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AudioQuest DragonFly® v1.2

Plug-in USB digital-to-analog converter/headphone amplifier

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DragonFly v1.2 plugged into a laptop

The tiny DragonFly v1.2 makes an easy, plug-and-play upgrade for your computer-based music listening.

An instant audio upgrade for your computer

AudioQuest's original DragonFly DAC set the world on its ear, opening people's eyes to the astonishing levels of performance that could be packed into such a tiny, USB thumb drive-sized package. Now AudioQuest has upped the ante with its DragonFly v1.2, which keeps all of the features and capabilities of its predecessor, while offering enhanced sonics and even better value. Plug this compact, easy-to-use device into your computer's USB port, and it will instantly transform your digital files into warm, organic sound with increased detail, clarity, and impact.

What's new in version 1.2?

Starting with the original's audiophile-grade 24-bit ESS Sabre™ conversion chip, the DragonFly v1.2 has been re-engineered with a more direct signal path between the DAC and the analog output stage to deliver greater transparency and immediacy. AudioQuest also upgraded the DragonFly's power supply to give your music more "weight" and improved dynamics.

Asynchronous USB means better sound from your computer

The standard USB connections on most computers pose a serious limitation to sound quality. That's because while you're trying to listen to music, your PC is busy performing virus scans, data backup, and other background tasks that can make your music sound harsh and edgy and smear subtle details.The DragonFly v1.2 solves this problem by using its own separate ("asynchronous") clock to precisely control the music playback, reducing timing errors to the vanishing point. You'll hear a stunning improvement in low-level ambient detail along with a wider, deeper soundstage.


High-res audio

Enjoy high-res USB audio

Along with all the sonic benefits the DragonFly provides for your compressed and CD-quality music files, it also decodes high-resolution data streams with up to 24-bit/96kHz resolution, so you can enjoy better-than-CD audio quality. If you download high-res music files from HDtracks and other audiophile sources, this DAC will ensure they sound terrific. The dragonfly-shaped logo on the DAC's exterior even lights up and changes color to verify the resolution of the incoming signal.


" Lo and behold, the progeny of the original DragonFly has arrived; version 1.2 sounds better than ever, and costs far less. You know what I like more than the sonic improvements? The price: At $149, even the most cash-strapped of music lovers can afford this DAC."

— From Spencer Holbert's review in The Absolute Sound, February, 2014

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Connections and controls

Plug your headphones directly into the DragonFly v1.2's stereo mini audio output jack for high-energy private listening. You can also use an optional stereo mini-to-mini cable or mini-to-RCA adapter to feed a line-level signal to a pair of powered speakers, power amplifier, or receiver for more robust, room-filling sound. The minijack output can be set to either fixed or variable line-level out. And although it's digitally operated from your computer screen, AudioQuest gave the DragonFly v1.2 a high-resolution analog volume control to avoid the reduction in resolution and sound quality that plagues many digital volume controls. Plus, the DAC's analog circuits are direct-coupled from the Sabre converter chip's output, avoiding the need for any sonically degrading components in the signal path.

All of these refinements add up to music with a natural solidity and clarity that sounds dramatically better than what you would hear from your computer on its own.


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Highlights:

  • 24-bit/96kHz ESS Sabre™ digital-to-analog conversion chip
  • tiny "USB flash drive" type design plugs directly into a computer's USB port
  • powered by USB connection — no need for external power supply
  • asynchronous USB Class 1 data transfer using Streamlength™ protocol for reduced timing jitter and better sound
  • 3.5mm stereo minijack provides:
    • headphone output (minimum 12 ohm headphone impedance recommended)
    • variable line-level output for driving powered speakers or power amp
    • fixed line-level output for connecting to a preamp or receiver
  • 60-position analog volume control (digitally controlled using your computer)
  • incoming sample rate LED indicator for 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, and 96kHz sampling rates
  • input bit depth: 16 bits, 24 bits
  • dual master clocks used to minimize jitter
  • direct-coupled audio circuitry from DAC chip through analog output driver and volume control for cleaner sound
  • durable metal construction with rubberized coating
  • output voltage: 2 Vrms
  • soft storage pouch included
  • no cables included
  • compatible with Mac® OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion, & Snow Leopard
  • compatible with Windows® XP, 7, & 8
  • 3/4"W x 1/2"H x 2-3/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • USB DAC+Headphone Amp
  • Protection cap (installed)
  • Storage pouch
  • Instruction Booklet
  • Warranty/Registration Card
  • HDtracks promo card

