AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt USB DAC

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  • Regular price $299.95


AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt USB DAC

The most beautiful-sounding DragonFly yet! Use this DAC plus headphone amplifier to vastly improve the sound from your laptop, desktop, smartphone, tablet. Connect it to a USB port, plug in headphones, and send the sound output to the DragonFly, bypassing the cheap DAC on your computer or phone. 

Upgrades

  • New, more advanced ESS ES9038Q2M DAC chip with a minimum-phase slow roll-off filter for more natural sound.
  • Microchip's superb PIC32MX274 microprocessor draws less current and increases processing speed by 33%.
  • Improved power-supply filtering that specifically increases immunity to WiFi, Bluetooth, and cellular noise.
  • Includes a form-fitting DragonTail female USB-A to male USB-C Adaptor. All DragonTails use AQ's Carbon-level USB cable.

Features

  • Plays all music files: MP3 to MQA and High-Res
  • Compatible with Apple® and Windows® PCs
  • Compatible with iOS devices (requires Apple Camera Adapter/Connection Kit)
  • Compatible with Android devices (requires DragonTail or other USB Adaptor for Android Devices)
  • MQA Rendering
  • Drives headphones directly
  • Fixed output feeds preamp or AV receiver
  • Asynchronous transfer ensures digital timing integrity

Specifications

Sample rates (LED indicator color code): 44.1kHz (Green), 48kHz (Blue), 88.2kHz (Amber), 96kHz (Magenta), MQA (Purple)
Volume Control: 64-position, 64-bit, bit-perfect 
Output voltage: 2.1 V
Headphone Amp: ESS Sabre 9601
DAC Chip: ESS ES9038Q2M with minimum-phase slow roll-off filter for more natural sound (Cobalt)
Microcontroller: Microchip PIC32MX274 reduces current draw and increases processing speed by 33% over Black and Red 
Dimensions (WHD): 19 x 57 x 12 mm