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DRAGONFLY RED

AUDIOQUEST
DRAGONFLY RED
USB DAC/Headphone Amp

  • With What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision magazine's over 35 years experience in the industry it's easy to see why a What Hi-Fi? Award is one of the greatest honours that can be bestowed upon a product.
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With What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision magazine's over 35 years experience in the industry it's easy to see why a What Hi-Fi? Award is one of the greatest honours that can be bestowed upon a product.
What Hi-Fi? magazine is the world's leading independent guide to home entertainment products. Any product they award with a 5 star rating is instantly marked out as one of the best around..

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£169

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6 YEAR SUPERCARE -  £16.90 6 YEAR SUPERCARE – FOR HI-FI, HOME CINEMA COMPONENTS AND SPEAKERS

6 YEAR SUPERCARE COSTS JUST £9.99 ON ALL ITEMS UNDER £100, OR 10% OF PURCHASE PRICE ON ANYTHING OVER £100.

This page is intended to demonstrate the incredible value of our 6 Year Supercare. Under recent legislation, we are obliged to point out that you obviously do not need to purchase an extended warranty at the same time you purchase your electrical goods and are entitled to shop around. We have been encouraging our customers to do just that for years because, not only are our prices significantly cheaper than our competitors, but just look at what else we include:

Free loan machine (Subject to availability. Only if taken back to store)
Should you encounter a problem, just ask and you'll be provided with a unit to ensure you're not without music whilst your equipment is being fixed.

Like for like machine if unit is unrepairable
If, for any reason, we are unable to repair your unit, we'll replace it. Naturally, models do change so, while we can't guarantee that it will be the same model, we do guarantee that it will have equivalent specifications.

Free routine service / Maintenance checks
have your unit serviced as often as you wish, free of charge, during the 6 year period. (Normally excluded from extended guarantees).

45 day cooling off period
If you're not happy with our 6 Year Supercare package just ask for a full refund - no questions asked. After 45 days, providing no claim has been made, you can also terminate the agreement and receive a pro-rata refund.

If you use the policy in the 6 years, you'll have saved yourself tens and perhaps hundreds of pounds. If you don't use it... IT WON'T COST YOU A THING!*


* Simply return your unused Supercare policy within one month of the expiration date, and we'll refund the price of your warranty.
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LOWEST PRICES GUARANTEED!We'll beat any genuine advertised price,
even from the web & give you up to £100!
LOWEST PRICES GUARANTEED

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.

"A near-flawless option for anyone looking to give their computer music a hi-fi boost." 'What Hi-Fi? award winner'. 5-star review.

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.

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Connections
Connection Features
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Coaxial Digital Input
Number of coaxial digital inputs? This is the electrical type that uses an RCA phono or BNC connection.
N
Optical Digital Input
Number of Optical Digital Inputs? This is the optical light type of input that uses a Toslink connection
N
USB Input
Does the DAC have a USB Input? This allows connection of a PC/Mac or other media device. Wireless connection possible if stated.
Yes
Headphone Socket
Does the DAC have a headphone output?
Yes
XLR Balanced Outputs
Balanced XLR outputs offer a professional grade connection with minimal interference
No
Optical Digital Output
Does it have an optical digital output? Optical digital output for digital recording or using with a digital amplifier
No
Coaxial Digital Output
Does it have coaxial digital output? Coaxial digital output for digital recording or using with a digital amplifier
No
Networking
Networking Features
+
Bluetooth
Does the unit support Bluetooth? A built-in Bluetooth receiver lets you stream music from a suitably equipped device such as a smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC.
No
AirPlay
Does the unit support Apple AirPlay? Apple AirPlay lets you listen to your entire iTunes music library from a suitable iOS device such as iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad. Best of all, the system is wireless and so is ideal for building up a wireless multi-room system.
No
Green Credentials
Eco Friendly Features
+
Power Consumption - Standby
This is the power used in watts when the unit is switched off but still powered at the mains and ready to be turned back on.
NA
Power Consumption - Normal Use
This is the power used in watts when the unit is on, using standard settings. Note, different manufacturers use different methods to arrive at this figure. In some cases only the maximum power consumption is quoted
NA
General
General Features
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Dimensions
Size of unit (W x D x H) mm
12 x 19 x 62
Weight
Weight of unit,unboxed, in Kg
NA
AUDIOQUEST DRAGONFLY RED is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It costs a fair amount but it sure is worth it. I wrote a long review but then I find I'd run out of characters so here's version 2.0. A great little gadget that brought the music from my iPhone 7 Plus music player to life. Isn't a drain on my iPhone battery. Is it worth it? Yes! Bowie's Diamond Dogs has never sounded so good. RIP David Bowie.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound and portable! This is a great alternative to the Chord Mojo! Very happy with this purchase.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning upgrade I had been thinking of buying a usb headphone DAC for a few year but never taken the plunge until now. I am so glad I bought the Dragonfly Red. The clarity of sound is amazing. I am using Bowers and Wilkins headphones. Set up is very straightforward and I was using it within 5 minutes. Simply a stunning upgrade for a MAC or PC.
Date published: 2016-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What A Difference !!! Yes this is a dear bit of kit for a USB stick BUT what a difference to the sound. I plugged in the Grados, sat back and was stunned at the openness and detail this little device can produce. With a serious remastered CD such as Emerson Lake and Palmer "Pictures at an Exhibition" or The Beatles 1+ your ears are treated to some serious sonic detail. So dig deep in the old pocket and buy !!!
Date published: 2016-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dragonfly It makes such a difference to listening on the I Phone and you no longer need to have volume turned up to max. Easy to use and set up, though this had been aided by the great Richer review of the product, which had made me even more determined to buy this.
Date published: 2016-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sounds superb Really pleased with this product. Brings a noticeable clarity to all types of files, bringing out instrumentation and vocals that I'd never detected previously. It's also very portable, so ideal for travelling and using on the go. Not cheap but if you're looking for something to improve the quality of your music on the go, I think it represents good value.
Date published: 2016-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes a huge difference The more I use this the more impressed I am If you have decent quality music files and decent headphones/earphones then this makes a huge difference I am hearing instruments and details I have never noticed before It is the audio equivalent of realising that up till now everything was slightly out of focus Not cheap but worth spending the money on the DAC rather than on more expensive earphones/headphones and relying on your phones headphone jack
Date published: 2016-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Sound Very impressed with the clarity of sound. Big improvement on the Dragonfly 1.2.
Date published: 2016-06-09
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