AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt (Cobalt) USB DAC/Headphone Amp

AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt (Cobalt)

USB DAC/Headphone Amp

In stock

In-Store Clearance Item

Remember, these are clearance items and therefore condition and accessories/promo items supplied may vary. Please call/email the store to check the price/stock/condition and reserve your clearance bargain before making a special journey. Due to costs, we cannot transfer clearance stock between branches or sell via mail order - sorry!
ALL CLEARANCE ITEMS ARE FULLY GUARANTEED FOR 12 MONTHS. Please note that extended guarantees are not available on these products.

”This tiny USB DAC justifies its hefty price tag.” ’What Hi-Fi?’ 2019 award-winner.

USB DAC for the best sound on the move

With HiRes music files and streaming services sounding better than ever, it pays to get a DAC and headphone amp that does justice to them. Rather than using your smartphone or laptop’s headphone output, the DragonFly Cobalt plugs into the USB output, bypassing the built-in (and usually average quality) sound processing and headphone amp. Specifically designed for the purpose, a quality USB DAC gives a stunning upgrade in sound and makes the most of your music files and headphones.

An award-winner made better
The AudioQuest DragonFlies have been winning awards and leading the field for many years now. With a list of technical improvements, the DragonFly Cobalt is now better than ever. Thanks to the included DragonTail USB adaptor, it’s also more versatile – straight out of the box.

Advanced new DAC
Key to the Cobalt’s stunning sound is an advanced ESS ES9038Q2M DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor). Highly regarded within the hi-fi world, this DAC uses precise filtering to deliver a smooth and natural sound. Simply put, you’ll hear subtle details in the music that your regular headphone output misses out on or glosses over.

Enhanced processor
At the heart of this tiny DAC is a powerful processor that’s 33% faster than before. Faster processing means more accuracy and less distortion. It also draws less current, helping to preserve your smartphone or laptop’s battery life.

Resists noise for reduced distortion
Revisions to the power-supply filter help the Cobalt resist interference from wi-fi, Bluetooth and mobile phone signal noise. Improved filtering reduces background noise, meaning you hear every tiny detail in the music.

Powers a wider range of headphones
Just like the award-winning DragonFly Red, the Cobalt benefits from a powerful 2.1 volt output. If you use larger headphones, with more powerful magnets, such as the Grado range or larger Beyers/Sennheisers/AKGs, then this USB DAC model is ideal. The higher output gives effortless dynamics, a powerful bass and ability to make the music 'come to life'.

Upgrade the sound from your Android smartphone
With a DragonTail (USB A – C adaptor) supplied, you can now take advantage of using the DragonFly with your Android smartphone. Simply plug the DragonTail between the phone's USB and the DragonFly DAC and you're good to go - audiophile quality sound from your smartphone!

If you want the best from your music on the move, you’ll love the AudioQuest DragonTail Cobalt.
”This tiny USB DAC justifies its hefty price tag.” ’What Hi-Fi?’ 2019 award-winner.

USB DAC for the best sound on the move

With HiRes music files and streaming services sounding better than ever, it pays to get a DAC and headphone amp that does justice to them. Rather than using your smartphone or laptop’s headphone output, the DragonFly Cobalt plugs into the USB output, bypassing the built-in (and usually average quality) sound processing and headphone amp. Specifically designed for the purpose, a quality USB DAC gives a stunning upgrade in sound and makes the most of your music files and headphones.

An award-winner made better
The AudioQuest DragonFlies have been winning awards and leading the field for many years now. With a list of technical improvements, the DragonFly Cobalt is now better than ever. Thanks to the included DragonTail USB adaptor, it’s also more versatile – straight out of the box.

Advanced new DAC
Key to the Cobalt’s stunning sound is an advanced ESS ES9038Q2M DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor). Highly regarded within the hi-fi world, this DAC uses precise filtering to deliver a smooth and natural sound. Simply put, you’ll hear subtle details in the music that your regular headphone output misses out on or glosses over.

Enhanced processor
At the heart of this tiny DAC is a powerful processor that’s 33% faster than before. Faster processing means more accuracy and less distortion. It also draws less current, helping to preserve your smartphone or laptop’s battery life.

Resists noise for reduced distortion
Revisions to the power-supply filter help the Cobalt resist interference from wi-fi, Bluetooth and mobile phone signal noise. Improved filtering reduces background noise, meaning you hear every tiny detail in the music.

