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AudioQuest DragonFly USB DAC v1.2

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Computers Are Where Our Music Lives Today

Today’s computers are the CD, the LP, and the golden age of radio all rolled into one. From streaming Internet radio stations, listening to Spotify and Napster, playing back music downloads from iTunes or listening to high-resolution music downloads from sites such as Qobuz computers are a digital hub capable of delivering a nearly infinite amount of Internet- and computer-based music and video content.

However, with their tiny budget, the analogue and digital audio circuits in your computer are not designed with the quality of parts and sophistication of circuitry which would enable the computer to perform as a high-fidelity audio source component, fully honouring the fragile nature of audio data – this is where DragonFly works it’s magic.

Audioquest DragonFly USB DAC - Beautiful Sound from Any Computer, Anywhere

DragonFly is an affordable and easy-to-use device that delivers far superior sound by bypassing the poor quality sound card that is built into your computer. DragonFly is a sleek, flash drive sized Digital-Audio Converter that connects to a USB jack on a Mac® or Windows® PC, turning any computer into a true high- fidelity music source.

Whether you’re on the go or at home, listening on headphones or connecting your computer to a stereo system, DragonFly reveals all the emotional expression and nuance that makes your favourite music, or movies, so enjoyable. However you connect it, DragonFly simply and easily makes any computer sound better.

How DragonFly Works

The heart of DragonFly is the 24-bit ESS Sabre™ conversion chip, a high-performance solution that’s typically found in better CD and Blu-ray Disc™ players. DragonFly can accept audio and music files ranging from MP3s and CD-standard 16-bit/44kHz to native 24-bit/96kHz high-resolution, regardless of music file format. If your computer’s software can recognize and play a format, DragonFly will make it sound its best.

While the digital domain is where your computer- based music experience starts, the analogue domain requires attention too. Digital volume controls too often reduce signal resolution and decrease sound quality. Even when the iTunes volume slider is used, DragonFly’s high-resolution analogue volume control carries out the instructions in the analogue domain for the best sound quality. And DragonFly’s analogue circuits are direct-coupled from the ESS converter chip’s output, avoiding the need for any extraneous, sonically degrading components in the signal path.

All of these refinements allow DragonFly to make music with a natural solidity and clarity that is dramatically superior to the sound you would hear from your computer on its own.

Key Features

•Plays All Music Files: MP3 to 24-bit / 192kHz

•Drives Headphones Directly

•Variable Output Drives Powered Speakers or Power Amp

•Fixed Output Feeds Preamp or Receiver

•Asynchronous Transfer Ensures Digital Timing Integrity

•Two Clocks Enable Native Resolution Up To 24-bit / 96kHz

  • USB Stick-Size Digital-Audio Converter
  • Plays All Music Files: MP3 to High-Res
  • Drives Headphones Directly
  • Variable Output Drives Powered Speakers or Power Amp
  • Fixed Output Feeds Preamp or Receiver
  • Asynchronous Transfer Ensures Digital Timing Integrity
  • Dual Fixed-Frequency Master Clocks Enable Optimal ‘Clocking’ (Digital Timing) For All Sample Rates