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

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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 (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
Colour Red
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
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Turn my old computer into a hi-fi system Plug and go no frills design for my old computer turning it into a very decent sound system to listen to, no matter it is in-ear, close-back or active loudspeakers.
Date published: 2018-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth every penny I was looking for something to improve the sound from my PC while editing music, the Audioquest Dragonfly Red produces amazingly clean and accurate sound and is perfect for my needs.
Date published: 2018-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Expectatins largely met! I have long wanted to play my numerous Spotify Playlists through my main system rather than just Alexa or my Desk-top speakers whilst actually very good, are unable to match a pair of tall Electrostatics! Having read multiple reviews all espousing the small Dragonfly Red DAC, I took the plunge and ordered one. Now, to put matters in perspective, even at 320 kbs, Spotify was never going to sound like my Vinyl collection however, for what it does, it does extremely well. The thing about Spotify, is that I've discovered music I never knew about and so to be able to hear such fab tunes through my main system is truly a joy. I can't provide a contrast and compare review because I simply haven't compared the Red against anything else but in some respects, that's actually missing the point. Does it reasonably match my expectations and effectively do what I've purchased it for? Yes. Job done then! Enjoy! Phil
Date published: 2018-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First DAC... Didn't realise what I was missing I wouldn't consider myself an audiophile despite owning a pair of Shure SE846's, mostly a bit of an audio enthusiast who appreciates good sound. I usually listen to my music via tidal through my iPhone 6s plus with portable amp or via my MacBook Pro. I was cynical about how much of a difference in quality an external DAC could make to streaming music compared to the internal DAC of my devices. Upon reading multiple reviews on the Dragonfly Red I decided to take the plunge and go for it in fear of not making the most of my earphone investment. My concerns were short lived as the difference after plugging the Dragonfly Red in was immediately apparent. Goosebumps were a tell tale sign of this improvement, after listening to tracks I had already listened to it was obvious this was a purchase I should have made from the start. Instrument separation has become even more apparent, the sound from the Macbook alone now sounds flat and intangible. With the Dragonfly Red attached the bass is more well rounded, you feel more immersed in the sound and voices are brought to life. Overall for £170 I feel this is a great buy! My music has been given a new lease of life especially mater quality tracks.
Date published: 2018-07-14
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
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Audioquest USB DAC/Headphone Amp is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 36.
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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.
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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