Favorite Greatest Bit, and a product The Absolute Sound Editor Robert Harley calls "the single-most important step someone can make toward better sound,"  DragonFly Black sets new benchmarks for how much performance, portability, and flexibility is possible at this price from an asynchronous USB DAC. Offering tremendously enhanced sound, higher value, and significantly lower power consumption than the original award-winning DragonFly for a lower cost, DragonFly Black even works with Apple and Android phones and tablets when paired with a simple adapter. Most importantly, this versatile DAC improves everything - detail, transparency, immediacy, richness, tone - associated with your music. And Black plays everything from MP3s to 24-bit/96kHz high-resolution files with spectacular simplicity and ease of use. Lest we forget, it doubles as a serious headphone amplifier and comes with our 100% Money-Back Satisfaction Guarantee .  "DragonFly Red and Black are the finest examples of everyman hi-fi to ever grace these pages. Their value quotients explode the dial." -John Darko, , Knockout Award "...for someone listening to the computer's output, adding a DragonFly Black is without a doubt the greatest bang for the buck in all of audio."

AudioQuest DragonFly Red and DragonFly Black Amp/DACs Review

RED Performance Features Ergonomics Value BLACK Performance Features Ergonomics Value PRICE $199 (Red), $99 (Black) AT A GLANCE (RED) Plus Step-up USB amp/DAC For computers and smartphones Digital volume control on chip Minus No bit rates above 96 kHz No DSD AT A GLANCE (BLACK) Plus Affordable USB amp/DAC For computers and smartphones Analog volume control Minus No bit rates above 96 kHz No DSD THE VERDICT Among AudioQuest’s latest round of compact USB amplifier/DACs for headphones, the Red has more fine-grained premium sound, while the Black is a superb under-$100 hi-res entry point. Having made tons of money as one of the pioneers of the premium cable industry, AudioQuest has little left to prove. So it came as a surprise four years ago when the company turned its attention to signal sources and developed the compact DragonFly USB headphone amplifier/DAC with respected audio designer Gordon Rankin. But the move made sense for AudioQuest, whose very existence rides on the proposition that sweating the details can make an audible difference.

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