Audioquest DRAGONFLY RED USB DAC/Headphone Amp

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

6 Year Supercare £16.85

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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!

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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
“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 Yes
Optical Digital Input No
USB Input Yes
XLR Balanced Outputs No
Brand Audioquest
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent sound quality Had the product a month and would not go back to listening without it.
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dragonfly Red - flying high After doing some research on DACs I decided to go for the Dragonfly Red. Superb value for money. I couldn't really add any more to the description you can find in the online reviews . Highly recommended.
Date published: 2018-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great USB DAC Bought this last month from Richer Sounds and I'm very pleased with it. Using it with my Note 8 and AKG 3003i headphones and it's fantastic! Huge improvement over the phone DAC. Works really good on the desktop as well. Compared it recently with a Sony music player around the same price and the DFR has way better sound, clarity and precision.
Date published: 2018-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great improvement in audio quality from my PC It's hard to believe that such a small device can change the sound quality so much!
Date published: 2018-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple and effective I bought this as an upgrade to DAC on my iMac. Operation is a no brainer and it improves the quality of the lossless files - I have no doubt. My only gripe is it hanging from the back of my iMac. I don't like it looking like its under stress in the USB socket. A small USB cable would have solved that easily at minimal cost.
Date published: 2018-02-06
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Audioquest USB DAC/Headphone Amp is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 24.
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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