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AudioQuest - DragonFly Red USB DAC and Headphone Amp - Red

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Convenience and performance are no longer mutually exclusive. With DragonFly Red any computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone can be used as a true high-fidelity music player, allowing music lovers to enjoy beautiful sound wherever they go, whenever they please.
$199.98
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    Overview

    What's Included


    • DragonFly Red USB DAC and Headphone Amp
    • Flight Manual
    • Travel Pouch

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (23 out of 25)

    Features


    Compatible with PC and Mac

    As well as computers with a Linux operating system for use with your existing setup.

    Digital audio converter

    Bypasses your computer's internal sound card and directly drives headphones for use as a high-fidelity music source.

    Connects to a preamplifier or receiver

    Via a 3.5mm-to-RCA cable (not included) for wide-ranging use.

    Plays a variety of audio formats

    From MP3 to high-resolution formats, including those from games and videos.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 25 reviews

    92%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      I think I'm falling for you...

      Posted
      ByeFelicia
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I am a Best Buy employee and I've been wanting a Dragonfly for a while now but never pulled the trigger due to lack of support for mobile devices. I never really listen to music from my laptop; it's always from my phone using headphones or in my car. Audioquest revised this device for customers like myself. First off, I've had this for about an hour now and it took me a bit to start noticing the benefits. I'm currently using this on an S7 Edge with some V-Moda M-100s. There have been a few issues getting my phone to recognize the USB device. I'm running Spotify Premium and the first several times I plugged in the Dragonfly the music was super digitized and there were no highs. It was all bass and sounded like 16 bit music. I researched the Audioquest site and there will eventually be a firmware update client for the dragonfly, but currently the website says "coming soon." So that was no help.Through some more research on Head-Fi this is apparently an issue with Android Marshmallow. It works fine on Lollipop and iOS devices, but until Marshmallow gets an update, the USB audio support is finicky. The dragonfly does work on my phone but sometimes I have to unplug and re-plug it several times, or have a song already playing when I plug it in to get it to work. Incidentally, it has worked 100% of the time on my laptop. As for sound quality, as I started to say, I did notice a difference right away, but I didn't notice how vast it was until I switched back and forth from the DF to the headphone jack several times. Each time I used the phone's built in DAC I felt it sounded more and more flat and closed off. The soundstaging with the dragonfly is vastly better in comparison. It wasn't mind blowing, but just so much more preferable than what the Samsung built DAC was putting out. Like I stated I use Spotify Premium which gives me access to 320kbps mp3s, and I don't have any lossless music to test. I may migrate to Tidal which is a lossless music streaming app. I've had it previously and LOVED the audio quality but was not satisfied with the performance of the app itself. I can't wait to try my dragonfly in the car, even though the quality difference won't be as noticeable. The best way to use this device is with headphones or through a good home theater amp and great speakers, playing some lossless music like FLAC (no mp3s). So far I am extremely happy with my purchase and I haven't even put it through it's paces yet. Any music fanatic, or even just a casual listener should love this product. There is also a new Dragonfly Red that uses a more advance DAC with higher power output and a more controlled 1 step = 1 decibel volume control

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Terrific for mobile audio quality boost

      Posted
      Joel
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      If you're finding your phone's audio doesn't sound great, check out the Dragonfly Black. And let's be honest, no phone will keep up with the quality of a home system. Then again, neither will your computer (Macs are known to be better). You have two options: (a) invest in a pricey and quickly outdated sound card, or (b) get this. It's plug-and-play on just about everything, supports the newer MQA format with a firmware upgrade, and can handle almost any file type. You will need a full-size USB adapter to use on your phone (USB-C to A type or lightning camera adapter; older Android phones need a micro-USB to A type), but Insignia makes one for 10 bucks that works just fine. Macs and PCs have a simple two step installation process: (1) Plug it into your USB port. (2) Plug in your headphones. Pros: Excellent sound quality boost on any device. Handles most audio codec formats (FLAC , MP3, MQA, AIFF, WAV, etc.). Plug-and play on anything (except older Android devices). Cons: No physical volume control (lowers my review to 4.5 stars if I could). Not usable with high-impedance headphones (use the Dragonfly Red for that). Will lower your battery life slightly on phones.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      If you love great sound, buy this!

      Posted
      MichaelGreen_BBYSTAFF18
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember
      • Best Buy StaffStaff

      Lets make this quick, if you love great sound and regularly use over the ear or in ear headphones, buy this product! I use this amp daily and the results are absolutely incredible. Everything will sound more detailed concise and clear through this amp. Its a great value for what it does and its very well built and feels solid in the hand. If you're looking for an inexpensive headphone amp to give your music and podcasts a boost in fidelity, this is the product for you! The size is small and compact and the light on the front is a cool feature (and tells you what kind of file you're listening to as well!) I have been very happy and satisfied by this product and look forward to using it for as long as I can! Thanks Audioquest for making this awesome product!

      I would recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        AudioQuest Customer Service

        Thank you for your kind words about the multiple award winning Dragonfly! We like to think of Dragonfly as a high quality DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) that includes a great sounding headphone amp. Don't forget you can hook it up to your home stereo, too. audioquest

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A DAC that anyone can use!

      Posted
      Mike34
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      It is great when you come across the exact tool for the job. This Digital to Analog Converter is what I needed before I knew it. I was simply looking for a solution to a ruined laptop 3.5mm earphone jack. One of the Geeks mentioned Dragonfly. I did some checking and decided to purchase. AWESOME!! The 1.5 Black really increases the quality of listening experience. Classical, shows, live concerts - whatever I'm listening to has more depth to the sounds. It takes me back to the era of stack stereo systems. The Dragonfly gives clear and crisp sound from 32hz all the way through 16k. If you don't have huge bank and want huge sound Dragonfly 1.5 Black will make you very happy!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      I didn't notice any change

      Posted
      Enzo
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I have a pair of V-Moda M100 headphones and I listened to a 320kbps track with sample rate of 44,100 kHz. I made sure the output on the Dragonfly Red is also 44,100 kHz and listened on my MacBook Air Mid 2013 model. The only difference I could notice was how much louder the sound was. So I decided the adjust the loudness on my MacBook Air so it sounds as loud as the output on Dragonfly, and I didn't notice too much of difference! I also tried a few more tracks I had purchased on iTunes or Google Music and the results showed minimal improvement. In my experience, this device does bring the sound to life a bit, but I don't think the little performance change justifys the $200 price tag.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Black Dragonfly Dac (Digital to Analog Converter)

      Posted
      BayAreaJ
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      This product by audioquest is well worth the price, I have noticed my music sounding more alive now than before since I've been using this device. You will need to purchase an app that is recommended by Audioquest on either Android or Apple to use this product so keep that in mind... aside from the additional 7.99 fee for the app this portable Dac is great!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A steal for this price!

      Posted
      summguy

      had a budget DAC for a couple of years but the sound quality seemed a bit 'off' . Following the reviews I bought this...WOW what a difference from a generic DAC, the mids and high end detail is astonishing , actuall the whole frequency spectrum is improved especially the highs.Remarkable sound quality from a budget piece, the best audoi purchase for me in a long time

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Rare "inexpensive" audiophile upgrade

      Posted
      xxmartinxx
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      In the audiophile realm, most things are extremely expensive and do significantly less than this device. Even if you just listen to podcasts, this really improves the sound. You can actually hear the room. Well worth the cost if you have a decent pair of cans.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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