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Features

USB DAC + Preamp + Headphone Amp: The AudioQuest DragonFly (v1.2) is a USB digital-to-analog converter that delivers far superior sound by bypassing the poor quality sound card that is built into most computers. DragonFly (v1.2) is a sleek, flash-drive sized DAC that connects to a USB (type-A) jack on a Mac computer or Windows  PC, turning any computer into a true high-fidelity music source. Its 3.5mm port is designed specifically to connect to an external audio system such as headphones, powered desktop speakers, or your audio/video system.

Note: DragonFly (v1.2) is compatible with Mac OS X Mountain Lion, Lion, & Snow Leopard. DragonFly (v1.2) is also compatible with Windows 8, 7, and XP. Currently, DragonFly (v1.2) is incompatible with Windows Vista and RT (as of 12/10/2013).

Version 2.0 Improvements: Among the improvements to the DragonFly (v1.2), is the circuitry between the DAC chip and the analog output stage has been refined to create a more direct signal path, leading to even greater transparency and clarity. Also, the DAC's power supply has been fortified, which gives the sound greater dynamic contrast.

24-Bit ESS Sabre DAC: At the heart of DragonFly (v1.2) is a 24-bit ESS Sabre DAC chip, a high-performance solution that's typically found in higher-end CD and Blu-ray players. DragonFly (v1.2) can accept audio and music files ranging from MP3s (128/256/320kbps) and CD-standard 16-bit/44kHz to native 24-bit/96kHz high-resolution, regardless of music file format. DragonFly (v1.2) will accept almost any audio you want to play on your computer and make it sound dramatically better, whether your listening pleasure is iTunes or streaming music services such as Mog, Spotify, or Pandora.

Asynchronous USB: Timing errors such as "jitter" have long been the plague of digital audio playback; never more so than in recent years as computers have been pressed into service as audio source components. DragonFly (v1.2) uses a very sophisticated "asynchronous" USB audio data transfer protocol. Rather than sharing crucial audio "data clocking" functions with the computer, DragonFly (v1.2) alone commands the timing of the audio data transfer, dramatically reducing digital timing errors.

Two Clocks: Not all audio content is encoded at the same native resolution or "sample rate". DragonFly (v1.2) uses two discrete onboard "clocks" so that the math algorithms used to convert the digital audio data to analog are always optimized for the native sample rate (up to 24-bit/96kHz) of the audio file or stream being played. This ensures the least amount of mathematical manipulation to the native audio data, which results in fewer errors and better sound.

Compatible Sampling Frequencies: DragonFly (v1.2) will play music or audio data at 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, or 96kHz. However, for the best sonic results the computer should be configured so that it sends music and audio data to DragonFly (v1.2) that matches the "native rate" of the music. For example, since all CDs and music files purchased from iTunes are at a 44.1kHz sample rate, for many people 44.1kHz will be the best sample rate since this is the "native rate" of most digital music. Choosing a higher sample rate will convert your native music and audio data using mathematical approximations that can potentially decrease the sound quality. Conversely, if you have purchased high-resolution music files (96kHz), such as those available from HDtracks.com, configuring your computer for 44.1kHz (or any other lower sample rate) will cause the computer to down-sample your music to a lower resolution. When possible, always configure the computer to output the native sample rate of the music you are listening to.

Note: If you have purchased a file that has a higher sample rate than 96kHz you need to configure your computer to send DragonFly (v1.2) audio data at a resolution no greater than 96kHz, and for the best performance the sample rate you choose should be exactly half the sample rate of the file you're playing. For example; if you purchased a 24-bit/176.4kHz file, 88.2kHz should be selected, whereas if you purchased a 24/192kHz file, 96kHz should be selected. Directly divisible sample rates prevent the computer from doing sonically degrading, complex math in its conversions and allows DragonFly (v1.2) to sound its best.

