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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 52 reviews

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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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound but wasn't reliable

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

    I was a bit skeptical about how good this small DAC/Amp could be - I'm used to headphone amps that have their own batteries and were five times this thing's size. However, it's no joke, this amplifies fine and provides crystal clear stereo sound that goes way beyond the built-in sound chips in most mobile devices/laptops. However, after using this for a week it stopped working and I had to return it. It does get quite warm to the touch when in use, and I suspect something inside literally burned itself out. Maybe I just got a defective one though. Sounded fantastic while it still worked though!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A DAC that anyone can use!

    Posted
    Mike34
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    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

    Audiophile quality in a tiny package

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

    High end DAC found in audiophile quality gear with an equally clean power amp to dramatically improve the quality of most digital music files. As a professional musician who both knows and demands that music must be accurately reproduced to be best enjoyed, I can recommend Dragonfly to my peers and any and all music lovers who want to hear a recording as intended by the artist. This little device does exactly that. The DAC alone sold me. Could not be happier with this purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Reasonably priced MQA Capable DAC

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

    I purchased this to stream music from my budget laptop (NAS personal FLAC library, Tidal, etc.). Simple to install using Win 10 and the sound is of course great considering the implementation of an ESS 9016 DAC. Cheap laptop and this DAC was less expensive than purchasing a dedicated streamer like the Bluesound Node 2i. Definitely satisfied with the purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent with my Sennheiser Headphones

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

    I bought the DragonFly Red to use with my Sennheiser HD6XX headphones to play Tidal MQA tracks from my Galaxy Note 8. Sound quality compared to the stock 3.5mm jack on the phone is incredible. I would certainly recommend this product. I only wish it was around $50 cheaper. You will need a an adapter if you use this with your phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great DAC / Amplifier!

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

    I use this in my laptop for music production and listening. It's powerful enough to run my AKG K702's or my Sony MDR 7506. Transient response time and bass reproduction is greatly improved via this little DAC. It sounds as good as my Audient ID 22 sound interface and other professional studio interfaces i've used in the past.

    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

    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

    Makes a big difference!

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

    I’m an audiophile and this product blew me away. The DAC allow my music to be louder, more pronounce, with higher level of detail. It gave a nice separation of instruments. Not only that, but it also turned harsh vocals and muddy bass into clear accurate highs and nice and punchy, yet tight bass. 12/10

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not Much Better Than Black

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

    Needed another Dragonfly. Thought I would would try the upgrade from my old original Black. I don't know if this red is marginal, but it does not sound as full as the Black. Better high end but very weak in mid to low bass. This is being used from PC to Midas mixing board.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    You get what you pay for

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

    It's seems at first that $200 dollars is outrageous for a USB stick that is a dac headphone amp. Then you plug it into your phone or computer and oh it's why it costs $200. Clean clear and perfect at full volume. Worth every penny in my humble opinion.

    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Product

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

    This thing works amazingly well. I previous had tried the Dragonfly Red but returned it and go this instead - I cannot tell the difference in sound but this costs half the price. If you get this, try out TIDAL and enjoy the sound of MQA which this device supports.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good DAC if you like muted music

    Posted
    alphie242
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I thought this DAC would clean up the audio signal from my computer through a dedicated stereo receiver. The product seems to mute the signal but not clean it up. The highs and mids are cut-off and the volume is reduced by the product. I was disappointed with this products performance.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A must for an audiophile on the go!

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

    I have been a longtime Dragonfly user, and when this came out with iPhone compatibility, I felt that I had to have it to try out, it did give an improvement to the sound quality, and provides a higher output than my original Dragonfly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great value

    Posted
    summguy
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    this is my 3rd DAC not the priciest but the best sounding one.Highs and mids are detailed and airy the bass is deep and accurate Similar to the Red in spec's without the HP amp mw.

    I would recommend this to a friend