Audioquest Dragonfly Red DAC



The Audioquest DragonFly Red DAC combines significantly improved performance with exceptional value. The high-performance ESS 9016 chip in the Red employs minimum-phase filtering for naturally detailed sound.

While DragonFly Black uses a high-quality headphone amp and analog volume control, 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. The Dragonfly Red outputs 2.1-volt output, and is compatible with a wide range of headphones, including power-hungry, low-efficiency models.

Audition all of the Audioquest DragonFly DACs and other digital electronics in our Pasadena, CA location for a one-of-a-kind listening experience.

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While the original Audioquest DragonFly created a new category of portable DAC, its USB power draw made it compatible with computers only. Black and Red answered the call of music lovers everywhere for DragonFlys that could be used with Apple iOS mobile devices and Android smartphones and tablets. These DACs proved for once and for all that convenience and performance need no longer be mutually exclusive.

All current-production DragonFly models incorporate 32-bit ESS Sabre DAC chips.

The Dragonfly Red DAC chips that Audioquest has selected are remarkably powerful and sophisticated, yet they’ve intentionally limited DragonFly’s processing capabilities to 24-bit/96kHz resolution. This makes using DragonFly Red as simple as it’s always been: All models are fully compatible with PCs without having to download and install new drivers. Most importantly, DragonFly is designed to honor the music you already own and love. Whether you’re listening to Spotify, YouTube, Tidal, Qobuz, ripped CDs, or state-of-the-art high-resolution files, the DragonFly Red DAC will deliver a more emotionally compelling and enjoyable experience.

Whatever music turns you on, wherever you are, an AudioQuest DragonFly Red 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.

Don’t forget to stop by our Pasadena, CA location next time you’re in the neighborhood!  We’ve love to play you some of your favorite music on some cool gear and offer you a refreshment of your liking. Hope to see you soon!

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Weight1 lbs
Dimensions2.5 × .75 × .5 in
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