High-Resolution Analog Volume Control: DragonFly (v1.2)'s high-resolution analog volume control carries out the instructions in the analog domain for the best sound quality. When the music player's (Windows Media/iTunes/etc.) volume is set to maximum and the computer's main volume control is used, DragonFly (v1.2)'s onboard 64-position analog-domain volume control is able to preserve full resolution and maximum sound quality.

Direct Coupled Analog Circuits: DragonFly (v1.2)'s analog circuits are direct-coupled from the ESS converter chip's output, avoiding the need for any extraneous, sonically degrading components in the signal path.

3.5mm Output: DragonFly (v1.2)'s 3.5mm minijack connector can drive a variety of devices or systems depending on how it's connected and used.

  • Headphone Out: DragonFly (v1.2) is versatile enough to drive virtually any headphone on the market today. DragonFly (v1.2) can drive any headphone from 10-ohm impedance on up. DragonFly (v1.2) has enough output to drive even the lowest efficiency headphones.
  • Variable Out: DragonFly (v1.2) can be used in "variable" output mode with computer-controlled analog volume control when connected directly to powered speakers or a power amplifier.
  • Fixed Out: Connecting to a traditional preamplifier or AV receiver, DragonFly (v1.2) can be set to a "fixed" output mode by turning the volume to maximum, allowing it to behave like a CD or Blu-ray player.

LED Indicator: A smart LED indicator behind the DragonFly (v1.2) icon shows the resolution of the incoming signal - 44.1kHz (green), 48kHz (blue), 88.2kHz (amber), and 96kHz (magenta). Red indicates standby mode.

 

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4 out of 5

Enter The Dragon(fly)

Written By Butch, Yukon, OK on Sunday, July 06, 2014
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I have this DAC plugged into a Dell Precision M4600 Laptop, i7 CPU with 8GB of RAM running Windows 7 SP1 64-bit. I'm using a 3.5mm headphone plug to RCA 'Y' adapter connected to an Adcom GFA-535 II, 2-channel amplifier driving a pair of Pioneer SP-BS22-LR bookshelf speakers. I'm wirelessly streaming from a DLNA Server enabled USB HDD.

I am very pleased with the performance of the DAC with a few caveats.

The literature boasts that the DAC glows colors which signify the bit rate of the stream passing through it. Not so! It indicates the bit rate which is selected when setting it up. Playing files ripped from a CD at 16 bit/44Khz does not change the color of the Dragonfly when its set for 24 bit/96Khz. It continues to glow pink which, according to the instructions, indicates a bit rate of 24/96. I don't believe it is upsampling, but if it is, it doesn't do a very good job of it. Files sound best when the Dragonfly is configured for their native resolution.

The Dragonfly is unable to process DSD or 24/192 bit streams. Not a big deal for me as I have that capability on my big rig through an Oppo BDP-105. I'm using the Dragonfly in my home office.

To my surprise and delight. the Dragonfly not only improved the sound of my computer, it has the chops to showcase the improvement of 24/96 over 16/44 on well recorded files. A phenomenal achievement in my opinion at this price.
Pros:
Improved the stereo image of my speakers. They used to sound like two separate speakers with not much of a sound stage. Now when I listen to vocalists, the voices come from a point centered between the speakers. Its only $150.00!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cons:
Be careful pairing this with Audioquest adapter cables if you are using an outboard amplifier. The interconnects have RCA terminals which only have a span of about 3 inches. The L and R jacks on my amp are about 12" apart. I contacted Audioquest and was told that they do not have an interconnect that will work in my situation.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

A Wonderful Dragonfly USB DAC

Written By Bozo, Charlottesville, VA on Saturday, June 07, 2014
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The newest Dragonfly is perfectly listenable and a joy to own.
Pros:
Full range and dynamic. Makes an ordinary laptop sound like a million. No problem using a USB extension cable either. Works with Windows 8.1.
Cons:
No cons.
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5 out of 5

Great for enhancing the sound of my speakers

Written By LoveMusic, Nc on Thursday, May 29, 2014
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Easy to set up using my MacBook Pro, in the USB port. Easy to disconnect if I want to go in another room with my laptop.
Cons:
Sticks out the side a bit, not real elegant looks wise
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5 out of 5

