AUDIOQUEST DragonFly Red USB DAC High Output Mobile Compatible
AUDIOQUEST DragonFly Red USB DAC High Output Mobile Compatible
AUDIOQUEST DragonFly Red USB DAC High Output Mobile Compatible
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AUDIOQUEST DragonFly Red USB DAC High Output Mobile Compatible

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Highlights

  • High output (2.1 volts) drives almost all headphones, including power-hungry models
  • 32-bit ESS 9016 DAC with minimum-phase filter
  • Bit-perfect digital volume control

While DragonFly versions 1.0 and 1.2 achieved new standards of performance and portability in the high-fidelity audio world, many 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 AQ’s developments in the field of microcontrollers, they were able to improve DragonFly’s performance while also offering compatibility with handheld Apple Mobile and Android devices. Improved performance and greater versatility!

 

Specifications

Native Resolution

  • Up to 24-bit / 96kHz

Output

  • 2.1 volts

Direct-Coupled, High output — With a combination of power, beauty, and finesse, DF Red delivers greater overall impact, momentum, and grip than either DF 1.2 or DF Black, while also surpassing their excellent senses of touch, texture, and nuance. In addition, Red's high (2.1v) output means that it can 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 PIC32MX

The Microchip PIC32MX (USB 2.0 compliant) is a full-speed isochronous USB audio solution. Compared to other controllers, the Microchip microcontroller offers extremely low power consumption (77% lower than the TAS1020b and 95% lower than the most efficient XMOS solution), 32-bit architecture, and the option for software upgradibility (via a desktop application provided by AudioQuest). In addition, the Microchip's ultra-low-noise power supply minimizes the sound-degrading effect of high-frequency interference on the critical audio signal.

DAC Chip

  • ESS 9016 32-Bit

Like the ESS 9010, the 32-bit ESS 9016 uses a sophisticated minimum-phase digital filter to provide more naturally detailed and dynamic music, but surpasses the 9010 in overall performance.

Volume Control

  • Digital: 64-Bit Bit-Perfect Volume Control

DragonFly Red employs a 64-bit, bit-perfect digital volume control that resides inside the DAC chip itself—an elegant and sophisticated implementation that ensures maximum fidelity,
dynamic contrast, and signal-to-noise ratio. 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.

Desktop/PC Compatibility

  • Windows 7 / 8.1 / 10; Apple OS X; Linux (no support provided)
Mobile Compatibility
  • Yes: Apple iOS (5 and newer); Android 4.1 and newer* For Android devices, see owner's manual.
Software Upgradeable
  • Yes (from desktop application): Please download AudioQuest's Desktop Manager Application and register your product.
USB Protocal
  • Asynchronous USB Streamlength®

Streamlength™ asynchronous USB code ensures low jitter, low resource load, minimal packet errors, world-class audio playback, and reliable connectivity between our DAC and any computing device compliant with USB Host Mode (as set forth by the USB Organization). Streamlength requires no additional drivers, making DragonFly Red virtually plug-and-play for Apple, Windows, iOS, and Android users.

Dimensions

  • 12mm (h) x 19mm (w) x 62mm (l)