Audioquest DRAGONFLY RED

USB DAC/Headphone Amp

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£169
“It’s a supremely compact and convenient device that can be taken anywhere for an immediate musical boost” What Hi-Fi Award Winner 2017

The highest quality DragonFly to date

The DragonFly Red uses the highest quality DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor) ever used in a DragonFly, giving true audiophile sound quality. The 32-bit ESS 9016 chip is more usually found in high-end hi-fi equipment and boasts an astonishing signal to noise ratio, making it sound more precise and detailed than the DragonFly Black. Rather than using the Black's analogue volume control, it also deploys bit-perfect, digital volume. This reduces distortion still further, delivering an 'inky' black silence when the music demands.

Powers 'tricky' headphones
With a boost in output from 1.2V to 2.1V, the Red is far better at driving difficult headphones than the Black version. If you use larger headphones, with more powerful magnets, such as the Grado range or AudioQuest's own Nighthawks, then the Red model is ideal. The higher output gives effortless dynamics, a powerful bass and ability to make the music 'come to life'.

Lower power consumption - ideal for use with your smartphone or tablet
With lower power consumption than previous DragonFlys, the DragonFly Red is suitable for use with smartphones and tablets without undue battery use. Simply fit a USB adaptor to suit your device and connect up to an Apple or Android smartphone or tablet for a massive improvement in sound quality.

A sound upgrade for your Mac, PC or laptop

Whether you listen to music on your smartphone, tablet, Mac, PC or laptop, the audio quality can easily be improved. Whether you use headphones or have your device connected directly to your hi-fi, the DragonFly Red simply gives a huge improvement in sound quality. It bypasses the device's built-in DAC, instead passing sound through its own, high-end hi-fi quality chip.

Small package, big sound

Although tiny, the DragonFly is every bit as impressive as many full-size DACs. Asynchronous transfer and twin clocks ensure perfectly timed and controlled digital information enters the DAC, for a highly accurate and precise sound quality. Compared to a computer/smartphone/tablet's headphone output you'll notice a more dynamic sound with more detail and openness. In essence, the sound will simply be more life-like.

Supports multiple music file formats
Despite its tiny size, the DragonFly will play a wide variety of music files. Twin clocks ensure perfect playback of 44.1 kHz (CD quality), 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz and 96 kHz. As a final neat touch, the DragonFly logo glows various colours to indicate the file frequency: green for CD (44.1 kHz), blue for 48 kHz, amber for 88.2 kHz and magenta for 96 kHz.

Use pretty much any headphones on almost any device and experience your music to its full potential - the DragonFly Red meets the highest expectations.

Click here for link to our blog review

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Free UK delivery

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Buy now, pay later For purchases over £500, pay a 10% deposit now and the balance in 6 months. Pay the balance in full before the end of the 6 months and there is no interest to pay whatsoever, just a one-off settlement fee of £29. Find out more

We offer 6 month interest free options. Call or ask in-store for details

Lowest price guaranteed! We're confident that our prices are amongst the very keenest out there, so we've made it as easy as pie to qualify for our Price Beat. Richer Sounds also guarantees to beat web prices, and Price Beat is even valid for 7 days after purchase, so if you've seen a cheaper price, let us know, and we'll happily beat that price by up to £100!

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We’ll beat any genuine advertised price, even from the web & give you up to £100!

“It’s a supremely compact and convenient device that can be taken anywhere for an immediate musical boost” What Hi-Fi Award Winner 2017

The highest quality DragonFly to date

The DragonFly Red uses the highest quality DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor) ever used in a DragonFly, giving true audiophile sound quality. The 32-bit ESS 9016 chip is more usually found in high-end hi-fi equipment and boasts an astonishing signal to noise ratio, making it sound more precise and detailed than the DragonFly Black. Rather than using the Black's analogue volume control, it also deploys bit-perfect, digital volume. This reduces distortion still further, delivering an 'inky' black silence when the music demands.

Powers 'tricky' headphones
With a boost in output from 1.2V to 2.1V, the Red is far better at driving difficult headphones than the Black version. If you use larger headphones, with more powerful magnets, such as the Grado range or AudioQuest's own Nighthawks, then the Red model is ideal. The higher output gives effortless dynamics, a powerful bass and ability to make the music 'come to life'.

Lower power consumption - ideal for use with your smartphone or tablet
With lower power consumption than previous DragonFlys, the DragonFly Red is suitable for use with smartphones and tablets without undue battery use. Simply fit a USB adaptor to suit your device and connect up to an Apple or Android smartphone or tablet for a massive improvement in sound quality.

A sound upgrade for your Mac, PC or laptop

Whether you listen to music on your smartphone, tablet, Mac, PC or laptop, the audio quality can easily be improved. Whether you use headphones or have your device connected directly to your hi-fi, the DragonFly Red simply gives a huge improvement in sound quality. It bypasses the device's built-in DAC, instead passing sound through its own, high-end hi-fi quality chip.

