AudioQuest DragonFly Black


AudioQuest DragonFly Black

AudioQuest DragonFly Black USB DAC + Preamp + Headphone Amp

DragonFly Black, the most affordable model of the award-winning DragonFly family, has been praised by Darko.Audio as “the quintessential everyman hi-fi product,”.

The ESS 9010 DAC chip in Black employ minimum-phase filtering for naturally detailed sound.

The DragonFly Black uses a high-quality headphone amp and analog volume control.

DragonFly Black outputs 1.2 volts—enough power to successfully drive all preamplifier input circuits and a wide range of today’s efficient headphones. 

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.

Stream Qobuz's vast catalogue of outstanding hi-res music

DragonFlys Black, Red, and Cobalt support Qobuz high-res playback from iPhones, Android smartphones, and MacOS and Windows computers. Qobuz streams and downloads music in bit-perfect FLAC, the most widely used format for mastering and archiving, at resolutions of up to 24-bit/192kHz. With DragonFlys Black, Red, and Cobalt, listeners can enjoy more than 40 million tracks in lossless 16-bit CD resolution and over 2 million hi-res files. 

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.

Output: 1.2 volts

Direct-coupled, medium output: More than enough power to successfully drive a wide range of today’s efficient headphones. When used as a line-level device (volume set to 100%), DF Black’s 1.2 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: black soft-touch finish with gold lettering, protective endcap, leatherette travel pouch
  • Native resolution: up to 24-bit/96kHz
  • Output: 1.2 volts
  • Headphone amp: Texas Instruments TPA6130
  • Microcontroller: Microchip PIC32MX270
  • DAC Chip: ESS ES9010
  • Volume Control: analog volume control
  • Desktop/PC Compatibility: Apple OS 10.6.8 and later, Microsoft Windows 7 and later, Linux (no technical support provided)
  • Mobile compatibility: 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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