AudioQuest - DragonFly Black
xxx Brand: Audioquest
Product Code: AudioQuest - DragonFly Black
Please note: Due to unprecedented demand, there are delays in shipping both DragonFlys Black and Red. Please be irritated with AudioQuest rather than with your dealer as we work to fill backorders as quickly as possible. Thanks for your patience.
The Original DragonFly
Launched in 2012, press and public alike have enthusiastically embraced AudioQuest’s multi-award-winning DragonFly USB digital-to-analog converter/preamp/headphone amp as the rare audio product that bridges the gap between die-hard audiophiles and mainstream music lovers.
DragonFly plugs into a computer’s USB port to bypass the computer’s compromised audio circuitry and deliver cleaner, clearer, more naturally beautiful sound to headphones, powered speakers, and complete audio systems.
Small, affordable, easy to use, and remarkably effective, DragonFly was named Stereophile’s 2012 “Computer Audio Component of the Year” and 2012 “Budget Component of the Year;” Tone Audio’s 2012 “Digital Product of the Year;” Computer Audiophile’s 2012 “Computer Audiophile Product of the Year;” AudioStream’s “Greatest Bits;” and What Hi-Fi?’s 2014 “Product of the Year.”
Perhaps most memorably, DigitalAudioReview.net’s John Darko quipped: “A DAC with the DragonFly’s performance at the DragonFly’s price point is as rare as rocking horse sh*t.”
We couldn’t have said it better.
The Next Generation: DragonFly Black & DragonFly Red
While the original DragonFly defined the market for micro-DACs, its USB power draw made it compatible with computers only. Music lovers have craved a more portable version—one that could be reliably used with Apple and Android smartphones and tablets.
We’re delighted to present two new options that do just that: DragonFly Black and DragonFly Red.
Convenience and performance are no longer mutually exclusive. With DragonFly Black and Red, any computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone can be used as a true high-fidelity music player, allowing music lovers to enjoy beautiful sound wherever they go, whenever they please.
AudioQuest, Gordon Rankin, and Microchip: A Beautiful Partnership
AudioQuest and DragonFly designer Gordon Rankin worked alongside Microchip Technology to develop a new high-performance, full-speed USB microcontroller solution that delivers improved signal-to-noise ratio and significantly lower power consumption.
Drawing 77% less current than the previous microcontroller, the new Microchip PIC32MX microcontroller enables true compatibility with Apple and Android smartphones and tablets.
Further, we simply cannot overstate the significance of Gordon Rankin’s contributions to AudioQuest. The new DragonFly models embody many of Gordon’s most innovative, creative, and elegant digital-audio solutions to date.
Improved 32-Bit Digital Performance
For greater overall performance, the new DragonFly models also incorporate improved 32-bit ESS Sabre DAC chips—the 9010 in Black and the higher-performance 9016 in Red—both of which employ minimum-phase filtering for naturally detailed, more authentic sound. While DragonFly Black uses the same high-quality headphone amp and analog volume control found in DragonFly v1.2, DragonFly Red includes the latest ESS headphone amp and a bit-perfect digital volume control that resides on the 9016 DAC chip itself—a sophisticated implementation that ensures maximum fidelity, dynamic contrast, and signal-to-noise ratio.
DragonFly Black will output 1.2 volts—enough power to successfully drive all preamplifier input circuits and a wide range of today’s efficient headphones. Meanwhile, with its higher 2.1-volt output, DragonFly Red will be compatible with a wider range of headphones, including power-hungry, low-efficiency models.
While the DAC chips we’ve selected are remarkably powerful and sophisticated, we’ve intentionally limited DragonFly Black and DragonFly Red’s processing capabilities to 24-bit/96kHz resolution. This makes using the DragonFlys as simple as it’s always been: they’re fully compatible with PCs without having to download and install new drivers.
Most importantly, DragonFly is designed to honor the music you already own and love. Whether you’re listening to Spotify, YouTube, Tidal, ripped CDs, or state-of-the-art high-resolution files, DragonFly will deliver a more emotionally compelling and enjoyable experience.