I like it

Written By iMACdoU, The Bronx on Tuesday, May 13, 2014
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I like it
Pros:
Sound
Cons:
Non
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5 out of 5

Dragonfly

Written By Bob H, Lake Monticello, VA on Friday, May 09, 2014
 
There is a major difference between running computer speakers from the computer sound card and from the USB port with the Dragonfly. Once you insert the Dragonfly into the USB port and plug the RCA cord from the speakers into it the difference in clarity, openness, and range is astounding. The stage seemed to open up with the PSB Alpha 1 speakers. This is true whether one is playing from the itunes list, Realplayer, or You Tube. Changing over is quick and easy and one can immediately notice the difference .
Pros:
Very easy set up. Just plug it in any available USB port, take the RCA cord from the sound card and plug it in the back of the Dragonfly. Couldn't be easier.
Cons:
Nothing wrong here. It worked perfectly from the get-go.
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5 out of 5

Amazing product!!!!

Written By JackP, Atlanta, GA on Sunday, April 27, 2014
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This is the best headphone amp for mobility. I'm using it with my Earsonic SM3v2 and the result is very impressive. This is the best alternative solution for audiophile on the go. The price/performance is super.
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5 out of 5

Really happy I bought it

Written By btblue, NYC on Monday, April 14, 2014
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Been very pleased listening to music on my computer through good head phones. Makes a difference in the sound quality.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

AudioQuest DragonFly® v1.2

Written By Roger, Topeka, KS on Thursday, April 10, 2014
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I bought this for a desk top Mac connected to PSB speakers with a NAD Integrated Amplifier. It significantly improved the quality of the sound! It worked fine with my USB port and did not interfere with the other ports. I did not need the extender.
Pros:
Good as promoted and advertised. Easy to install and use.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Audioquest Dragonfly 1.3

Written By ZackP, Harrisonburg, VA on Wednesday, April 02, 2014
 
I bought this for a desktop computer running Windows 7 to drive Sennheiser 600 headphones. The improvement over the Dell sound card was enormous. Better dynamics, truer vocal and instrumental timbres, good recording ambience, quiet background, especially on hi-res files.
Pros:
Easy installation, great sound portability.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Little device produces BIG results

Written By Anonymous, Pinnacle, NC on Sunday, March 30, 2014
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I want to thank Zach (client advisor) for his advice and recommendation of the Dragonfly V1.2 USB dac. I regularly listen to my music, encoded in flac, through my MSI netbook, and the sound is pretty decent, but when I installed the Dragonfly dac, OMG, what a world of difference. Not only, what I heard before was more dynamic, and robust, but the level of detail was phenomenal. I was hearing my music for the first time, all over again. I highly recommend this dac. It is a relatively small investment, that produces big returns. Thank again to Zach, and the Crutchfield team.. you guys are the best.
Pros:
Wide dynamic range, superbly detailed, very inexpensive.
Cons:
Honestly, not a thing....
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5 out of 5

Amazing!

Written By EllieH, Moretown, VT on Saturday, March 29, 2014
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I had given up getting good sound out of my computer when connected to my audio system (Sony STR-DA1000ES receiver with Bose speakers in a small office) Since I listen mainly to opera, I wanted it to justice to everything from voice recitals as well as full Wagnerian opera productions without a whole lot of equalizer adjustments. When I played CDs from a CD player or LPs from a turntable that were connected directly to the receiver, everything sounded great. But now I mainly download music to iTunes or use the Met Opera on Demand internet service and other live services from Europe, and I had to find a better solution. DragonFly saved the day! I absolutely love it and can highly recommend it.
Pros:
Easy to set up. Doesn't take up any room. It can be plugged into a USB port on your computer (mine is connected to my Mac Cinema HD display). Sound couldn't be better.
Cons:
Can't find any.
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5 out of 5

dragonfly 1.2 Rocks

Written By Andy, iowa on Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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Excellent sound quality. Fantastic stereo imaging, focus & sound stage. Easy plug & play. No drivers to set up.
Pros:
Did i already mention excellent sound quality?
Cons:
The metal part of the USB was bent or assembled crooked...so i requested another one to be sent out. It still works fine.
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5 out of 5

DragonFly Soars!

