Audioquest DRAGONFLY RED USB DAC/Headphone Amp

Audioquest DRAGONFLY RED

USB DAC/Headphone Amp

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£169
”AudioQuest's most expensive DragonFly DAC is worth every penny.”– ‘What Hi-Fi’ 2018 award winner.

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

6 Year Supercare £16.85

Add our Supercare to your basket when you check out. We'll cover your items for 6 years and give you your money back if unused.

Lowest price guaranteed!

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

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!

Products must be brand new, boxed, carry a comparable guarantee and be in stock at time of purchase. Richer Sounds price used to compare will be net of any voucher / trade in discounts.
T&Cs apply

Buy now, pay later available
on purchases over £500

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

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

 Disabled assistance

Richer Sounds are happy to offer FREE delivery* on the vast majority of our products to blind, partially sighted and disabled customers. (*see our delivery page for T&Cs.)

Please place orders online, then contact webaftersales@richersounds.com who will advise on how to arrange the refund of your delivery charge.
”AudioQuest's most expensive DragonFly DAC is worth every penny.”– ‘What Hi-Fi’ 2018 award winner.

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
Bluetooth No
Coaxial Digital Input No
Dimensions WxDxH (mm) 12 x 19 x 62
Headphone Output 3.5mm
Optical Digital Input No
USB Input 1 x Type A for PC/MAC Needs adaptor for Smartphone use
XLR Balanced Outputs No
Brand Audioquest
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth every penny for sure Bought this in the Edinburgh store - fantastically helpful staff who let me compare the Black & Red with my iphone & adapter set up - and it is a revelation. Exceptional sound improvement on all files from MP3 to 24/96 FLAC. Yes, the carrying around an adapter connected to the iphone is a bit of a faff, but when the end result is so good, who cares?
Date published: 2019-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't be happier I bought this because I travel a lot and wanted a good compact amp, and the results are amazing. Everything I wanted and more. Even if you don't need it for mobile use, I'd still recommend it. It stays permanently connected to my desktop at home too, I barely listen through anything else. For the price it can't be beat.
Date published: 2019-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great improvement of laptop sound quality Bought it one month ago and very impressed with sound. Makes listening to music so much more enjoyable.
Date published: 2018-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic sound A fabulous piece of kit. Pity it only works through my iBook pro. Would have been good through the iPod....
Date published: 2018-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent service and product I didn't know what a dac was until a few weeks ago. I googled a few sites and read up about them and the incredible sound improvement they can make. In my case I have a galaxy s8 and was looking for ways to improve the sound quality. I headed over to my local Richer Sounds (Leeds) with the intention of getting a Cyrus soundkey. I was offered the chance to try one out, which I did. The improvement was amazing! I was then offered the chance to try a Dragonfly Red. It's a further big leap in sound quality and really does bring music to life. Well worth the extra money. Needless to say I left with the Dragonfly Red. I can't recommend it enough. If in doubt just head to your local Richer Sounds and try one out. First class customer service.
Date published: 2018-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent DAC for mobile devices I bought this to improve the quality of music from my iPhone through headphones and its performance is impressive with all source material from 320kb/s mp3 upwards - much smoother sounding than the built-in DAC. It also comes in a conveniently sized package.
Date published: 2018-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Improved sound I bought this to use with my laptop,the sound is like chalk and cheese,deeper bass,better separation of instruments.I will not part with my red Dragonfly.
Date published: 2018-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Orchestral music taken to another level My expectations were high,and this product is exceeding them....best described as quite a shock as I'm finding symphonies,concertos,tone poems etc that I know well,all sounding as if I've never really heard them before. Details ....depth of sound and Dynamics are revelatory. A tip....xstream (software developers...they produced a USB music player from scratch to make up for Androids not so complete USB support) emailed me to say "in settings,select USB volume,select hardware volume control and you'll get the sound to your cans unchanged." Also,audioquest suggest buying the xstream USB pro music player ,...do it,I did.,..select Bit Perfect.dont bother activating the gimmicky controls,they only mess about with your music .there's a link to the xstream player under "questions for Android".on the Audioquest.web site under Dragonfly red...I read it,did it and.....SHOWTIME! So,£160+ well spent ....and now I'm going through all my music again!!!to hear what I ve been missing ..so will you Finally,it really does need Continous running for 24hrs....I gave it 30 to be sure Greg Curtis Manchester UK.
Date published: 2018-08-21
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6 Year Supercare £16.85

Add our Supercare to your basket when you check out. We'll cover your items for 6 years and give you your money back if unused.

6 YEAR SUPERCARE COSTS JUST £9.99 ON ALL ITEMS UNDER £100, OR 10% OF PURCHASE PRICE ON ANYTHING OVER £100.

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!
Plus, if we can’t fix a fault, we will give you a like-for-like replacement.
Find out full details here.

Lowest price guaranteed!

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

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!

Products must be brand new, boxed, carry a comparable guarantee and be in stock at time of purchase. Richer Sounds price used to compare will be net of any voucher / trade in discounts.
T&Cs apply

Buy now, pay later available
on purchases over £500

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

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

 Disabled assistance

Richer Sounds are happy to offer FREE delivery* on the vast majority of our products to blind, partially sighted and disabled customers. (*see our delivery page for T&Cs.)

Please place orders online, then contact webaftersales@richersounds.com who will advise on how to arrange the refund of your delivery charge.