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Tune into compelling music with AudioQuest DragonFly DACs

AudioQuest has expanded its range of DragonFly Digital Audio Converters (DACs) to include DragonFly Black and DragonFly Red.
 
Serious music aficionados will welcome new portable DACs with the ability to enhance the audio quality played from any iOS or Android mobile device.  Whether it’s playing back stored mp3s, high-resolution music files or streaming music services such as Spotify, the new DragonFly DACs transform any smartphone, laptop or tablet into a true, hi-fidelity music player.
 
AudioQuest, chief DragonFly designer, Gordon Rankin, and Microchip Technology developed a new high-performance, full-speed USB microcontroller that creates improved signal-to-noise ratio and consumes significantly less power.
 
AudioQuest's Steve Silverman explains the benefits in this video:
 
 
 
True compatibility with iOS and Android devices is made possible thanks to the inclusion of this new Microchip PI32MX microcontroller, which consumes 77 per cent less current than the previous microcontroller.
 
Improved 32-bit ESS Sabre DAC chips - 9010 in DragonFly Black and 9016 in the high-end DragonFly Red - use minimum-phase filtering to produce more lifelike and naturally detailed music.
 
The 1.2 volt DragonFly Black has the ability to drive all preamplifier input circuits as well as a wide range of headphones while the 2.1 volt DragonFly Red makes it compatible with a broader range of headphones, including the power hungry models.
 
The new DACs have been designed to be exceptionally easy to use without any software or driver installations required. This is made possible thanks to limiting the processing capabilities of both the DragonFly Black and DragonFly Red to 24-bit/96kHz resolution.
 
The new DACs will be software upgradable via a complimentary Windows or OS X desktop application. As new developments arise - be it streaming services or music apps - DragonFly users will be able to incorporate those updates into their existing devices.
 
AudioQuest DragonFly Black DAC - RRP $160
AudioQuest DragonFly Red DAC - RRP $320
 
 
 
[i] To use DragonFly Red or DragonFly Black with iOS and Android devices, this requires an Apple camera adapter or Made for Android/OTG adapter, both sold separately.