Written By Fred A clear man, Silver Spring, Maryland on Friday, March 21, 2014
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Easy instant upgrade for your computer's sound
Pros:
Just plug in the DragonFly (simple instructions for your particular computer) and you will be amazed at the sound! It much more relaxed and focused. It is more musical and less harsh. It's a no brainier . Do it!
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Dragonfly v 1.2

Written By William R, Clear Lake, IA on Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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Using this Product to play music off of laptop on A Independent Radio Station, It was exactly what I needed to boost the Sound, It also cleaned up the Music for a much better broadcast.
Pros:
Works Great Does exactly what I needed it to do.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Horses for Courses. Dragonflies for computer audio.

Written By Iainf, NE Ohio on Sunday, March 16, 2014
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I have never had a truly successful experience with PC audio. The AWE in the SoundBlaster AWE32 (my first add-in sound card) was more AWful than AWEsome. Even with supposedly top of the range audio cards with swappable op-amps, the extremely electrically noisy environment of the inside of a computer always seems to mean that the sound falls far short of hi-fi quality.

The dragonfly was a revelation. I was concerned that there would be the usual driver issues, but I plugged it into a USB port, and it just worked. And as long as you've got a WASAPI-aware media player you can be pretty sure that you won't get better out of your computer - no resampling, no fuss - just millions of bits marching in rank!

There are surely better-sounding DACs out there. Always for more (sometimes much much more) money. And I have to say it cannot hold a candle to my ageing ARCAM DIVA DV79 in a A/B test. But at less than 10% of the price I would not expect it to!

If you are fed up with substandard analog computer audio, I recommend that you get one of these.
Pros:
Portable. Functional. Musical. Will not bite or sting.
Cons:
Small enough to lose when you're traveling and expensive enough that you'd care!
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3 out of 5

I really wanted to like this...but it's not for me

Written By Luke, Scottsdale, AZ on Saturday, March 01, 2014
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I really did want to like this and I spent the whole weekend hooking it up to various components to see how it sounded with them but in the end it turned out to just be a step down in sound quality compared to my current set up.

To be fair, the sound that the Dragonfly V1.2 produced wasn't terrible, I just found it to be too bland for my tastes. Like I had put a sheet over my speakers would be my best description. It just seemed to lose the upper end detail and dynamics that I was used to hearing.

My main system is bi-amped and uses a vintage Sansui Au-717 dual mono integrated amp to power the midrange/tweeter and an NAD amp to power the woofers on a pair of B&W 803(s) towers. An Apple TV 1st Gen w/ built in 160gb hard drive has been my source with an Audioquest Big Sur interconnect. The sound from this combo is surprisingly excellent and much better and more natural than my other more modern receivers.

The Dragonfly was configured per instructions and was plugged into my HP laptop or Mac Mini for all the testing. And I'll say that in addition to hooking this up to my vintage amp I also tried plugging it into my Marantz SR6006 receiver, and NAD T773 receiver, and then just directly to my desktop computer speakers. And in every case it sounded rolled off and more veiled in the upper midrange and treble.

So, my advice...spend most of your time and $ listening to different preamps and speakers and get that combo right first. Then you can play around from there.

Thx
Pros:
Good bass and lower midrange, easy to use
Cons:
Rolled off upper midrange and treble
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4 out of 5

Fly 1st Class with DragonFly.

Written By Eric X, Dover, NH on Sunday, February 09, 2014
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Good presentation, straightforward instruction but most important: much improved sound quality ! The digital harshness is GONE. The music is more involving, natural. Well worth the money.
Pros:
Unbeatable sound Quality for the money
Cons:
Tighter USB connection fit
3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Audio Quest Dragon fly DAC

Written By kls, Hampton Va on Wednesday, February 05, 2014
 
I played back material from i tunes recorded from cd via apple lossless compression and reviewed with synthiser i80 ear buds. The music sounded very good with just the ear buds, When the dragon fly was added I noticed 2 things. One the back ground noise went to zero. The instruments were heard on a black background with no noise. Each instrument was very distinct and clear. Second the bass was much tighter. Because of the lower noise floor I was able to hear little things I had not noticed before in the recording. The dragon fly changes color according to the quality of the music it is producing. During my listing the dragon fly was pink. I am happy with my purchase. The sound stage was also different. with a more true stero sound.
Pros:
background noise very low and tight bass.
Cons:
none
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Investment in Better Sound

