AudioQuest DragonFly Red


AudioQuest DragonFly Red

AudioQuest Dragonfly Red USB DAC + Preamp + Headphone Amp

DragonFly Red, combines significantly improved performance with still exceptional value. The ESS 9016 DAC chip in Red employ minimum-phase filtering for naturally detailed sound.

DragonFly Red includes a more advanced ESS headphone amp and a bit-perfect digital volume control that resides on the 9016 DAC chip itself—a sophisticated implementation that gives Red a unique combination of power and grip over the music. 

With its higher 2.1-volt output, DragonFly Red is compatible with a wider range of headphones, including power-hungry, low-efficiency models.

Stream Tidal masters everywhere

DragonFlys Black, Red, and Cobalt support Tidal Masters (MQA) playback from iPhones and Android smartphones. MQA's technology folds high-resolution files into smaller files that can be streamed on the go. As MQA Renderers, DragonFlys Black, Red, and Cobalt complete the unfolding process, allowing music lovers to enjoy a wider selection of high-res music.

Naturally beautiful sound is right at your fingertips

Whatever music turns you on, wherever you are, an AudioQuest DragonFly USB DAC delivers inspiring, dynamic, and beautiful sound to earbuds, headphones, powered speakers, or complete audio systems.

With a DragonFly, music appreciation and exploration are limitless: Plug into an Apple or Windows® computer or connect to an iOS® or Android mobile device. Play YouTube or Vimeo videos. Go hunting on Bandcamp or SoundCloud. Explore playlists on Spotify or Pandora. Stream high-res audio from Tidal or Qobuz. No matter the choice of musical pleasure, DragonFly delivers beautiful sound, unraveling the emotional expression and nuance that makes music and movies so enjoyable.

Now, more than ever before, naturally beautiful sound is right at your fingertips—however you want it, whenever you want it.

Output: 2.1 volts

Direct-coupled, high output: Enough power to easily drive the widest range of headphones. When used as a line-level device (volume set to 100%), DF Red’s 2.1 volts provide enough power to drive all preamplifier, integrated amplifier, or receiver inputs.

Microcontroller: Microchip PIC32MX270

Extremely low power consumption with 32-bit architecture and the option for software upgradability (via AudioQuest’s free Desktop Device Manager).

Monoclock technology

In Gordon Rankin’s monoClock® technology, a single ultra-low-jitter clock generated from the ESS DAC chip runs the headphone amplifier, as well as all microcontroller functionalities, enabling DragonFly to produce greater resolution and clarity than DACs that employ multiple clocks.

  • Enclosure and accessories: Red automotive finish with gold lettering, Protective endcap, Leatherette travel pouch
  • Native resolution: up to 24-bit/96kHz
  • Output: 2.1 volts
  • Headphone amp: ESS Sabre 9601
  • Microcontroller: Microchip PIC32MX270
  • DAC Chip: ESS ES9016
  • Volume control: 64-bit bit-perfect digital volume control
  • Mobile compatability: Apple iOS 5 and later (requires Apple Camera Adapter; Lightning to USB 3 recommended), Android 5.0 and later (requires micro-USB DragonTail, USB-C DragonTail, or other USB adaptor for Android devices)
  • MQA rendering
  • Upgradable firmware
  • Monoclock technology
  • Dimensions: Height 12mm, Width 19mm, Length 62mm

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