Audioquest DRAGONFLY RED USB DAC/Headphone Amp

Audioquest DRAGONFLY RED (Red)

USB DAC/Headphone Amp

In stock
£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

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.
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Free UK delivery

Next day delivery and timed options available. Please see checkout for further details.

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 all our products to blind, partially sighted and disabled customers.

Please place orders online, then contact webaftersales@richersounds.com who will advise on how to arrange the refund of your delivery charge
“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
Bluetooth No
Coaxial Digital Input No
Dimensions WxDxH 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
Colour Red
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You Wouldn't Believe The Difference.. My set-up is modest (iMac, Bose Companion 200 speakers) and wouldn't ordinarily expect the Dragonfly Red to have any effect on the sound. But I thought I'd give it a go.. Let me tell you that the difference is like night and day. Detail emerges from every genre of music that I'd not heard before. Each element of a track sounds so much more precise - and this is from MP3 tracks. Who knows what improvements there will be with Hi Res music. And this works seemlessly with my Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 over ear headphones and iPhone 6S (although factor in the Apple Camera Connection Kit adaptor). It seems like a lot of money to part with for a USB stick sized piece of kit. However, you should consider this an essential purchase if you want to upgrade your sound - it could be your first taste of 'proper' hi fidelity.
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding DAC in such a small package Dear God the Dragonfly Red is truly outstanding I’ve compared it with the Black version although that too is execellant & if you want to save money DO NOT test the RED as it is night and day between the Black & Red version in as EVERY part of the music frequency is upped. I have used the Dragonfly Red DAC with iPhone 7 and tested it with Shure 500’s 846’s B&W P7 wired & IE 800 Sennheisers WOW. The iPhone does work with this little red baby and it adds further clarity to all music frequencies making the headphones clearer and with NO need to up the volume from the phone. Note for iPhone users an AV USB adapter is required. The DAC comes with a rubbish case to be honest but who cares as to beat this beauty you will have to jump up to the Chord Mojo at £400 so the Dragomfly Red is a no brainer for under £200 it’s small USB stick like, it powers top of the line headphones & in ears and works with the iPhone - just for info I have the iPhone 7, IE 800 and this dragonfly Red and it’s a combo made in heaven
Date published: 2018-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good sound that grows on you The device is small, well made and reasonably portable. I say reasonably as the iphone adapter makes it slightly bulky in the pocket so not ideal for slim jeans or similar. The sound is not immediately headline grabbing like the Chord MOJO. However subtle improvements are noticeable - for example vocals are much smoother, bass tighter and piano less sibilant. This is a great device for laptop / mobile phone upgrade if you have decent headphones and want to give yourself a moderately priced sound upgrade.
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great DAC I've really been enjoying listening to music through the Dragon Fly Red. The clarity is amazing and Im enjoying my collection even more. The team at the London Bridge Branch allowed me to sit in their listening room with my headphones and test between the Black and Red Dragonfly's and I ultimately went with the Red. Hearing the extra details in music has been a joy and as a DJ/producer/mix engineer it allows me to hear what the greats are doing.
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound an a big upgrade for laptop and iPhone The Dragonfly Red DAC delivers great sound and is a big upgrade for my iPhone and laptop. I would recommend the Dragonfly Red as an affordable DAC upgrade.
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definitely adds to quality of headphone experience If you are paying for quality headphones then budget for a DAC,The dragonfly is better than most and it is neat and tells people you are serious about your music. Not sure it’s value for money and the tail is a ripoff but hey it’s only money
Date published: 2018-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality listening is back! Like a lot of people these days my only music is on my phone. This gizmo has turned it into the hi fi I used to have! The instruments/vocals are clear again. It's like unblocking your ears! Recommend to anyone who likes music.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little gadget which I never knew about. I was recommended by a friend to get the red dragonfly. I already have a very good headphone. However, when i used the dragonfly, I was extremely amazed with the product. It amplifies the sound which means you get the loudness and crispness that you want as you turn the volume on. You cannot get this with the ordinary iPhone volume. It also bypasses the analog converter in your iPhone straight to your headphone so you get to hear every details you have never ever been able to hear before. I would say check this item out. I never knew of its existence until a sound guru introduced me to it. Went into Richer Sounds and they were kind and nice enough to let me try it for free. When I purchased and asked for a discount as I was lazy to compare it online, they gave me a great discount that I couldn't even find online. Great customer service as well. This is the first time buying from Richer Sounds and it will definitely not be my last.
Date published: 2018-05-01
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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

Free UK delivery

Next day delivery and timed options available. Please see checkout for further details.

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 all our products to blind, partially sighted and disabled customers.

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