Powers a wider range of headphones
Just like the award-winning DragonFly Red, the Cobalt benefits from a powerful 2.1 volt output. If you use larger headphones, with more powerful magnets, such as the Grado range or larger Beyers/Sennheisers/AKGs, then this USB DAC model is ideal. The higher output gives effortless dynamics, a powerful bass and ability to make the music 'come to life'.

Upgrade the sound from your Android smartphone
With a DragonTail (USB A – C adaptor) supplied, you can now take advantage of using the DragonFly with your Android smartphone. Simply plug the DragonTail between the phone's USB and the DragonFly DAC and you're good to go - audiophile quality sound from your smartphone!

If you want the best from your music on the move, you’ll love the AudioQuest DragonTail Cobalt.
Brand Audioquest
Colour Cobalt
Optical Digital Inputs No
USB Input 1 x Type A for PC/MAC
Headphone Output Yes - 3.5mm
Bluetooth No
DAC ESS ES9038Q2M
Included Cables DragonTail USB C - USB A Convertor
Dimensions WxDxH (mm) 58 x 12 x 19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really portable - good sound Overall improvement to sound and highly portable. Slightly smoother, warmer sound than I was expecting but works well with both an iPad and a laptop.
Date published: 2020-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Upgraded from the Red DragonFly I have had the red DragonFly for many years and purchased the Blue thinking it would be better. Truth is, I can hardly tell the difference. Nonetheless, if you don’t have a portable DAC then this small device will truly change your musical listening for the better. The only negative is the clumsy Apple iPhone connector which needs to be purchased separately (only use the Apple version to maintain good connectivity). The device itself is brilliant and Richer Sounds goes without saying!
Date published: 2020-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THANK YOU!!!!! Used Cobolt dac with tidal masters and recent iOS 11 plus iPad ,finally streaming that sounds at least cd quality,sometimes mqa better. Thanks to your sales,Darko ,steve , and zero reviews thanks.
Date published: 2020-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fantastic tiny device I bought this to get a portable dac/amp to use with my iPhone and laptop and wow... its amazing! I’m using it with my Sennheiser HD 599 and it really makes them come alive! I mostly listen to rock and metal which is hard to sound good, but this small Dragonfly unit does the trick a million times over! I can’t recommend this product enough! Best portable DAC/amp on the market. I would also like to say a special thank you to Phil who was tremendous in giving me advice with this device. I am fairly new to the audio world and answered all my questions with kindness and a real sense of knowledge. Thank you, Phil!
Date published: 2020-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product and excellent replacement service. My Dragonfly Red unfortunately malfunctioned - loose socket. Apart from the malfunction, I was more than happy with the product and only regreted that I had not gone for the Cobalt. The good folks at Richer Sounds not only replaced it in the Spitalfields store, but offered an upgrade to Cobalt, which is exactly what I was hoping for. The DAC itself is fantastic, it's hard to believe that you can now get sound like that in such a small form factor. Dynamic, detailed, wide and just overall pleasant and balanced.
Date published: 2020-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from small piece huge sound I bought audio quest dragonfly cobolt from Richer sound London bridge on 04/03/2020 I can't belive this small piece object will make sound from my mobile phone especially my laptop much bigger and more powerful bass is more deep and tight mid and high is clearer and more resolution and I got a best deal from Phil (the manager) for the very best price with friendly service .
Date published: 2020-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Proper portable and more I bought this after weeks of dithering and re watching John Darko YouTube videos (these are great entertainment). He seeded the desire for something to improve the sound of my phone and to be truly portable. Well the Cobalt is certainly that. When you get home unplug the headphones and connect to your main gear and as John (Darko) points out you get a touch screen streamer. Neat, simple and small footprint. Love it.
Date published: 2020-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional sound I bought this for headphone listening from an iPhone and a MacBook, and also as a line level source for a vintage Quad system. I already have a Dragonfly Red, which is clearly superior to Apple's built-in outputs, but the Cobalt is on another level altogether, giving an exceptional smoothness and air to recordings of CD-quality and above.
Date published: 2020-02-09
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In-Store Clearance Item

Remember, these are clearance items and therefore condition and accessories/promo items supplied may vary. Please call/email the store to check the price/stock/condition and reserve your clearance bargain before making a special journey. Due to costs, we cannot transfer clearance stock between branches or sell via mail order - sorry!
ALL CLEARANCE ITEMS ARE FULLY GUARANTEED FOR 12 MONTHS. Please note that extended guarantees are not available on these products.