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"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!

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Connection Features
Coaxial Digital Input
Number of coaxial digital inputs? This is the electrical type that uses an RCA phono or BNC connection.
Optical Digital Input
Number of Optical Digital Inputs? This is the optical light type of input that uses a Toslink connection
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.
Headphone Socket
Does the DAC have a headphone output?
XLR Balanced Outputs
Balanced XLR outputs offer a professional grade connection with minimal interference
Optical Digital Output
Does it have an optical digital output? Optical digital output for digital recording or using with a digital amplifier
Coaxial Digital Output
Does it have coaxial digital output? Coaxial digital output for digital recording or using with a digital amplifier
Networking Features
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.
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.
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.
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
General Features
Size of unit (W x D x H) mm
12 x 19 x 62
Weight of unit,unboxed, in Kg
AUDIOQUEST DRAGONFLY BLACK is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 25.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dragonfly Black 1.5 Bang for bucks wise you can't go wrong. Easy to set up. Very pleased.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound upgrade at a great value ADB offers a great performance/price ratio compared to other products and due to its usb stick design its one of the best portable solutions to upgrade your audio experience while travelling. Its 32-bit audio is more than sufficient for hobbyist musicians and audio enthusiasts. However, for high impedance headphones, the AD Red will be a better option. The only current con is the requirement for 3rd party audio player app to control the hardware volume when used on android devices but audioquest claims to release an update soon to fix that issue. Overall it is a bargain product. Thank you AD for the product and richer sounds for your professional sales assistance and for providing a demo session at my convenience.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lives up to its reputation I wondered if a DAC / headphone amp would make much of a difference to my listening experience. Well it does. Using the Dragonfly Black with my BOSE companion speakers makes listening to Spotify on my laptop so much better. No more booming bass or harsh high frequencies. Really pleased with this little device.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you love music you need one of these... The combination of the Dragonfly and Tidal streaming has revolutionised my music listening experience. The Clash are one of my favourite bands - but it's not always easy to make out the lyrics on some early recordings. Problem now solved - the lyrics are now crystal clear and instruments that were previously 'hidden' in the mix are now easy to identify. An absolute bargain!
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from genuine hi fi product Purchased this product to connect to my i phone 5. Listening to apple music through my headphones, i'm amazed this little device has transformed the listening experience for such a small outlay. Gone is the harsh, brittle playback. Using this little device the sound is more open, detailed and a smoother presentation.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Transformed the sound Massive difference on sound quality , more of everything , brings control and pace up front, great with headphones connected to my iPhone. Well impressed.
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great sound when it works stopped working after 2 weeks. Now my phone just tells me it doesn't support this device. Sounded great for two weeks though
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Turned my iPhone 7 in to an audiophile music player I cannot say enough about the new Dragonfly. Firstly, my headphones sounded immediately better, deeper and wider by just plugging them in to my iPhone 7 plus using this device and playing music from iTunes and Spotify. Then, I played some FLAC music using FLAC Player on my iPhone. I used a basic lightning to USB lead in to the Dragonfly and then in to my AKG in ear headphones. WOW! The sound was as good as I've ever heard - from ANY device using ANY headphones! No external power required so I just bundle the earphones, dragonfly and USB lead in to a small travel case and I'm all set. Buy the new Audioquest Dragonfly now. You won't be disappointed!
Date published: 2016-10-12
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