Written By DavidM, Johnson City, TN on Sunday, January 19, 2014
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This DAC adds an incredible amount of detail, depth and balance to computer sound. Use with MacMini and Toshiba laptop, on Bose Companion 20 speakers. I consider this to be one of the best investments, in terms of value, I have ever made in audio.
Pros:
Quality Clarity Accuracy Ease of Use
Cons:
None Noticed to Date
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5 out of 5

dragonfly 1.2

Written By earlk, russell springs,ky on Monday, January 13, 2014
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does what is supposed to do.
Pros:
quality
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

DragonFly 1.2

Written By YosemitePaul, North Fork, CA on Sunday, January 12, 2014
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I am using the DragonFly on a MacBook Pro (OS X Mavericks) with Bose Companion 3 Series ll (desktop) speakers (which, by the way, are dynamite little dudes) and Bose AE2, Bose QC-15, and Seinhauser HD 598 headphones. From Dion's "I'm Alive" to Gothenburg's version of the 1812 Overture, the joining of the recordings, the DAC and the speakers/headphones is dynamic. The best combination is the DAC and the 598's. Absolutely blown away. When listening to the 1812 piece the first time, I just had to push the chair back from the desk, relax and let the thrill of the audio reproduction overwhelm me. The DragonFly also works well with the Bose headphones which have different build and purposes than the 598 - the QC-15 are noise cancelling, the AE2 are less expensive, go anywhere cans and both are over the ear and closed. The 598 is an open back headphone which is best used in the privacy of your home, study, etc. but has the best soundstage. So, in my humble opinion, I have great recordings played through a great computer, through a great little DAC into great speakers and headphones. Everything's great!
Pros:
Got more than expected for less than expected. Easy install.
Cons:
Although about 2" small (3" to 4" extension from the computer considering the cable plug) , the DAC is wide enough to render adjoining USB ports unusable (at least on my MBP). So I "hubbed" my printers, firewired my back up hard drive, and was able to plant the DAC in its own USB port without a neighbor. Audioquest offers a "DragonTail" extension for the DAC, but that would increase the extension length from the computer, and I didn't need it anyway.
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5 out of 5

As advertised......

Written By JMG, Charlotte, NC on Tuesday, December 24, 2013
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Just arrived today, so adding my initial impression. I noticed a difference immediately. The soundstage seems to be much larger. I could hear parts of the music I have not noticed before. I'm listening through a MacBook Pro and Bose QC15 headphones. Chose a few pieces from Classical, Classic Rock, and Country Rock and could hear a lot more clarity in the music. Music and vocals in the background came through much clearer and made the piece I was listening to seem much more complete. Listened to CD's I had loaded into iTunes as well as some music purchased from iTunes. Also listened to parts of some downloads from Linn. Not disappointed at all. Everything sounded much better through the Dragonfly. A cover of House of the Rising Sun from the soundtrack Son(g)s of Anarchy was like I was in the room when it was recorded. I am looking forward to the mini to RCA cables becoming available (back order on Crutchfield) so I can connect to my amp and listen through the external speakers.
Pros:
Quick, easy set up. Glad the price has come down since the introduction of the original Dragonfly. Super fast delivery from Crutchfield!!!
Cons:
none yet
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1 question already asked

windows 8 works? [ jose a  Dec 31, 2013 ]
3 answers
  • The DragonFly DAC Flight Manual has instructions for installing on Windows 7/8. I can't confirm that the instructions work as I use Mac OSX, but on that system, the install was easy and the results grand. Suggest you contact audioquest with any Windows 8 install questions. Good luck! [ Paul   Jan 12, 2014 ]
  • can i record on my usb on my music hall usb-1turntable and then play it in my usb in my car [ Marie   Jan 10, 2014 ]
  • DragonFly and Windows? 8 As of April 22, 2013 AudioQuest confirms that Microsoft?s Windows 8 appears to be fully compatible with DragonFly. [ JOSHUA D   Jan 01, 2014 ]

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