Free Desktop Application for Software Upgradability (for DragonFly Black and Red only)
In addition, the new DragonFlys will be software upgradeable through a complimentary Windows or OS X desktop application. As new developments arise in music player applications, streaming protocols, or other associated software, DragonFly users will be able to incorporate those updates to their existing devices.
Only the Beginning
Introduced to the media at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, DragonFly Black and DragonFly Red were named “Stars of CES” by What Hi-Fi? Magazine. But this is only the beginning.
We look forward to building stronger, more meaningful connections between music enthusiasts and the artists, albums, songs, and videos they love. Our hope is that with DragonFly Black, DragonFly Red, and future AudioQuest digital products, more people than ever before can enjoy beautiful music—wherever they go, whenever they please.
DACport HD: Portable Reference DAC/Amp with DSD
xxx Brand: CEntrance
Product Code: DACport HD
DACport - Amazingly Revealing
Building upon the legacy of the original DACport, we offer two new models featuring modern technology, improved sound quality, and a smaller package. DACport Slim and DACport HD are reference-quality portable listening devices. And they are amazingly revealing. The sound quality is so awesome, you will hear detail in your music you never thought was there.
Both models feature a Stereo Digital to Analog Converter and a Class-A Headphone Amplifier with digital volume control. DACport Slim tops out at 192kHz, while HD takes it up a notch, delivering full 384kHz resolution, and DSD, so you can play any high-resolution files. Also, DACport HD offers a higher output level and can drive more headphones.
With DACport Slim and DACport HD, CEntrance redefines the portable USB DAC. Again.
Take the Show on the Road
Make your audiophile experience portable. Listen to pristine-quality playback anywhere— at a coffee shop, at work, or on a trip—no need to sacrifice sound quality for portability. With plug 'n play operation on Mac and Linux, and a driver available for Windows, both products pack a lot of features into the lighter-sized, anodized aluminum chassis, setting new standards in portability, convenience and sound quality.
By special arrangement, DACport Slim is available only at Massdrop.com. DACport HD is available everywhere.
Audiophile-grade AK4490 D/A converter plays HD music with bit-perfect accuracy.
Amp designed for listening without fatigue, offers clarity, soundstage and detail.
Ergonomic, side-mounted rotary volume control for single-handed adjustment.
Volume control with perfect tracking, so your L/R channels are always in balance.
Plug 'n play operation with Mac and Linux. Driver available for Windows.
No power adapter or batteries—both products use USB power from your laptop.
Aircraft aluminum chassis, anodized for extra scratch protection and durability.
1/8-inch headphone jack drives the most advanced headphones on the market.
FiiO - E07K ANDES
xxx Brand: Fiio
Product Code: FiiO - E07K ANDES
The Andes E07K Portable USB DAC Headphone Amplifier from Fiio can be used for the playback of audio from a computer or analog source. It has both a USB input for digital audio and a 3.5mm input for analog audio sources. The Andes E07K provides you with two 3.5mm stereo headphone outputs. The Andes E07K features independent bass and treble adjustment, allowing you to customize the playback of your sound. Three levels of gain adjustment at 0, 6, and 12dB provide you with further control over the output. The unit is powered by its internal rechargeable battery, which is capable of up to 24 hours of playback on a single charge. Right and left output can be independently adjusted Supports playback of digital audio with resolutions up to 96kHz/24-bit via its USB port Hold Key prevents accidental operation changes Independent bass and treble adjustment function provides 20 shifting choices from -10dB to 10dB Lo Bypass Switch creates a line output signal for use with the Fiio E09K or L7
- 96kHz 24-Bit high resolution audio decoding.
- Right and left channel balance can be adjusted to suit users with different ear sensitivity.
- Separate fine bass and treble adjustments with 20 discreet steps from -10 to +20
- Output bypass feature allows user to output fixed line-level signal when used with E09K
- Three separate gain levels of 0dB, 6dB, and 12dB.