AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt (Cobalt)

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AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt (Cobalt)

USB DAC/Headphone Amp
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”A dinky USB DAC that's still best in class.” ’What Hi-Fi?’ 2023 award-winner.

USB DAC for the best sound on the move

With HiRes music files and streaming services sounding better than ever, it pays to get a DAC and headphone amp that does justice to them. Rather than using your smartphone or laptop’s headphone output, the DragonFly Cobalt plugs into the USB output, bypassing the built-in (and usually average quality) sound processing and headphone amp. Specifically designed for the purpose, a quality USB DAC gives a stunning upgrade in sound and makes the most of your music files and headphones.

An award-winner made better
The AudioQuest DragonFlies have been winning awards and leading the field for many years now. With a list of technical improvements, the DragonFly Cobalt is now better than ever. Thanks to the included DragonTail USB adaptor, it’s also more versatile – straight out of the box.

Advanced new DAC
Key to the Cobalt’s stunning sound is an advanced ESS ES9038Q2M DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor). Highly regarded within the hi-fi world, this DAC uses precise filtering to deliver a smooth and natural sound. Simply put, you’ll hear subtle details in the music that your regular headphone output misses out on or glosses over.

Enhanced processor
At the heart of this tiny DAC is a powerful processor that’s 33% faster than before. Faster processing means more accuracy and less distortion. It also draws less current, helping to preserve your smartphone or laptop’s battery life.

Resists noise for reduced distortion
Revisions to the power-supply filter help the Cobalt resist interference from wi-fi, Bluetooth and mobile phone signal noise. Improved filtering reduces background noise, meaning you hear every tiny detail in the music.

Powers a wider range of headphones
Just like the award-winning DragonFly Red, the Cobalt benefits from a powerful 2.1 volt output. If you use larger headphones, with more powerful magnets, such as the Grado range or larger Beyers/Sennheisers/AKGs, then this USB DAC model is ideal. The higher output gives effortless dynamics, a powerful bass and ability to make the music 'come to life'.

Upgrade the sound from your Android smartphone
With a DragonTail (USB A – C adaptor) supplied, you can now take advantage of using the DragonFly with your Android smartphone. Simply plug the DragonTail between the phone's USB and the DragonFly DAC and you're good to go - audiophile quality sound from your smartphone!

If you want the best from your music on the move, you’ll love the AudioQuest DragonTail Cobalt.
Connectivity
Headphone Output
Yes - 3.5mm
USB Input
1 x Type A for PC/MAC
General
Manufacturer's Warranty
2 years
Features
DAC
ESS ES9038Q2M
Dimensions
Dimensions WxHxD (mm)
58 x 19 x 12
Accessories
Included Cables
DragonTail USB C - USB A Convertor

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect product One of the best ways I've spent money in recent memory. Absolutely tranformed my headphones.
Date published: 2024-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good, that having one wasn't enough! I bought one of these 3 months ago and was thoroughly impressed how good it was. (I reviewed it back then). I let my son try it out, and I lost it to him there and then! He uses it on his Windows PC and iPad and really likes it with his Austrian Audio headphones. So, I had to get a replacement! I didn't mind really and was half expecting that reaction from him. I use mine on my Windows PC and my mobile phone to enjoy much better audio on this amplified DAC. You don't appreciate how good this device is until you try it for yourself. It's a game changer and a vast improvement on the existing output your devices are pumping out. I've noticed that there is a range of 'Dragon's Tail' adapter connectors to plug into the USB plug, so you can hook this brilliant device up to most format plug connectors, making it even more versatile.
Date published: 2024-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent service I visited your shop in Edinburgh for advice on a headphone amp/DAC and a feedback problem through my turntable. After some sound advice I bought the Dragonfly Cobalt and project phono pre amp. The Dragonfly Cobalt  has opened up  the sound through my GRADO’s and no more feedback on my turntable.  Many thanks for your sound advice.
Date published: 2024-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great sound for the price I just received this, and it's replacing a Dragonfly Black that went missing. It's also replacing in my system an older different brand of DAC that had a static noise problem . I'm really happy with the sound of the Dragonfly Red and would happily recommend it.
Date published: 2024-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Feeling Blue Was not expecting this wow! being honest i was not prepared for what came out of my headphones OMG, normally listen from laptop direct to headphones, slightly sceptical but introduce the cobalt DAC and wow spent five hours listening to known music what a revelation , this is outstanding yes i was sceptical but no fears worth every penny, amazed at such a tiny item could make such a difference, cant stop more music to listen too
Date published: 2024-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I was looking for Having dipped my toes in the water with some Ifi Dac and amp, I wanted to see if I could make my Grado 325 headphones sound even better, and if my ears were worthy of an upgrade. The Cobalt is sublime and deserves all the credit it gets. Very musical, spacious, lively and enjoyable sound which really draws you into the emotional atmosphere of all kinds of music. Absolutely wonderful experience
Date published: 2024-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Pound for pound, probably the best music related purchase I've ever made. I bought The Dragonfly Red to upscale my listening on YouTube and the difference is night and day! Pair it up with some good quality headphones (Beyerdynamic DT770 in my case) and prepare to have your whole listening experience transformed! I've had in daily use for the best part of 6 years now and its performance has been exemplary! I won't hesitate to be straight in for another if and when this one fails. 10/10 all day long!!
Date published: 2023-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Transformational! This small device will transform the sound from even the most basic pair of iEMs. I'd never heard what a DAC could potentially do and, with the help of Richer Sounds's current price reduction, I decided to take the plunge and enter the world of DACs! I'm so glad I did. Mine is connected to an iPhone 14 Pro Max, running Apple Music. Even with a very old set of Sennheiser iEMs the sound produced is really special. I know that sound is very subjective but to me, it's not just 'slightly better' but day and night different! I've recently upgraded the iEMS to the Sennheiser iE600 and the sound is astonishingly good. I anticipate this will be even better once the buds are 'burnt in'. So, do I recommend this product? Yes - absolutely. Lastly, the service from Richer Sounds (Newcastle) was as anticipated - top notch.
Date published: 2023-12-10
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