Small package, big sound

Although tiny, the DragonFly is every bit as impressive as many full-size DACs. Asynchronous transfer and twin clocks ensure perfectly timed and controlled digital information enters the DAC, for a highly accurate and precise sound quality. Compared to a computer/smartphone/tablet's headphone output you'll notice a more dynamic sound with more detail and openness. In essence, the sound will simply be more life-like.

Supports multiple music file formats
Despite its tiny size, the DragonFly will play a wide variety of music files. Twin clocks ensure perfect playback of 44.1 kHz (CD quality), 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz and 96 kHz. As a final neat touch, the DragonFly logo glows various colours to indicate the file frequency: green for CD (44.1 kHz), blue for 48 kHz, amber for 88.2 kHz and magenta for 96 kHz.

Use pretty much any headphones on almost any device and experience your music to its full potential - the DragonFly Red meets the highest expectations.

Click here for link to our blog review
More Information
Bluetooth No
Coaxial Digital Input No
Dimensions WxDxH 12 x 19 x 62
Headphone Output Yes
Optical Digital Input No
USB Input Yes
XLR Balanced Outputs No
Brand Audioquest
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant and convenient. I bought a Dragonfly Black a while back to feed between my iPod and B&W P5s; the sound and detail improvements on FLAC playback was excellent. However, it wasn’t sounding quite as good running between the iPod and Onkyo A-9010 amp with Mission monitors. So I bit the bullet and bought the Red, and linked it to my iPod Lightning Dock. No disappointments – the improved hardware made an audible difference that the Black wasn’t delivering. Am delighted, given the price.
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An expensive (just) worthwhile improvement I really like this product. It's neat, compact and, at its best, adds a clarity and detail to my music that I hadn't experienced before. Playing flac files reveals a lovely depth and complexity that is sure to put a smile on your face. On the downside, when fitted with the fairly rigid dragontail it's not ideal for use on the go as you'll struggle to fit it in a pocket without losing the connection between dac and mobile /tablet. On that note, it's not a plug and play job, as you'll also need to spend an extra £20 on the USB player app and dragontail cable. Flaws aside, it's a really nice, pleasurable investment that will definitely add value to your listening experience.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Immediate improvement on sound! Fantastic product which provides an incredibly apparent sonic improvement. Well worth the money!
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It costs a fair amount but it sure is worth it. I wrote a long review but then I find I'd run out of characters so here's version 2.0. A great little gadget that brought the music from my iPhone 7 Plus music player to life. Isn't a drain on my iPhone battery. Is it worth it? Yes! Bowie's Diamond Dogs has never sounded so good. RIP David Bowie.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound and portable! This is a great alternative to the Chord Mojo! Very happy with this purchase.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning upgrade I had been thinking of buying a usb headphone DAC for a few year but never taken the plunge until now. I am so glad I bought the Dragonfly Red. The clarity of sound is amazing. I am using Bowers and Wilkins headphones. Set up is very straightforward and I was using it within 5 minutes. Simply a stunning upgrade for a MAC or PC.
Date published: 2016-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What A Difference !!! Yes this is a dear bit of kit for a USB stick BUT what a difference to the sound. I plugged in the Grados, sat back and was stunned at the openness and detail this little device can produce. With a serious remastered CD such as Emerson Lake and Palmer "Pictures at an Exhibition" or The Beatles 1+ your ears are treated to some serious sonic detail. So dig deep in the old pocket and buy !!!
Date published: 2016-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dragonfly It makes such a difference to listening on the I Phone and you no longer need to have volume turned up to max. Easy to use and set up, though this had been aided by the great Richer review of the product, which had made me even more determined to buy this.
Date published: 2016-08-04
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6 Year Supercare £16.90

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We think you’ll agree that our Supercare guarantee offers fantastic value. What’s more, if you don’t use our it in the 6 year period, we’ll refund the cost of it. You really can’t say fairer than that!
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Free UK delivery

Next day delivery and timed options available for online purchases of selected products. Please see checkout for further details.

Buy now, pay later For purchases over £500, pay a 10% deposit now and the balance in 6 months. Pay the balance in full before the end of the 6 months and there is no interest to pay whatsoever, just a one-off settlement fee of £29. Find out more

We offer 6 month interest free options. Call or ask in-store for details

Lowest price guaranteed! We're confident that our prices are amongst the very keenest out there, so we've made it as easy as pie to qualify for our Price Beat. Richer Sounds also guarantees to beat web prices, and Price Beat is even valid for 7 days after purchase, so if you've seen a cheaper price, let us know, and we'll happily beat that price by up to £100!

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T&Cs apply

We’ll beat any genuine advertised price, even from the web & give you up to £100!

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