Audioquest DRAGONFLY BLACK USB DAC/Headphone Amp

Audioquest DRAGONFLY BLACK (Black)

USB DAC/Headphone Amp

In stock
£89
"With improved sound, and Apple iOS compatibility, this is the best DragonFly yet." 'What Hi-Fi? award winner 2016'. 5-star review.

The best value DragonFly yet - plus improved sound!

The DragonFly Black is the best ever value AudioQuest DAC. The new price point makes it more affordable than ever and the ideal accompaniment for your smartphone or tablet. Despite the price drop, the sound quality has been improved by fitting a high-spec ESS 9010 DAC (Digital to Analogue Converter). Better known for their use in top-end AV electronics, this 32-bit DAC provides stunning realism and dynamics.

Lower power consumption - ideal for use with your smartphone or tablet
With lower power consumption than before, the Dragonfly Black is now 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 Black simply offers a massive 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 lifelike.

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.

Make the most of your music on the move, with the AudioQuest DragonFly Black - don't leave home without it!

6 Year Supercare £9.99

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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
"With improved sound, and Apple iOS compatibility, this is the best DragonFly yet." 'What Hi-Fi? award winner 2016'. 5-star review.

The best value DragonFly yet - plus improved sound!

The DragonFly Black is the best ever value AudioQuest DAC. The new price point makes it more affordable than ever and the ideal accompaniment for your smartphone or tablet. Despite the price drop, the sound quality has been improved by fitting a high-spec ESS 9010 DAC (Digital to Analogue Converter). Better known for their use in top-end AV electronics, this 32-bit DAC provides stunning realism and dynamics.

Lower power consumption - ideal for use with your smartphone or tablet
With lower power consumption than before, the Dragonfly Black is now 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 Black simply offers a massive 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 lifelike.

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.

Make the most of your music on the move, with the AudioQuest DragonFly Black - don't leave home without it!
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 Black
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great improvement for iPhone Using this with an iPhone 6s+ and an Apple USB3 camera connector kit. Prior to this I used a fiio E12 amp and a ‘line out dock’ with an Apple lightning to 30 pin connector that contained an Apple dac in the connector. My headphones are B&W c5 and sennheiser hd600. It’s all good really. A much simpler set up for the C5s, although at home I find the fiio after the dragonfly helps drive the HD600s. I know that the dragonfly red has more power but decided to go with the cheaper black version and keep the E12. The most obvious improvement with the C5s is the bass. It’s so incredibly well controlled and deep. They sounded like different (better) headphones and I’ve had them for a few years now. I also do hear things that I’ve not noticed before. Only today on an album from 1990 that remains an often played favourite I heard an echo on a vocal line that I’d not heard before. The sound is not sharp despite having this greater detail. With the HD600s the sound is wonderfully open, detailed and again improved in the bass. I’d say the fiio improves the drive (without it the dragonfly sounds a tad out of breath with heavy bass and kick drums- although it’s not bad by any means) but removes a tiny bit of the upper detail. Interesting that the dragonfly points up a little shortcoming in the e12 as the fiio was very highly regarded as a portable headphone amp. I need to spend a bit more time playing with the dragonfly/fiio/ sennheiser combo to decide how to get the best from it (or get a dragonfly red!!). I’m very happy with the sound I’m getting from my iPhone (Apple lossless files btw). I have knocked off a star though. That’s because in most listening sessions there will be a drop out of about half a second. Nothing nasty, just a brief silence and it only happens once in say an hour’s worth of listening. I can’t say if this is the phone, CCK or the dragonfly but will look on the net to see if it’s a known thing. It is an issue I’ll happily live with for the improvement in sound that the Dragonfly brings. I listen mainly to modern electronica, post rock and shoegaze. Complex and dense stuff that this little beastie really digs into for a great listen.
Date published: 2018-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing sound from such a small device After reading and hearing so much about the Dragonfly black, I decided to give it a try and so glad I did. Can’t believe the difference in sound quality and volume from this on my iPhone 7 Plus. Only regret is I wished I bought it sooner!
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Audioquest Dragonfly Red A miniature marvel. Allows true hi-fi quality audio from mobile devices by by-passing the internal dac in an i-phone or i-pad. Tighter bass, better imaging and wider soundstage. An absolute bargain.
Date published: 2018-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Didn't think twice about buying a second one !!! Had a previous Dragonfly plugged into usb at side of a laptop and it got damaged. Went back to Richer Sounds and bought another without a second thought !!! The difference in sound is remarkable. For other users I would say to purchase a 3.0 usb male to female cable and let the Dragonfly be down the line rather than directly into a laptop to minimize the chance of damage.
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works well Was advised by Richer Sound staff at York that this product would be good for what we wanted to do. It worked out of the box and it does what we wanted.
Date published: 2018-05-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slightly disappointing limited use Purchased primarily to use with an Apple iPod classic but can't use it due to lack of suitable connection lead. Would be great if you sold these and offered a try before you buy option. Staff may need more training regarding DACs their use and suitability with certain components.
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes a noticeable difference to sound quality I was not sure whether or not to invest in a DAC but after some research I went for the black dragonfly model. It is significantly better when used with my laptop and while it’s also better on my iPhone, I find that the adapters needed make it tedious to use on my phone so Ive mostly been using it at work and for you tube videos etc on my computer. It’s amazing how much more detail there is on tracks I thought I knew bb heart. Recommended, particularly if you dont mind the phone adaptor which is quite cumbersome.
Date published: 2018-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing difference to sound quality from phone. Great service once again from Richer Sounds. Good non tech advice and no attempt to upsell. DAC is just plug and play but remember to turn your volume down on phone because amp in DAC is so much more powerful
Date published: 2018-04-14
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Audioquest USB DAC/Headphone Amp is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 38.
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6 Year Supercare £9.99

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